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Women’s National Book Association Pitch-O-Rama

The San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is having their 11th annual Pitch-O-Rama on Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the Women’s Building, in the Heart of the Mission, 3543 18th Street between Guerrero and Valencia.

Cost is $65 for WNBA members and $75 for nonmembers. It includes breakfast treats from the Tartine Bakery, a free pre-pitch session, a two-hour one-on-one pitch session with mentoring throughout, and a panel discussion about categorizing women’s fiction. Both genders are welcome, of course!

About a dozen agents will be in attendance, including Michael Larsen, Andy Ross, Elizabeth Pomada, Brooke Warner, Alan Rinzler, and Peter Beren.

Patricia V. Davis will be among the pitch coaches.

Register at their website:

By the way, annual membership in WNBA is $45, $25 for seniors.

Wellness Warrior Fundraiser for Judy Baker

Judy BakerHelp save a life. Please join us for an afternoon of food, drink, music, a silent auction, friendship, and fun. Support Wellness Warrior, Judy Baker, as she conquers peritoneal cancer. Proceeds will help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses that are adding up fast. Judy served as president of BAIPA from 2011-2013.

Go to: for details about the Saturday, March 8, event, from 3-6, at the Sonoma Women’s Club, 574 1st Street East, Sonoma. You can also call 707.938.8844 for more information.

“A Pie for a Pig” Featured at Sun Gallery in Hayward

“A Pie for a Pig,” a children’s picture book written by BAIPA member Susan Pace-Koch, has been selected to be in the 25th Annual Children’s Book Illustrator Exhibit from February 7 – April 7, 2014, at the Sun Gallery in Hayward. Illustrations from the book, created by Jack Wiens for Get Out Books, will also be shown.

There will be a reception for artists and a book signing on Sunday, March 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Go to for more info. The Sun Gallery invites teachers and classes to visit the gallery and enjoy free art Saturdays and special workshops.

A special exhibit of “Pigs with Personalities” based on Jack Wiens’ pig characters will be on display. These felted creations are by fiber artist Lisa Colom of Merry Manias.
There also will be an audio file accompanying the exhibit, by BAIPA member Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices, for visitors’ enjoyment.

Publisher Get Out Books, of Concord, California, also partners with the Benicia Education Foundation to support district schools and libraries.

February Meeting is a Week Early: February 1

By Linda Jay

Make sure your calendar is marked for BAIPA this coming Saturday!

Don’t forget that our February meeting is one week early, just for this month — it’s this Saturday, February 1.

Come to the Key Center in Novato (directions at ) to hear Bob Pimm, California Lawyers for the Arts, speak about How to Avoid Legal Traps for the Self-Publisher.

Bob will cover topics such as: copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, defamation, and Intellectual Property.  This Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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First eBook Library Built in U.S.

From Joseph T. Sinclair –

The first exclusively ebook library has been built near San Antonio, Texas.

The cost savings was a prime consideration in building the library, and the inexpensive operation of the library has also been realized. And the library is popular with the public. It’s difficult not to come to the conclusion that this is the library of the future.


Linda Jay Speaks about Book Jacket Copy at SF Meetup

Effective, compelling book jacket copy can make the critical difference between a potential reader being intrigued enough to buy your book — or not.  Linda Jay, BAIPA’s Communications Coordinator, will speak about How to Write Book Jacket Copy at the San Francisco Self-Published Authors’ Meet-up on Sunday, February 9.

Linda will bring examples of book jackets she has written — beginning with Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (about JFK) and Hold Your Hour and Have Another (about Brendan Behan) — when she was an advertising copywriter at Little, Brown Publishers in Boston.  Other jackets whose selling points she will discuss are ones she wrote last year: for a book about multiple marriers, and for a novel about zombies.

The SF Meetup is at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 9, at the Crossroads Cafe, 699 Delancey Street in San Francisco.  Meetup Organizer is Alan Peterson.

Arlene Miller, Grammar Diva, Has Announcements

Big things are happening at bigwords101, Arlene Miller, The Grammar Diva, announces.


First, she has a new e-book, currently available only on Kindle for $2.99. It is called The Great Grammar Cheat Sheet: 50 Grammar, Punctuation, Writing, and Word Usage Tips You Can Use Now.


The highlight of December was a guest appearance on the Ronn Owens radio show on KGO in San Francisco. In his 35 years of doing the show, Ronn never had a grammar expert as a guest before! Arlene says it was fun; in fact, she decided she wants her own radio show! (Ronn was very nice!)


Here is a link to the radio podcast:


More events lined up: * Saturday, January 25, at 2 p.m., at the Guerneville Public Library, a fun grammar presentation.  * Monday evening, February 10, at 6:30, Arlene will be speaking at a meeting of the Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose.  * March 3, Arlene talks grammar to the San Rafael Rotary Club.  * On five Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30, also starting in March, Arlene will once again teach her Best Little Grammar Class Ever at College of Marin in Kentfield.


Arlene Miller is the author of the following books:

The Best Little Grammar Book Ever! (paperback and e-book)

Correct Me If I’m Wrong (paperback and e-book)

Beyond Worksheets (e-book)

The Great Grammar Cheat Sheet (e-book)

Trashy Novel (paperback and e-book, written under the pseudonym JoJo Baker).


Arlene also copyedits (everything) and teaches grammar workshops to corporations and groups. See her website at

Directions to January 11 Meeting, with Brian Jud Speaking

The new location is the Key Room, in Novato, about six minutes’ driving time north of our current San Rafael location. The address for the Key Room is: The Next Key Center, 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949.

From the North: Head south on Hwy. 101 towards San Francisco. Take the exit to Hamilton Field (Novato). Merge onto Ignacio Blvd. Turn right on Nave Drive. Turn left at Hamilton Parkway (McDonald’s is on corner). Driveway for 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway is on the right (immediately after Marin Airporter).

From the South: Head north on Hwy. 101 towards Santa Rosa. Take the Ignacio Blvd./Bel Marin Keys Blvd. exit. Turn right from the freeway exit onto Nave Drive. Turn left at Hamilton Parkway (McDonald’s is on corner). Driveway for 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway is on the right (immediately after Marin Airporter).

Gordon Burgett — Three Appearances Coming Up

Gordon Burgett Presents Workshop at SRJC
Gordon Burgett, BAIPA member, will present a four-hour workshop, “Creating Travel Articles and Video Tours That Sell,” at Santa Rosa Junior College campus (1520 Emeritus Hall) on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-5 p.m. Call (707) 522-2731 for registration.
Additional information is in the catalog available at
Gordon Burgett, BAIPA member, will speak six times at the SF Writer’s Conference at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in mid-February. Contact for conference details, registration, and presentation locations.
On Saturday (2/15) from 5-6:30 Burgett is a pro at four “Ask the Pros” sessions. Gordon will offer “Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days” twice, on Sunday (2/16) for 45 minutes and on Monday from 2-5 p.m. He will also offer “How to Sell Almost 100% of Your Nonfiction Writing” on Sunday for 45 minutes and on Monday from 9-noon. Burgett will also participate in a panel discussion from 4:30-5:15 on Thursday (2/13) about “Building Credibility.”
Gordon Burgett Presents Workshop at Foothill College
Gordon Burgett, BAIPA member, will present a four-hour workshop, “Publish Your Own Book Free with Nine Different Publishers!” at Foothill C.C., on campus, on Wednesday, March 12, from 6-10 p.m. Call (408) 864-8817 for registration and specific details.
Additional information is in the catalog available at