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Does Being a Man Sell More Books?

BAIPA Board member Joel Blackwell sends this thought-provoking article:

From the blog of Kayci Morgan, a romance writer, which you can read here:


What I enjoy most about self-publishing is experimenting. Figuring out
what works and what doesn’t. It’s like piecing together a big puzzle.
One of the things I attempted was to publish under a male pen name. I
did this with the two books below and they took off. Record sales.
Both books ended up in the top ten of Amazon’s best sellers list for
their genre.

I can’t be sure if it was the name or the timing or some other factor.
But I was worried what if the stories were just that good, then my
real pen name would suffer from using the faux one. So I switched them
over to this name and sales plummeted within days of the name change.

Like I said, nothing conclusive one way or the other because of other
untested factors but I might try this experiment again in the future.
I’m excited to see how it turns out.

New book about Obamacare and the Tea Party

By David Colin Carr

The Midnight Stranglers: Obamacare, The Tea Party, and a Sleep Apneac’s Fight Against the U.S. Healthcare System, which was self-published in the first week of the new year, is a product of three BAIPA members: Author Aiden Hill, Editor David Colin Carr, and Designer (interior, exterior, and web, as well as production overseer) Jeff Brandenburg. And we had a blast working together. Aiden wanted this on sale the day Obamacare went into effect – and we were able to edit, design, and produce it in six weeks. The experience was exhilarating.

Invoking a macabre sense of humor that draws on films that are our common American heritage, Aiden invokes his treatment for sleep apnea to describe the disaster that healthcare legislation attempted to rectify. Names are named. As Bob Pimm said in the last BAIPA presentation: you can’t be accused of defamation for describing your lived experience.

The experience motivated Aiden to use his professional skills as an organizational consultant to help the program that would be unrolled in his state. His experience is detailed in the book as a way of showing how the well-functioning of Covered California was intentionally blocked.

And by happenstance, last Thursday, the board of Covered California held a public hearing in which anyone could take two minutes to describe their experience with the program. Here’s a link to Aiden’s presentation, which ends with the call for an investigation (the people in the front row of the audience are the cast of characters named in the book. You’ll notice how gloomy they look): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0FMoXa030c

If you are moved to follow up, you can also contact two people to request the investigation:

Secretary Diana S. Dooley
CA Health & Human Services Agency
1600 Ninth Street, Room 460
Sacramento, CA 95814

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Between Aiden’s personal health odyssey and professional escapade, he explores the mentality and motivation of the Tea Party’s attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act. If you’re motivated to dig in, you can buy the ebook or paperback at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=midnight%20strangler&sprefix=midnight+str%2Caps%2C205.
Aiden’s website is: www.TheMidnightStranglers.com

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: www.wnba-sfchapter.org

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: http://conta.cc/LInRku 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 www.SunGallery.org 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.

Crowdfunding for Book Publishing Projects

By Cheryl Downing
Have you struggled to find the financial resources to complete a book publishing project?
If so, then perhaps crowdfunding is your answer. Crowdfunding allows you to raise small amounts of money from a large group of individuals, typically over the Internet, using a website such as Kickstarter. It is not a loan, so you don’t need to pay the money back. Also, the donors are not entitled to royalties from your project. Continue reading

What is the Secret to Balancing Writing and Marketing?

By Anne Hill
I don’t mean just for a day, or a weekend, or a month when you find you have some spare time. I’m talking about over the long haul—from the moment you start writing something you are passionate about to the day, years later, when you finally become an “overnight success.”

Maybe you are one of the lucky few who are disciplined writers, experts at time management, enjoy social media, and love writing promo copy as much as your next big novel. If you are, then please introduce yourself because I don’t know ANY authors for whom all of this comes easy.

Fortunately there are ways to do this without possessing superpowers, and that is the subject of my upcoming workshop Thursday Feb. 13 from 9-12, in conjunction with the San Francisco Writers Conference. This pre-conference workshop is open to the public, and you need not register for the entire conference to attend.

Called “Being an Author for the Long Haul: How to Balance Writing and Marketing,” the workshop will show you how to:

• Develop an authentic voice for marketing without losing yourself
• Create a marketing plan that includes taking care of yourself
• Find one or two social media outlets that leverage your strengths, and ignore the rest
• Use the lure of curiosity and generosity rather than hard-sell tactics to attract and engage followers
• Generate a workday “flow” that allows you to effortlessly slip between writing and marketing

If you are interested in joining me for this session, register now at http://sfwriters.org/2014-pre-and-post-conference-classes/ . I will be speaking at the conference as well, but am looking forward to going into greater depth in this longer session. I hope to see many of you there!

Creative Content Coaching

New Study Group

New Study Group

A new group, Enhanced Digital Book Study Group, commenced operation
Saturday after the BAIPA meeting. The group decided to keep in touch via
a Facebook page soon to be set up. You can join by sending an email
request to Joe Sinclair at JT@Sinclair.com. You must be a BAIPA member
to join.

The primary purpose of the group is to study the integration of
interactivity and diverse media (e.g., audio, images) into digital text
such as ebooks and book apps by means of research, experimentation, and

All BAIPA members are welcome to join. The next meeting of the group has
yet to be decided.