Just got home from an amazing and very exciting day with the folks at BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publishers Association) and had to send this out to everyone right now! An eager crowd of folks, all with ties to indie publishing in one form or another, had the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker, Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com as he spoke on the ‘Ten Trends and Contemporary Events Shaping the Future of Publishing.’ After a lunch break, Mark was back for the afternoon workshop consisting of three segments: ‘Introduction to eBook Publishing’, ‘eBook Publishing Best Practices’ and ‘How to Hit the eBook Bestseller Lists with eBook Preorders.’
Once told by a prominent traditional publishing agent that he was ‘delusional’ about the future of epublishing, Mark now points to recent statistics showing over $30 million in retail sales for ebooks. Delusional? Heck no! ePublishing is most certainly here to stay! Will print books become a thing of the past? Absolutely not. There’s room for both, but epublishing has opened up opportunities for excellent writers to get their stories and information out there, without having to deal with the subjective ideas and opinions of a few, but key, individual decision-makers associated with traditional publishing.
Over all, I had an amazing day and met some wonderful folks, and want to give a few plugs to some I had the opportunity to visit with this time around:
- Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com
Electronic publishing is rapidly growing as a truly viable avenue for eager and worthy writers and publishers. In 2008, Mark Coker founded Smashwords with the philosophy that anyone should have the right to publish. He’s spent the past six plus years building a legacy of helping aspiring writers do just that.
“In June 2010, The Wall Street Journal named Mark one of the “Eight Stars of Self-Publishing.” In March 2012, MediaBistro named Mark one of the “Five Ebook Experts to Watch.” In June 2012, Forbes profiled Mark in feature story titled, Apple’s Biggest (Unknown) Supplier of E-Books. In both 2013 and 2014, Forbes Magazine named Smashwords one of America’s Top 100 Most Promising Companies.”
– excerpt from Smashwords.com/about/team
- Becky Parker Geist owner of Pro Audio Voices
Have you thought about formatting your book to audio? There is a relatively untapped audience out there craving books and other written material but in audio format. So Pro Audio Voices provides that option.
“As a writer actively engaged in the publishing world, [Becky] understands the challenges of creative people taking on the business of marking their books. [She has] developed (and continues to develop) a wide network of resources to whom [she] can refer. Unlike most other audiobook production services… Pro Audio Voices helps authors and publishers navigate the maze of acx (Audible, Amazon, iTunes), saving them time and avoiding frustration, and then take it the next level by helping market all the audiobooks [they can] produce.”
- exceprt from proaudiovoices.com/about-us
- Rosina Wilson of RosinaWilson.com
“Rosina Wilson, a wine and food professional for over 25 years, lives within the thriving wine country… of Napa and Sonoma counties. She is the author of ‘Seafood Pasta and Noodles – The New Classics‘ and ‘Drink Wine With Dinner.’ She has also written countless articles on food, wine, and travel, in addition to teaching the “Wine and Food Pairing” class for ten years at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.”
-excerpts from rosinawilson.com/about-rosina
- Cynthia Klein, Certified Parent Educator of bridges2understanding.com -
“Cynthia’s mission is to help you create a family that strives for harmony and to solve family challenges together. Since 1994 Cynthia has educated hundreds of parents on how to create a strong foundation of mutually respectful family interactions.”
-excerpts from bridges2understanding.com/parenting-about-cynthia/
- Gloria Dunn-Violin, Retirement Life Coach of nowwhatRcoach.com
Retired? Celebrate by “Creating a fulfilling life now & after retirement!” Gloria spent twenty-five years working as a trainer, coach, and consultant in the field of Organizational Development and Behavior. She is the author of ‘From Making a Living to Having a life‘, was a Cable TV talk show host, and has written many articles for publication. She now utilizes her skills to support clients in creating fulfilling lives… after retirement!
-excerpts from nowwhatrcoach.com/
- Val Sherer – baipa.org/member-profiles/val-sherer-personalized-publishing-services/
Val is a long-time BAIPA board member and has served in various capacities. She is the owner of Personalized Publishing Services. She is an InDesign expert specializing in book design and layout for small publishers for fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. Her company motto is ‘your book… your way.’ Val is also a member of the ‘Marin Professional Women’s Network‘ (Marin County, California, USA) and involved with ‘Every Dollar Feeds Kids. She is the recipient of the Jack Mason award for excellence in publishing.”
-excerpts from baipa.org/member-profiles/val-sherer-personalized-publishing-services/
- Christina V. Kueppers of modernfairytaleteller.com
“Christina is the author of Prince Alexander and his Moustachioed Adventures, available at Amazon.com.
Born in Russia, she grew up in the Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 2003. She currently resides in California. Writing fairy tales was always Christina’s passion and she uses this type of storytelling to reinforce kind-hearted modern-day messages that children and adults both love.”
-excerpts from modernfairytaleteller.com/about