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32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013
04 April 2013
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013
“Do book awards matter?” YES!! As a book publicist I am here to inform you that yes, they absolutely do matter! In fact, one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. Deals are in the offing. This author, needless to say, is happy he decided to enter.
How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website
30 April 2013
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
How to Get Traffic to Your Author Website
The author website or blog is an essential book marketing tool, and it’s important for authors to understand how to get people to their site. Google Analytics (a tool for measuring website traffic) tracks four different ways that visitors land on websites. Let’s take a closer look at these four sources of author website traffic.
Bad Reviews Suck…and Why I Don’t Care
18 July 2012
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
Bad Reviews Suck…and Why I Don’t Care
Let’s talk about reviews, shall we? We’ve all read instances where an author acts poorly in the face of a one or two-star review. It’s usually referred to as ‘authors behaving badly,’ usually for good reason.
Must-Have iPhone Apps  for Authors & Writers
09 October 2014
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
Must-Have iPhone Apps for Authors & Writers
As a modern-day writer, you've learned when and where you write best. Rarely, I'm sure, does inspiration strike when you're seated at your desk in front of your computer at 9:00 am. More likely, you're inspired while you're out and about. To efficiently capture and save every new idea, detail, story line, etc., you need to download some new apps to your iPhone. The list below will help you research, brainstorm, write, and even publish your work, whether you're at home, at the office, or in the middle of daily errands. Check 'em out.
The Complete Stories of Philip K. Dick: Volume 5, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1963-1981)
11 September 2014
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
The Complete Stories of Philip K. Dick: Volume 5, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (1963-1981)
Philip K. Dick is one of science fiction's masters. Among the great science fiction authors, he is in the top five of most people’s lists, including mine. While his work tends to be overshadowed by many of his peers who were writing at the same time, Philip K. Dick wrote many iconic stories that are still with us today, and still relevant many years later.
Top 6 Strategies for Getting Your Book Noticed on Amazon
16 August 2012
Book Reviews, December 2014, Historical Fiction
Top 6 Strategies for Getting Your Book Noticed on Amazon
It's no secret that Amazon.com is the most important online venue for book sales, but it can be a challenge to get your book noticed by shoppers on this massive site. Below are six strategies for helping customers find your book among the millions of listings on Amazon.

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October 25, 2014
Market to Table: Cooking Demonstrations by Cookbook Authors
Starts: 10:30 am
Ends: October 25, 2014 - 12:30 pm
Location: Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Description: On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. Book Passage will be there with the books.
Yotam Ottolenghi- Plenty More
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: October 25, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
October 26, 2014
Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith
Starts: 11:00 am
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Location: Author Appearance - , “” Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith at Book Passage, Corte Madera
Starting September 12!
Sundays • 11:00 am • Free
Summer is over and Christopher is back! Singer-songwriter Christopher Smith has been writing music and performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Smith writes well-crafted story songs that aim for the heart. Children of all ages—and adults—love him!

These events are free and take place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, unless otherwise noted. For information or to reserve autographed books, call 415-927-0960 or go to http://www.bookpassage.com.
Alice Simpson - Ballroom
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
California Writers Club
Starts: 2:00 pm
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: California Writers Club at Book Passage, Corte Madera
4th Sunday each month • 2:00-4:00 pm • $5 members/$10 non-members per meeting
The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage, except July, August and December, on the 4th Sunday of the month, unless it’s a holiday. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meetings may feature a guest speaker, a workshop, or a panel discussion, along with networking, encouragement, and writing news. CWC, a 501c educational corporation, is the nation’s oldest professional club for writers ... “educating writers of all levels of expertise in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.” All are welcome. Visit http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.
Upcoming Meetings: Sun., June 26 • 2:00 pm • Topic: “Patience & Persistence: the Writer as Marathoner” • Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light.
Karen Page - The Vegetarian Flavor Bible
Starts: 3:00 pm
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
Joe Clifford - Lamentation
Starts: 4:00 pm
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Terry Shames - Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 26, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
October 27, 2014
Cal Peternelli - Twelve Recipes
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
Kid Lit Salon - Led by Lissa Rovetch, 4th Monday each Month, 7:00-9:00 pm, $120 per year
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 9:00 pm
Location: Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Description: Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Salon led by Lissa Rovetch.
4th Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year

The Bay Area is home to many children’s book writers and illustrators, and is an absolute hotbed of emerging talent. Book Passage is thrilled to host the Kid Lit Salon for both established and beginning children’s book writers and illustrators. Come socialize with like-minded, creative types in your field. Our evenings include a wildly diverse array of speakers, member updates, events, conferences, and insider tips. Writer and illustrator Lissa Rovetch is the illustrator of There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat and Other Vile Little Poems and author of Ook the Book and the Hot Dog and Bob book series.
Craig Johnson - Wait for the Signs
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Alameda; 1344 park St, Alameda, 94501
Catherine Bell - Rush of Shadows
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Berkeley; 1760 4th St, Berkely, 94710
Christine Z. Mason - Boundaries: A Love Story, & G. Elizabeth Kretchmer - The Damnable Legacy of A Minister's Wife
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Palo Alto; Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 94301
Christina Nichol - Waiting for the Electricity
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
October 28, 2014
Karen Page - The Vegetarian Flavor Bible
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: October 28, 2014 - 1:30 pm
Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Brooks Headly - Brooks Headly's Fancy Desserts
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: October 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
Merla Zellerbach - 21 Huntington Court
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 28, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Laurel Village; 3515 California St, SF, 94118
Jim Dwyer - More Awesome than Money
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 28, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Mountian View; 301 Castro St, Mountain View, 94041
October 29, 2014
Jim Dwyer - More Awesome than Money
Starts: 12:30 pm
Ends: October 29, 2014 - 1:30 pm
Location: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Christina Nichol - Waiting for the Electricity
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Palo Alto; Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, 94301
Azar Nafisi - The Republic of Imagination
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, Opera Plaza; 601 Van Ness, SF, 94102
October 30, 2014
Charles Phan - The Slanted Door
Starts: 6:30 pm
Ends: October 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm
Location: Omnivore Books: 3885a Cesar Chaves St, San Francisco
Sean Walter - A Glimpse into Madness
Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: October 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Location: Books Inc, The Marina: 2251 Chestnut St, San Francisco
William Gibson - The Peripheral
Starts: 7:30 pm
Ends: October 30, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Location: The Booksmith: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco
October 31, 2014
William Gibson - The Peripheral
Starts: 1:00 pm
Ends: October 31, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera

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