Jim Shubin

Jim Shubin

“A Self-Publishing Showcase”

by John Compisi

The November BATW meeting at the old Coast Guard Station on the Presidio of San Francisco was well attended (~25 members) and began with coffee, tea, bagels and cream cheese. The station was first established at the west end of Crissy Field in 1889. The original station house was replaced with a new structure in 1915 during the Panama-Pacific Exposition, and the existing boathouse was built in 1920 after the station was moved 700 feet to the west. The station is now the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center – a great venue for our meeting.

Laurie McAndish King

Laurie McAndish King

The meeting’s focus was self-publishing, and Jim Shubin, with the able assistance of Laurie King, presented an excellent set of slides detailing their experiences organizing, editing and preparing a book for self-publication. The presentation was titled “FAQs about Indie Publishing” and included important topics such as cover design, punctuation (publishing tools often do this automatically), and blurbs and reviews – plus some useful independent publishers like Amazon’s CreateSpace (www.createspace.com) and IngramSpark (www.ingramspark.com). Excellent insights were offered by Lee Foster and Andrea Granahan about the pros and cons of each, as well as some alternatives such as BookLocker.com, BookBaby.com, SmashWords.com and BookAlchemist.net.

At the end of the meeting several members were offered the opportunity to talk about their current books. Lee Foster shared several of his, including his newest, Northern California Travel: The Best Options. Andrea Granahan reported on the imminent release of her latest, It’s Greek to Me, which is available as an eBook. Laurie King gave a quick review of her first book, Lost, Kidnapped Eaten Alive!: True Stories from a Curious Traveler, which is available on Amazon.com.

During the meeting, BATW President Suzie Rodriguez was thrilled to report that we would soon be using Wild Apricot rather than the current website platform. We are equally thrilled!

Thanks to all who helped make this meeting such a resounding success!