BAIPA monthly meetings are now exclusively on Zoom, at least until we get through this COVID-19 crisis. The Zoom links will be provided to you via email on the Friday evening before (February 5), just before 9 PM.
So you MUST register in advance in order to participate.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the list of available tickets.
The general meeting begins at 9 am, speaker presentation is at 11 am, after Q&A, networking time, introductions & announcements, followed by our informal lunch gathering from 12:15-1:00 PM, and then our Afternoon Workshop. Scroll down for details and to register.
Current BAIPA members must log in first to get a free ticket to the morning session and a discounted ticket for the afternoon workshop. Then come back to this page. There is a Member login link in the upper right corner of the site.
Step One on the Road to a Successful Book Launch
(and Ultimately Sales)
The challenge for every new book, and especially for new authors who have small or nonexistent networks of eager fans, is to convince readers to add one more title to their to-be-read pile. Readers are looking for proof— proof that a book is worth their time to read.
That’s where book reviews can help; they contribute credibility and raise awareness in four distinct ways:
1. Reviews are a social signal; they encourage shoppers to learn more.
2. Reviews add gravitas; especially editorial reviews by people with name recognition.
3. Reviews are marketing and can be placed in, especially when they are posted in multiple places.
4. Reviews can impress third parties, for example, media, influencers, and others that might help you promote your book.
Bottom line: numerous (positive) reviews help your book sell more copies, be seen more favorably, and attract more promotional opportunities.
BAIPA is pleased to welcome as our February speaker David Wogahn, the award-winning author of two books on getting and using book reviews. In his presentation, David will be covering topics such as:
• How important are reviews to the success of your book?
• How do you get more of them?
• How do authors avoid running afoul of Amazon’s review policies?
• How to leverage good reviews.
• How to handle negative reviews.
• 10 sources for soliciting reviews.
• Distinguishing between editorial and customer reviews, and editorial review best practices.
Even before the pandemic struck, the importance of reviews had been steadily increasing, closely tied to the migration of bookselling from brick-and-mortar stores to online retailers. Online, these reviews become a permanent record of customer satisfaction making it not only imperative that books have reviews, but that the reviews are written by a book’s target audience.
In this way, the shift to online shopping has forced traditionally published books and self-published books to compete for reader reviews. In online stores, every book is just one click away from a comparable title.
Join us on February 6th to learn more about a topic that is of vital importance to all authors, regardless of where you are in your publishing journey.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: 1-3 PM
A Deep Dive into Getting and Using Reviews for Your Own Books
In the afternoon session, David will cover three topics in more detail with the goal of helping attendees with their own circumstances. All attendees will receive a PDF of David’s book, The Book Review Companion, in advance, to help get prepared. So in this particular case, it is important for you to register at least 24 hours in advance. The session will be primarily Q&A and authors, or soon-to-publish authors, are encouraged to bring their greatest challenges on this topic.
1. Sources of reviews
2. Using author mailing lists
3. Acquiring and using testimonials (blurbs/endorsements)
Included will be tips and advice about pricing and using advance reader copies of books.
NOTE: You will get separate Zoom login credentials for the afternoon workshop.
About Our Speaker: David Wogahn
David Wogahn is an award-winning author of five books including The Book Review Companion and The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages, now in its 10th edition. He has worked for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and was co-founder and COO of the first online publisher of sports team branded websites known today as the CBS College Sports Network.
He is a frequent speaker and trainer, including presentations for the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
David is also the president of AuthorImprints, an award-winning professional publishing services company that publishes books for authors and businesses using their own publishing imprint.
- February 6, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Venue: Zoom Event