July 26th, 2014

Nicole Op Den Bosch from Audible.com


August 30, 2014

Nicole has been working for Audible since 2009 and is currently a Rights Evangelist for ACX. She talks to authors all day, from the traditionally published to independent authors and introduces them to the Audiobook Creation Exchange. Before joining the ACX team, she acquired existing audio from content providers such as publishers, literary agents and authors for Audible.

Discussion Description
Audiobook publishing is one of the fastest growing segments of the publishing industry. If you’ve written an ebook or print book, learn how to have it produced as an audiobook. In this session, we’ll discuss how easy it is to use Audible.com’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) to make audiobooks. Topics include selecting audition scripts, casting a winning voice, how to work with audiobook producers, and how to sell your completed audiobook on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.


June 28th, 2014

Leah Singer: What You Must Do to Establish Your Online Author Presence

July 26, 2014

Location: Carlsbad Dove Library


Leah R. Singer author of What’s Your Story?In today’s world of online marketing and social media, it’s critical that writers not only have a great book to sell, but also an established online presence. But how do you create this online platform?

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to create an online marketing strategy that includes social media (Facebook and Twitter), a simple website and blog, and tips for networking with online writers, bloggers and author platforms that can help you get your name – and book – known to the world.

Leah R. Singer  helps helps writers and entrepreneurs tell their story through online marketing and social media strategy. She specializes in connecting businesses to their ideal customers, as well as assisting unpublished authors build an online presence.

Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Leah was a speechwriter and communications manager for two college presidents at San Diego’s largest public university. She also served as Director of Communications for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Enrollment Services Department, and managed high-profile special events for the SDSU Office of the President. Before her years at SDSU, Leah worked in marketing and public relations at KPBS public broadcasting station.

Leah writes regularly for The Huffington Post; Red Tricycle; Edible San Diego; InterfaithFamily.com; Millionaire Girls Movement; and numerous other national blogs and websites.

June 5th, 2014

Susan McBeth: Tips on Creating Outside the Bookstore Author Events


June 28th, 2014
Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Susan McBeth is the owner of Adventures by the Book, which  she founded in 2011 to bring literature to life through unique, interesting, and adventurous author events and travels.  She is also the founder of the SoCal Author Academy, a series of hands-on intimate workshops that teach authors how to market their books and create non-bookstore events, as well as a contributor to Everyday Book Marketing published by Midge Raymond in fall 2013.

Susan has worked as an events coordinator for over 20 years, four and a half of which were spent specializing in author events at an independent bookstore.  She graduated magna cum laude from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with distinction in management, and a minor in German, followed by a master’s in comparative literature, while earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Mortar Board Honor Society.  She is a member of the “One Book, One San Diego” committee and the Writing Women of San Diego.  Read more at www.adventuresbythebook.com.


May 25th, 2014

Amy Collins: New Shelves Distribution


Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Amy Collins, President of New Shelves Distribution, will talk about the advantages and challenges of working with a distributor to get your book into bookstores. She will outline how to choose the best distributor for your book, and how to put together the best presentation and marketing plan to get your book accepted by one of the top distributors. Amy will also present a realistic picture of a sales call with the top bookbuyers at the national chains, and what you as author/publisher can do to make sure your book gets the best chance to succeed in the bookstore.

Amy started her career in the book industry as the book buyer for Village Green Books in Rochester, New York. In 1996, she became a National Account Rep for Prima Publishing.  In 2001, Amy was named Director of Sales at Adams Media in Boston and quickly rose to the Special Sales Director for parent company, F+W Media.  Over the years, she has sold to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Borders, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, and all the major chains as well as helped launch several private label publishing programs for the book chains and companies such as PetSmart and CVS. In February 2006, she started a book marketing company for small presses that quickly became the fastest-growing book distribution company in North America, New Shelves Distribution.


March 29th, 2014

Barbra Drizin: A Social Media Primer for Authors and Writers

Teacher, Trainer, Speaker


Location: Carlsbad Dove Library

Please join us for an exciting overview session of social media platforms that benefit writers and authors, with live examples of how they are used  (featuring blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, LinkedIn, e-newsletters, and marketing strategies.

Barbra is an educator at heart. Her passion is teaching others by conveying technical knowledge in a way that is easily understood. Barbra founded Start From Scratch Social MediaTM in 2010 as a means of expressing that passion.
Barbra owned and operated a successful independent staffing company in Silicon Valley during the hi-tech revolution. She worked with many start-ups and acquired a fascination with technology and became an eager student. As Barbra expanded her knowledge, her path became clear – teaching others there is a virtual world to discover and explore!

Today Barbra weaves her technical skills, knowledge of social media, experience as an educator and desire to help people into Start From Scratch Social Media.

Offering services, workshops and presentations to a target market of the “resistant, reluctant and intimidated,” Barbra demystifies social media in a fun, informative and interactive way.  Her audiences and clients walk away with the specific knowledge and motivation they need to use the resources and wealth of opportunities available by using social media.

There are three focuses of Start From Scratch Social Media:

  • Group & Organization Presentations and Workshops
  • Individual Client Education and Implementation
  • Social Media Management

Barbra also teaches Ipad, Iphone, apps, and computer.

Her mission is to make you comfortable, competent, and confident in the virtual world! And to discover which which social media platforms are right for you: for personal fulfillment, visibility, engagement and profit!

March 25th, 2014

Lit & Libations with New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfeld

Adventures by the book  is pleased to launch a new series of events  Lit & Libations  with New York Times bestselling author  RYAN WINFIELD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30pm

About the Event

Venue:  Mission Hills Books & Collectibles, 4054 Goldfinch St., San Diego 92103

Special Introductory Admission:  $15 per person (includes glass of wine)

Information/Reservations:  www.adventuresbythebook.com or (619) 300-2532

Join us for the launch of our exciting new series, Lit & Libations, featuring New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield. Do you have A Reading Problem You Love to Wine About? If so, Lit & Libations Adventures are designed especially for you!

Enjoy an engaging book discussion, Q&A, and book signing with a fabulous author (the “Lit”), share a glass of wine and light appetizers with fellow reading enthusiasts (the “Libations”) , socialize, network with other readers and authors, and see how books can indeed connect people and communities.

About the Featured Author and Book

Ryan Winfield is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books, including his most recent, Jane’s Melody (Atria Books).Fans of Nicholas Sparks will enjoy meeting Ryan, a wonderful storyteller with rich and dynamically drawn characters and settings.

What boundaries would you cross for true love? That is the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can tell her more about her daughter’s death – only to find herself falling for him. Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.Sometimes, our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain.And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

Click here to download the Flyer

February 22nd, 2014

Brian Jud: Book Marketing Products and Services


Location: Carlsbad Dove Library
Brian Jud is an author, publisher, president of Book Marketing Works, LLC and a book-marketing expert helping publishers market their books in non-bookstore markets to increase their unit sales, revenue and profits. Brian is also the Executive Director of SPAN (The Small Publishers Association of North America). He is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books and Beyond the Bookstore (a Publishers Weekly® book) describing new ways to sell more books to special-sales buyers. Brian is a partner in Premium Book Company, which offers commission-based sales of nonfiction, fiction, children’s titles and remainders to buyers in non-bookstore markets. He is the editor of the Book Marketing Matters™ special-sales newsletter and creator of the Special-Sales Profit Center™, a database to help publishers sell more books to special markets.

In addition, Brian conducts the Masters of Book Marketing seminars and series of Book Marketing Monthly webinars, as well as being a frequent speaker at publishing events and IBPA’s Publishing University. He is also the author of the series of ebooklets and printed booklets with Proven Tips for Publishing Success. He wrote and published seven titles on job-search topics that will be used as examples during his presentation.

January 29th, 2014

Angela Bole: Stronger Together – Getting the Most Out of Your Association Memberships

February 22, 2014. PWSD welcomes Angela Bole, Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (www.ibpa-online.org), who will describe how trade associations enable independent publishers to be competitive in a crowded market through educational and volunteer opportunities, consistent application of industry standards, and the preparation of future leaders. She will explicitly address the connection between IBPA and PWSD and how PWSD members can take advantage of the benefits IBPA provides. Angela will also discuss the upcoming Publishing University and the scholarship program with IBPA and PWSD. Read the rest of this entry »

December 13th, 2013

Thom Kephart, CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing


Encinitas Community Center

January 25, 2014

Empowering Authors with Amazon Independent Publishing: Join us for an overview about how to effectively use CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing, and other Amazon services, to independently publish.

Thom Kephart - PWSD speaker from Amazon

Thom Kephart has worked in publishing for eight years, initially working with CreateSpace to develop professional editorial offerings. His second role with the company allowed him to work closely with authors while leading customer experience projects company wide. In 2011 Thom joined Amazon as the Community Outreach Manager, responsible for building brand awareness for CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has been very involved in the developing rise of independent publishing throughout his career.


October 31st, 2013

It’s Our Holiday Party:

Help us close out the year with a bang!

When: Friday, December 13  6-8pm

Location: La Costa Valley Club

Join us for the Annual PWSD Holiday Party and Publishing Celebration. This party is FREE, our thank you for your commitment to successful publishing and to sharing your ideas with one another. We’ll serve cocktails and refreshment as well as light appetizers, and we encourage you to bring a copy of your book to display and share. We also hope you will bring your friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who are interesting in this crazy world of publishing. This is your celebration of your publishing adventure, so put it on your calendar and join us!

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