How to Land and Perform on TV and Radio Shows

30 06 2021
Brian Jud is the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales, an author, media trainer, and former co-host of the Writer’s RoundTable radio show and host of the television series The Book Authority that aired over 650 shows. It is the longest continuously running cable TV show in Connecticut. He has been the guest on over 1200 television and radio shows, including Today and CNN.In addition, he is the author, narrator, and producer of the media-training video program You’re on The Air. He also wrote and published its companion guides, It’s Show Time and Perpetual Promotion. These describe techniques for authors to get on and perform on television and radio shows.Brian is the CEO of Book Marketing Works, providing media training and marketing consulting for authors and book publishers.Connect with Brian:
REMINDER: This is exclusively an online event via Zoom.
Link for the morning session will be provided in a separate email sent out Friday evening, July 9th, between 8:45 and 9 PM. If you are a current BAIPA member OR you have pre-registered and do not receive that email, please reach out to Info and to Register
BAIPA MEMBERS: ALL CURRENT MEMBERS will receive the Zoom info for the morning session automatically on Friday evening. There is no afternoon workshop in July. AND everyone who registered for the morning session will also get the Zoom information for those events on Friday evening, between 8:30 and 9 PM Pacific.The best way to ensure that you will get your Zoom link in a timely manner is to either be a current member of BAIPA or pre-register by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9th. Thanks! How Much?$20 for non-members for the morning session. If you are a member of BAIPA, there is no charge for the morning session.
 ATTN: NON-MEMBERS: Membership is currently $10/month, with automatic renewal. You can attend the morning session for a onetime $20 non-member fee OR you can join for only $10/month, and cancel anytime.

Also, there are many other benefits to being a member of BAIPA, including discounted rates for afternoon workshops, access to ALL recordings of previous presentations, and much moreCome join us! THE DAY’S SCHEDULE
9-9:45 am Open Q & A
10-10:45 am Introductions & Announcements
11 am-12:15 pm Program: Amazon Optimization: How to Sell More Books with 7 Tweaks to Your Amazon Listing with Geoff Affleck, #1 bestselling author and award-winning publishing consultant

First Saturdays unless holiday weekendAUGUST 7th: Penny Sansevieri speaking about how to lay the foundation for bigger book sales. There WILL be an afternoon workshop with Penny, where she will do a deep dive into the topics touched on in her morning presentation.SEPTEMBER 11th: Brian O’Leary, Executive Director for BISG (source of BISAC categories and more) on the latest publishing trends. (second Saturday) OCTOBER 2nd: Michele Cobb on getting your titles into librariesStay tuned for more!

For now, our regular monthly meetings are being held via Zoom on the FIRST Saturday of the month, except for holiday weekends, such as Independence Day and Labor Day weekends, when the meeting will be held on the second Saturday. 


23 06 2021
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11 06 2021
Children’s books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to mainly take up space in libraries, children’s bedroom bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children’s books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations, and their fantastic stories that transcend age categories and genres. The growth of the children’s book sector has been unprecedented this past decade—so how can you make your manuscript stand out in these crowded categories and genres?

In this Writer’s Digest Boot Camp starting June 22, the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children’s book with commercial appeal? How do you decide what category and genre your book belongs in? How do you find agents and publishers to submit your manuscript to? How can you attract both child and adult readers (and buyers)? The agent instructors will answer these questions—and more! They will also critique your work and answer any questions you have about writing and selling books for children.

As a registrant, you’ll have access to four children’s book-focused presentations: Publishing Picture Books; Publishing Middle Grade; Publishing Young Adult; and Writing Query Letters. Then, you’ll have the chance to submit your query letter plus your picture book manuscript or a sample from your middle grade/young adult manuscript’s first chapter for critique. Every critique submission will receive personal feedback from Maria Vicente or Eric Smith or Stephanie Winter. This program children’s book boot camp will cover the following topics:What the difference is between the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categoriesWhat the biggest genres are in picture books, middle grade, and young adult—and how to decide where your manuscript fits inHow to come up with a commercial idea that’s character- and plot-drivenHow to create engaging characters that agents, editors, and readers will loveWhere (and where not) to start your storyHow to inspire kids without writing heavy moralsWhy rhythm, not rhyming, is the key to success in picture booksHow visual thinking will improve your picture book manuscriptWhat to highlight in your pitch to sell your book to agents and publishersHow to avoid the most common mistakes found in submissionsWhat you can learn from your favorite published children’s books
Register NOW! Sells Out Fast!June 22-25, 2021
Maria Vicente-1
Maria Vicente is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. As an editorial agent, she provides support to her clients through all stages of the writing and publication process. Her publishing career began as an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency, and she also interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria holds a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton University and a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. She has affinities for literary prose, diverse characters, original storytelling formats, and anything geeky.
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Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on Book Riot, Paste Magazine, Barnes & Noble’s blog, and more. As an author, he’s been published by Bloomsbury, Quirk, and Flux.
Stephanie Winter-1
Stephanie Winter is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and an M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is looking for diverse, inclusive voices in fiction and graphic novels for adults and young readers. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes and genders, and works that champion the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, and women in STE(A)M. 
Register NOW! Sells Out Fast!June 22-25, 2021

100+ Grammar Rules for Writers

24 05 2021

8 Ways to Add Suspense to Your Novel

12 05 2021

25 Plot Twist Prompts for Writers

10 05 2021
Writers Digest
WD Monday Motivation
25 Plot Twist Prompts for WritersWriting is a tricky craft. Sometimes getting a story started is the hardest part. Other times, it’s figuring out the grand finale. And then, there are all the twists and turns between the beginning and the end. That’s where this post aims to help.(25 ways to start a story.)After all, that’s where a majority of the writing and the reading is done. But most fun stories don’t follow a simple Point A to Point B path even if the plot is as simple as a fellowship of characters delivering a ring from one place to another. In fact, most stories worth reading take more than a few side paths and alleyways on their way to the end.So I’ve collected 25 plot twist ideas and prompts to help writers spark new directions in their stories when they’re feeling stuck. Read the full article…

5 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Memoir

7 05 2021
5 Things to Consider When Structuring Your Memoir
When thinking about structure in literature, most will default to fiction, poetry, and maybe even academic writing. However, structure is crucial to all literary genres—including memoir. In this article from 2018, author and memoirist Cheryl Suchors gives her top tips for structuring your memoir so it can stand tall and make an impact.Cheryl Suchors, September 12, 2018,
For some writers, structure appears like a bridge in the mist; for others, like myself, there’s only the mist. Several ingredients can be used to create a structure, like that bridge, that works for your book. You may know the answers to the considerations below right away, or you may need to experiment and discover them through the writing itself. Either way, memoir structure is as crucial as structure in fiction and no good memoir will be able to stand tall without it.
1. Order of EventsIn some memoirs, Without a Map by Meredith Hall, for example, the chapters jump forward and backward in time. This adds an element of unpredictability that both challenges and engages the reader.

Most memoirs, however, tend to flow chronologically. That is, they run through events in the sequence in which they happened. But even a chronological memoir isn’t purely chronological since the narrator is now an adult filtering past experiences through the lens of a wiser, more mature person. This is part of what adds richness to the tale.

If you can avoid a mostly chronological structure, good for you. You’ll benefit from the inherent complexity. But if, like most memoirists, you are using a chronological structure, there are still several techniques to help you avoid the pitfall of “first this happened, then that happened,” an approach that drains the life and tension from a book.Read the full article on our website…

Call for Entries: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

22 04 2021

Win $5,000, a feature about you in Writer’s Digest and so much more!

5 03 2021

What Will Happen Next? The Art of Suspense

3 03 2021