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Saturday July 13, 2013

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
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San Rafael Corporate Center 
750 Lindaro Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Our Agenda

  • Check-in 8:45-9:00 am
  • Q and A 9-9:45 am
  • Break
  • Introductions and Announcements 10-10:45 am
  • Break
  • Presentation 11 am - noon
  • Networking noon - 1 pm


Judy Baker 
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association 

Traditional vs. Indie Publishing: What's Best for the Success of Your Book(s)? 

Lee Foster

What are the viable paths for the modern author who wants to publish a book? Lee Foster has published in all the possible scenarios, both in “traditional” publishing and in “independent” publishing. Most BAIPA members may want to publish independently, but it’s important to understand also the traditional paths in both “work for hire” and “royalty” companies. A BAIPA author may also have several books in mind, and some might be best done traditionally, some indie. When doing an indie book, Lee also publishes as an ebook, with BookBaby. Lee has done indie books both offset and print on demand, and his latest book is print-on-demand with both CreateSpace and Lightning Source. He’ll discuss why. Lee has published two of his books as apps, and will help BAIPA authors understand whether their books could be an app, which is a special and new form for book content. Finally, Lee has published one “book” as a facsimile website, and will explain the rationale for this, which alters the definition of what is a book. Lee’s goal in his talk is to assist BAIPA authors in evaluating the wisdom of their individual paths towards publication



Cost for the meeting: $10 for guests, free to members

About Our Speaker

Lee Foster is an award-winning travel writer/photographer whose work, including coverage on 200 worldwide destinations, can be seen at Lee has published 13 books, focusing especially on travel books, in all the possible publishing structures, traditional and independent.

He has done traditionally published books both with work-for-hire and with royalty companies. He has done independent books both with offset printing and with print-on-demand. Lee’s recent books are also generally ebooks, and some are apps, and one is simultaneously presented as a website.

All of Lee’s books can be seen on his Amazon Author Page and on his website at Beyond books, Lee’s travel writing/photography has been published in most of the leading U.S. magazines and newspapers, from National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Lee also sells photos to editors and to the public through his agency relationships and directly from his photo-selling site at Lee’s work has won many awards, including eight Lowell Thomas Awards, considered the highest accolades in the travel field. He has been named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.

Lee is a BAIPA Board member and delights in assisting his BAIPA colleagues in publishing their books more effectively.