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Saturday November 8, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM PST
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The Key Room at the Next Key Center 
1385 North Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949

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Workshop Format

Bring  your tablet, notebook (digital or paper) and be prepared for a non-stop information filled afternoon starting at 1 pm.

There is a break after our morning meeting and you can purchase lunch near by at one of the many restaurants and shops in Hamilton Landing, or bring your own lunch from home.

The room is set up with an assortment of tables and chairs, so you don't have to try to balance your note taking in your lap.

The morning meeting will conclude by 12:15 pm and you will have time to go off campus if you so desire.

Mark is an amazing speaker, so get ready to learn!


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Bay Area Independent Publishers Association 
E-Publishing Intensive with Mark Coker! 

E-Publishing Intensive with Mark Coker! 

Mark Coker Returns to BAIPA

Mark Coker, founder of SmashwordsDon’t miss: Smashwords founder Mark Coker presents an intensive e-publishing workshop. Learn to e-publish like a pro! Learn best practices, merchandising secrets for iBooks and how to make your next book launch more successful with ebook preorders.

The ebook revolution has taken the publishing industry by storm, and self-published authors are leading the charge. Self-published authors now grace the New York Times bestseller list on a regular basis. A couple of years ago, this was almost unheard of. In the future, it'll become even more commonplace. It's easier to self-publish an ebook than you might think.

In this introductory primer to ebook self-publishing, Mark Coker will cover the basics, all without unnecessary technical jargon. Mark’s session will begin by providing an overview of the latest ebook market trends, and then will provide detailed guidance on ebook creation, pricing, distribution and marketing. Learn about ISBNs, copyright and why you shouldn't worry about piracy. BAIPA attendees will leave empowered with the foundational knowledge they need to maximize their success as an ebook author. This foundational session is ideal for both aspiring authors about to make the leap to ebook self-publishing and establish authors interested in the latest on ebook publishing strategies.

Mark Coker of Smashwords returns to BAIPA share the latest trends and opportunities with ebooks. 

Don’t miss this great day to learn the latest strategies for reaching more readers with indie ebooks.

The day kicks off with a keynote talk titled, “Ten Trends Driving the Future of Publishing” where Mark will help you position your publishing to take maximum advantage of the exciting changes happening in publishing today.

Exclusive BAIPA E-Publishing Intensive with Mark Coker!

In the afternoon, Mark will give an intensive three-hour e-publishing workshop.  If you’re considering publishing an ebook, or you want to make your current e-publishing efforts more successful, then you don’t want to miss this great opportunity for Mark to share everything you need to know to reach more readers with ebooks.

The workshop will be divided into three segments:

1.  Introduction to Ebook Publishing – This e-publishing primer will provide you the foundational knowledge you need to publish like a pro.  No prior experience necessary.  Mark will show you just how easy it is to publish, distribute, and market an ebook.  Even if you’re already e-publishing, the talk provides a quick refresher and prepares you for his next presentations.

2.  Ebook Publishing Best Practices – The competition for reaching readers is greater than ever.  How do you make your book stand out from the crowd?  How do you make your make your book more discoverable and desirable?  The secret is best practices.  In this presentation, Mark will share the best practice strategies used by the world’s bestselling indie ebook authors.

3.  Ebook Preorder Strategy – Preorders are probably the single most important ebook launch tool introduced in the last five years.  Learn Mark’s exclusive strategies that have helped dozens of Smashwords author hit the bestseller lists.  A great preorder starts with smart planning, strategy and execution.  Mark will show you how!

Space is limited so reserve your spot today! We will cut off registration when we reach capacity!

About Mark

Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to make it fast, free and easy for authors to publish and distribute an ebook.  Today, Smashwords has grown to become the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks.  90,000 authors and small independent presses around the world publish and distribute 300,000 books with Smashwords.  Smashwords distributes globally to Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Kobo, Scribd, Oyster and Baker & Taylor Axis 360.  Mark’s three books about ebook publishing best practices – The Smashwords Style Guide, The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success – have been downloaded over 500,000 times and are considered essential reference guides for professional indie authors.  Follow Mark on Twitter @markcoker.  Mark blogs at and contributes to Huffington Post’s Books section at