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Led by indie publishing veterans and BAIPA board members David Kudler and Ruth Schwartz (with assists from other BAIPA members), this day will give you a map to the many ways in which you can and should interact with Amazon.
How Can Your Indie Book Flourish in Earth’s Largest Commercial Ecosystem?
The morning session will survey all Amazon programs affecting the independent author/publisher. We will explore the various Amazon programs and subsidiaries that we as independent publishers need to take advantage of. We will start with an overview, and then plunge into 10 key programs.
All Your Amazon Questions Answered: Presentations and Table Topics to Assist in Your Amazon Success!
The afternoon session (1:00-4:00pm) will be set up to respond to your real-world questions on Amazon.
We will offer a combination of in-depth presentations and roundtable breakout discussions about how best to take advantage—and avoid the traps—of working within the Amazon ecosystem. There will be plenty of time for answering your specific questions.
1:00-1:50pm—Q&A with David Kudler and Ruth Schwartz. Ask us anything about Amazon. However, if your question relates to any of the following topics, please attend that session.
2:00-2:50pm—Two concurrent roundtables around Book Production: one on CreateSpace with Ruth Schwartz, and one on KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) with David Kudler.
3:00-3:50pm: Three concurrent roundtables around Marketing: Amazon Reviews with Judy Baker, Author Central with Ruth Schwartz and Categories and Keywords with David Kudler.
3:50-4:00pm—Catch our breaths and pack up for the day.
David Kudler, the current vice-president of BAIPA, is an expert provider of publishing services and a consultant to independent and self-publishers. He is the founder and publisher for Stillpoint Digital Press, and since 1999, has managed the publication of more than 60 print, ebook, audio, and video titles. A traditionally and self-published author himself, he is preparing the June, 2016 release of his young adult historical adventure novel Risuko.
Ruth Schwartz, aka the Wonderlady, has been a member of the BAIPA board for more than three years and currently oversees the BAIPA website and email marketing. Known as a book Midwife, she helps authors get clear about the steps needed to turn out a professional book that looks as good as anything coming from a traditional publisher. She also provides marketing, proofreading and book interior/cover design services, and helps clients to set up basic author websites. You can find out more about her at thewonderlady.com.