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Book Passage Path to Publishing Conference

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I felt like an adopted kid who found her true family!

Path to Publishing pass

Book Passage’s Sam Barry – one of the driest senses of humor you will ever come across (his brother Dave Barry is known for that too…) organized the best indie publishing conference I’ve attended.

Here was the schedule:

9:00 – 9:30
Welcome & Introduction: “Seven questions writers need to ask themselves”
Bill Petrocelli

9:30 – 10:30
Introduction to the Mentoring Program. The Book Passage Mentoring Program is one of the popular aspects of our Path to Publishing program. A group of our mentors will describe the services that they offer to authors.
Sam Barry, Phil Cousineau, Molly Giles, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Andrea  Alban


10:45 – 11:45
Book Business 101 A panel of agents and book business professionals give an overview of how traditional publishing and the book business operate. This is the starting point for understanding other, alternate forms of publishing. This will be a chance to ask questions of agents.
Bill Petrocelli, Alice Acheson, Andy Ross, Kimberley Cameron

11:45 – 12:30
The Editing Process Editors play a key role in developing the manuscript and getting it ready for publication. A panel of editors talks about how the editorial process works.
Sam Barry, Mark Burstein, Pamela Feinsilber, Molly Giles

12:30 – 1:30
Lunch with the faculty and announcements about author organizations.

1:45 – 2:30
The Basics of Book Design  A group of skilled book designers talk about the elements of good design and the importance of each design element in the bookselling process.
Sam Barry, Jim Shubin, Joel Friedlander, Lisa Abellera


2:45 – 4:00
Alternative Publishing & Distribution The session looks at a key issue in alternative publishing: how does the method of publishing interplay with the distribution of books. How do books that are co-published or self-published reach readers? What is the role of e-books?
Bill Petrocelli, Mary Moore, Brooke Warner, Margery Buchanan, Phil Cousineau, Linda Watanabe McFerrin

4:00 – 5:00
The Crucial Issue of Book Promotion What is a a good promotion plan, and when does it begin. How do promotion plans differ with the method of publication?
Sam Barry, Alice Acheson, Kaye McKinzie

I’m looking forward to working with mentors Molly Giles, David Corbett, Phil Cousineau and Linda Watanabe McFerrin.  I have specific questions for each writer and look forward to hearing their advice.

If you are interested in the Book Passage Path to Publishing Program, contact Sam Barry at (415) 927-0960!

Pat Conroy’s ‘My Reading Life’, the depth of compassion for his Mother

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
gorgeous southern sunset

a perfect image for his lifelong love of reading

My Reading Life, by Pat Conroy

ISBN:  978-0-385-53357-7

Chapter One: The Lily

Pat Conroy is the writer who led me to southern writing, to the gorgeous prose and humid, stoic, gut wrenching, truth revealing, emotional storytelling of the South.  I just picked up ‘My Reading Life’ at local indie bookseller Book Passage and it’s cover, rich sunset colors with the stark white of pages morphing into seagulls, gave me a good inkling this would be a fantastic book by a writer about reading.

One chapter in and I’m enraptured unexpectedly because he humbly honors HIS MOTHER.  She took him to libraries in every town his military father’s career path placed them.  She helped him research every single offshoot of things he encountered in his reading, always making him feel as though books opened the door to parts of his future self.

But there’s something even more devastatingly compassionate in his telling in this chapter.

She, who had given up her education to get married, have and raise kids, lived not vicariously through his learning but symbiotically with him.  He wandered the wilderness around their home, found small critters and she got him books about wild animals in Africa.  He needed to read Shakespeare, they read it together and talked through unknown words.  She did his homework, not for him, for herself on the side, sometimes eliciting pity from him, but also admiration for her ‘indefatigable trek towards self improvement.’  She educated herself through her shepherding of his interests.

This has to be the most loving acknowledgement I’ve ever read of gratitude from child to parent.  It moved me so deeply.

And it’s only Chapter 1.  Onward to Chapter 2!