AUTHOR BOOK TOURS: Who’s Still Doing Them – And Why You Should Be, Too!

Note: We’ve addressed the issues that some of you raised related to the food and service at The Rex in 2010, and feel confident that this new year will bring some positive changes that will help keep everyone happy! –The Board

RSVP before 5pm on Wednesday, January 26 to Along with your lunch choice, PLEASE include your company name and membership status.


Monday, January 31, 2011, 12:00 to 2:00
Salon Meeting Room at Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (between Powell and Mason)

Who’s still doing them–and why you should be, too!

There’s a reason the San Francisco Bay Area maintains its appeal as a prime destination for touring authors–we’re a highly literate part of the country (SF was just named #6 nationwide!) with some of the best independent booksellers around. Our major daily is one of the few in the country that still has a stand alone Book Review section, and our media escorts are legendary. Naomi Epel, David Golia and Kathi Kamen Goldmark are among the best in the biz; they’ve escorted authors like Ruth Reichel, B.B. King, and Alexander McCall Smith, to name just a few.

Join us as we usher in the new year with a conversation about how a key part of book publishing and promotion–author book tours–are changing. We’ll hear how escorts are continuing to work with publishers and authors, what really are the best regional outlets for fiction and nonfiction authors, and how publicists can better partner and strategize with–and in some cases, learn from–media escorts.

Bonus for Attendees: Naomi Epel has generously agreed to share her local media list with all who attend!

NAOMI EPEL, Naomi Epel & Associates
In 1988 Naomi dropped out of grad school to start her own literary escort service after apprenticing with Joyce Cole and discovering that she could learn more directly from the authors than from reading their books for classes. She used her time behind the wheel to find out how the creative process really worked and produced two books, Writers Dreaming and The Observation Deck, by interviewing ?authors on their off time for her radio shows DreamTalk, BookTalk and Cover to Cover. Prior to 1988, Naomi had many careers including geneticist, private investigator, dream worker and market researcher. She is currently working on a book about the alphabet.

DAVID GOLIA, Golia Media Services
After spending many years bartending and playing music for drunks, David Golia needed a job. Kathi Kamen Goldmark, said “Hey come work for me!? I babysit authors who are here on book tour. It’s just like bartending and playing music for drunks but the people you work with are a lot smarter.” When Kathi decided to become a famous author herself, David took over helm and Golia Media Services was born. GMS is going into its 11th year and although there are fewer authors out on tour, David says, “It’s still a lot of fun.”

MODERATOR: Kathi Kamen Goldmark, a former media escort, will moderate this discussion which is sure to include some of the best stories ever. Kathi has worked on publicity campaigns for nearly every major publisher. She is the author of one novel, And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You; has co-authored or contributed to numerous other books; and writes BookPage’s Author Enablers column with her husband, Sam Barry. Kathi is the founder and a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, producer of the radio show West Coast Live, and winner of the 2008 Women’s National Book Association Award. She lives in San Francisco. Visit her at

Please note: To better serve our membership, we are now photographing select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but do not wish to be filmed, please state this preference when you RSVP.



1. Cobb SALAD
Romaine lettuce, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, bacon, blue cheese, diced chicken in a honey-mustard dressing (Please note: Cobb Salad can be prepared with no meat, please request in your RSVP.)

2. Grilled SALMON
Filet with white truffle risotto, tomato beurre blanc

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of cookies and lemon bars will be placed in the middle of each table for dessert.

RSVP before 5pm on Wednesday, January 26 to Along with your lunch choice, PLEASE include your company name and current membership status.

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 31!


One thought on “AUTHOR BOOK TOURS: Who’s Still Doing Them – And Why You Should Be, Too!

  1. As an author with a book out April 14, “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail”, from Portfolio/Penguin, I’d love to come out and tour….But as you may know, very few publishers are funding book tours. For many of us (I am in NY) financing a national tour is difficult to impossible.

    Happy to hear any suggestions!

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