Nov. 17 Meeting: Getting Naked at the Podium

naked_frontcover_150pxFor our November 17 meeting, local author Pete Kahle takes us through his successful 90-minute program on how to be comfortable in all the different speaking opportunities that authors and publishers encounter. Whether you’re doing a bookstore reading or a presentation at a business conference, learn how to feel more confident at the front of the room and to connect with your audience.

This program begins at 6 pm on Nov. 17 at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Look for us in Room 221, just inside the main entrance. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the business of books.

Naked at the Podium: The Writer’s Guide to Successful Readings

Are you prepared to step outside your comfort level and meet the public? People don’t become authors because they want a career in show business, but personal promotion is important if you want your book to sell. Learn to use actor’s tricks and ideas to speak at book readings, programs, launch parties, teaching appearances and other public situations.The book version of this program is available in paperback and ebook forms from publisher 74th Street Productions, independent bookstores, and online retailers.

More About Peter Kahle

74Street_PeteKahleKahle’s latest book, Passage of the Kissing People, is a novel of love, betrayal and family language and was 74th Street Productions’ first foray into adult contemporary literary fiction.  His first book, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Prose Narrative, was honored as a finalist in the national Small Press Book Awards (juvenile/young adult fiction).  His second, Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A Prose Narrative, was chosen as a national finalist for the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

A past president of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, he has organized conferences and spoken at a myriad of publishing events.  A founding member of the Collective Wheee!, this Shakespeare enthusiast enjoys making the plays accessible by speaking at schools and libraries about topics that include writing, family language, Shakespeare, and the performing and literary arts.

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in meeting


Deadlines For PNBA’s 2015 New Titles Promotions

pnbalogoPacific Northwest Bookseller Association recently sent out the deadlines for the January 2015 edition of PNBA’s Northwest New Title Preview.This publication is designed to target the distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest. For $150, PNBA will include your book in a direct to desktop listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, blurb, and a linked contact for bookseller requests.

New Title listings are due with payment in the PNBA office by January 9. Dates for this and other 2015 New Title Previews can be found at the PNBA website.

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Marketing, PNBA


Talking About A Career In Words

Book Publishers Northwest member Beth Jusino recently spoke at GeekGirlCon along with Rebecca Brinson and Amanda Vail from the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. In this discussion at a convention for women interested in the future and jobs in technology, their publishing discussion veered toward how Seattle could  change the business model and “blow New York out of the water” in the 21st century:

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Member News


Northwest BookFest 2014 Writers Conference Cancelled

Northwest BookFest organizer Sheryn Hara announced that the board of Northwest BookFest  decided to cancel their upcoming event on November 1 and 2, “Guiding You Through Indie Publishing,” to be held at Northwest University.

“We made this decision based on that fact that we were not able to get enough registrations to warrant holding the event,” she said. People who registered for the event should contact Hara at for more information.

The Kirkland writers’ convention Northwest Bookfest took its name from an earlier event created in Seattle in the 1990s, which also ended eventually due to lack of funding. Unlike that two-day readers’ festival on the piers celebrating print books, the Eastside event had evolved into two days of workshops on the changing nature of book publishing and, particularly, the impact of e-books and technology on writers.

Wordstock, a similar event in Portland, OR, also shut down in 2014, although Literary Arts has announced that it will revive the event in November 2015.


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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Conferences


New E-Book Takes Readers On A Geyser Tour

Visiting-Geyserland-ebook-coverGranite Peak Publications recently compiled a new short e-book of geyser basin walking tours called Visiting Geyserland. It consists of excerpts from Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park (2013), with five maps, anecdotes relating historical experiences with the geyser eruptions, a list of precautions, and resources to exploreto learn more about geysers. Visiting Geyserland has been available since October 15 on iBooks, Kindle, Nook, and as a PDF.

Author Janet Chapple has been working on her guidebooks to the park since 1995, visiting Yellowstone every year to sightsee and research, eventually attending about twenty Yellowstone Association Institute workshops. As part of her research she hikes on all the trails recommended in her books, focusing the ones that are not too strenuous and that help the visitor get away from the crowds.

Publisher and editor Beth Chapple is a veteran freelance editor for book publishers and individual scholars. Since 2000, she has worked as developmental editor, copy editor, production editor, proofreader, indexer, web designer, and copywriter on the Yellowstone Treasures project. She also served on the board of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild for eight years. Currently she is working on the American Society for Indexing conference that will be held in Seattle in 2015.

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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Member News


Chinook Pass Lending Library Receives Book Donation

At the end of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Fall Tradeshow, the exhibitors, including BPNW, donate their books to the Rural Library Project. Every year, a small library receives a welcome truckload of free books. This year’s donation went to the Chinook Pass Lending Library and even picked up some news coverage:


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Posted by on October 17, 2014 in BPNW, PNBA


October 20 Meeting: What Works, What Doesn’t

Whether you’re an author, a publisher, or an author/publisher, you’ve been told to tour blogs, fund via Kickstarter, set up book signings, get reviews on Amazon, go to conferences, provide ARCs, and more. Our October group of entrepreneurial authors have tried all of these things and now they’ll share their experiences in a evening of “Works, Doesn’t Work.”

As each topic is broached, they’ll respond “Works” or “Doesn’t Work.” Then they’ll elaborate on their answers. Look for a fun, fast-paced evening of discussion on how a dozen tactics or more play out in a real world writing life.  Figure out what could work for you and your book project.

This program begins at 6 pm on Oct. 20 at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Look for us in Room 221, just inside the main entrance. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the business of books.

What Works, What Doesn’t Panel

CobaltCityBluesNathan Crowder: As an author, Crowder has written a dozen novels, including the super-hero novels Chanson Noir, Cobalt City Blues, Greetings from Buena Rosa, and Ride Like the Devil.  His short fiction has appeared in such places as, Byzarium, Crossed Genres, Absent Willow Review,, and in such anthologies as Blood Rites: An Invitation to Horror, Coins of Chaos, Sword & Sorceress 27, Rigor Amortis, and Rock ‘N’ Roll is Dead, among others. His ghost story “None Left Behind” won the Hauntings competition at Hugo House in 2007, his urban/sci-fi story “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime” has appeared on the long-list for storySouth Notable Stories 2009, and “Frames of Reference” was an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Years Best Horror 2010. He founded the publishing imprint, Timid Pirate Productions, which has produced several well-received anthologies featuring writers from around the world, an award-winning podcast, novels, and online fiction. Crowder also writes the popular blog Fringe Candy. He claims his writing career is managed by his cat. His website can be found at

Shadow-of-Winter-King-cover-2Erik Scott de Bie: A 30-something speculative fiction author and game designer, de Bie’s work includes eight novels to date, including novels in the storied Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, the famous Traveller universe (his forthcoming novel Priority: Hyperion), a stand-alone novel for Broken Eye Books (Scourge of the Realm), and the original World of Ruin epic fantasy setting (his recently released novel, Shadow of the Winter King, is the first in that series). His short stories and novellas have appeared in numerous anthologies and he is the author of the multimedia superhero project, Justice/Vengeance. In his work as a game designer, he has contributed to products from such companies as Wizards of the Coast and Privateer Press, and he is a lead creative consultant on Red Aegis from Vorpal Games. He lives with several cats and a large black dog. Check out his website at

Chicks-Dig-Gaming-cover-webRosemary Jones (moderator): Author of six nonfiction books, two novels, one ebook serial adventure, and several novellas and short stories, Jones has been published by a variety of companies, ranging from corporations like Wizards of the Coast and Prima to small presses like Dark Quest and Timid Pirate. She won her first nonfiction writing award in high school and launched her fiction writing with a contest win (Phobos Science Fiction) and a contest loss (Wizards of the Coast Maiden of Pain). She’s also sold several hundred articles to newspapers, trade magazines, and websites. Her essay on the 19th century Nellie Bly board game appears in Chicks Dig Gaming (Mad Norwegian Press) in November. As a PR and social media specialist, she has worked for a variety of local nonprofits and publishers. She currently manages the website for Book Publishers Northwest and owns an oversized pottery cat. Her personal website is

QueenAndCommanderJanine A. Southard: The IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (The Hive Queen Saga, #1) is currently funding her next novel–a half-contemporary, half-fantasy called Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story–on Kickstarter and hopes to release it in early 2015. Other titles include Hive & Heist, Maintaining A Free Mars, Prophesy Murder, These Convergent Stars, and The Robot Who Stole Herself. Her novel Queen & Commander was described as “like Joss Whedon’s Firefly but for teenagers” by the YA’s Nightstand. Her science fiction novella These Convergent Stars was selected as the short ebook recommendation of the week at Tungsten Hippo on 29 January 2014. Southard’s other writing and editing projects include writing lore, character dialog, and short stories for the MMORPG Aion Online: Assault on Balaurea; working with romance authors to get their novels ready for publication; and updating an Amazon Web Services site section. When not writing, she plays with a Celtic band and reads aloud to her cat. Her website can be found at

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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in meeting


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