We’re Going To PNBA Fall Trade Show

SpyGirls_Camp_SecretThanks to Kathryn Dennis, SpyGirls Press,  and Beth Chapple, Granite Peak Publications, Book Publishers Northwest will have a display  at this year’s PNBA Fall Trade Show. There’s still slots left open for members who wish to volunteer to help them. All table volunteers will receive an exhibitor’s badge that will allow them into all education events as well as the trade show — and the dessert receptions!
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Volunteer Benefits
Members can display additional books or stage give-aways or author signings by volunteering to work the exhibition space. At this point, members may volunteer for as many hours as desired. Every BPNW member who signs up to help BPNW will receive an exhibitor badge too.

*We will start collecting books from all members in September for this show.

Other Benefits of Membership: 

Display book covers and share your news at BPNW website. We publish book covers and member news in an exclusive channel.  This channel automatically publishes to our social media as well as emails all posts directly to 1000+ subscribers. 

Discounts from Independent Book Publishers Association:

If joining IBPA or using one of their marketing programs, BPNW members receive an “affiliate member” discount. Any BPNW member can request these discounts (programs available for discount vary each year). Learn more about this organization here.

Discounts from Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association: 

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association offers special rates to BPNW members for marketing to Northwest booksellers and librarians. Learn more about this organization here.

Interested in becoming a member of Book Publishers Northwest? Learn more here.

ALA Orlando Show Puts Out Call For Exhibitors

OrlandoALAThe American Library Association’s Annual 2016 Conference & Exhibition will be held in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016. More than 17,000 key library buyers from around the country are expected to attend ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition June 24-27, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Applications for exhibition space are now being accepted. In addition to being time-stamped, the assignment process includes how many years you have exhibited and if you are an ALA Corporate member. ALA Annual is one of the largest national events for the library market. The space rate is $2,475 per 10×10 and $175 for each open corner. All we need is your space application and wish list of space selections to be part of the first round which will start in September.

Click for the online Space Application.

News From Our Fellow IBPA Affiliates

ibpalogoBook Publishers Northwest is an affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Here’s some news from our fellow affiliates around the country.

Independent Publishers of New England

  • IPNE is hosting their annual conference Sept 25-26, 2015. See their website for information.
  • IPNE is displaying member titles at the New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference. IBPA members can register at the IPNE member rate.
Midwest Independent Publishing Association
  • MIPA recently changed their name from Midwest Independent Publishers Association to Midwest Independent Publishing Association to reflect the growing number of authors in membership.
  • MIPA covers 12 states and have around 80 members. Around 25 to 40 people come to each meeting.
  • MIPA is trying to get people from all 12 states involved in their activities. Currently, they have an active rep from Michigan who will start a Michigan-based Meetup.com group.
  • MIPA will be attending the Twin Cities Book Festival and Bloomington Book Fest.

Northern California Publishers & Authors

  • ​ NCPA has a new president, Sharon Darrow, who is very energetic. Good news! One of Sharon’s goals is to increase membership by bringing in younger members.
  • NCPA will overhaul their website in the coming year. The new site will be built on a platform that anyone in the association can work with.
Publishers Association of Los Angeles
  • ​ PALA has been been running very effective brainstorming sessions. Ten to 20 people attend. Each attendee brings a challenge they’re struggling with and the group discusses possible solutions.
  • PALA is looking again at their mission statement to determine whether it still works for them.
St. Louis Publishers Association
  • ​SLPA held a successful education program with Joan Stewart in June. 50 people came.
  • SLPA will host a vendor showcase in August to help members connect with local designers, proof readers, and others. They expect 15 to 20 vendor tables and around 100 participants.

Lack of Volunteers May Mean No Book Trade Show Display

Book Publishers Northwest normally exhibits members' books each year at the PNBA Fall Trade Show.

Book Publishers Northwest normally exhibits members’ books each year at the PNBA Fall Trade Show.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Book Publishers Northwest may not be able to display members’ books at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show. Held in Portland, Oregon, October 2 to 4, 2015, this show is attended by booksellers and librarians looking to add to their stock. There is also a full day of educational events for publishers and authors.

At this point, we have cut back from two-day display to one-day display. PNBA is kindly holding a table for BPNW but we will have to release it by August 7 if nobody steps forward to help. A final appeal will go out to all BPNW members for help tomorrow (July 30).

If no volunteers are found for the 2015 show, BPNW will try to find another marketing benefit for this year’s members and will continue to plan a display at the 2016 show in Tacoma, Washington.

Volunteer Benefits

You can display additional books or stage give-aways or author signings by volunteering to work the exhibition space at the 2015 PNBA Fall Trade Show. This comes with free entrance to the show, which is not open to the public. Members who volunteer to open or close the space will receive a 2016 BPNW membership ($50 value) as well as these benefits. At this point, you may volunteer for as many slots as you’d like. If you are a member but have not received the announcements by email, please contact bpnwnews@aol.com for further information.

Exhibitor Space Selling Out For Wordstock

wordstockredchairWord is that exhibitors seeking to sell books at the relaunched Wordstock should reserve their space now. Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival relaunchs at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The festival will be an intergenerational celebration of literature and the written word, a day of author readings and discussions, writing workshops, a book fair, a beer tent with local food carts, and more. According to a recent newsletter from Literary Arts, the organization which took over Wordstock in 2013, exihibitor spaces are selling briskly.

To exhibit at the Wordstock Book Festival, exhibitors must sell books or book-related materials, or represent a literary program. They can be a bookseller, publisher, literary magazine, author, or a nonprofit organization focused on literacy or education. Questions about eligibility status should be directed to Amanda Bullock, Festival & Events Manager, at amanda@literary-arts.org or 503-227-2583 x112.

Further information on registration can be found at Literary Arts’ website.

Publishing Conferences Outside the NW

IPNEConferenceIf you’re looking to expand your publishing knowledge and see a different part of the country, the following conferences are offering discounts for members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and their members:

For those heading to the many theme attraction parks in Orlando, Florida, The Florida Authors & Publishers Association Annual Conference also offers two days of professional development sessions designed to provide authors and publishers “with up-to-date publishing resources needed to succeed and make money.” The two day conference will be August 7 and 8. 2015, at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando.

The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) will host their 2015 conference on September 25 to 26 in Portsmouth, NH. They will have three tracks of presentations: Publishing, Marketing, and Other (writing, editing, technical, and legal). All are designed to interest authors, publishers, and others invovled the book-publishing world. Their Friday Keynote speaker will be  Robert Gray from Shelf Awareness and their Satuday keynote will be given by Kelly Gallagher from Ingram Content Group and Jim Milliot from Publishers Weekly.  “Portsmouth is definitely a year-round tourist destination as well as next door to those in Maine,” writes Pamela Fenner, co-director of this year’s conference.

Book Publishers Northwest is an affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association. For more information on resources available through this organization, please see their website.