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


SpyGirls Press: Bring Your Flashlight

UncoveredUncovered in Istanbul is the second book the Anatolia Steppe Mystery Series published by SpyGirls Press. The first book, Lost in Petra, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

This latest adventure for middle grade readers is due out in October and has gotten some great advance press. Midwest Book Review notes “Turkey’s sights, sounds and smells are exceptionally vivid here and are the perfect exotic backdrop to support a feisty female protagonist in her quest for the truth….the brash, sassy, action-oriented protagonist of Anatolia Steppe…whose personal commitment and determination fuel a fast-paced, involving mystery that hovers on elements of hope and despair right up to the end.”

The publishers also expect Foreward Reviews’ coverage in Winter (Dec/Jan/Feb) issue.

The motto of this Book Publishers Northwest member is a nicely cheeky reminder of how fun reading should be for middle grade set: “Undercover Reading. Flashlight Required.”

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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Member News


Another Fun Book Show!

PNBA raffle prize winner with booth volunteer Posy Gering.

PNBA raffle prize winner with booth volunteer Posy Gering.

Book Publishers Northwest had sixteen volunteers show up this year to staff our booth at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow. BPNW was able to provide free show badges for everyone who volunteered, thanks to a generous discount from our friends at PNBA! Many of our volunteers also enjoyed the Friday education day and other events during the weekend.

With a new Saturday dessert party and a Sunday raffle on the floor of the show, PNBA worked hard to keep traffic flowing to the exhibits during both days of the tradeshow. Because of our strong volunteer support this year, BPNW was able to exhibit books for both days. We also participated in the raffle, giving away a backpack filled with treats.

Many members, such as Patty Pacelli and Posy Gering, took time at the booth to share their experience via social media. If you have a picture taken at the show, you can tweet it to us @bookpubnw like Patty or email us at

Next year’s PNBA Fall Tradeshow will take place in Portland. The organizers plan to return to the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, in 2016.


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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in BPNW, PNBA


ASI Seeking Speakers

Motif Seattle will be the downtown setting for the ASI Conference.

Beth Chapple reports that the American Society for Indexing conference will be held in Seattle in 2015 and they are looking for speakers. “I have been a member of that organization for a few years now. I am thinking of putting together a presentation myself and wonder if anyone at Book Publishers Northwest is thinking of organizing a seminar or workshop. I have even been asked for help in locating 15 to 20 local publishers who also might be interested in attending/speaking at the conference, and whom we might invite to a publishers’ reception,” she wrote in a recent email.

The ASI annual conferences will be held April 30 to May 1 at MOTIF SEATTLE, 1415 Fifth Avenue, in downtown  Seattle, WA. Conference sessions focus on the best and most up-to-date advances in indexing as an information organization and retrieval resource.

How to Submit a Proposal to Speak

Those wishing to speak at the Seattle ASI Conference in 2015 can use their Online Proposal Form. Questions about the conference or the submission form can be answered by Kate Mertes, the conference organizer, at The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15, 2014.


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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Conferences


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