April 27 Meeting: Finding Your Hidden Resources

PrintWhat’s holding you back in your publishing efforts? Perhaps you can identify with these common publishing challenges: can’t finish your manuscript? Don’t seem to get around to implementing all those marketing suggestions?  Uncertain about what’s a good investment? Don’t know where to find a particular resource?

Come to this lively, participatory workshop and learn some practical techniques to break free of the patterns of habit. You’ll uncover resources hidden in plain sight to help you and our BPNW community.

A professional coach and author of The Next You, Discovering Confidence, Calm and Courage, Now, Posy Gering shares simple tools that create big impact. BPNW’s April 22 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle.

More About Our Speaker
Posy150headshotGering offers webinars about how to increase the confidence, calm and courage as well as speaking to groups about overcoming the barriers that prevent them from doing their great work. She has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations such as Costco, Seattle University, Microsoft, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and YWCA.

Her career in communications includes being an editor at PC Magazine; a public relations manager for high tech companies including AT&T, Intel, IBM and Microsoft; and working in corporate change communications for Washington Mutual and T-Mobile. Gering hold an MA in Organizational Leadership from the OSR program at Seattle University, where she also completed a Post-graduate Fellowship. She earned her BA in Creative Process from Sarah Lawrence College.

PNBA Puts Out Call For Authors


Author appearances and book giveaways are a tradition at PNBA Fall Tradeshows

Pacific Northwest Booksellers sent out their traditional “Call for Authors” for their Fall Tradeshow. This year’s PNBA’s 2015 Fall Tradeshow Northwest takes place October 2 to 4 at the Holiday Inn PDX in Portland, OR. PNBA expects at least 225 booksellers from more than 90 Northwest stores, and up to 50 librarians from as many as 20 libraries, to attend this fall’s show.

Proposals for author appearances should be sent via email to thom@pnba.org, with links to your author’s web site, the publisher’s page with info about the book, and any reviews, blurbs or recommendations for the book that are available. On Monday, June 8, the list of proposed authors will be submitted to PNBA’s Selection Committee, which will supply a prioritized list to PNBA staff by June 12.

PNBA staff will begin sending invitations for authors on Monday, June 15. Publicists may request that their authors be featured at specific events, but invitations will be based on the priority assigned by the Selection Committee, and on PNBA staffs’ decisions assuring the widest variety of authors at each event.

The following type of author spots are available. Note that PNBA charges fees for each spot and publishers are expected to supply a certain number of books for each appearance.

* four at the Book & Author Breakfast on Saturday, October 3; and
* four at the Book & Author Breakfast on Sunday, October 4.
Publishers donate at least 150 pre-signed books or ARCs, and pay a $500 promo fee per author.

Twenty spots for nationally and NW-known authors to meet with booksellers during dinner. Authors will rotate through tables of booksellers, spending 15 minutes with each group, at a banquet on Saturday evening, October 3rd. Publishers donate at least 150 books or ARCs, and pay a $350 promo fee per author.

At the Education Day Luncheon (Friday, October 2) ten relatively new regional authors will speak briefly about their new books. Authors must agree to visit PNBA member stores. Publishers donate at least 75 copies of each book for the signings, and pay a $225 promo fee per author.

On Friday, October 2, from 8:30 – 10:00 pm the annual Nightcapper, to end the first day of the convention, features an eclectic group of 20+ authors meeting the booksellers and librarians and signing copies of their new books in a lively reception that often includes authors as performers. This is a great event in which to show attendees what kind of event an author might produce in their stores or libraries.

The next night, Saturday, October 3, immediately following the Author Feast, from 8:30 – 10:00 pm, will be the Sweet & Greet Party for a separate group of 20+ authors, in a more relaxed event. Both parties will include desserts and coffee.

For autographing parties, publishers donate 75-100 copies of each book, and pay a $225 promo fee per author at each event.

Between four and six authors with exciting new books due out in 2016 will be invited to speak at the show’s final author event, a lunch on Sunday, October 4, on the show floor. Publishers donate at least 75 copies of each book (ARCs of course), and pay a $250 promo fee per author.


Sending books or ARCs can be helpful in the PNBA selection process. Send these to:
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
338 West 11th Avenue, Suite #108
Eugene, OR 97401-3062

New Yale Publishing Scholarship Aimed At Indies and Nonprofits

YPC iconThe Yale Publishing Course (YPC) is a week-long intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals that takes place each summer at Yale’s campus in New Haven. A new scholarship, the YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship, is aimed at mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals who work for nonprofits or in companies with less than 50 employees. In total, four (4) scholarships will be awarded this year to a:
• Domestic (USA) Book Publishing professional
• Domestic (USA) Magazine Media professional
• International (non-USA) Book Publishing professional
• International (non-USA) Magazine Media professional

The YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship covers the $5,450 tuition cost for the Yale Publishing Course. Housing and travel are not covered. Deadline to apply is April 24. For more information, see the YPC website.

NW Writing Conference Turns 60

Back when it started, Pacific Northwest Writers Association members talked about typewriters and shipping manuscripts to New York publishers as well as how to plot the perfect story. Sixty years later, the organization’s annual conference still focuses on the craft of writing as well as the publishing business from the writer’s perspective.

The 2015 PNWA Conference will have 30 agents and editors taking pitches from writers. In addition, they will offer more than 70 workshops with several offered about the new “hybrid” author who does both traditional and indie publishing.

The 60th PNWA Writer’s Conference will be held July 16 to 19 at SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. For more information, see their website.

PNBA Notes: One Store Moves, Another Closes

The independent bookstore trade is never easy. The Northwest’s largest association serving these businesses is the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association. March brings news of one store move and one store closure … and a meeting in Seattle about the future of bookselling.

Check out the Oregonian's recent write-up of this Portland indie by clicking on the photo.

Check out the Oregonian’s recent write-up of this Portland indie by clicking on the photo.

A Children’s Place Has New Portland Home
After fifteen years at 48th and Fremont, Portland’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, A Children’s Place, is now in operation down the street at 1423 N.E. Fremont St. Visit the store’s blog for a report on the Grand Re-Opening in March.

Sage Closes In Shelton
The Sage Book Store in Shelton, WA, closed on March 22. “After many hours of trying to sell the store in any form I decided to close the doors and concentrate on my other business Olsen Furniture. This has been for sure the experience of my life and I will forever be grateful,” stated owner Carolyn Olsen in the PNBA Footnotes.

New Markets and New Books Discussed at ABA Spring Forum
Local booksellers will meet on April 7 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. The American Booksellers Association, the national organization for indie bookstores, will lead the workshop on how thoughtful innovation, combined with organized planning and execution, is key to successfully tapping new–and profitable–markets. Then, PNBA reports, there will be drinking and snacking at the Lake Forest Park Bar and Grill.

ABA Northwest Member Relations Manager Nathan Halter is handling reservations for the Spring Forum.


Seven Things Learned at Publishing U

Putting an emphasis on marketing and sales, IBPA’s Publishing University helped two publishing newbies polishChinaRockMarkHouse their practice and think like pros.  Kathryn Dennis of SpyGirlsPress and Laura Kelly Robb of Mark House Publishing will share information gathered from over a dozen workshops they attended at the 2014 two-day conference as the BPNW Affiliate Scholars.  Participate in their hands-on demonstrations of recommended strategies in “7 Things We Learned at Publishing U” on March 23 at 6 pm, Room 223, at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle, Washington.

More About Our Speakers

Mark House Publishing was founded in 2012 by Robb, a writer, and Jim Thomsen, a freelance editor, both long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest. In 2013, they brought out a young adult/adult crossover novel China Rock set in the San Juan Islands during the Great Depression. The proceeds of their 2015 West Seattle Wildlife Calendar support Chief Sealth International High School environmental programs.

SpyGirls_Camp_SecretSpyGirls Press publishes adventure series targeted to middle grade readers. In 2012, they published their first book, Lost in Petra, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, won a silver Moonbeam, was a finalist for the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, and a thumbs up from Midwest Book Review. SpyGirls began a second series, Junior Spies, with the title Camp Secret in October 2013. That title won the 2014 Gold Moonbeam Award for Pre-Teen Mystery.


Every year, BPNW and IBPA offers members of both organizations an affiliate scholarship for the Publishing University. Applications are generally taken in December for the next year. The 2015 recipient of the BPNW Affiliate Scholarship was Richard Busher of Cosgrove Editions. We look forward to hearing about his adventures in Austin, Texas.

7th Annual Book Festival In Portland Announced

Veronica Esagui, DC, announced recently that the 7th Annual NW Book Festival will be held at the historical Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, OR, on July 25, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm.

For five or more authors sharing a tent space, Esagui offers a special group fee of $100.00/10X10 tent space. If somebody in Book Publishers Northwest is willing to organize such a space, including providing a tent, arranging transportation, and staffing for full time of show (see basic information below), Book Publishers Northwest can reimburse the organizer the rental cost ($100) upon presentation of the receipt from Northwest Book Festival and up to $100 for travel. Please contact bpnwnews at aol.com to learn more.

Basic Information On Display For Individual Authors or Publishers

Exhibitors must supply a single tent (no bigger than 10×10), tables, tablecloths, decorations, chairs, books to sell, bags for merchandise, and change. No one will be allowed to set up their tables without a tent or some form of cover to protect their books from the weather. Esagui will work with individual authors to see if they are willing share their space in exchange for sharing the cost. See fees below for more than one author being represented that way.

FEES: 10×10 tent space, $50.00 per author/vendor with as many books as that author/vendor has written. It does not include someone else’s books.

2 authors sharing a 10×10 tent, the fee is $40.00 per each author.
3 authors sharing a 10×10 tent, the fee is 30.00 per each author.
4 authors sharing a 10×10 tent, the fee is $25.00 per each author.
5 authors sharing a 10×10 tent, the fee is $20.00 per each author.

All Northwest Book Festival contracts and fees are due no later than June 26, 2015 and are subject to space availability.

Please note that information about this event is displayed here for information purposes only. Authors and publishers are responsible for working with directly with the festival organizer to determine the best use of their time and money. Please use their website to make any inquiries not related to organizing a display for BPNW members.