BPNW To Exhibit Members’ Books at PNBA Tradeshow 2014

HotelMuranoBook Publishers Northwest will exhibit our members’ books for both days of the PNBA Tradeshow 2014, Sept. 27 -28, at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA. Every 2014 member of BPNW will be able to display one title for free at the BPNW booth along with appropriate sales literature.

Members also will be able to sign up for one-hour or two-hour slots (depending on availability and demand) to handsell their books or do another event such as an author signing at the BPNW booth.  Further information and a sign-up sheet will be sent to members in August.

Books for the show will be collected starting June 15. Current members can send their books to Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109. Members can include up to 25 pieces of sales literature (bookmarks, postcards, or single sheet) with their display copy. All display copies are due at BPNW office by Sept. 15. After that, members can hand deliver their books to the booth.

Northwest independent booksellers and librarians use this show to see new books, meet authors, and schedule purchases or events for their venues for the coming year. The first day of the show, Sept. 26, is used for educational events for all participants.

Participation in the BPNW booth is restricted to 2014 or 2014/15 members (a list of members can be found here).  Northwest publishers interested in joining BPNW for this event should follow the directions here. IBPA Affiliate members interested in displaying at this show should follow these directions.


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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in 2014TradeShow, BPNW, PNBA


Seattle Writes: SPL Holds Contest On Smashwords

Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers.

Seattle Public Library has partnered with Smashwords to support local authors and connect them with the library’s large and avid community of readers.  Starting in September, the SPL will offer free workshops on the craft of writing, write-ins, author panels, classes on digital publishing, and more. Look for BPNW member Beth Jusino to be leading several of these.

Local writers also are invited to enter a contest to add their book to the library’s permanent collection

How to enter SPL’s e-book self-publishing contest:

  1. Create a Smashwords account
  2. Self-publish your e-book on Smashwords website
  3. Enter the contest (see contest rules)

Up to three winners will be added to SPL’s ebook collection. The winning ebooks may be mentioned and publicized in any SPL brochure, print ad, direct mail piece, social media, electronic media, (e.g. video, Internet, website) or other form of promotion without remuneration or further consent. There will be no monetary compensation or license fee provided for submissions.


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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Ebooks, Education, Libraries


Northwest Bookfest Seeks Speakers

NWBookfest14The Northwest BookFest, now in its fourth year in Kirkland, will take place Nov.1-2, 2014, and will be held at Northwest University, 5520 108th Avenue, Kirkland. Again this year, the activities are being structured as a writer’s conference for those interested in digital publishing. Organizer Sheryn Hara currently is accepting program proposals. To present a workshop or panel, submit an application via

A limited number of exhibitor spaces also are available to organizations and businesses that provide services to writers and authors. Applications should be sent via the website.

For more information, contact Sheryn Hara or other organizers via email.

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Conferences, Digital, Ebooks


July Bookseller And Distributer News From PNBA

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association reported that Broadway Books’ owner Roberta Dyer is planning to retire after 22 years as a bookstore owner. With sales up for the Portland, OR, independent bookstore, Dyer announced in a recent  store newsletter that this is a perfect time to step down. Currently Dyer and co-owner, Sally McPherson, are looking for a partner or partners to join McPherson in 50% ownership of the store.

PNBA also alerted bookstores that Nancy Suib & Associates has added the Gryphon House imprint to its list of represented publishers. Suib will cover the line in Oregon and Alaska, while David Diehl will cover Washington, Idaho and Montana.

PNBA members are located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Taking a Northwest road trip this summer? Use this list to find a PNBA independent bookstore member wherever you go. Or join BPNW in partying with all these folks at the PNBA Fall Trade Show in September.

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Distribution, NW bookstores, PNBA


Jusino Releases The Author’s Guide to Marketing

Like it or not, marketing has become part of every author’s job. But believe it or not, marketing doesn’t have to make you miserable.

That’s the premise behind The Author’s Guide to Marketing recently released by publishing insider and BPNW member Beth Jusino. The Author’s Guide shows ways to move past the one-size-fits-all formulas and over-hyped fads, and concentrates on how to build a strategy that works with an author’s unique time, talents, and resources.

Available in paperback to bookstores everywhere (distributed via Ingram), and in all ebook channels. More information:

Jusion_digitalcovEarly endorsements from Pacific Northwest authors and professionals provided by the publisher:

“This is a book that will help authors succeed. I love it.” Chip MacGregor, President, MacGregor Literary Agency

“Beth provides a refreshingly candid resource. If you want your new book to do more than simply sit on a shelf (real or digital), The Author’s Guide to Marketing should be required reading.” M.D. Grayson, author of The Danny Logan Mysteries

“”If you’re looking to learn about the reality of marketing your own book, this is the gold standard.” –Paul Jarvis, bestselling author of five books, including The Good Creative

“The Author’s Guide to Marketing cuts through the clanging cymbals of today’s one-size-fits-all marketing advice and points the writer toward a strategy crafted around the author’s own strong suits.” –J.L. Spohr, author of Heirs & Spares: A Novel

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Marketing, Member News


Update on the PNBA’s Rural Library Project

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is seeking a small library in the Evergreen state! Do you know a rural library without a book budget? Would you like to fill their shelves with hundreds of new books donated from the 2014 PNBA Trade Show?

Each year the Michael Pritiken Rural Library project collects donations from vendors at the conclusion of a fall show. The library must be nominated by a PNBA bookseller member. Because this year’s show is taking place in Tacoma, WA, first consideration will be given to a Washington state library.

The nominating bookstore needs to contact the library and let them know that, if selected, they will be responsible for making arrangements to have the collected books (20-30 cases) transported from the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, on Sept. 28. Typically, the library volunteers fill a U-Haul and PNBA staff help with the collection of books from the vendors. Books displayed at this show typically range from latest releases from New York publishers like Penguin Random House to a well-curated selection of small and independent press publishers of the Pacific Northwest. This year’s special guests at the show include authors Marie Lu, Young Elites; Nikki McClure, May the Stars Drip Down; Azar Nafisi, The Republic of Imagination; Mac Barnett, The Terrible Two; Bonny Becker, A Library Book for Bear; T.C. Boyle, The Harder They Come; Molly Gloss, Falling From Horses; and Garth Stein, A Sudden Light, among others. Expect copies of their books to be part of those given away to the selected library.

The Rural Library Project program coordinator Colin Rea is taking applications now. If no viable candidate in Washington is selected by August 22, applications from Oregon booksellers will be considered.

Introduce A Bookstore To Your Library

Don’t think your library knows about this program?  Send them this list of PNBA members and encourage them to introduce themselves to a PNBA member in their area. Independent bookstores. libraries, and publishers working together can bring great books to the most remote locations. Past recipients of the donations have been located in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

Each year, BPNW supports this program by donating all the books on display in our booth at the end of the trade show.

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Libraries, PNBA, Tradeshows


BPNW 2014 Member: Pep Talk Publishing


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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Member News


BPNW 2014 Member: Active Change Press

ActiveChangesActive Change Press is the home of publications about people and the human experience as it relates to inner change. All of their publications are first-hand accounts about the human experience – some from experienced writers, others from new or emerging authors.

They publish titles under the following categories: Life Transitions; Professional Development; and Mental Health. Upcoming publications include Moon Over Water, a collection of reflections on life from individuals “aged 40 and above.”

Titles are available online, through their website, and at independent bookstores like Elliot Bay Books.

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Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Member News


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