Growing Display of Books for PNBA

HotelMuranoBPNW’s box of display books is filling up.  Volumes from independent publishers and authors are going to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show later this month.  Among the titles already received or expected at the show are:

74th Street Productions: Passage of the Kissing People by Pete Kahle
Belson: Nothing is Promised by Majorie Belson**
Book Publishers Network: Shaking Shame from Mental Illness by Evonne Agnello
Cosgrove Editions:  Johsel Namkung*A Retrospective
Davis Bay Press: The View From Casa Chepitos by Judith Gille
Dogwise: How to Foster Dogs by Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Granite Peak Publications: Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple
Gregory: True Cat Toons by Roberta Gregory
Hands On Books: Woodshop for Kids by Jack McKee
Hide & Seek Press: Shoe Print Art by Karen Robbins
Hoffman: In Search of God and the Ten Commandments by Sue A Hoffman Mixed Blessings by Rhoda Berlin MS LMFT and Harriet Cannon MC LHMHC LMFT
Orion Wellspring: Little Merchants by Sandra Walker
Pacelli Publishing: Six Word Lessons For Autism Friendly Workplaces by Patty Pacelli
Poetic Expressions Publishing: Loving Myself First by Lorraine Morgan Scott
Pole to Pole Publishing: Stoned in Charm City by Kelly A Harmon
Proud Horse Publishing: Slow Curve on the Coquihalla by R. E. Donald
Rat City Publishing:  Leap of Faith by Rachel Buckley
Salsa Press: Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman**
Sharper Words Press: The Author’s Guide to Marketing by Beth Jusino
Spygirls Press: Camp Secret by Melissa Mahle & Kathryn Dennis
Trebay Press: The Next You by Posy Gering
Wooded Isle Press: Breaking News by J.D. Rader & Michael Gudgell

**Author is bringing book to display

Volunteers Staff Make Exhibit Possible

BPNW will be displaying members’ books both days of the show thanks to volunteers staffing the booth Saturday and Sunday. These BPNW volunteers include: Posy Gering, Wendy Hinman, Harriet Cannon, Beth Chapple, Maryanne Kohl, Julia Detering, Kathryn Dennis, Karen Robbins, Kelsye Nelson, Roberta Gregory, Bruce Taylor, Rosemary Jones, and Phoebe Matthews.

Among the giveaways scheduled so far for the booth are:

Sept. 27
9:30 to 10:30 am: The Next You by Posy Gering and Tightwads on the Loose by Wendy Hinman
11:30 to 12:30 pm: Postcards from Granite Peak Press
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Breaking News by Julia Detering
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Discount cards and Advance Readers Copy (ARC) from Spygirls Press

Sept. 28
PNBA Raffle: Goodies Backpack from BPNW

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in BPNW, PNBA


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.

Books for the show are being collected now. 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. We recommend that display copies should be shipped by Sept. 12. Members also 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.  Memberships mailed after Sept. 12 may not be received in time for inclusion in the PNBA 2014 Fall Trade Show.


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


Wordstock Returns In 2015

Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts, recently announced that the popular Oregon book festival will become a program of his organization and relaunch in November 2015. Previously the festival organizers had suggested after taking 2014 off that they would move onto a a college campus and become more of a writing convention. Now it appears those plans have been changed.

“We will re-launch the festival Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum,” Proctor said in a recent email to Wordstock supporters. “I invite you to join the conversation about Wordstock, as you are all important stakeholders. Literary Arts values your feedback as we prepare for the year ahead. You can find important information on our website, as well as a form to contact Literary Arts directly. For the most current news and updates, follow Literary Arts on Facebook and Twitter.”

In an earlier press release, it also was announced that Powell’s Books will be a community partner of the festival. Emily Powell said, “We believe that Literary Arts’ stewardship of Wordstock will bring a vibrant, world-class literary festival to Portland, one that delves deeply into Oregon’s rich community history and connects to a global literary conversation.”

Founded in 1984, Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary organization located in downtown Portland, Oregon. Their programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon’s writers and independent publishers; and Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland’s public high schools. They also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.

The Wordstock Festival began nine years ago to bring readers together with small presses, independent publishers, nonprofits, independent booksellers, and authors.

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Conferences


PNBA Fall Trade Show FAQ

HotelMuranoHere are the answers to commonly asked questions about BPNW’s participation in the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Trade Show. For more information on the show itself, please see PNBA’s website.

How can I sign up to work the booth?
Sign up started in August with an email sent to members. We sent another reminder on Sept. 1. Check your inbox! As of today (Sept. 8) we only have a couple of open slots left. Once these are filled, the booth is full. If you are a member and lost those emails, send a note to bpnwnews at

What would be the most useful thing that I could do for BPNW so we keep having this benefit year after year?
Roberta Gregory would still like some help on Sunday with closing — please be a good sport and stick around to clean up the booth! All you need to do is put the books in a box for the Rural Library donation and to throw away any unclaimed sales literature.

Can I send a book for display even if I’m not going be there?
Yes. Every 2014 BPNW member can display one title at the booth. Please send your book 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. We recommend that display copies be sent no later than Sept. 12.  Anything arriving after Sept. 24 probably won’t make it to the show.

Can I just drop my book off at the booth?
Absolutely. If you have a badge for the show and are planning to be there anyway, just bring your material to our booth at Hotel Murano in Tacoma on Sept. 27 or Sept. 28.

Can I work in your booth or display my books without becoming a member?
Sorry. This benefit is reserved for members only.

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in 2014TradeShow, BPNW, PNBA


BPNW Member: Rat City Publishing

Seattle’s Rat City Publishing debuted in 2014 with Rachel Bukey’s Leap of Faith. The first in a mystery series featuring reporter Ann Dexter, Leap of Faith begins with a wealthy widow plunging to her death from “Seattle’s suicide bridge, leaving all her money to a sketchy New Age church.”

When not penning mysteries, Bukey reads her way across the U.S. and shares those stories via her blog CoasttoCoastBooks.



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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Member News


Potlach Returns To Seattle

Potlatch is a small, literary, speculative fiction convention returns. This traveling convention returns to Seattle in February. Designed for fans of the genre, readers and writers meet during a single track of programming that continues from one program to the next and goes on into the evening. The convention alternates between Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and Portland, Oregon.

The workshop is open to all speculative fiction writers, regardless of experience. A professional writer or editor critiques the work, along with several of your peers. Critiques are done in a round-robin Clarion West style. Submissions for the workshop generally are accepted in January.

Potlatch 24 will be held in Seattle, February 6, 7, and 8, 2015, at the Hotel Deca in the University District.  Potlach also will have a writer’s workshop and a small dealer’s room.

For more information, visit their web page  or email

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Conferences


PubCamp Looking For Speakers announced today that PubCamp Seattle returns on Nov. 15, 2014. They are currently seeking speakers for the day-long event. Speakers are asked to propose workshops on Writing Craft, Publishing, or Book Marketing.

Last year’s Pubcamp Seattle attracted 120 participants with a minimum of 30-40 people in each workshop. According to the website, they are “looking for presentations that are packed with practical information that will help writers of all levels to write their books, get them published and promote them successfully.”

To apply to be a speaker, use this form.

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Education, Promotion


Pop-Up Ebooks? New Kindle Kids Publishing

Announced yesterday, the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator promises to help indie authors and publishers create illustrated children’s books for Kindle and create interactive features like text pop-ups. According to a recent newsletter from KDP, the free software tool can turn individual illustrations into interactive books for both Kindle devices and free reading apps.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Ebooks


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