Editors Guild March Meeting: Tech Talk

logoNorthwest Editors Guild’s March meeting will focus on new tools that make running your own business easier. The session will cover:

  • Easy website builders and templates to show off your work and personal brand
  • Great applications that help you build contracts, track expenses, and receive payments
  • Cloud technology that allows you to send, receive, store, and edit documents from anywhere
  • Time-tracking and project management tools that make organizing daily tasks and projects a breeze
  • New communication tools to leverage with clients and fellow editors

The Editors Guild will meet March 16 at 6:30 p.m at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #400, Seattle, WA 98103.  To learn more about this group, see their website.

Speaker Bio

Carin Panganiban is a technical project manager, designer, and instructor recently replanted from NYC to Bellevue, WA. Before moving to Washington, she spent several years in trade, academic, and magazine publishing out East in roles that ranged from book design, production management, production editorial, and features editorial.

AlyBlue Will Add 30 Titles To Anthology Series

AlyBlue Media, publisher of the groundbreaking anthology series “Grief Diaries,” announced today that it plans to release more than 30 new titles in 2016. The series is dedicated to raising awareness while offering comfort by publishing the stories of men and women who have endured and triumphed over life’s greatest challenges and darkest moments.  Contributors are invited to participate by registering at www.griefdiaries.com.

“We all have a story worth telling, and when we share it, we not only comfort others who walk in our shoes, but we inspire hope that the journey is survivable,” said Lynda Cheldelin Fell, international bestselling author, creator of Grief Diaries, and board president of the National Grief & Hope Coalition. “The entire series is about raising awareness, promoting compassion, and letting readers know that they are not alone in their journey.”

Some of the new titles to debut in 2016 include:

· Through the Hands of Hospice
· Life after Rape
· Living with Self Harm
· Through the Eyes of Fallen Hero Wives
· Through the Eyes of Domestic Violence
· Loving and Raising a Disabled Child
· Surviving Clergy Molestation
· Living with Learning Disabilities
· Loss by Cancer

Contributors participate in a six-week guided book project. Each week, they receive three questions about their journey to assist them in the process. Over 200 have contributed to the Grief Diaries series so far. “This was one of the hardest journeys I have led myself on and yet I would do it all over again,” said Teresa Brown, who contributed to Loss of a Parent and Grieving for the Living. “Healing is a hard process full of so many emotions. Through this project I have come closer to feeling healed.” For more information about Grief Diaries, visit www.griefdiaries.com or www.AlyBlueMedia.com.

Boxed Sets And Valentine Specials From LostLoves

LostLoves Books’ author Phoebe Matthews announced a new “boxed set” (an e-book containing more than one novel) and a Valentine’s Day special. Getting the pieces put together went fine, according to Matthews, but somebody clicked a wrong button on the pre-ordering set up and created multiple sales dates. From her newsletter:

CampusCouplesMid January began the half price preorder for the  LostLoves BookClub boxed set, titled Campus Couples, and containing two favorites from the Rain City Romance collection, When September Returns and What I Know About Boys. Kindle will send your ebook Feb. 17. Kobo will send it the day you order it.

Umm, how do I explain this? Okay, here goes. The distributors and I managed to mangle the pre-order concept, but here is what is happening. Order the ebook of Campus Couples from Kobo any time before March 1 and you will get it for the pre-order bargain price and get it immediately. Order it from Kindle and again, the bargain price is good until March, but you will not be sent the ebook until February 17. Don’t ask. If I could explain, I would have to understand what happened and I don’t.

Matthews also placed an earlier title, Valentine Vampire, on sale. “My grandmother lived two blocks away from the location of the crime and heard the shooting. So did everyone else in the neighborhood. They all knew better than to run outside to see what was going on because that was Chicago in 1929,” wrote Matthews. “Sure, the Chicago Tribune ran detailed accounts of the action, but my grandmother heard the guns and knew how the neighbors reacted. 

 Valentine Vampire is the romantic version and is the freebie for February on Kobo, Ibooks, and Nook.”

Valentine Vampire is part of a larger series, Turning Vampire, originally published by Dark Quest Books and now being reprinted in boxsets by LostLoves Books, a member of Book Publishers Northwest.

How to submit Members News: send your newsletter, press release or story to bpnwnews at aol.com.


Free Reading Series Focuses On Women & Work

hedgebrookMichelle Goodman announced through Seattle WriterGrrls that “Wage Slaves: The 78 Cents Edition” will be held on January 19 from 7-9 pm at Hugo House on Capitol Hill, 1634 11th Ave. This special all-women edition of the Seattle reading series about work features memoirist Sonya Lea (“Wondering Who You Are”), poet Michelle Peñaloza (“landscape/heartbreak” “Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes”), writer/commercial fisherman Tele Aadsen (“Hooked”), poet/playwright/interdisciplinary artist Storme Webber (“Diaspora,” “Blues Divine”), and fiction writer Jean Burnet (Los Angeles Review, Brevity, and Palaver).

This free event is co-sponsored by Hedgebrook. Local poet Sierra Golden and Goodman will host. More details here: http://bit.ly/1PQa21L

Jan 25 Meeting: Boosting Your Book On Facebook

FBBoostingFacebook has approximately 1.55 billion monthly active users. Like all large social media platforms, the trick with advertising on Facebook is learning how to pinpoint potential customers. Come to our January session to learn how to boost your efforts on Facebook so your posts are seen by the right audience.

Learn how to set up a page in less than 10 minutes, how to keep your audience engaged, and how to extract important marketing information from Facebook’s Ad Manager.

Our January 25 meeting begins at 6 pm in Room 223 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle.. We’ll break at 7:30 pm for networking.

Book Publishers Northwest’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the business of book publishing. Free parking is available on site. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited anywhere on the Good Shepherd Center premises by the landlord Historic Seattle.

About Our Speaker

Author and publisher Rosemary Jones has directed social media content creation and marketing for multiple companies. She currently works as the Director of Communications for Cornish College of the Arts. She has written novels for Wizards of the Coast, nonfiction for Schroeder Publishing and Prima, and articles for multiple newspapers and magazines. Rosemary has been the volunteer web producer of Book Publishers Northwest for more than 10 years.

How To Be A Speaker At A BPNW Meeting

empty-ebook-cover-1-1306063-640x480Do you want to speak to independent authors and publishers? Sign up to be a speaker at a BPNW meeting. Most sessions take place on the last Monday of the month in Room 221 of Good Shepherds Center in Seattle. January’s meeting takes place in room 223. We have the room from 6 pm to 8 pm. To allow time for announcements and socializing after the session, we suggest keeping the speaking time to 45 minutes to 1 hour. However speakers can go as long as 90 minutes. Please use this sign-up sheet to reserve a date for Spring 2016

Topics should be of interest to indie publishers of books. Suggest a new topic or pick on of these popular topics in the past which our members would like to see repeated. These include:
Marketing Online
Social Media
Simple Ebook Production
Marketing to Libraries
Marketing to Bookstores
Distribution of Print Books
Selling on Amazon.com

Because these topics were recently covered, we are not looking for sessions on:
Speaking to Groups
Cover Design or Graphic Design of Books
Inspiration or Motivation

We try to avoid having several sessions on the same topic in a season. If more than one person signs up with the same topic, we may try to combine speakers for a panel on that topic. We will reimburse up to $50 per session for materials or travel expenses. Speakers are responsible for invoicing BPNW after the session.

2017 PNBA Fall Trade Show Shifts Venue

Red Lion Hotel on the River

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association will hold their 2017 tradeshow at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach. The Portland, Oregon, show dates are Sunday to Tuesday, October 7 to 10, 2017.

This tradeshow for booksellers, librarians, and publishers takes place in Oregon during odd numbered years. The tradeshow is held in Washington in even numbered years.

The 2016 tradeshow takes place in Tacoma, Washington, at the Hotel Murano, September 30 to October 2. Book Publishers Northwest will purchase a booth for this show, offering its members opportunities to interact with booksellers and librarians from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Further details will be posted in the summer.

Information on reserving individual displays at this tradeshow can be found at the PNBA website.