Apply for IBPA Scholarship By Dec. 31, 2014


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IBPA’s Affiliate Scholarship Program offers people interested in advancing their publishing program the chance to attend Publishing University free-of-charge. IBPA awards at least one complimentary ticket to Publishing University to each affiliate, each year.

Applications for the complimentary ticket are submitted online. After checking with each affiliate association to confirm membership, IBPA awards scholarships to the candidates who meet the established criteria.

Book Publishers Northwest is an affiliate of IBPA and we have a record of sending at least one award winner to their publishing university since the program began. Last year, two BPNW members, Laura Robb and Kathryn Dennis, received these scholarships. Dennis is currently organizing our January 2015 meeting to share some of what she learned in San Francisco.

In order to qualify, you must be a member of both IBPA and  Book Publishers Northwest for 2015. We encourage all our members to try for this award but please read IBPA’s qualifications carefully.  Apply here before Dec. 31.

And don’t forget to renew or join BPNW for 2015! We’d hate to tell IBPA that a scholarship applicant must be disqualified because they are not a member of Book Publishers Northwest. Information on joining BPNW can be found here.

2015 Publishing University

The 27th Annual Publishing University will be a two-day, must-attend, networking, and educational event focused specifically on issues important to indie publishers and self-published authors. The 2015 Publishing University takes place in Austin, Texas, in April. Scholarships winners are responsible for paying for their own travel and lodging.

BPNW will award stipends of up to $250 to members who have received scholarships if they complete either a 600-word essay about the experience for publication on the BPNW website or create an educational presentation geared toward independent publishers based on what they learned at Publishing University. Either the essay or the educational program must be completed and judged satisfactory by BPNW within one year after attending the Publishing University. Scholarship winners who do not complete these requirements forfeit the BPNW stipend but can still attend Publishing University for free.

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in BPNW, Conferences, Education, IBPA, Members


Bellingham Publisher Branches Into Filmmaking

olddeadhead_McKinneyFrequent BPNW member Gary McKinney (Kearney Street Books) has specialized in publishing mysteries and other fiction with a rock-and-roll soul. Now he’s released his first film, Living with the Dead, that plays at the Limelight in Bellingham, WA, on Dec. 6.

“This movie was based on the short story “The Undead” that we published in our short story collection The Storyteller Speaks: Rare & Different Fictions of the Grateful Dead,” said McKinney. “My wife, Karen Parker, adapted the story for the screen, directed and edited. I produced both the film and the music, including arranging the film score and playing piano with our ‘Undead’ band.”

This screen shot from the movie features the “older Deadhead” (fan of the band Grateful Dead) encountered by two young Deadheads on the way to a concert in the mid-1980s.

“We’re very excited about this new creative endeavor we’ve embarked on! “ said McKinney. “We’ve already written the script, cast and established the locations for our next short film What Goes Around. We’ll shoot that one in February.”

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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Fun, media


BPNW Member Signs Books in Portland Dec. 11

BelsonSigningBPNW member Marjorie Belson will be signing her memoir at the St. Johns Booksellers in Portland, OR, on Dec. 11. Belson recently contributed an article to the New York Times  blog The Faces of Breast Cancer. Her article details her fight against breast cancer began in September 2001 and how 9/11 became a catalyst in her life as she dealt with cancer, a national tragedy, and the subsequent deployment of loved ones overseas.

Belson plans to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2015 in April 2015 and BookExpo America in May 2015. Requests for appearances can be made through her website.

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Member News


New Books Coming from LostLoves’ Matthews

PMatthews_JCoffinLostLoves’ Phoebe Matthews announced new titles today in the Mudflat Magic series. Jimmyed Coffin, the seventh Mudflat Magic novel, was released October 21 in ebook and is now available in print from Amazon. The series combines sword and sorcery with a neighborhood in Seattle where old magic runs amuck through the families. The first book, Tyrant Trouble, won the EPPIE for Best Fantasy of the year.

In March, LostLoves’ will issue a BookClub edition, titled Rock’s Dogs, containing all of Matthews’ earlier previously published Mudflat Magic dog stories plus Kitchen Dog, a new story.

For a complete list of titles by Matthews, including the Turning Vampire series, check

LostLoves is a member of Book Publishers Northwest. For news from other members and more covers of books published by them, click on the BPNW Member tab at the top of the page.

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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Member News


IBPA’s Redesigned Bookstore Catalog Launches

Independent Book Publishers Association members can market their titles to librarians, reviewers, and booksellers through direct cooperative book catalogs in print and digital formats. Members of Book Publishers Northwest should ask if there is an affiliate discount available. If you are not a member of IBPA for 2015, but are a member of BPNW, as for the affiliate discount for membership.

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Marketing


Deadlines For PNBA’s 2015 New Titles Promotions

pnbalogoPacific Northwest Bookseller Association recently sent out the deadlines for the January 2015 edition of PNBA’s Northwest New Title Preview.This publication is designed to target the distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest. For $150, PNBA will include your book in a direct to desktop listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, blurb, and a linked contact for bookseller requests.

New Title listings are due with payment in the PNBA office by January 9. Dates for this and other 2015 New Title Previews can be found at the PNBA website.

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Marketing, PNBA


Talking About A Career In Words

Book Publishers Northwest member Beth Jusino recently spoke at GeekGirlCon along with Rebecca Brinson and Amanda Vail from the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. In this discussion at a convention for women interested in the future and jobs in technology, their publishing discussion veered toward how Seattle could  change the business model and “blow New York out of the water” in the 21st century:

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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Member News


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