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.

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.


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 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.

March Book Marketing Workshop in Oregon

Oregon’s Literary Arts has taken over Wordstock, and promises to restart the festival soon! In the meantime, they are offering a large number of workshops and literary events.  Of interest to indie authors and publishers may be the Book Marketing Basics workshop on March 28. This three-hour workshop is led by Midge Raymond and is followed by a Create Your Own Book Marketing Plan class from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on March 28. Participants may sign up for one or both classes (cost is $75 per class). Participants who register for both classes will be given a free copy of Midge Raymond’s book, Everyday Book Marketing.LiteraryArts

Both classes are held at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington, Portland, Oregon. For more information on these workshops and other activities, see the Literary Arts website.

Call for Speakers at Beyond The Red Pencil Conference

EdsGuild2015 Logo_Layout 1The Northwest Independent Editors Guild is presenting their fifth conference, Beyond the Red Pencil: Editing in the 21st Century, on October 10 in Seattle.  “Currently, we are seeking presenters. We would appreciate it if you could help us spread the word with the members of Book Publishers Northwest,” wrote Roberta Klarreich, co-chair of the programming committee. “The Guild presents a daylong conference every two years, attracting a large audience of editors and professionals in related fields. This year we are anticipating close to two hundred attendees.”

More details and instructions for submitting a proposal for a presentation or panel can be at The deadline for submissions is March 15.

From 40 to 115, Indies Age Well

Seattle bookstore turns 115 this year.

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association noted that two of their members recently passed milestone anniversaries.

The University of Washington’s University Book Store turned 115 years-old on January 10. Two students started the store in a cloakroom adjacent the president’s office in 1900 and it is now, according to Bookselling This Week, the oldest and largest indie in the state.

Vancouver’s Vintage Books appropriately celebrated its 40th anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Owner Becky Milner currently serves as PNBA’s vice president.