Another Fun Book Show!

BPNWBooth2014Book Publishers Northwest had sixteen volunteers show up this year to staff our booth at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow. BPNW was able to provide free show badges for everyone who volunteered, thanks to a generous discount from our friends at PNBA! Many of our volunteers also enjoyed the Friday education day and other events during the weekend.

With a new Saturday dessert party and a Sunday raffle on the floor of the show, PNBA worked hard to keep traffic flowing to the exhibits during both days of the tradeshow. Because of our strong volunteer support this year, BPNW was able to exhibit books for both days.

Many members, such as Patty Pacelli and Posy Gering, took time at the booth to share their experience via social media. If you have a picture taken at the show, you can tweet it to us @bookpubnw like Patty or email us at

Next year’s PNBA Fall Tradeshow will take place in Portland. The organizers plan to return to the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, in 2016.


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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in BPNW, PNBA


ASI Seeking Speakers

Motif Seattle will be the downtown setting for the ASI Conference.

Beth Chapple reports that the American Society for Indexing conference will be held in Seattle in 2015 and they are looking for speakers. “I have been a member of that organization for a few years now. I am thinking of putting together a presentation myself and wonder if anyone at Book Publishers Northwest is thinking of organizing a seminar or workshop. I have even been asked for help in locating 15 to 20 local publishers who also might be interested in attending/speaking at the conference, and whom we might invite to a publishers’ reception,” she wrote in a recent email.

The ASI annual conferences will be held April 30 to May 1 at MOTIF SEATTLE, 1415 Fifth Avenue, in downtown  Seattle, WA. Conference sessions focus on the best and most up-to-date advances in indexing as an information organization and retrieval resource.

How to Submit a Proposal to Speak

Those wishing to speak at the Seattle ASI Conference in 2015 can use their Online Proposal Form. Questions about the conference or the submission form can be answered by Kate Mertes, the conference organizer, at The deadline for submitting proposals is October 15, 2014.


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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Conferences


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


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