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.
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.
The 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 edsguild.org. The deadline for submissions is March 15.
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.
Authors W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana Laverdure show dog owners how to maximize their pets’ health in their newest book, Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health from Dogwise Publishing.
Independent publishing consultant and editor Beth Jusino announced in her newsletter that her March 9 “Guide to Getting Published” at UW’s Experimental College will be her last workshop for a few months. In April, she’s off to hike the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage trails that run from France to Spain. “It’s taken a long time to work out all the details, but the tickets are finally bought and it’s official,” wrote Jusino, who plans to walk with leave in early April for a three-month, 1,000-mile walk.
While she’s certain that there will be a book after this trip, probably about this trip, she’s taking a break after her March session to prepare for her upcoming hike across the Pyrenees. Jusino will return to Seattle in July, just in time for the Pacific Northwest Writer Association’s annual convention.
Until then, if you can’t make one of her workshops,The Author’s Guide to Marketing (Kindle version) is just 99 cents this week (February 16-23).
Publishers and authors know how to pitch a reading from a popular novel or a narrative work of nonfiction — but what if your title is a quote book? Or a travel guide? Or has been in print for more than a year? Author David Volk talks about hand selling those works that don’t fit into neat categories — and how he’s sold older titles in unexpected ways including church bazaars, appearances at Rotary Clubs, and even consignment sales through a building supply store. The author of The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle and The Tribe Has Spoken: Life Lessons From Reality TV, Volk is a professional funny guy and a widely published journalist with some highly original tips for selling your titles.
Our Feb. 24 meeting starts at 6 pm at Room 223 in the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle. BPNW’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about independent publishing.
The Yale Publishing Course (YPC) is now offering 15% Early Registration Discount for its July 2015 session. This week-long intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals in all areas of publishing: management, editorial, business development, digital strategy, design and production, advertising, sales, and marketing. It takes place in New Haven, CT, on the Yale University campus.
With a challenging and timely curriculum, YPC focuses on introduces publishers to new strategies and ways of thinking in a highly intimate seminar environment. The YPC experience exposes you to an international network of peers and an expert faculty composed of Yale faculty and thought leaders in the industry. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 “Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing” program, taking place July 19-24. Enrollment is limited. Apply by March 1 and receive 15% off tuition.
For more information and to apply, visit: publishing-course.yale.edu.