Oct 19 BPNW Meeting: Why Collaborate?

Whether we write and publish for personal growth or to entertain others, we work in a world that’s often feels isolated. But the good news is that we don’t need to go it alone. Join local authors G. Elizabeth Kretchmer and A. C. Fuller on October 19 to learn how collaboration can make a difference. Whether you’re working with others in the creative process, during the production phase, or when you’re out in the field promoting your work, collaboration can:

  • Enhance your personal growth as a professional in this field
  • Create a greater sense of community
  • Set up opportunities to share costs and achieve economies of scale
  • Open doors to reach a wider audience
  • Bring more fun and fulfillment into your life.

BPNW’s Oct. 19 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. 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 on all Good Shepherd Center premises by the landlord Historic Seattle.  BPNW also asks that all attendees respect the wishes of our members with allergies and refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or bringing non-service animals into a meeting.

More About Our Speakers

BRINK-Cover-Final-72dpiElizabeth Kretchmer’s debut novel, The Damnable Legacy, came out in 2014, and she’s about to launch her short story collection, Women on the Brink. Her short fiction, essays, and freelance work have appeared in The New York Times, High Desert Journal, Silk Road Review, SLAB, and other publications. An MFA graduate from Pacific University and a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, G. Elizabeth facilitates therapeutic and wellness writing workshops in the community. To learn more, visit her website at www.gekretchmer.com or come to her collaborative launch party on October 25 at University Bookstore in Bellevue from 4 to 6 pm.

TAS-3D-Book-Template-editedA.C. Fuller is the creator and host of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, a weekly interview show featuring award-winning writers and publishing experts. Fuller teaches English at Northwest Indian College and has taught journalism at New York University. He worked as a freelance reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal and for New York Newsday. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children and is hard at work on the sequel to his mystery thriller The Anonymous Source.



Wordstock Returns To Portland in November

wordstockredchairIn keeping with its revamped format as a book festival that wants to show people how to write books as well as encouraging them to discover new authors, Wordstock will offer a series of writing workshops for adults and youth during the November event in Portland, Oregon.

The recently announced author lineup for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival includes more than 80 authors (see complete list below) writing in all genres and for all ages. Those interested in the event can follow along by being connected to hosting organization Literary Arts on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr at #WordstockPDX.

2015 Wordstock Author Lineup

2015 Children’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult writers include:
Emily Adrian, Like It Never Happened / Rilla Alexander, Her Idea / Rob Buyea, Saving Mr. Terupt/ Kendare Blake, Templeman McCormick, and April Genevieve Tucholke, Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (YA) / Virginia Boecker , The Witch Hunter (YA) / Cathy Camper, Lowriders in Space / Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things (YA) / Kris Dinnison, You & Me & Him (YA) / Karl Newsom Edwards , Fly! / Carson Ellis, Home / Brian Floca, Old Wolf / Ilene Wong Gregorio (YA) / Paige McKenzie, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (YA) / Stacey Lee, Under a Painted Sky (YA) /David Levithan, Another Day (YA) / Maile Meloy , The After-Room / William Ritter, Beastly Bones (YA) /Christian Robinson, Leo: A Ghost Story / Adam Rubin and Dan Salmieri, RoboSauce / Chris Scofield, The Shark Curtain (YA) / Heidi Schulz , Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code / Michelle Tea, Girl at the Bottom of the Sea (YA) / Renée Watson, This Side of Home (YA)

2015 Fiction writers include:
Kathleen Alcott, Infinite Home / Jami Attenberg, Saint Mazie / Carmiel Banasky, The Suicide of Claire Bishop / Arthur Bradford, Turtleface and Beyond: Stories / Sloane Crosley, The Clasp / Patrick DeWitt, Undermajordomo Minor / Rebecca Dinerstein, The Sunlit Night / Brian Doyle, Martin Marten / Polly Dugan, The Sweetheart Deal / Mary Gaitskill, The Mare / David Gates, A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and a Novella / Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire / John Irving, Avenue of Mysteries / Sara Jaffe, Dryland / Valerie Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth / Chinelo Okparanta, Under the Udala Trees / Chuck Palahniuk, Make Something Up / Benjamin Percy, The Dead Lands / Portland Public School Students, Off Center: WITS Student Anthology 2014-2015 / Tom Spanbauer, I Loved You More / Glenn Taylor, A Hanging at Cinder Bottom / Katherine Taylor, Valley Fever / Adrian Tomine, Killing and Dying (graphic novel) / Vendela Vida, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty / Willy Vlautin, The Free / Claire Vaye Watkins, Gold, Fame, Citrus / Cat Winters, The Uninvited / Cecily Wong, Diamond Head / Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children

2015 Poets include:
Mary Jo Bang, The Last Two Seconds / Katie Ford , Blood Lyrics / Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus / Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Heaven / Alicia Jo Rabins, Divinity School / Diane Seuss, Fourlegged Girl / Rebecca Wolff, One Morning

2015 Nonfiction (Essays, Memoir, History, and Politics) writers include:
Ari Berman, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America / Sandra Cisneros, A House of My Own: Stories From My Life / Tracy Daugherty, The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion / Zach Dundas, The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes / Jesse Eisenberg, Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories/ Heidi Julavits, The Folded Clock / Jon Krakauer, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town / Ursula K. Le Guin, Steering the Craft / Michael McGregor, Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax / Marie Mutsuki Mockett , Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye / Maggie Nelson , The Argonauts / Diana Nyad , Find a Way / Wendell Pierce, The Wind in the Reeds / Lauren Redniss , Thunder and Lightning (graphic novel) / Luc Sante , The Other Paris / Stacy Schiff, The Witches: Salem, 1692 / David Banis and Hunter Shobe, Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas / Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light / Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough / Simon Winchester, Pacific

2015 Cookbook and Food writers include:
Elias Cairo, Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie / Jenn Louis, Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta / Adam and Jackie Sappington, Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat / Mark Schatzker, The Dorito Effect

Wordstock 2015 Festival and Ticketing Information
Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave)
$15 for adults 18 and older (includes a $5 book fair voucher )*
$10 admission for Portland Art Museum Members (doesn’t include a $5 book fair voucher)
* Free for attendees 17 and younger or any student with a valid high school ID. Also includes admission to the Portland Art Museum’s permanent exhibits.

Special Events:
Wordstock offers bookish activities for everyone all weekend long, all around the city.
Click here for a full schedule and information.

BPNW 2015 Member: Pacelli Publishes Autism Book

Pacelli_100LessonsFASBPNW member Pacelli Publishing recently published a book in its Six-Word Lessons series written by a woman with Asperger Syndrome.

Endorsed by leading Asperger syndrome expert, Dr. Tony Attwood, Six-Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome by Tracey Cohen includes 100 honest, pointed lessons written by a woman who has lived with this condition all her life. Under the radar well into her thirties, and diagnosed at 39 years old, the author illustrates little-known behavioral differences indicative of male and female Asperger Syndrome, early signs for detection, coping strategies, diagnosis and more. Created for individuals, families and professionals, readers will come away inspired and reassured having gained practical knowledge of this part of the autism spectrum.

The book is available in paperback and e-version on Amazon, Kindle, iTunes and other e-reader platforms. To learn more about autism and Pacelli Publishing’s autism books, go to GrowingUpAutistic.com.

PNWA Looking For Speakers For Summer Conference

pnwa_speakersThe Pacific Northwest Writers Association is currently accepting applications from potential speakers for their 2016 Summer Conference, July 28 to July 31, 2016.

PNWA is seeking writing community professionals to share their knowledge through workshops and panels. With an extensive curriculum along with more than 70 workshops and panels, the summer conference is one of the most comprehensive events of its kind in the Northwest.

PNWA will make a presenter’s published book will be available for their Autograph Party and onsite bookstore during the conference. Presenters will be guests of PNWA the day/night of their presentations.

Contact pnwa@pnwa.org for more information or to request a presenter’s form.

September 21 BPNW Meeting: Marketing – Today and Tomorrow

blankbook_freeimagesWondering what strategy will work best to market your first (or second or third) book? Or why your book isn’t getting the readership that you think it should? Understanding the 3 P’s of Marketing—publicity, promotions, and public relations—and how they can be applied will help you answer these questions.

Janice Hussein will cover some common marketing challenges, such as back cover blurbs, as well as discuss “discoverability.”

Start your fall with this review of the new trends in marketing as well as the basics.

BPNW’s Sept. 21 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. 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 on all Good Shepherd Center premises by the landlord Historic Seattle.  BPNW also asks that all attendees respect the wishes of our members with allergies and refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or bringing non-service animals into a meeting.

More About Our Speaker

Janice Hussein is a freelance writer and publishing professional who holds an MS in Writing/Publishing, Phi Kappa Phi, and an MBA degree. With more than a dozen years of publishing experience, she has worked for Natasha Kern Literary Agency and held an internship with an S & S imprint. Her articles on craft and other related topics include Submissions: Your Foot in the Door; The Espresso Book Machine; and The 3 P’s of Marketing. Her articles have appeared in Writer’s Digest publications and other national writing magazines.

As a speaker, she’s presented workshops on submissions, craft, and marketing at writer’s conferences like the Willamette Writers Conference, Emerald City Romance Writer’s Conference, and Wordstock.

Bring Books For Display at PNBA

At the meeting, BPNW will be collecting books from members for display at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association tradeshow at the start of the meeting. If bringing a title for display, please bring one copy only along with 25 bookmarks or business cards.

Free Self-Publishing Classes Return To Seattle Public Libraries

2015_seattlewrites“It’s great to be a writer in the Pacific Northwest. Not only do we get wet, dark winters–perfect stay-in-and-write weather–but we also have the support of one of the best literary communities around. And our library totally gets it!” wrote local self-publishing guru Beth Jusino in her latest newsletter.

Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes programming includes a full lineup of free classes on writing, publishing, marketing, and more this fall.  Starting October 3, the courses listed below are specifically aimed at the author considering publishing their own work. To register for these courses and to find out more about the library’s distribution system for epub or pdf publications via libraryjournal.biblioboard.com, visit the SPL website here.

Seattle Writes: Social Media for Beginners
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Branch
If you are in need of a comprehensive beginner’s guide to social media (aimed at authors), then this course is for you. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Social Media Master Class
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Branch
You’ve got the basics of social media down. You know how to blog, tweet, and hashtag, but how do you make the most of your efforts? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballard Branch
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Publishing Basics
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Once the manuscript is ready, what happens next? We’ll look at the decisions self-publishing authors need to make to get their work in front of readers. Registration is required.

Jusino will be teaching two classes this winter through SPL: December 5’s “Do You Think You’re Done? Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Write”  and December 6’s “Self-Publishing Basics: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book.” Her book, The Author’s Guide to Marketing, won a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPYs) in the Writing/Publishing category. The Kindle edition is on sale this week (Sept 14-21) for 99 cents on Amazon.com.

For those who remember that our last update from Jusino was her decision to walk a medieval pilgrimage route in Europe, she reports that she successfully completed the 1000 miles on the Camino de Santiago and, more amazingly in our modern age, stayed away from her computer for 92 days.



Applications Now Available for IBPA Publishing University

2016-PubUEvery year, Independent Book Publishers Association offers members of Book Publishers Northwest interested in advancing their publishing program the chance to attend the IBPA Publishing University free-of-charge. IBPA awards one complimentary ticket to Publishing University to each affiliate, each year. Applications for the complimentary ticket are submitted online here. After checking with each affiliate association to confirm membership, IBPA awards scholarships to the candidates who meet the established criteria.

The IBPA scholarship is intended for independent publishers and self-published authors who need assistance in growing their publishing program. In evaluating applicants, IBPA considers how the scholarship will assist the individual to become a successful publisher. They also require that the recipient share what they learned at Publishing University with their affiliate association members

Book Publishers Northwest members have qualified for this scholarship annually since the program began. Applications can now be submitted online at IBPA. The 2016 IBPA Publishing University will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April.