BPNW To Exhibit Members’ Books at PNBA Tradeshow 2014

HotelMuranoBook Publishers Northwest will exhibit our members’ books for both days of the PNBA Tradeshow 2014, Sept. 27 -28, at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA. Every 2014 member of BPNW will be able to display one title for free at the BPNW booth along with appropriate sales literature.

Members also will be able to sign up for one-hour or two-hour slots (depending on availability and demand) to handsell their books or do another event such as an author signing at the BPNW booth.  Further information and a sign-up sheet will be sent to members in August.

Books for the show will be collected starting June 15. Current members can send their books 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. All display copies are due at BPNW office by Sept. 15. After that, members can hand deliver their books to the booth.

Northwest independent booksellers and librarians use this show to see new books, meet authors, and schedule purchases or events for their venues for the coming year. The first day of the show, Sept. 26, is used for educational events for all participants.

Participation in the BPNW booth is restricted to 2014 or 2014/15 members (a list of members can be found here).  Northwest publishers interested in joining BPNW for this event should follow the directions here.

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Posted by on May 16, 2014 in 2014TradeShow, BPNW, PNBA


Seattle Writes: Free Workshops In September

Book Publishers Northwest will not be holding a free educational event in September due to the PNBA Fall Trade Show. However, Seattle writers and publishers can take advantage of several workshops offered throughout the month by the Seattle Public Library. The Seattle Writes series focuses on everything from writing humor for children to digitally publishing a book.

Although these events are free, SPL is requiring registration for most. Once you find an event that looks interesting on the calendar, call SPL Quick Information at 206-386-4636 or ask for help at any library branch. Workshops will be held at various branches from Sept. 6 through Nov. 30.



Seattle Writes
September Calendar

Seattle Writes: Preparando tus obras para la publicación (Preparing your work for publication, Spanish language session)
Sept. 6, 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Central Library
Room: Level 4 – Room 2 – Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room
Summary: Después de haber escrito y desarrollado su libro, es el momento de dar el siguiente paso: la publicación. Aprenda acerca de la edición de libros, incluyendo las opciones de auto-publicación.

Seattle Writes: Short Story Symbolism
Sept. 13, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Capitol Hill Branch
Room: Meeting Room
Summary: Learn to identify the themes of your short stories and build them using symbolism subtly. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Voices Up – The Stories of Our Lives
Sept. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Central Library
Room: Level 4 – Room 1 – Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room
Summary: This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and “flash memoir” with an optional emphasis on LGBTQ writing. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: What’s So Funny? Writing Humor for Kids
Sept. 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: West Seattle Branch
Room: Meeting Room
Summary: This hands-on workshop will examine how to use humor effectively in crafting children’s novels. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Poetry Writing
Sept. 28, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Northeast Branch
Room: Meeting Room
Summary: Participate in writing and reading exercises, craft lectures on structuring poems and developing sensory language, and suggestions for future poetic engagement. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Writing the Picture Book
Sept. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: University Branch
Room: Meeting Room
Summary: Learn how to write a picture book story for children! Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Voices Up: The Story of Our Lives
Sept. 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wallingford Branch
Room: Community meeting room
Summary: This workshop explores short nonfiction, personal essays and flash memoir. Registration is required.


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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Education


Writer’s Resource Center Becomes IBPA Affiliate

WRC_IBPA2014The newest IBPA Affiliate Association is Writers Resource Center in Fairfield, CA. Vicki Ward, Vice President at the Writers Resource Center, attended the 2014 IBPA Publishing University and then contacted Independent Book Publishers Association about setting up an affiliate relationship.

The Writer’s Resource Center provides all the help, support, and encouragement for people interested in becoming professional writers. Members receive discounts to workshops and classes.

IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community by providing advocacy, education and tools for success. BPNW is an affiliate member of this national organization.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in IBPA


PNBA Adds More Desserts To Trade Show

HotelMuranoThe most stunning news in this month’s Footnotes revealed that the PNBA Tradeshow has added a new dessert event on Saturday (this may explain why the Murano’s rooms are sold out for Saturday night!). Besides Saturday’s Sweet & Greet, other new and updated events are now listed on PNBA Fall Trade Show’s online schedule. Thankfully, the Friday Nightcapper party, which also includes dessert and is always appreciated by the BPNW web editor, is still on the schedule too. Look for BPNW member Russ Hanbey to be signing his book, Walking On Trees, at the Nightcapper too!

Here is the schedule-at-a-glance. Here’s specific event lineups. The PNBA Fall Tradeshow takes place Sept. 26 through Sept. 28 in Tacoma, WA, at the Hotel Murano. The Friday events are educational sessions for booksellers, librarians, and independent publishers. The tradeshow runs Sept. 27 and 28. It is closed to the general public.


Book Publishers Northwest will be displaying members’ books both Saturday and Sunday at the show in Tacoma. Members volunteering at the booth will receive free entrance into the show and those events not requiring additional reservations or payments (dinners, etc., are extra and should be arranged with PNBA, not BPNW).

We will be taking part in the Sunday raffle, with a backpack filled with treats. Because, hey, this is sweet-loving group of bibliophiles.


Posted by on August 18, 2014 in PNBA


BPNW Member: Russ Hanbey

WoT COVER.inddWalking on Trees: Views from the Back Country is a collective of stories, essays and previously published articles that detail the author’s working journey through the wild lands of the North Cascades of Washington and beyond to Denali and Ireland.  The sixteen entries sketch out a seasonal life spent with the Forest Service and the Student Conservation Association practicing a variety of jobs in remote locations, including fire lookout, smoke chaser, wilderness ranger and more.

Settings for the stories range from Mount Rainier to Mount Baker with stop overs at Mount Pilchuck, Glacier Peak, White Horse Mountain, Green Mountain, Black Mountain and Kennedy Hot Springs in between.

From: Tony Angell, Author (Gifts of the Crow, In the Company of Crows and Ravens) and Sculptor

“Like reading from John Muir’s hand, I put down Walking on Trees and started thinking of how my own life has been and might be similarly enriched by intimate encounters with nature.”

From: Tim McNulty, poet, essayist and author of Ascendance: Poems and Olympic National Park: A Natural History

“In Walking on Trees, Russ Hanbey takes readers back to the heyday of Forest Service wilderness rangering in the Pacific Northwest.  Hanbey is a seasoned woodsman, a keen observer, and a crack storyteller.  His tales are rich with the pungent scent of fir smoke, the clear air of a mountaintop fire lookout, and the everyday joys and challenges of a life afoot in one of the great mountain and forest reserves on the planet.”

To order, go to or Ingram Spark (pending)

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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Member News


Amazon Lets Indies Create Pre-Order Pages

kdp-logo-stacked_Amazon now has added the option of creating a pre-order page for indie authors and small publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Previously pre-order buttons were limited to large publishers and other programs. Authors and small publishers can create a pre-order page for up to 90 days before the publication of their e-book.

“One advantage of using pre-order is that you can start promoting your Kindle book pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your personal website, and other places ahead of its release to help build excitement for your book. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising ahead of release, which can help more readers discover your book,” stated a recent email from Amazon.

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Posted by on August 15, 2014 in Ebooks


Yellowstone Treasures Wins eLit Awards

YellowstoneTreasuresGranite Peak Publications recently received two eLit Awards for their updated Fourth Edition e-book of Yellowstone Treasures. “Not only did we receive the Gold award in the Reference division, but a similar attractive plaque arrived for the Bronze award in the Travel Guidebook division. Now our readers can access all the pictures and maps as well as the full text in this very portable way,” wrote publisher Beth Chapple in a recent post on their website.

Author Janet Chapple will be n Yellowstone on August 10 for a book signing at the Old Faithful Inn from 11 am to 5 pm. Chapple will be signing copies of Yellowstone Treasures and the 1883 travelog Yellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park (2013), which she cotranslated with Suzanne Cane from the French.

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Posted by on August 8, 2014 in Member News


Dogwise’s Latest Focuses On Science Of Training

DTB1351_cThe Science and Technology of Dog Training by James O’Heare presents basic through to advanced principles, strategies, and techniques in non-coercive dog training.

From the publisher:

No fads or proprietary “one-true-way” “systems.” Dog Training introduces the natural science of behavior, its principles and the technology of behavior engineering derived from it. It covers all of the foundational behaviors with instructions from preliminaries right through to maintenance and also advanced training procedures such as shaping and behavior chaining for complex behaviors. Dog Training presents a positive reinforcement emphasized approach. Dog Training is treated like a self-study course in a book, providing a list of detailed behavior objectives for each chapter as well as exercises trainers can use to develop and expand their repertoire of effective training behaviors.

Read an excerpt at:

Dogwise is located in Wenatchee, WA. Their complete list of books for dog lovers, dog owners, and dog trainers can be seen at their website

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Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Member News


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