Early applications open for Yale Publishing Course

YPC iconThe 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.

Beth Jusino’s Publishing Facts and Fictions

beth_jusinoPacific Northwest Writers Association is offering Publishing Facts and Fictions: Demystifying the Publishing Choices Available to Writers Today on Feb. 28, 1 pm to 4 pm. The cost is $50 for PNWA members and $75 for nonmembers. This session will be taught by Beth Jusino and takes places at the Writers’ Cottage, 317 NW Gilman Blvd, in Issaquah.

As a publishing professional who’s worked on both sides of the publishing fence, Beth Jusino doesn’t think there is a “right” answer for every writer. This workshop demystifies the choices and takes an unbiased look at what literary agents and big, traditional New York houses can offer; what the oft-overlooked small presses bring; what subsidy publishers are really offering; and the opportunities and realities of self publishing.

A publishing consultant, editor, and teacher with fifteen years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between a manuscript and published book, Jusino is the author of The Author’s Guide to Marketing (Sharper Words Press, 2014) and the e-books Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal and Market While You Write. She lives in Seattle, where she is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and teaches a quarterly “Guide to Getting Published” seminar through the University of Washington’s Experimental College. Jusino first presented a condensed version of this popular class at the 2014 PNWA Conference and has been a frequent speaker at Book Publishers Northwest.

January 27 Meeting: How to Create a Professional-Looking e-Book

Book Publishers Northwest starts 2015 with a look at ebook formating. Anyone interested in publishing e-books will learn the basics of e-book development, enabling them to make a well-informed decision about whether to “do it yourself” or hire a professional e-book formatter/developer.

Julie Klein and Marcella Van Oel will illustrate the steps to format a Word document that can be easily uploaded to Smashwords for distribution through that vendor. Also they will talk about converting a Word document to HTML, creating a professional e-book ready to upload to ePUB or Kindle.

The January 27 meeting starts at 6 pm at Room 223 in the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle.


Julie Klein offers line editing, copy editing, and proofreading services. She specializes in fiction and narrative nonfiction, such as personal histories. She is excited to now offer e-book formatting to her colleagues and clients. www.jklein-editor.com

speaker1Jan27Marcella Van Oel has a background in web content production, including graphic design, blogging and community engagement via social media. She has taken on e-book formatting and publishing to coincide with the release of her book, Fallout from the Workforcehttp://marcellavanoel.com


2015 Publishing University Scholarship Awarded

CosgroveclamshellRichard Busher of Cosgrove Editions was selected to receive 2015 Book Publishers Northwest’s IBPA Affiliate Scholarship to attend the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA’s) Publishing University in Austin, Texas.

Cosgrove Editions published Johsel Namkung • A Retrospective, a collection of one hundred exquisite images reproduced with ultra high resolution printing and printed bound in luxurious Chinese silk.

Each year, IBPA’s Affiliate Scholarship Program provides select members of IBPA affiliate associations who are interested in advancing their publishing program a complimentary registration for IBPA’s annual Publishing University. IBPA awards one complimentary registration to each affiliate, each year.

2015 Winter and Spring Meetings

podiumBook Publishers Northwest’s meetings moved to early evenings in 2014 to better accommodate all our working authors and publishers. All meetings at Good Shepherd Center in Seattle continue to be free for anyone interested in the business side of publishing. BPNW meetigns focus on the production and marketing of books — how to write a book is a topic that we leave to the many wonderful local writing groups.

The schedule through June currently is:

(Tue.) 6 pm to 8 pm, Rm 223
Topic: Formatting for Ebooks with Judy Klein and Marcella

(Tue.) 6 pm to 8 pm, Rm 223
Topic: TBD
We also are currently looking for a BPNW member to act as a host for this meeting.

(Mon.) 6 pm to 8 pm, Rm 223
Topic: Kathryn Dennis and Laura Robb, 2014 IBPA Scholarship Winners

(Mon.) 6 pm to 8 pm,  Rm 221
Topic: TBD

(Mon.) 6 pm to 8 pm, Rm 221
Topic: Kelsye Nelson, Writer.ly co-founder, on Author Platform Building

(Mon.) 6 pm to 8 pm,  Rm 223
Topic: Speaking Tips For Authors with Jody

All meetings listed above will take place at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle, WA. There is free parking on site and bus stops located within a couple blocks of the entrance. Speaker fees and room rent is paid through memberships in BPNW so all meetings are free and open to the public.

Keep In Touch: Include Email Address With Membership Application

Nelly_WorldTieIt’s that time of year, when people send in renewals or new membership applications for Book Publishers Northwest. Be sure to include a working email address on any paper sent through the post so we can make sure you receive all the benefits of being a 2015 member of Book Publishers Northwest.

Although we may have met you at a meeting or you’ve been subscribing to this blog or our newsletter, we can’t always match your payment to an email in our database. You might be nelliebly or nb1890 or elizabethcochran (just to give a few ways the lady in this picture might have had an email handle). If your check has your name and your email address is something quite different or even quite close, we’ll probably not be able to properly tie the two together.

How To Do It Right
When mailing payment for 2015 BPNW membership, please include the membership application found in the bottom of our newsletter (if you’re a subscriber) or just include a slip of paper with:

Your Name
Business Name (if different)
Website (if you have one)

More information on the benefits of being a member and the current cost of dues can be found at “Join BPNW.”

We encourage you to attend a few meetings or subscribe to our newsletter before joining to find out if we are the right group for you.

Parenting Press Author On Today Show

Parenting Press, a BPNW member headquartered in Seattle, publishes a wide range of books to help parents with everything from biting toddlers to dealing with a loss in the family.

Recently, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, author of What About Me? from Parenting Press, discussed why labeling kids (“She’s our smart one,” or “He’s our athlete”) isn’t wise on the Today Show:

ToddlerSharingOther recent titles from Parenting Press include Helping Children with Their Feelings, a practical guide by Elizabeth Crary, M.S., to help children better understand their feelings and those of others, and The Secret of Toddler Sharing, by the same author, aimed at busy parents and early childhood professionals who need to teach children how to share.

Parenting Press keeps online media kits available for all their books to encourage author interviews as well as excerpts of their works in publications. Check out their material at their website.