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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


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


Seattle Writes: SPL Holds Contest On Smashwords

Seattle Writes - Programs and resources to support Seattle writers.

Seattle Public Library has partnered with Smashwords to support local authors and connect them with the library’s large and avid community of readers.  Starting in September, the SPL will offer free workshops on the craft of writing, write-ins, author panels, classes on digital publishing, and more. Look for BPNW member Beth Jusino to be leading several of these.

Local writers also are invited to enter a contest to add their book to the library’s permanent collection

How to enter SPL’s e-book self-publishing contest:

  1. Create a Smashwords account
  2. Self-publish your e-book on Smashwords website
  3. Enter the contest (see contest rules)

Up to three winners will be added to SPL’s ebook collection. The winning ebooks may be mentioned and publicized in any SPL brochure, print ad, direct mail piece, social media, electronic media, (e.g. video, Internet, website) or other form of promotion without remuneration or further consent. There will be no monetary compensation or license fee provided for submissions.



Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Ebooks, Education, Libraries


Join Up With Other Publishers For Indie Office Hours

IPNEThe Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is holding online, video chats that help publishers tackle issues ranging from creating book trailers to promoting titles via social media. Drop in and join a live session with your questions or check out the archive of videos on YouTube. Sessions take place at noon on Tuesdays. Use the group’s Google+ event page to register. The next session concentrates on publishing coaches and how to hire one (or become one).

Indie Office Hours: The Rise of the “Publishing Coach”July 15, 12 pm EDT 
     In the brave new world of publishing, we’re suddenly hearing a lot about publishing coaches, and much of it sounds appealing. Working with a publishing coach can differ significantly from collaborative publishing, self-publishing, traditional publishing, or contracting with a for-hire or vanity-press service. Do you need a publishing coach – or do you want to be one? How do you find an honest, effective publishing coach? How do you market and charge for a service like this? Speak up and be our special guest!

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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Education


POD And More For Oregon Publishers

Tualatin Library

Tualatin Library

The June 10 meeting of the Northwest Writers & Publishers Association (NWPA) at the Tualatin Public Library will focus on the “Science and Art of Self-Publishing” with Connie Carmichael Hill, former events program manager for Portland’s New Renaissance Bookshop. The author of Money Stories, Hill will cover such issues as book size, fonts, paper color, ISBNs, front and, back matter, editing and editors, what a POD publisher can provide, and what to do before and after publishing.

This meeting begins at 6:30 p.m, June 10, at the Tualatin Public Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, OR. Self-publishers, marketers, journalists, artists, authors and aspiring authors are welcome. There is no charge for NWPA members or students under the age of 18. Others pay $5 to $10.

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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in Education


Separating Wishes From Publishing Goals

Wishes and goals are not the same thing. Unless your publishing venture comes with a real fairy godmother, wishes probably won’t create book sales. But creating clear marketing goals can make those wishes come true.  In this video from’s upcoming May 8 webinar on “10 Things To Do Before You Publish,” Kelsye Neslon discusses how to turn wishes into publishing goals:

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Education


NWPA Meeting Focuses On Cost Of Editing

NWPASpeakerMay14The NW Writers and Publishers Association (NWPA) looks at the need for professional editing prior to publication at their next meeting. Jill Kelly, PhD, a Portland writer and freelance editor, discusses how to keep editing costs reasonable and still get a great book at the the May 13 meeting.

Learn how using a structured system of self-editing and asking the right questions of potential editors can save money too.

The May 13 meeting of NWPA begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Tualatin Public Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, OR. There is no charge for NWPA members or students under the age of 18 but there is a $10 charge for non-members and a $5 charge for a member’s guest..

For questions about NWPA and future events, visit:

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Education


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