Chuckanut Writers Holds Indie Publishing Class

MotherLoveBellingham’s Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have created a new writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey.

In April, author Susan Colleen Browne covers the essentials of independent print and ebook publishing including marketing strategies, pricing, selling books in stores and online, and real-world sales figures and profits. Browne is the author of six independently published books including the novel Mother Love. This class has two sessions, April 22 and 29, from 6-8:30pm, and is $69. To find out more about this and other Chuckanut Writers’ sessions, visit Village Books’ website.

New Yale Publishing Scholarship Aimed At Indies and Nonprofits

YPC iconThe Yale Publishing Course (YPC) is a week-long intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals that takes place each summer at Yale’s campus in New Haven. A new scholarship, the YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship, is aimed at mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals who work for nonprofits or in companies with less than 50 employees. In total, four (4) scholarships will be awarded this year to a:
• Domestic (USA) Book Publishing professional
• Domestic (USA) Magazine Media professional
• International (non-USA) Book Publishing professional
• International (non-USA) Magazine Media professional

The YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship covers the $5,450 tuition cost for the Yale Publishing Course. Housing and travel are not covered. Deadline to apply is April 24. For more information, see the YPC website.

March Book Marketing Workshop in Oregon

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.LiteraryArts

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.

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:

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.

Apply for IBPA Scholarship By Dec. 31, 2014


Click to more about Affiliate Scholarship Program

IBPA’s Affiliate Scholarship Program offers people interested in advancing their publishing program the chance to attend Publishing University free-of-charge. IBPA awards at least one complimentary ticket to Publishing University to each affiliate, each year.

Applications for the complimentary ticket are submitted online. After checking with each affiliate association to confirm membership, IBPA awards scholarships to the candidates who meet the established criteria.

Book Publishers Northwest is an affiliate of IBPA and we have a record of sending at least one award winner to their publishing university since the program began. Last year, two BPNW members, Laura Robb and Kathryn Dennis, received these scholarships. Dennis is currently organizing our January 2015 meeting to share some of what she learned in San Francisco.

In order to qualify, you must be a member of both IBPA and  Book Publishers Northwest for 2015. We encourage all our members to try for this award but please read IBPA’s qualifications carefully.  Apply here before Dec. 31.

And don’t forget to renew or join BPNW for 2015! We’d hate to tell IBPA that a scholarship applicant must be disqualified because they are not a member of Book Publishers Northwest. Information on joining BPNW can be found here.

2015 Publishing University

The 27th Annual Publishing University will be a two-day, must-attend, networking, and educational event focused specifically on issues important to indie publishers and self-published authors. The 2015 Publishing University takes place in Austin, Texas, in April. Scholarships winners are responsible for paying for their own travel and lodging.

BPNW will award stipends of up to $250 to members who have received scholarships if they complete either a 600-word essay about the experience for publication on the BPNW website or create an educational presentation geared toward independent publishers based on what they learned at Publishing University. Either the essay or the educational program must be completed and judged satisfactory by BPNW within one year after attending the Publishing University. Scholarship winners who do not complete these requirements forfeit the BPNW stipend but can still attend Publishing University for free.

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.