Category Archives: 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 Offers Free PubCamp Webinars, a website devoted to independent publishing, is offering a series of free webinars in May.  The sessions are based on’s popular PubCamp conferences in San Francisco and Seattle. Registration takes place online at the website.


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Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Education, Member News


New Topics Added To Yale Publishing Course

The Yale Publishing Course (YPC) has added new speakers and topics to reflect the latest trends and issues facing the industry. The course takes place every year on the Yale campus. Limited to seventy participants per session, the course draws on the Yale School of Management and industry leaders. This year’s sessions are

Leadership Strategies in Magazine Media – July 13 – 18
Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing – July 20 – 25

For 2014, new topics and speakers include:

Magazine Media
7 Fundamentals of Data Collaboration: Modernizing in the face of the Big Data Challenge
Richard McFarland, Vice President, Data Service, Hearst Corporation

Re-creating Journalism For The Digital Age: Quality and profits will still go hand in hand
Jim Spanfeller, CEO and Founder, Spanfeller Media Group (SMG)

Book Publishing
Getting Social: Marketing and Branding in the Digital Age
Kristin Fassler, Marketing Director, Ballantine, Bantam Dell and Leigh Marchant, Marketing Director, Random House, Spiegel & Grau

The Six Million Dollar Book: Computational-powered books and modern readers
Peter Meyers, Vice President, Editorial & Content Innovation, Citia



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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Education


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