Free Self-Publishing Classes Return To Seattle Public Libraries

2015_seattlewrites“It’s great to be a writer in the Pacific Northwest. Not only do we get wet, dark winters–perfect stay-in-and-write weather–but we also have the support of one of the best literary communities around. And our library totally gets it!” wrote local self-publishing guru Beth Jusino in her latest newsletter.

Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes programming includes a full lineup of free classes on writing, publishing, marketing, and more this fall.  Starting October 3, the courses listed below are specifically aimed at the author considering publishing their own work. To register for these courses and to find out more about the library’s distribution system for epub or pdf publications via, visit the SPL website here.

Seattle Writes: Social Media for Beginners
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Branch
If you are in need of a comprehensive beginner’s guide to social media (aimed at authors), then this course is for you. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Social Media Master Class
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Branch
You’ve got the basics of social media down. You know how to blog, tweet, and hashtag, but how do you make the most of your efforts? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballard Branch
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Publishing Basics
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Once the manuscript is ready, what happens next? We’ll look at the decisions self-publishing authors need to make to get their work in front of readers. Registration is required.

Jusino will be teaching two classes this winter through SPL: December 5’s “Do You Think You’re Done? Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Write”  and December 6’s “Self-Publishing Basics: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book.” Her book, The Author’s Guide to Marketing, won a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPYs) in the Writing/Publishing category. The Kindle edition is on sale this week (Sept 14-21) for 99 cents on

For those who remember that our last update from Jusino was her decision to walk a medieval pilgrimage route in Europe, she reports that she successfully completed the 1000 miles on the Camino de Santiago and, more amazingly in our modern age, stayed away from her computer for 92 days.



Applications Now Available for IBPA Publishing University

2016-PubUEvery year, Independent Book Publishers Association offers members of Book Publishers Northwest interested in advancing their publishing program the chance to attend the IBPA Publishing University free-of-charge. IBPA awards one complimentary ticket to Publishing University to each affiliate, each year. Applications for the complimentary ticket are submitted online here. After checking with each affiliate association to confirm membership, IBPA awards scholarships to the candidates who meet the established criteria.

The IBPA scholarship is intended for independent publishers and self-published authors who need assistance in growing their publishing program. In evaluating applicants, IBPA considers how the scholarship will assist the individual to become a successful publisher. They also require that the recipient share what they learned at Publishing University with their affiliate association members

Book Publishers Northwest members have qualified for this scholarship annually since the program began. Applications can now be submitted online at IBPA. The 2016 IBPA Publishing University will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in April.

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.