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


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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.

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.



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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.


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.