Superhero Book Launch At Naked City

Seattle author Nathan Crowder and Northwest publisher DefCon One celebrate the release of the new Cobalt City novel, Resistance, on October 21 with readings from city creator Nathan Crowder and fellow guest authors at a popular Greenwood pub. Superhero fiction takes on tyranny with heart and humor, paired with the stellar tap list at Naked City for this Sunday afternoon event.

The publisher will have print editions for sale at the event. The print copy allows buyers to download a free ebook copy.

The event goes from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 21, at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, in Seattle.

Walking Events With Beth Jusino

Northwest publisher Mountaineer Books  released  Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago by Beth Jusino in September.  Over the next few months, the author will do a number of public appearances at local libraries as well as some online events. Check out the list of upcoming events provided by Jusino, who also is a popular presenter at Seattle Writes and other publishing workshops :

October 14: Bellevue Library, book presentation and signing, 2:00 pm Bellevue, WA
October 15: Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Lake Forest Park, WA
October 16: Webinar, Discovering the Best of Europe on Foot co-presented with Cassandra Overby and sponsored by The Mountaineers, 6:00 pm PT.
October 17: Village Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00pm Bellingham, WA
October 18Kirkland Library, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Kirkland, WA
October 21: Cedar Mill Community Library, Self Editing Tips for the Self Publishing Writer, 1:00 pm Cedar Mill, OR
October 22: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Portland, OR
October 26: Sherman’s Books of Portland, book signing, 1:00 pm Portland, ME
November 1: REI Greenwood Village, book presentation and signing, 6:30 pm Denver, CO
November 7: Phinney Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Seattle, WA
November 14: Browser’s Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Olympia, WA
November 15: Eagle Harbor Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Bainbridge Island, WA
November 17: Mountlake Terrace Library, Marketing Tools for Writers Who Hate Marketing, 10:30 am Mountlake Terrace, WA
November 27: Seattle REI, Discovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, 6:30 pm Seattle, WA
November 29: Alderwood REI, Discovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, 6:00 pm Lynnwood, WA
December 2: Woodinville Library, book presentation and signing, 2:00 pm Woodinville, WA
December 5: Odin Brewing CompanyDiscovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, hosted by Southcenter REI, 5:30 pm Tukwila, WA
March 28-31, 2019: American Pilgrims on the Camino National Gathering, Black Mountain, NC (I’ll be giving a presentation on the Le Puy Camino route.)

Thank You For Splendid PNBA Exhibit

One more thank you to all the volunteers who worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to make our booth look so good on September 29 and 30 at the regional trade show. Thank you too to Larry, Greg, Brian, and the rest of the volunteers and staff at the Pacific Northwest Bookstore Association for putting on such a fabulous fall event. We so enjoyed the two nights of desserts, talking to so many book people, and see what a robust independent publishing and bookselling community we have in the Pacific Northwest.

As reported in Publishers Weekly, attendance is climbing at regional book fairs as independent booksellers enjoy an increasing share of the market. At PNBA, there was talk of new stores opening and a general feeling of optimism about the book business.

This trade show marks Book Publishers Northwest’s last event in 2018. We’ll continue to move forward as a news website for local independent publishers and authors. Send us listings of your events in the greater Northwest region.

Meet DefCon One In October

Jeremy Zimmerman’s ongoing Kensai series is part of the DefCon One line-up

DefCon One Publishing is an independent, Seattle-based publisher of the anthology series Mad Scientist Journal and numerous speculative fiction books by Northwest authors. They recently acquired the Cobalt City line from Timid Pirate.

You can check out some of their recent titles at Booth 15 at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers  Association this weekend or meet the authors and publishers at the following events in October:

Puyallup Festival of Books 2018
October 6
Puyallup Public Library, 324 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA

DefCon One will be joining other local authors in Puyallup for the 5th annual celebration of local authors.

Cobalt City Book Launch & Reading
October 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA

Join DefCon One author Nathan Crowder to help celebrate the release of his new Cobalt City novel, RESISTANCE. Nathan Crowder will read along with guest authors Jeremy Zimmerman, Erik Scott de Bie, and Rosemary Jones. Superhero fiction takes on tyranny with heart and humor, paired with the stellar tap list at Naked City. The publisher will be on hand to sell copies of books from the authors.

GeekGirlCon 2018
October 27 – October 28
Conference Center, 800 Pike Street, Seattle, WA

DefCon One will be in the dealer room for the 8th Annual GeekGirlCon at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle. Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018, Battling in All Her Finery, and the re-release of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby will be new at the convention. Authors Dawn Vogel, Jeremy Zimmerman, and Amanda Cherry will be on hand to talk about and sign books.

Want to learn more or schedule an event with DefCon One? Check their website.

Off To Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Brass & Glass series published by Razorgirls Press

The trunk of the car is full with three boxes of books from Northwest authors, publishers, and members of the Independent Book Publishers Association. We’re looking forward to showing our regional libraries and booksellers these titles and discussing how they can support independent publishing at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show.

This year’s books come from  Jeremy Zimmerman, Dawn Vogel, Nathan Crowder, DefCon One Publishing, Razorgirl Press, 74th Street Productions, Peter, Kahle, Jan Walker, Janey Bennett, Rick Fordyce, Plicata Press LCC, Pleasure Boat Studio, Clive Rosengren, Coffeetown Press, ICD Press, Charles Johnston MD, Susan Clayton-Goldner, Sharon L. Dean, A-Argus Books, Nancy Burkhardt, Cascade View Publishing, Thomas Erikson, Clyde Hill Publishing, Greg Shaw, Granite Peak Publications, Susan Wingate, Return to Health Press, Ya-Ling J. Liou DC, Christen Mattix, Wendy Hinman, and Karen Robbins.

A big thank you to the following for volunteering to set up, run the booth, and clean up at the end: Carl Munson, Faith Marshall, Janey Bennett, Karen Robbins, Lani Jacobsen, Laura Lahm, Lauren Grosskopf, Lorraine Rath, Peter Kahle, Shepherd Siegel, and Wendy Hinman. Special thanks to Rosemary Jones and Phoebe Matthews for collecting the mail and sorting all the books into transportable boxes.

Thank You, Volunteers!

The following people have signed up to volunteer at Booth 15 at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow.  We still have some times open, especially on Sunday, September 30, if you’d like to join them. Sign up here by Tuesday, September 24.

All volunteers will receive a 3-day badge for the show ($100 value) and can attend education sessions on September 28 as well as the trade show on September 29 and 30.

This year the show is being held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. More details here.

Current volunteers:

Rosemary Jones and Phoebe Matthews – transportation of all books submitted to the show on Friday and donation of books to Rural Library Drive on Sunday. Have been doing collection of books and issuing email updates since August.

Carl Munson – Friday afternoon set-up and Saturday opening. Carl will be doing an author give away on Saturday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Carl also will be at the booth during the 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. slot if people need to pick up books on Saturday to take home.

Laura Lahm – Will be helping at the booth starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and doing an author give away between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. that day.

Laura Grosskopf – Will be doing an author give away between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and helping at the booth until 3:30 p.m.

Shepherd Siegel – Will be helping at the booth between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and doing an author give away between 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Lorraine Rath – Will be doing an author give away between 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Karen Robbins – Will be working at the booth or doing an author give away between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 30.

Peter Kahle and Lani Jacobsen – Will be giving away copies of 74th Street Productions’ The Pen & The Key from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Janey Bennett – Will be doing an author give away between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.

The trade show closes at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.

Any books not removed by publishers and authors from the booth will be donated to the Rural Library Drive, which helps provide books for an underfunded library. Book Publishers Northwest is proud to collaborate in this effort with the other exhibitors and organizer Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

FAQ Answers For Upcoming Trade Show Display

Book Publishers Northwest is taking a full display booth for September’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s fall trade show, September 28-30, in Tacoma. Authors and publishers located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana are welcome to send up to three books for display to: Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109. Here’s the answers to the questions we’ve received.

Can I volunteer or do a bigger giveaway or signing at the BPNW booth?
Yes! Here’s how.

Did this cost money? Why are you asking for $10 to help with display cost?
Cost of a booth and badges for volunteers is currently $775, paid by Book Publishers Northwest’s reserve funds. It may be a bit more depending on the number of badges for volunteers that we have to buy from PNBA by the time the show opens.

Who is PNBA? What is their trade show?
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is an organization for bookstores operating in the Pacific Northwest. They organize and run this show for booksellers and library buyers working in this region. These buyers attend the trade show to learn more about the books available for stocking in their bookstores and libraries, hence a show for the trade. Learn more at their website

Why do IBPA members get to display their books for free?
Most of our reserves stem back to an event sponsored by and paid for by Independent Book Publishers Association such as the Business of Books seminar several years ago. As a thank you for that and for more than 20 years of scholarships given to BPNW members for Publishing University, we’re displaying any current IBPA member for free.  They’re a great group for any small press or independent publisher and we highly recommend checking out their services.

Am I an IBPA member if I get your newsletter or am reading this?
Not necessarily. Our newsletter list comes from BPNW meetings and other sign-ups through this website done in the past. We are an local affiliate of IBPA but past memberships in our group don’t make you an IBPA member.

Am I a BPNW member?
No. We stop collecting memberships by the end of 2016 when lack of volunteers was making it clear that we may need to shut down BPNW as an organized group. Any and all memberships existing expired by 12/31/2017. The money collected in 2016 did not fully cover 2017 expenses but we used our reserves for that too.

OK, how do I send 3 books or 3 titles for display at BPNW, Booth 15, during the 2018 PNBA Fall Trade Show?
Mail to Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109. We’ll take any and all books received by September 25.

With your books, please include the following information:
  • Name of Northwest publisher if being submitted by publisher
  • Name of Northwest author if being submitted by author
  • Association – Say that you are an IBPA. If not sending $10
  • $10 check for Book Publishers Northwest if not IBPA member — and please don’t make out checks to other entities. We can’t cash anything other than BPNW or Book Publishers Northwest.  Everything else will be tossed.
  • How your book can be purchased: Distributor or website address

Please remember that this is a show for booksellers and librarians, not the general public, and attendees are interested in how to order multiple copies at wholesale prices. We will not be selling books at this show but will have information out on how booksellers and librarians can contact you.

Books will not be returned. Authors and publishers attending PNBA are welcome to pick up their books on Saturday or Sunday at the display. Anyone attending the show will need a badge to enter.  We suggest you earn a badge by volunteering. More on how to do that here.