Makeready for Book Art

Seattle’s Makeready is a free virtual event in May featuring over 35 artists, designers, printers, and publishers in a series of online conversations, studio visits, and workshops that explore the process of making an art book from start to finish. Makeready speakers will share a wide variety of work—from personal zines to one-of-a-kind artists’ books; from trade art/literary books to contemporary art editions.

The virtual event begins tonight, May 14, with a makers’ conversation on why artists choose books as a form to express their ideas. Makeready continues through the month with studio tours of groups like Paper Press Punch, a small Risograph print and book studio run by artists Jessica Hoffman and Justin Quinlan; workshops on DIY art book making led by artists like Ho Tam of British Columbia’s Hotam Press; and “office hours” for those who want to discuss their projects with fellow publishers.

Find out more at Seattle Art Book Fair website: https://www.seattleartbookfair.org/

Look for artists like Olympia’s artist Catherine Alice Michaelis at Makeready. Here’s her tour of her work filmed on September 28, 2019, at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

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U.S. Book Show Begins

The first U.S. Book Show will be a three-day virtual event presented by Publishers Weekly to serve the book publishing and bookselling community. Filling the hole left by the departure of BookExpo, publishers hope to build buzz about Fall 2021 titles and create similar one-to-one connections with exhibitors and attendees during the May 25– 27 event.

The book fair portion will offer 14 panels geared to librarians, booksellers and publishing professionals.

In addition, more than 80 publishers and allied vendors will be in the “exhibit halls” at the virtual conference.

Special bookseller attendee pricing is available for $35, which includes access to the live event and all of the panels and content for three months following so attendees can take their time to go through publisher materials, replay panels, and collect resources. To find out more, see the website:
https://usbookshow.com/

Seattle’s Stranger Adds Indie Promo

Seattle’s large alternative news site The Stranger has long championed independent publishers, bookstores, and authors. Now they are offering special advertising packages as part of their “Now Open” promos.

The promotion package for authors and independently-owned bookstores is designed to help inspire spring reading and will be part of the “Now Open” promotion:
$125 – Business or book/author profile in email to 40,000+ subscribers.
$225 – Business or book/author profile in email to 40,000+ subscribers. Business profile posted on The Stranger‘s website for one week under “Things to Read.”
$325 – Business or book/author profile in email to 40,000+ subscribers. Business profile posted on The Stranger‘s website for one week under “Things to Read.” Choice of Facebook or Instagram social media post.


Email or call Ben Demar, 206-324-1849 x 3012, for more information.

What Are The Jobs In Publishing?

Exciting news this month, when a number of publishers pledged to raise their starting salaries from $40,000 to $45,000/year. In part, this commitment to paying a living wage is to help diversify the publishing workforce, as discussed in this Poets & Writers article.

At the same time, a number of efforts are being made to demystify the publishing process and discuss what types of jobs are done by editors, designers, and everyone else employed by a publisher. A couple of free panels are coming up that will be of particular interest to those wanting to write or publish in the science fiction and fantasy field.

April 16, 9pm PDT/12am EST

Flights of Foundry
What Are All The People Working On Your Book Doing
Crafted for writers, this panel will discuss a book’s journey from pitched to published, and who all the professionals working on a book along the way. Panelists are Jill Roberts, Managing Editor, Tachyon Publications; Laura Blackwell, Copyeditor; Mike Allen, Publisher, Mythic Delirium Books; and Rosemary Jones (moderator), Creative Consultant, Book Publishers Northwest News. All are also accomplished authors who have seen both sides of the publishing process. An international conference, Flights offers panels and workshops 24-hours a day, April 16 to 19. To register for this and other Flights events, see their website at flightsoffoundry.org.

May 6, 4pm PDT/7pm EST

Tor.EDU
Genre Publishing 101
Join a group of publishing professionals from Tor Nightfire Books to learn their path towards breaking into the industry and more about their day-to-day work. This panel will focus on answering questions about how to get started as an employee in the book industry. Free to register at crowdcast.



Humanities Montana Grants Available Now

Humanities Montana’s next deadline for regular grant applications is April 20, 2021.

The grants are designed to support the invaluable work being done by other cultural institutions, organizations, scholars, filmmakers, and leaders in Montana. The categories that qualify for grants of more than $1,000 include: book festivals; conferences; exhibits; lectures; media projects; museum assistance; oral histories; panel discussions; planning for humanities programs; public debates; reading and discussion programs; and workshops. The organization also has a category of “Other” to encourage innovation.

Besides regular grants, Humanities Montana offers opportunity grants award up to $1,000. Applications can be submitted any time, but at least four weeks prior to the supported project. Proposals should engage Montanans in meaningful discussion about the human condition, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations, and enrich civic discourse among the state’s diverse cultures and across its geographical distances. Humanities Montana only awards opportunity grants to organizations, not individuals.

More information about all Humanities Montana’s grant programs can be found at their website: humanitiesmontana.org. Director of Programs and Grants Kim Anderson suggests contacting her for help in writing the strongest grant proposal possible. Call Humanities Montana’s office at (406) 243-6022 to discuss your proposal with her.

Lecture Series Explores Poetry

Charlie Wright, publisher of Seattle’s Wave Books, created the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry (BWLS) in memory of his late father, the businessman and philanthropist Bagley Wright.  The BWLS supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics, and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. 

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Douglas Kearney
March 24
7:00–8:00 p.m. PDT

Douglas Kearney has long written about the conflation between violence and entertainment in U.S. American culture, from badman folklore to postcards of lynching. Yet, the question that may haunt any writer is, what are the ethics of representing violence? How do poetic aestheticizations of brutality transform, reinscribe, or abet flesh and blood violence? Through a series of vignettes in which Kearney entangles his encounters with violence in writing and his own attempts to put it down on the page, the poet investigates what compels him about the subject.

Kearney’s newest collection, Sho, will be published by Wave in 2021.

Register in advance here.

Cover detail, Sho, Wave Books 2021

Get On Write Track In Idaho

Since COVID shut down in-person events, Idaho Writers Group has hosted and publicized a variety of virtual events offered by groups and clubs. This community-based literary arts organization promotes education in the community by hosting public programs and projects, including author readings, workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, and writing contests.

The group is also planning their annual conference of interest to writers and readers of all genres. The next Idaho Writers Conference is scheduled for October 1-2, 2021, at the Boise Centre.

See the complete schedule of virtual events and links to register on the IWG website.

The next IWG virtual event will be SEO and Keywords for Authors with Troy Lambert.

SEO and Keywords for Authors
March 13, 11:30 AM
Troy Lambert


To rank well on Amazon, optimize ads, and even to rank well on Google, you need to understand SEO and keywords. What are they? Why do they matter? And how do you discover the right ones for your book? We’ll talk about that and more in this live discussion. For more information, see https://troylambertwrites.com/.

October 1-2, 2021

Submit to 2022 PNBA Book Awards

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Book Awards Committee is ready for submissions. Nine booksellers from independent bookstores throughout the Pacific Northwest will be reading for the 2022 Book Award. Books submitted must have be published between Oct 1, 2020 and Sep 30, 2021 and be by Northwest authors. To submit, send an email to:
awards@pnba.org

In your email, include the AUTHOR, PLACE OF RESIDENCE, TITLE, PUBLISHER’S NAME, ADDRESS and LEAD CONTACT. An automated reply will give complete instructions and mailing addresses for the Book Award committee members.

Books must be submitted by September 30, 2021.  The Committee will select a short-list in November and PNBA member stores will promote these titles during the Christmas season. The winners will be announced in January 2022.  

PNBA organizers report that the awards committee receives over 400 submissions a year so the sooner they receive your book, the more chance it has of getting a full reading!  

Personal Consultations Available Through Pub U

Independent Book Publishing Association opened sign-ups for “Ask the Experts” at IBPA Publishing University 2021 today. Conference registration is required for these one-on-one consultations. Readers of Book Publishers Northwest News can use the affiliate 15% discount for April’s virtual IBPA Publishing University.

The full conference schedule is available at https://www.publishinguniversity.org/schedule.

Readers of Book Publishers Northwest News receive a 15% registration discount when they apply Promo Code PubU-Affiliates at check out. Additional registration information is available at https://www.publishinguniversity.org/register.

U.S. Selfies Applications Due March 1

In 2020, Publishers Weekly and BookLife created an award to recognize excellence in self-publishing. The current U.S. Selfies award is open to writers of Adult Fiction or Children’s/YA Fiction. The winning authors will receive $1,000 cash and a $5,000 package of advertising in Publishers Weekly, both in the print magazine and online.

The awards will be announced at the 2021 American Library Association’s Annual Conference.

Applications for these awards need to be made by March 1. For complete details, please see selfiesbookawards.com.