Brian Jud’s Tips On Bookselling Canceled

Publishing guru Brian Jud sent us on email today (January 11) that his Seattle trip has been canceled. Unfortunately this means that our meeting  is canceled too.

BPNW will return to room 221 for the rest of the year and will be going back for its regular Monday evening meetings starting in February.  We are currently seeking speakers for these dates:

Feb 27, 6 pm to 8 pm
March 27, 6 pm to 8 pm
April 24, 6 pm to 8 pm
May 22, 6 pm to 8 pm
June 26, 6 pm to 8 pm
Sept 25, 6 pm to 8 pm
Oct 23, 6 pm to 8 pm
Nov 13, 6 pm to 8 pm

If interested in speaking to independent authors and publishers, please email your proposed topic to bpnwnews at aol.com.

Book Publishers Northwest meets at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. Book Publishers Northwest’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the business of book publishing.

Free parking is available on site. Information about Metro bus schedules can be found here.

Book Publishers NW Member: Clyde Hill Publishing

clydehilllogoClyde Hill Publishing is an independent, small press focusing on books by, for and about founders, innovators, thinkers and tinkerers. Clyde Hill also has handled on sports nonfiction and some historical fiction. @ClydeHillPub on Twitter and  on the Web.

Greg Shaw is the founding investor in Clyde Hill Publishing, and has deep roots in all aspects of publishing, including content development and promotion. He began his career as a journalist in Oklahoma, and has worked on numerous successful publishing efforts including Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead as well as both the film and book aspects of the documentary, Waiting for Superman. He was CEO and publisher of Seattle’s Crosscut news, an independent editorial site that publishes long-form journalism and e-books. He served as an editor and publisher for John Rossman’s book, The Amazon Way. Shaw worked as a communications executive at Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Village Books and Paper Dreams Passes To Next Generation

As announced in NW Book Lovers, Chuck and Dee Robinson, co-owners of Village Books and Paper Dreams in Bellingham and Lynden, Washington, have sold the business, effective January 1, 2017, to three current employees of the company — Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton. The three, along with Robinsons, have been members of the Leadership Team and have handled most day-to-day operations for the past several years.

A combination reception for the new owners and farewell for the Robinsons will take place at the Fairhaven store on February 4 and at the Lynden location on February 5.  The new owners plan to host a series of meet-and-greets over coffee and pastries in Book Fare Café at Village Books in Fairhaven and at Avenue Bread in Lynden during the month of February.  Dates will be announced on the website and in email newsletters.

November 28 Meeting: Wordstock Wrap-Up

Book Publishers Northwest’s final meeting of 2016 will include the return of any remaining books from recent exhibits at Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Tradeshow and Wordstock. Stay and chat about publishing adventures in the past year as well as discuss plans for 2017.

Information will be distributed about the Publishing University scholarship. Remember applications are due November 30!  More information here.

Location and Time

BPNW’s Nov. 28 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. Book Publishers Northwest’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the business of book publishing.

Free parking is available on site. Information about Metro bus schedules can be found here.

Lots of Interest And A Few Sales At Wordstock

wordstock2015bannerBeth Chapple of Granite Peak Publications recently returned from Portland’s book festival Wordstock. For the first time in several years, Book Publishers Northwest participated. Two other volunteers, Jill Kelly and Kim Bouchard, met Beth at the table shared with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.

Since Book Publishers Northwest had limited space, it was decided only to take the books previously displayed at the PNBA Fall Trade Show. With mysteries, poetry, and nonfiction titles on display, the table showed off the range of books published by BPNW members. Also available were the bookmarks and other sales literature provided by the publishers for PNBA.

“We spent time carrying, displaying, and discussing people’s books. Lots of attendees took the free bookmarks and postcards, so I hope BPNW members are happy with the exposure,” said Chapple.

Wordstock granted attendees a $5 “certificate” to be used at the displays. As decided earlier, books were swapped for this certificate.  Approximately a dozen books were taken by Wordstock attendees. Money earned was used to reimburse volunteers for having to purchase their ticket into Wordstock and defray the cost of display.  Splitting the table with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild helped keep costs down but BPNW still spent far more than exhibit than was earned through sales.

“I had fun, but I have not decided if I personally will participate again,” said Chapple. “Nor am I sure I will recommend it to Book Publishers Northwest unless the publisher can attend or send an author to be on a panel.”

Remaining books and sales literature will be brought to the November 28 meeting for pick-up. Unclaimed books will be donated to the Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

PNBA’s Ways To Introduce Books to NW Indies

pnbalogoWant to follow up electronically with the booksellers who attended the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show? The January 2017 edition of PNBA’s Northwest New Title Preview is designed to help publishers target the distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest.

For $150, PNBA will include a book in a direct to desktop listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, blurb, and a linked contact for bookseller requests. Booksellers are requested to e-mail publishers directly to request the books.

Deadline for materials is Friday, January 6

More information is available on the submission form at PNBA website.

PNBA’s Bookseller Blast

The Bookseller Blast is a single-title info and imaged filled e-flyer sent straight to 300 booksellers as well as 100 NW media contacts. More information on PNBA’s Ad Rates page.


Gemelli Press: Coins in the Fountain

coinsinthefountainCoins In The Fountain
A Midlife Escape to Rome

Judith Works
Gemelli Press (228 pp.)
$19.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9864390-9-4; July 18, 2016

From a Book Publishers Northwest member, Judith Works (City of Illusions, 2014), a former United Nations employee posted to Rome, shares her memories of a delicious life abroad.

“Armchair-travel books are rarely as good as this one.” – Kirkus Reviews

Look for this title and other BPNW members’ books at Wordstock, November 5, in Portland, Oregon. Also available online.