PNBA’s Call For Authors Now Open

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is now accepting applications for being a featured author at the PNBA Fall Trade Show.

These keynote opportunities are intended for established and rapidly-rising regional and national talents. PNBA member bookseller input will be heavily considered in determining these lineups. Publishers are expected to pay a fee and provide free books for distribution at the event. Costs vary depending on the spot.

Proposals should be sent via email to Tradeshow Director, Greg Holmes: Please indicate author residence and provide links to author website, publisher listing, release date of the title, relevant reviews, and blurbs..

For more information, and detailed descriptions of each event, see the Author/Publicist page at

The list of proposed authors will be submitted to PNBA’s Bookseller Selection Committee, which will return a prioritized list by May 25. PNBA staff will begin sending invitations the week of June 4.

Yellowstone Treasures Nominated For Two Awards

Yellowstone Treasures, 5th edition

The updated fifth edition of Yellowstone Treasures (2017) is a finalist in both the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Foreword INDIES Awards. ” I am pleased that this edition’s new cover, 65 new color photos, and geyser and wildlife updates have captured both IBPA’s and Foreword’s attention again this year,” said publisher Beth Chapple of Granite Peak Publications.

Since the first edition in 2002, author Janet Chapple has shared her lifelong love of Yellowstone. The guidebook has been favorably reviewed over the years in the Billings Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Escapees: Sharing the RV Lifestyle , Midwest Book Review and more

Epicenter Expands Through Acquisition

Epicenter Press, based in Washington and Alaska, has acquired Coffeetown Enterprises, LLC., which includes Coffeetown Press, Camel Press and Fanny Press imprints.  “We’re excited about the acquisition,” said Phil Garrett, president of Epicenter Press, in PNBA’s Footnotes. “This will allow us to publish in categories that weren’t currently represented in our line. It will also allow us to increase our title base and reach of the company.”

Local Resources To Check Out In 2018

Seattle Writergrrls, a co-host at several Book Publishers Northwest events, decided to close down their email list in November. As a parting message to subscribers, Jenny Hayes and Jenny Neill shared the following local and regional resources for everyone interested in writing and publishing.

“ Our main criteria for inclusion was that one or the other of us had a personal tie to [to the organization], and that we found some value in our associations with them,” wrote Neill.

Along with Book Publishers Northwest’s website, they recommended:

Hedgebrook – (nonprofit literary organization)

Hugo House – (classes/meetups with a headquarters reopening next year)

Lit Crawl Seattle –

Mineral School – (Founded by Jane Hodges)

Northwest Independent Editors Guild – (A great place to find editors and project managers for publishing projects)

Northwest Science Writers –

Pacific Northwest Writers Association –

Seattle Writers’ and Readers’ Network –

Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington –

Society for Technical Communication, Puget Sound Chapter –

Surrey International Writers’ Conference – (Annual conference featuring diverse program and opportunities to pitch editors and agents)

Unchaste – (Reading series in Portland founded by Jenny Forrester)

Other members of Seattle Writergrrls recommended the following: –

Seattle7Writers –

EPIC Group –

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) –

New Releases by BPNW member Entre Ríos Books

Entre Ríos Books, a BPNW member, has released three new poetry books this fall. Like their other books, their focus is on collaboration and the books come with audio to listen to the authors read their work.

shurin_cover_front-only_flowers-and-skyFlowers & Sky: Two Talks by Aaron Shurin
This volume brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished poems by one of our finest lyric and gay poets. These intimate talks use Shurin’s own work to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level and contemplate a life made by and for art.  Laura Moriarty says of the book, “Old poets thinking to write their memoirs and young ones to assert their own poetics should take notice.”

zeller_alchemy_600x900Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Maya Jewell Zeller & Carrie DeBacker
A full-color collaboration on the politicalization of women’s bodies. Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker, crafted a work of anxious poetics and eco-feminism, much of it created after the election. This book includes a film response by CWU student, Rebecca Starkey, winner of the first ERB Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award, given to women filmmakers in Washington State secondary or college programs.

Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller with music by Lori Goldston
The long-awaited return by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers, Mary’s Dust collects and reimagines the stories of Marys throughout history. From the Annunciation to Mary Wollstonecraft, from Typhoid Mary to September 11, 2001, this staggeringly intense and honed work is her first full- length collection since the ALA and Washington Book Award winning, What the Ice Gets. It ships with a digital download of a new cello suite by celebrated Seattle cellist, Lori Goldston.

About Entre Ríos Books
Entre Ríos Books is a small press in Seattle, Washington, with a focus on collaborations between West Coast poets and artists.




November Meeting: “I Published a Book” Is Not a Marketing Plan

How do you get your book noticed in a sea of books? Learn how to leverage your book’s themes, conversations, and your own passionate authenticity to target and engage your audiences. Do it right, and you’re not selling them, you’re engaging them about your shared interests and passion… and that gets your book discovered!

Please join Lee Wind, Director of Marketing and Programming for the Independent Book Publishers Association, in this hands-on exploration of your goals and the levers and tools to achieve them. The outcome? You’ll walk away with some insight, inspiration, and a not-overwhelming to-do list of what you want to tackle first in terms of marketing your book.

More About Our Speaker

Lee Wind is the Director of Marketing and Programming for the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). A writer and book blogger himself, Lee is passionate about empowering others to have their voices heard.

Book Publishers Northwest’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested learning more about the business side of book publishing.

Our November 13 meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

Time Management Software Tips

In her handout on project management for book publishers, October’s speaker Andrea Ptak suggested several software solutions to time management.  These included:

Harvest –
Time tracking, online invoicing, and reporting software

Asana –
Project tracking, productivity, team management, and task management.

Toggl –
Time tracking and time sheet with free online and premium (paid) versions .

Basecamp –
Popular project management and team communication software.

Google Docs –
Free and easy to share information (does require users to log into Google). Can also use Google Sheets (spreadsheets) for tracking projects and deadlines.

Courtesy of Andrea Leigh Ptak, Communicating Words & Images: