BPNW Displays Members’ Books At Two Events This Fall

PNBATacoma_2016Book Publishers Northwest will have a booth at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Trade Association’s fall show in Tacoma, Washington. This “for the trade only” event brings together Northwest booksellers, librarians, publishers, and sales representatives for three days of discussion and dessert. The 2016 PNBA Tradeshow takes place September 30 through October  2 at the Hotel Murano.

PNBA Tradeshow Schedule
Friday, September 30
• Educational Day (full day of workshops and presentations)
• Authors On The Map Lunch
• Dinner at the Kids’ Table
• Nightcapper Party

PNBA raffle prize winner with booth volunteer Posy Gering.
Taking selfies with booksellers. Photo from booth volunteer Posy Gering at 2014 PNBA Tradeshow.

Saturday, October 1
• Book & Author Breakfast
• Exhibition
• Feast of Authors
• Sweet & Greet Party

Sunday, October 2
• Book & Author Breakfast
• Exhibition
• Hold On, I’m Coming Lunch

BPNW members received a letter this summer about volunteering to staff the BPNW booth at the exhibition. Volunteers will receive a tradeshow badge that allows them into all educational sessions and the exhibition (meals must be purchased separately). This annual event is an excellent way for small publishers and local authors to network with neighborhood bookstores and regional library systems.

wordstockredchairIn November, BPNW and the Northwest Editors Guild will share a booth at Wordstock, Portland’s book fair, on November 5. This literary event is open to the general public.

Information about other Fall meetings will be published later this month.

Pacelli Publishing Announces 27th Title In Six-Word Series

PicturePacelli Publishing recently announced the publication of the 27th book in their Six-Word Lessons series, Six-Word Lessons for Successful Triathletes. Written by Lance Carter, a triathlon coach and owner of the Everyday Athlete store in Kirkland, his personal mission is “to inspire people to live more fulfilling lives through exercise and mindset elevation.” Six-Word Lessons for Successful Triathletes is designed to speed up the learning curve of competing in three separate sports: running, swimming, and bicycling.

Pacelli Publishing is a family service company that edits and publishes books through Createspace, Kindle and Smashwords. Their Six-Word Lessons series feature 100 short lessons about any topic.

Sno-Isle Libraries Seek Workshop Proposals

Sno-Isle Libraries are seeking proposals for a series of workshops, classes, lectures, and presentations called “Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience.” Proposals can cover any step of the writing and publishing process from any perspective (traditional publishing, indie/self-publishing, fiction, non-fiction, author, agent, bookseller, marketing, etc.). The strongest proposals will be included in a course list that 21 community libraries in the Sno-Isle system can select to book at their locations. Selected proposals must include clearly measurable learning outcomes that can be measured in a post-event survey.

Edmonds Library is one of the Sno-Isles Libraries.

Sno-Isle is hoping to sponsor between 15 to 20 sessions between October and December 2016. If successful, Sno-Isle will continue to offer the Write Now series through 2017.

Proposals will only be accepted through the online Request for Proposals form. Proposals for fall sessions are due July 20. Sessions should range between one and four hours. If you are interested in offering a longer session or if you have any additional questions, please contact Jackie Parker, MLIS, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Sno-Isle Libraries serve residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

8 Easy Steps to Turn Readers into Clients

Based on her book, Say it Simply, our speaker Nina Durfee guides authors and publishers through clear, concise, and fearless expression of your genius to hoist you above the crowd and compel readers to eagerly engage with you. This formula applies not only for your book, but for your blog, website, newsletters, email campaigns, and marketing materials.

Our June 27 meeting starts 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. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited anywhere on the Good Shepherd Center premises by the landlord Historic Seattle.

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Editor, author, and book coach Nina Durfee guides independent business owners to gain visibility and credibility through written content that is clear, concise, and compelling.

She edits, writes, coaches, and gardens (in fair weather) from her home in Duvall, Washington. Visit her at www.ninadurfee.com.

WLA Has Helped Authors For 40 Years

podiumSometimes, independent authors and small presses come up against a legal question that can’t be answered easily. It may be determination of copyright in a project with multiple participants, how to protect intellectual property in estate planning, or when it is “fair use” to quote another person’s words.

Since 1976, Washington Lawyers for the Arts has served the performing, literary, media, visual, and interdisciplinary arts. While best known for the pro bono or reduced cost services that they provide to arts organizations, WLA also will help individuals when they are operating on a very limited budget and cannot afford to secure the services of an attorney. Local attorneys, who volunteer or offer their services at reduced cost, will provide specialized legal expertise when such services are not available elsewhere for the artist.

Earlier this year, the locally produced play That’swhatshesaid was served a “cease and desist” notice by publisher Samuel French Inc. Seattle playwright Courtney Meaker had pieced together bits of dialog and stage directions from the several hit plays to show how female characters are commonly presented on stage.

As noted an American Theatre article about the project, the result might be seen as “fair use” of the quoted material as the author was making a critical point about the portrayal of women in contemporary theater. French, and later the Dramatists Play Service, argued that the play infringed on the copyrights of the authors quoted.

Jeff Nelson, a Seattle intellectual property attorney and chair of WLA, represented Meaker pro bono. The WLA also offered a free panel discussion this month with Meaker, members of her creative team, and Nelson to help others in the community understand the intersection of fair use and free speech.

Artists of all types can become a WLA member for $25. This entry level of membership provides regular updates via email, special offers from other community organizations, and a 15% discount on all regular workshops.

Regular legal clinics are offered throughout the year for those with intellectual property and entertainment legal questions.

WLA’s referral program connects artists needing ongoing representation or have legal topics beyond intellectual property or entertainment law with attorneys in the WLA network.

Red Letter Press Reports Canadian Distribution Problems

RedLetterPressHelen Gilbert, managing editor of Red Letter Press, reports that her company recently lost $1900 worth of books when a Canadian distributor destroyed the stock that they were holding. According to Gilbert, the company took over the Red Letter Press inventory in 2003 from another Canadian distributor they absorbed.

“To our shock, we discovered early this year that Disticor had decided to no longer carry books. Although they claim to have notified publishers that they should make arrangements to have their books returned, we never received any notice,” said Gilbert. “So they destroyed books worth $1900 at the price they would have paid us for sales.”

Gilbert would like to hear from anyone else is in this situation and what steps that they have taken. She has contacted the Better Business Bureau but said the case was closed when the distributor failed to respond.

Contact information for Red Letter Press can be found at their website: www.RedLetterPress.org

PBS Book View Streams BEA Online


PBS Book View Now will cover BEA and BookCon May 12, 13 and 14, 2016.  BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. BookCon is an immersive experience for the general public that features panels, Q&A, autographing sessions, and interactive content marrying the published word with video, podcasts, and more. Authors scheduled to appear in the coverage include:

Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Kenny Loggins, Footloose
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Writings on the Wall
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Lauren Oliver, Replica and Before I Fall
Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott, Dream Home
Chris O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, Moone Boy: The Fish Detective