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.

Head Aug15More About Our Speaker

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

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:

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


Early Endorsements Arrive For Yellowstone Book

A 1884 sketch by Welshman Thomas H. Thomas reproduced in Through Early Yellowstone.
A 1884 sketch by Welshman Thomas H. Thomas reproduced in Through Early Yellowstone.

Early endorsements and reviews are pouring in for Granite Peak Productions’ latest title, Through Early Yellowstone: Adventuring by Bicycle, Covered Wagon, Foot, Horseback, and Skis, a compilation of historic travel accounts selected and annotated by Janet Chapple. The book is scheduled to be released June 1, 2016.

“Stories and graphics combine to make Through Early Yellowstone a beautiful, informative, and highly entertaining read.” —Diane Prokop, Foreword Reviews, Summer 2016

“A fresh and exciting Yellowstone anthology featuring remarkable, untold stories, some astounding, newly discovered nineteenth-century art, insightful perspectives and a welcome, original voice in the park’s expansive literary saga.” —Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, April 6, 2016

Granite Peak Publications is participating in several festivals this year. Through Early Yellowstone will be displayed in the Independent Book Publishers Association booth at Book Expo America May 11-13 and then for the 10,000 fans at the public BookCon on May 14, both in Chicago. They will be at the second annual Bay Area Book Festival on June 4 and 5.

Preorders of Through Early Yellowstone are available through Granite Peak’s website or by writing to to get on the list for the first copies available.

May 23 Meeting: Social Media And Literary Citizenship

Our May meeting focuses on using social media to make more authentic connections on a variety of social media platforms. Social media is not merely a sales tool; it’s an opportunity to find loyal readers, word-of-mouth advocates, and a sense of place in the community. Lori A. May will cover personable marketing strategies, platform development, and audience outreach to help you connect with your ideal audience.

More About Our Speaker

Lori A. May is the author of several books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life (Bloomsbury). Her work may also be found in publications including The Atlantic, Brevity, and Writer’s Digest. She is a freelance writer, consultant, and editor, and has worked with Poets’ Quarterly, Kaylie Jones Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), Creative Nonfiction, Northern Poetry Review, and several small press authors. Lori is a faculty mentor in the MFA program at the University of King’s College-Halifax and a publishing internship supervisor with the Wilkes University MA and MFA writing programs. Canadian by birth and disposition, Lori now lives and writes in Seattle. For more info, visit