Idyll Arbor Publisher Looking For New Leadership

Idyll Arbor has a large catalog of titles

Tom Blaschko, current owner of Idyll Arbor, is seeking new leadership for his publishing company. Idyll Arbor is currently located in Enumclaw, Washington, about an hour southeast of Seattle in the foothills of Mount Rainier.  “I intend to stay involved for a few years, so that the new leader or leaders and Idyll Arbor continue to be successful. But the long-term goal is to sell the business to the person who takes over,” said Blaschko. “I know the right people for this job are out there and will know this is exactly what she, he, or they want to be doing — just like I knew that it was the right thing for me to do.”

For 35 years, Idyll Arbor has worked improve the quality of health care provided to clients by providing quality information and resources to practitioners. “The largest part of our business, under the Idyll Arbor imprint, is publishing college textbooks for Recreational Therapists and Activity Professionals. We also publish information about therapy groups, activities, and practice issues for therapists and activity professionals working in facilities. Idyll Arbor also has some books for the general population on specific techniques, such as Expressive Writing, and treatments, such as hip replacement,” said Blaschko.

The company also has the Issues Press imprint, which looks at solutions to concerns in our society, such as veterans returning from wars with PTSD and TBIs and not finding effective treatment for those conditions. Under the imprint Pine Winds Press can be found books that look at our place in the universe, beyond physical reality.

More information about the company can be found on the website:

Those interested in discussing a leadership position with Blaschko should contact him at

How To Make An Author Appearance At PNBA Fall Show

Author appearance at PNBA.

Every year, representatives from approximately 85 bookstores and several Northwest libraries attend the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show in the fall. A big part of the conference is author appearances at breakfasts, lunches, and the “sweet-and-greet” dessert events in the evenings.

Publicists and publishers looking to propose an author appearance at the PNBA Fall Trade Show 2019 should contact the organization this spring with information about author including links to author website, publisher listing, release date, relevant reviews and blurbs, and other information.

For detailed descriptions of each event where authors appear and how to propose an author appearance, see the Author/Publicist page at

Publicists may request authors be featured at specific events, but invitations will be influenced by their Selection Committee rankings as well as PNBA’s commitment to providing a wide variety of authors at each event. Finished books or ARCs may be requested as part of the selection process.


Museum Book Fair In April

The Washington State History Museum is hosting a book fair featuring Washington authors, illustrators, and publishers on April 6, 2019. As part of the museum’s current exhibition “A Thousand Words’ Worth,” the book fair will feature a full day of activities at the museum including be author talks, zine making, letter writing, and interactive storytelling in the galleries

There may still be space to participate but don’t delay.  For those who just want to attend the fair, it will take place on April 6, 10 am to 5 pm, at the museum in Tacoma. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Online applications for participants accepted here:

Hosting an event of interest to Northwest publishers? Send details to bpnwnews at

PNBA’s 2019 Call for Education Proposals

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association put out their call for presenters at their fall trade show.  Each year, the organization offers educational programming on the opening day of its annual Tradeshow. The 2019 tradeshow will be held at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon. PNBA will produce a full day of sessions, Sunday, October 6, the day prior to the opening of the exhibit floor.

They are looking for proposals for education aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors as well as sessions for bookstore owners.” The organizers add that they want “all sessions promote an atmosphere of cooperation among literary entities.Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.”

Proposals for an educational session for the 2019 show should be submitted via the Education Proposal form on their website.


Seattle Writes Winter 2019 Events

Need to kick-start a project? Want to fulfill that resolution to finish your manuscript? Seattle Writes, the Seattle Public Library program, has a number of free events this winter including writing circles hosted by Hugo House. A full calendar of January and February events can be found at

For those looking for more time to write, there will be a program about writing residencies at the Central Library in January. Meet representatives from various Washington residencies and get some tips on the application process. This special session takes place January 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at downtown library branch. More information here.

Holiday Sale From Granite Peak Publications

Yellowstone Treasures, 5th edition

Through January 10, 2019, Granite Peak Publications is offering a big discount on two titles by Janet Chapple. Her history or guide to Yellowstone Park are available for $20 each!

Worldcon Seeks Speakers

One of the largest science fiction and fantasy conventions will take place in Ireland in 2019. Worldcon organizers recently posted on several forums about the rules for submitting ideas for programming. Local authors and publishers interested in being considered for Worldcon programming in Dublin must complete a survey to be considered. Because EU rules prevent organizers from emailing people without consent, the first step is to fill out volunteer program form: