Book Publishers Northwest: 2010 Report to Members

2010 was a busy year for Book Publishers Northwest. Once again, we provided a full slate of educational events at the Good Shepherd Center and other venues, promotion for members’ books at local bookstores and trade shows, and information about publishing in general through our website and Facebook pages.

Trade Shows and Bookstore Events
BPNW displayed or helped sell members’ books at four events this years: two bookstore signings/author readings in March to celebrate Small Press Month, display at Pacific Northwest Bookstore Fall Trade Show in Portland, and the Montana Festival of the Book at the end of October.

In 2011, BPNW hopes to expand the Small Press Month events to include more independent bookstores in Washington and Oregon as well as continue display at appropriate trade shows and book fairs. To encourage members to become more involved in these events, BPNW has established a Display Stipend 2011 to underwrite members’ expenses for up to $250 per show.

Educational Events
BPNW Board members organized nine educational meetings open to anyone interested in publishing. A new focus this year was the expansion of ebooks and ereaders as well as other new technology and how that impacts small press publishing. These meetings included a tour of Third Place’s new Espresso machine for print-on-demand publishing as well as discussions of e-book readers like the Nook and Apple’s new iPad.

Other meetings included information on how to stage author blog tours, create effective Internet marketing, improve bookstore events and trade shows exhibits, among others. Experts like Brian Jud shared their insights with meeting guests about how the changes in publishing can help small publishers reach new markets with their books.

Throughout the year, BPNW found that more than half of meeting attendees were new to publishing or to the organization. BPNW will continue to hold educational events throughout the year at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle, WA. BPNW board president Tom Masters currently is working on bringing back the full day education event “Business of Books” in 2011. To suggest a speaker or topic for our educational meetings, please e-mail bpnwnews@aol.com.

BPNW News
This newsletter was published 12x in 2010 with more than 260 subscribers. Each month four to six new articles appear on the website’s blog including news about members’ books and events, opportunities for marketing outside the Northwest, and more. Shorter reminders and links to information of interest to publishers appears weekly on BPNW’s Facebook page. BPNW encourages members to continue to sending news items to bpnwnews@aol.com in 2011.

IBPA Pub U Scholar
Miryam Gordon, Green Elms Press, was the 2010 BPNW Scholar to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Pub U in New York. BPNW is waiting to hear from IBPA about scholarships available in 2011, but have heard that they may offer a Pub U on the West Coast by 2012.