Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association: Call for Authors

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association sent out the following call for authors to appear at the October tradeshow.

Dear Publicists,

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) has now posted on our web site the Call for Authors for the 2011 fall show, which will again be held in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, OCTOBER 13 – 15. If you are working with an author who might make a good candidate for an appearance at the PNBA show, please contact me directly with your proposals. I will again be producing all of the author events at the show.

As a non-profit (501c6) trade association, PNBA must charge a small fee to help us re-coup some of the expenses of promoting and producing the author events. We are pleased to say that we have not increased those rates in four years. The specific fees for each event are listed in red at the bottom of the Call for Authors. We appreciate your understanding.

The PNBA process requires that we allow publicists until the end of June to send us their author proposals. I compile all the proposals and send them to PNBA’s Selection Committee the first week of July. The Committee returns them to me, listed in the order of the Committee’s preference, with their choice for speakers at the top. I then start contacting publicists in July, inviting authors to speak at the Breakfasts. Once those spots are confirmed, I send invitations to publicists for authors to participate in the Feast. When those are filled, I invite authors to the Nightcapper on the first day. Then I fill out the rest of the schedule with the Celebration of Authors and the signings. The entire process is usually completed by the end of July.

This year, for the first time, PNBA offers Northwest Booklovers as a venue to promote your titles. The blog is designed to feature PNBA member bookstores and libraries and NW authors and books, or any book that our member stores and their customers are buying. Fall show offerings greatly affect the energies and efforts of our booksellers, so it makes sense that we will focus much of our coverage at NWBL on those same authors and books. Please contact NWBL’s editor, Jamie Passaro, if there’s an essay, blog post, NW bookseller recommendation, news item or event that might interest our readers.

We also suggest that you keep in mind that it helps to promote what our booksellers are selling, and that you consider advertising directly to their customers on NWBL, where we offer ads for as little as $10 a day. View our Ad Rates page, and if you have any questions about advertising with PNBA, please contact our Marketing Director, Brian Juenemann. Brian will also be available to meet personally with you at BEA in New York again this year.

We look forward to working with you to promote your authors and their new books this fall.



Thom Chambliss, Executive Director
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
338 West 11th Avenue, Suite 108
Eugene, OR 97401-3062
T: 541-683-4363
F: 541-683-3910
Fall 2011 Show: Thursday – Saturday, OCTOBER 13 – 15,
at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport