ASI seeking nonfiction author to open meeting

From Book Publishers Northwest’s e-mail:

Hello, you probably recall my inquiry from last summer, when I was looking for a speaker for the Pacific Northwest chapter of ASI (American Society for Indexing) fall meeting.

With your help in getting the word out, we were able to land James H. Keeffe III, the author of Two Gold Coins and a Prayer, as he helped to kick off our fall meeting in Vancouver….and it went absolutely spectacular! You can read about his presentation at this blog post – More Than Simply Gold Coins and a Prayer: Stories of heroism and lessons from history by James H. Keeffe III at the 2011 PNW-ASI fall meeting. I was happy to give a callout and thank you to Book Publishers Northwest and Keeffe’s agent.

So….I was wondering if you could post another inquiry for an author to kick off our late spring meeting, which takes place on Saturday, June 9, at Bastyr University….it’s a bit closer to Seattle this time!

As I mentioned before, we are interested in having a nonfiction author kick off the meeting, to speak to the room for 20 to 30 minutes. Someone who has some prior experience either working with an indexer, or has written their own index is preferred….or simply some entertaining thoughts about indexes or indexers in general would be wonderful!  It is also preferred that the author be promoting a book release, and might know a bit about working a room with some anecdotes and a little humor.

The author is invited to stay for our meeting all day to learn about aspects of indexing; the day’s food fare includes a continental breakfast, a lunch at Bastyr University’s renowned organic cafeteria, and afternoon snacks. Also, as a return for the author’s valuable time, we can offer exposure; the engagement will garner the author’s book online references, acknowledgement, discussion, and cross-pollination from various online media such as Twitter, blogs, and the PNW-ASI e-newsletter.

This meeting will take place June 9 at Bastyr University in Kirkland, WA.

I can be contacted at, and am happy to work with the author directly or their agent to explain further details. Thank you kindly and let me know if you have any questions.

Paul R. Sweum,

Indexer | Technical Writer | Editor | Owner

Vice-President, Pacific Northwest chapter of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) Marketing Liaison for the ASI Digital Trends Task Force
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