Seven Things Learned at Publishing U

Putting an emphasis on marketing and sales, IBPA’s Publishing University helped two publishing newbies polishChinaRockMarkHouse their practice and think like pros.  Kathryn Dennis of SpyGirlsPress and Laura Kelly Robb of Mark House Publishing will share information gathered from over a dozen workshops they attended at the 2014 two-day conference as the BPNW Affiliate Scholars.  Participate in their hands-on demonstrations of recommended strategies in “7 Things We Learned at Publishing U” on March 23 at 6 pm, Room 223, at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle, Washington.

More About Our Speakers

Mark House Publishing was founded in 2012 by Robb, a writer, and Jim Thomsen, a freelance editor, both long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest. In 2013, they brought out a young adult/adult crossover novel China Rock set in the San Juan Islands during the Great Depression. The proceeds of their 2015 West Seattle Wildlife Calendar support Chief Sealth International High School environmental programs.

SpyGirls_Camp_SecretSpyGirls Press publishes adventure series targeted to middle grade readers. In 2012, they published their first book, Lost in Petra, which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, won a silver Moonbeam, was a finalist for the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, and a thumbs up from Midwest Book Review. SpyGirls began a second series, Junior Spies, with the title Camp Secret in October 2013. That title won the 2014 Gold Moonbeam Award for Pre-Teen Mystery.


Every year, BPNW and IBPA offers members of both organizations an affiliate scholarship for the Publishing University. Applications are generally taken in December for the next year. The 2015 recipient of the BPNW Affiliate Scholarship was Richard Busher of Cosgrove Editions. We look forward to hearing about his adventures in Austin, Texas.