Fall 2017 Meetings

Book Publishers Northwest will hold three meetings this fall in the Seattle. All are free and open to the public. Our September 25 meeting will focuses on working with multiple authors in assembling an anthology. Our speaker, Lynda Cheldelin Fell, has created multiple anthologies under her imprint AlyBlue Media.

On October 23, Andrea Ptak will discuss publishing project management.  As a project manager, editor, and designer, Ptak has more than 35 years of experience in the publishing industry.

We welcome Independent Book Publishers Association’s Director of Marketing and Programming Lee Wind in November to discuss marketing and the huge issue of discoverability once a book is published.

All meetings start at 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

Be A Speaker At Pub U Or Apply For A Scholarship

The Call for Speakers application and the Scholarship application for Publishing University 2018 are now open online. Applications may require you to be a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

The next IBPA Publishing University takes place April 6-7, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

Pub U 2017 in Portland, Oregon, courtesy of IBPA

Great Northwest Readers’ Advisory Unconference In October

LibraryReads is organizing a “the first ever Great NW Readers’ Advisory Unconference,” October 7, at the Hillsboro Public Library. 

Aimed at library staff who may be unable to attend larger state or national conferences, the event uses the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model where participants meet in the morning and decide on topics of discussion. The $20 entrance fee includes lunch and speaker.

Because this unconference takes place the day before the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show, attendees will be invited to join the educational track there on Sunday, October 8, at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion.

For more information on Great NW Readers’ Advisory Unconference, check the website here.

Sno-Isle Libraries Offer Free Classes

For the second year in a row, local writing and publishing experts are teaching dozens of classes on how to write, revise and publish a book at Sno-Isle Libraries.

“In 2016, we presented 31 classes in our first ‘Write Now,’ series,” said Jackie Parker, Lead Librarian for Reader’s Services at Sno-Isle Libraries, which is sponsoring the classes. “The participants said they loved it; 95 percent said they learned helpful new stuff and 8 out of 10 said they were more confident about becoming involved in the writing community.”

The classes attracted more than 200 attendees and brought comments such as, “It was great to learn from someone that has been through the process,” and “… it was relieving to discover I’m not alone in my struggles to find time and discipline to write.” And those attendees said they wanted more. More classes and more often.

“This year, we’ve lined up 46 classes that will run from July 11 to Dec. 4,” Parker said. All the classes are free and subjects range from choosing the right words to choosing the right agent. “We wanted classes that would help aspiring authors get started and accomplished authors get better,” she said.

A number of the classes are focused on what it takes to get published with tips coming from Beth Jusino and Terry Persun.

Jusino is a publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors and author of The Author’s Guide to Marketing. She is a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and has been a past speaker at Book Publishers’ Northwest meetings.

Jusino’s class, “You Wrote a Book – Now What? Understanding Today’s Publishing Choices ,” will take a look at a modern writer’s publishing options, from “Big 5” traditional publishers to small presses to self-publishing to hybrid and other emerging models.  Jusino is also presenting a second class, “Self-Editing Tips for Self-Publishing Writers,” where attendees will walk through a 46-point checklist of things to look for in their own work, from first draft to final layout.

Persun will teach “Get Published, Stay Published.” A prolific author and presence on Amazon, Persun’s class will cover everything from organization through how to contact editors and how to maintain a steady flow of content for publication. “Writing, like any other art, requires skill and creativity,” Persun says and attendees will hear the five specific things that can help writers get into the game and stay there.

Due to space limitations, some events require registration. For more information, check the online events calendar.

About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 22 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.

Wordstock Returns To Portland

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival returns to the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The organizers are currently accepting applications for booth spaces and report that they are “one-third sold to capacity and expect to sell out.”

The book fair will be in the Kridel Grand Ballroom and the Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. Wordstock will continue to issue book vouchers with every paid festival ad

mission. More information about this year’s book fair is in the application and agreement document here.

Register before August 4, 2017 to avoid the addition of a $100 late fee to your total. No applications will be accepted after October 2, 2017.

June Meeting: Summer Plans

Summer vacations often are tied to publishing plans. Are you taking a tour of local bookstores? Researching a new book? Speaking at conventions? Preparing a catalog for winter sales? We want to hear how our local indie publishers and authors are planning to spend their summer.

Come to our June meeting to discuss summer plans and current publishing projects. Learn from others and maybe cook up a new project or two!

“Summer Plans” meeting will be June 26, 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.


Time To Start Thinking About Fall PNBA Show

Every fall, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association holds a trade show. Northwest booksellers and librarians attend as well as independent publishers and sales reps for the big New York houses. This year’s show will be held in Portland, Oregon, from October 8 to 10. Some deadlines coming up are:

Call for Authors To Speak Or Sign At 2017 PNBA Tradeshow
Proposals should be sent via email to Tradeshow Director Greg Holmes at greg@pnba.org and should include  author residence and provide links to author website, publisher listing, relevant reviews and blurbs.  The list of proposed authors will be submitted to PNBA’s Bookseller Selection Committee, which will return a prioritized list by June 9. PNBA staff will begin sending invitations the week of June 12. For further information on the author signing events, please see PNBA’s website, www.pnba.org.
PNBA Indie Book Award 2018
PNBA is now accepting submissions for their indie book award. To be eligible, the author and/or illustrator must make their primary residence in the Pacific Northwest (AK, ID, MT, WA, OR, BC).  The book may be on any subject. Anyone who would like to nominate a book for a 2018 Book Award (for books published between Oct 1, 2016 and Sep 30, 2017 by Northwest authors) should send an email to: awards@pnba.org.