Love Seattle Writes, hosted every year by the Seattle Public Library, and want to start taking sessions online? It’s a full calendar of offerings in September and October but many are already booked out!
Hopefully the library will schedule some repeats in the upcoming months. Until then, don’t hesitate. If you see something you like at the SPL calendar, sign up quickly:
The Portland Book Festival goes free and entirely virtual this year. Rather than one long weekend, the organizers extended programming for more than two weeks, from November 5 to 21, 2020.
The 2020 Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will include more than 100 authors from Oregon and across the globe. The majority of events will be free to access via a custom streaming site. Three author events will require a book purchase to attend.
Beside readings and discussion panels, the festival will offer a variety of writing courses.
To learn more, check literary-arts.org.
Both large and small conventions attended by Northwest science fiction and fantasy publishers and authors are moving online or postponing their remaining 2020 and early 2021 dates. Here’s the latest round-up of scheduled changes. Writers hoping to present at these conventions as well as publishers hoping to sell in dealer’s rooms should check websites often for updates.
The largest Seattle area convention announced earlier this month that they would not try to hold an in-person convention in 2021. Previously they had postponed their April 2020 convention to April 2021. Now they are planning for an online event, April 1-4, 2021.
The Portland convention will hold OR-eCon, a free virtual mini-con, Nov. 12-14, 2020. The larger physical convention has been pushed back to Nov. 13-15, 2021, at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach. The theme will be “Pun and Parody in Science Fiction.”
This science fiction and fantasy convention has rescheduled their Sept. 11-13, 2020, convention to Sept. 24-26, 2021, at the Bellevue Hilton.
The Spokane convention has postponed their event to Oct. 29-31, 2021, at the Historic Davenport Hotel.
There may be smoke, fires, COVID19, and a host of other bad news for West Coast booksellers and publishers this year. But plans are moving forward for the first ever Tri-West trade fair connecting the members of three booksellers associations. Thanks to our friends at PNBA for this visual representation of all that’s happening September 29 to October 2:
Local author and marketing consultant Beth Jusino has created a multiple day workshop for those looking to self publish their writing.
“We’re going to be as open and interactive as technology will allow—about the craft and business of becoming your own publisher. Yes, we’ll give you specific steps, checklists, and advice for how to get your book into more readers’ hands. Most of you have been to my classes, and you know I’ll have a lot of information. But we’ll also have a lot of time for engagement, stories, and questions—both yours and our own,” Jusino wrote in her newsletter this month. She will co-host this fall event with friend and fellow writer Steve Watkins.
“Steve and I have been friends since 2015, when we met through a shared love of the Camino de Santiago, which we’ve both walked and written about. Our conversations expanded over the years, along with our writing topics. We’ve served as beta readers, sounding boards, and editors for one another, have shared book sales tables at conferences, and have been interviewed on podcasts. In fact, it was a conversation we had on The Camino podcast this summer that kicked this whole event into motion,” wrote Jusino.
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) is offering a straight-to-300-booksellers exposure email blast for new titles. The PNBA Bookseller Blast lists single-title info with image sent to 300 Pacific Northwest booksellers as well as 100 Northwest media contacts
Further information available at PNBA’s Ad Rates page:
The Association of Publishers For Special Sales is offering a Free Virtual Book Marketing Conference on September 10 to 11. Led by longtime publishing consultant Brian Jud, this conference focuses on how to sell to non-bookstore buyers.
The two-day virtual conference focuses on marketing print books with free webinars on:
- What Are Special Markets
- How to Use Books as Promotional Items
- How to Create Retail Distribution
- Make the Grade in the Academic Market
- Novel Ideas For Selling Fiction To Non-Bookstore Buyer
- How to Work With a Printer for Customized Print Runs
- How to Find and Speak at Virtual Events
- The Selling Power of Book Design
- Using Social Media for Networking and Book Sales
To find links to register for all or any of these webinars for free, go to http://www.bookapss.org/VirtualAPSSConference.pdf
Jud also offers one-on-one consultations. The fee for APSS members is $39.95 ($49.95 for non-members). To learn more, see http://community.bookapss.org/
Literary Arts is now accepting applications for WITS, a program that pairs writers with classroom teachers to lead creative writing residencies for public high school students. The WITS program currently serves students at 11 schools in Oregon within Portland Public Schools, Parkrose School District, and Gresham-Barlow School District.
They are seeking experienced teaching artists with backgrounds in education and writing to join a roster of writers for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.
For more information, see literary-arts.org.
Literary Arts WITS teaching artists gather at a pre-COVID function.
Humanities Montana is now accepting applications for grants to “to support creative ways of providing online or other virtual programming.” These grants can be applied to author appearances or other programming by independent publishers that meet the organization’s other criteria.
Meant for organizations based in Montana, the grants provide funding for a wide range of projects “that work to engage Montanans in meaningful discussion about the human condition and enrich civic discourse among the state’s diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.”
To learn more and find out about grants counseling prior to making your applications, see:
No surprise, but Literary Arts confirmed this week that the Portland Book Festival will be held online. The Northwest’s largest festival for readers normally brings more than 9,000 readers to downtown Portland, Oregon, for programming featuring more than 100 writers.
For 2020, the digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes from November 5 to November 21. More information can be found at literary-arts.org.