This Month’s Events For Publishers, Editors & Writers

May flowers are popping up and so are a number of events aimed at independent publishers, editors, and writers. Here’s some Northwest happenings as well as what Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is doing at the biggest book convention in the United States for indie publishers.

“Playing the Rates Game & Negotiating the Fair Win”
Northwest  Editors Guild
Community Hall at Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
 May 13, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
“Playing the Rates Game & Negotiating the Fair Win.”
The Guild promises “a lively discussion about (cue the horror music) rates!” Learn more about what you should be paying or charging for editing. Guild meetings are free and open to non-members.

Free Marketing Strategy Webinar with Beth Jusino
May 22, 12:00 pm PST (Seattle time, on registration it is listed as starting at 3:00 pm ET)

In March, Seattle writer and marketeer Beth Jusino spoke at the Author’s Guild’s Seattle Business Boot Camp for Writers. She is repeating her advice in this free webinar open to AG members and non-members. The talk about marketing strategies will last about 90 minutes, with plenty of time for Q&A, says Jusino. Register via this link.

BookExpo 2019
Javits Center, New York City, NY
May 29 to 31

IBPA plans to announce more BookExpo 2019 activities shortly. “As we did last year, we’re focusing 2019 on educational sessions, one-on-one meetings, and member networking,” said Angela Bold, Chief Executive Officer, in a recent email. Here is a link to RSVP for a May 30 happy hour for members:

Educational sessions scheduled to take place on the BookExpo show floor’s Indie Publisher Stage include:

The State of Independent Publishing
May 29 – 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Join IBPA CEO Angela Bole and Board Chair Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) in a candid conversation about the state of independent publishing today. What’s working? What isn’t? And how can industry partners support the independent publishing community in their effort to bring diverse voices to light? (URL:

IBPA Presents: The Best Independently Published Books of 2019
May 30 –  1:10 pm TO 1:40 pm

Elf on the Shelf. Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Patagonia Books. All past winners of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA’s) Benjamin Franklin Awards. Come learn about the winners of the 31st annual awards program and join us in celebrating excellence in independent book publishing! (URL:

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Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, marks the fifth celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Throughout the Northwest, bookstores are joining this one-day national party. Drop into your local bookstore to enjoy live readings from local authors, goodies, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, or other fun stuff. Each store will celebrate the day differently but all will have exclusive books and literary items available only on Saturday.

Looking for an independent bookstore in the Pacific Northwest? Check out

Idyll Arbor Publisher Looking For New Leadership

Idyll Arbor has a large catalog of titles

Tom Blaschko, current owner of Idyll Arbor, is seeking new leadership for his publishing company. Idyll Arbor is currently located in Enumclaw, Washington, about an hour southeast of Seattle in the foothills of Mount Rainier.  “I intend to stay involved for a few years, so that the new leader or leaders and Idyll Arbor continue to be successful. But the long-term goal is to sell the business to the person who takes over,” said Blaschko. “I know the right people for this job are out there and will know this is exactly what she, he, or they want to be doing — just like I knew that it was the right thing for me to do.”

For 35 years, Idyll Arbor has worked improve the quality of health care provided to clients by providing quality information and resources to practitioners. “The largest part of our business, under the Idyll Arbor imprint, is publishing college textbooks for Recreational Therapists and Activity Professionals. We also publish information about therapy groups, activities, and practice issues for therapists and activity professionals working in facilities. Idyll Arbor also has some books for the general population on specific techniques, such as Expressive Writing, and treatments, such as hip replacement,” said Blaschko.

The company also has the Issues Press imprint, which looks at solutions to concerns in our society, such as veterans returning from wars with PTSD and TBIs and not finding effective treatment for those conditions. Under the imprint Pine Winds Press can be found books that look at our place in the universe, beyond physical reality.

More information about the company can be found on the website:

Those interested in discussing a leadership position with Blaschko should contact him at

How To Make An Author Appearance At PNBA Fall Show

Author appearance at PNBA.

Every year, representatives from approximately 85 bookstores and several Northwest libraries attend the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show in the fall. A big part of the conference is author appearances at breakfasts, lunches, and the “sweet-and-greet” dessert events in the evenings.

Publicists and publishers looking to propose an author appearance at the PNBA Fall Trade Show 2019 should contact the organization this spring with information about author including links to author website, publisher listing, release date, relevant reviews and blurbs, and other information.

For detailed descriptions of each event where authors appear and how to propose an author appearance, see the Author/Publicist page at

Publicists may request authors be featured at specific events, but invitations will be influenced by their Selection Committee rankings as well as PNBA’s commitment to providing a wide variety of authors at each event. Finished books or ARCs may be requested as part of the selection process.


Museum Book Fair In April

The Washington State History Museum is hosting a book fair featuring Washington authors, illustrators, and publishers on April 6, 2019. As part of the museum’s current exhibition “A Thousand Words’ Worth,” the book fair will feature a full day of activities at the museum including be author talks, zine making, letter writing, and interactive storytelling in the galleries

There may still be space to participate but don’t delay.  For those who just want to attend the fair, it will take place on April 6, 10 am to 5 pm, at the museum in Tacoma. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Online applications for participants accepted here:

Hosting an event of interest to Northwest publishers? Send details to bpnwnews at

PNBA’s 2019 Call for Education Proposals

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association put out their call for presenters at their fall trade show.  Each year, the organization offers educational programming on the opening day of its annual Tradeshow. The 2019 tradeshow will be held at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon. PNBA will produce a full day of sessions, Sunday, October 6, the day prior to the opening of the exhibit floor.

They are looking for proposals for education aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors as well as sessions for bookstore owners.” The organizers add that they want “all sessions promote an atmosphere of cooperation among literary entities.Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.”

Proposals for an educational session for the 2019 show should be submitted via the Education Proposal form on their website.


Two Northwest Bookstores Celebrate November Anniversaries

Island Books on Mercer Island, WA, turns 45 on November 1 and will celebrate on Saturday, November 3. Fans care invited to join the community celebration, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and add to a 1970s memory wall.

Third Place Books, with stores in Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park also celebrates on November 3.  To mark 20 years in business, there will be food, drink, local lit band The Rejections, and Celebrity Jeopardy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lake Forest Park store.

Thanks to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Footnotes for the anniversary news.