Changing Up Series Covers

The redesigned cover for the first book in the Brass and Glass series

Halfway through a series isn’t  when you want to revamp the look, but necessity drove author and publisher Dawn Vogel. “The first two books in my Brass and Glass series were published by a small press. Unfortunately, they decided to close up shop before the final book in the trilogy was complete. They returned the rights to my books to me, but with the closing of the press, the cover artist I had for the first two books was no longer available,” she said.

Vogel had been publishing other authors and the Mad Scientist Journal as part of the DefCon One Publishing group. So taking over the production of the trilogy, including new covers for the first two books, made sense.

“Fortunately, I knew other cover artists, so I connected with one online and asked if she’d be interested in redoing the first two book covers and making a third cover to go along with the set,” said Vogel. “We started out by looking at covers for other steampunk novels and identifying the elements I liked the best. I sent her a really awful drawing I’d made of The Silent Monsoon, the airship in my novels. We went back and forth on a couple of different ideas until we were both happy with the direction things were going.”

With new artwork in place, the series launched under the DefCon One imprint this fall with the final book in the trilogy, The Boiling Sea, scheduled to be released on October 22, 2019.

Boiling Sea

Book three will be released in October.

“I liked my previous covers, but my new cover artist was able to create covers that I love,” said Vogel. “For the first time, the airship I’d envisioned, with its multi-colored balloons, is on the cover of my book. All three of the covers make it very clear that this is a steampunk series with an airship, maps, and clunky diving suits, which point to the sorts of adventures that the crew has. I’ve got a nice, consistent line design, which is key for a series. And the covers all have a bit more color than your average steampunk novel, which makes them stand out in a wonderful way!”

Look for DefCon One  in the GeekGirlCon 2019 dealer room, November 16 and 17, at the Conference Center, 800 Pike Street, in Seattle, Washington. Vogel will be speaking on panels at the event.

Portland Book Festival Set For November

Literary Arts brings back the Portland Book Festival on Saturday, November 9. The Oregon event invites  readers of all ages to the largest celebration of books and writing in the Pacific Northwest. There will be 100+ authors, 90+ vendors, 9 stages, 14 writing workshops, food trucks, and satellite bookstores from indie bookselling partners Annie Bloom’s Books, Broadway Books, Green Bean Books, and Powell’s Books, at the 2019 Festival in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The featured authors at this year’s festival include Laurie Halse Anderson, Jericho Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Mitchell S. Jackson, Saeed Jones, Elizabeth McCracken, Tim O’Brien, Morgan Parker, Ambassador Susan Rice, Rainbow Rowell, Karen Russell, Raina Telgemeier, Renée Watson, G. Willow Wilson, and many more.

Adult advance passes are $15 (day-of passes are $20) and include a $5 voucher to spend at the  book fair.  Youth 17 and under or with high school ID attend for free. Festival passes include all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum. Learn more at

IBPA Publishing University 2020 Deadlines

The Independent Book Publishing Association is making plans for their popular Publishing University aimed at independent publishers as well as authors interested in publishing their own work. The 2020 Publishing University will take place in Redondo Beach, California, in April. The multi-day event covers everything from editing to marketing. Registration opens September 1, 2019.

To be held in the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel from April 2-4, 2020, the event is expected to draw hundreds of independent publishers and authors from across the country together. Each year IBPA grants a number of scholarships for those publishers who would like to attend but can’t afford the fees.

If interested in the 2020 Publishing University, here’s some deadlines courtesy of IBPA:

  • September 1, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 registration opens
  • October 1, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 Call for Speakers application closes
  • November 30, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 scholarship application closes
  • December 15, 2019: Complimentary hotel night raffle closes
  • February 15, 2020: IBPA Publishing University 2020 program announced
  • March 11, 2020: Discounted hotel room block closes

Learn more at IBPA website:


Seattle Writes Offers Full Slate of Fall Classes

The Seattle Public Library’s program devoted to developing independent, diverse authors dives into fall with a series of free classes and other resources. From writing circles to deciding how to publish, these courses take place across the city in branch libraries and  at Richard Hugo House.

For those who don’t feel like traveling, the Seattle Writes page at also has a large list of online resources. Find out more at

Proposals Sought For Island Lit Festival

Organizers are seeking proposals for the third annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, taking place April 17 to 19, 2020. In particular, they would like to hear ideas for “that will appeal to book lovers who don’t necessarily write.” The deadline for submission is September 15, 2019. For further information and a look at the type of programming selected for 2019, please see their website at

More About Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest is a community celebration of contemporary literary culture. The  main festival events take place at The Orcas Center for Performing Arts. Additional  events  include the Orcas Island Kids’ Fest at the Orcas Island Library and a Friday-night Lit Walk  featuring local and regional writers.

Sasquatch Publisher Retires

Published by Sasquatch Books

Longtime Sasquatch Books publisher Gary Luke will retire August 1. Jennifer Worick will manage Sasquatch’s adult publishing program and Jenny Abrami, associate publisher, will oversee the Little Bigfoot children’s imprint.

Founded in 1986 by David Brewster, Sasquatch Books started as an independent publisher specializing in Northwest authors and nonfiction books about nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food, and wine. Currently a part of the Penguin Random House family, the company still has its offices in downtown Seattle.

Sasquatch’s current catalog includes authors such as Nancy Pearl, Lynda Barry, and Art Wolfe, and top-selling titles in food, wine, travel, and gardening.

Thanks to PNBA’s Footnotes for this news tip. Got news about your publishing company that you’d like to share? Send to bpnwnews at


July Events For Writers

Lots of groups suspend their meetings in July and August. But here’s a few options.

Seattle Writes
Free classes and sessions sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. July includes two writing circles in partnership with Richard Hugo House. For more information, see

Columbia Branch
July 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fremont Branch
July 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reaching Readers
Write On The River presents one-day program full of tips on how to market a book at the Wenatchee Valley College. Cost is $70 for WOTR members and $85 for all others. To find out more, check out WOTR’s website.

 Wenatchi Hall, Wenatchee Valley College
July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.