IBPA’s Pub U Comes To The Northwest

Portland’s Benson Hotel

Throughout the weekend at BPNW’s booth at PNBA’s Fall Tradeshow, local publishers were excited to pick up information on IBPA’s Publishing University. For the first time in many years, “Pub U” is heading back to the Northwest. In April, it will be held at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Look for seminars on book publicity in the digital age, ways to find new readers, effective and efficient editing, how to build an author brand, and more.

The 2017 Publishing University scholarship application is now open. IBPA hopes to support at least one winner from each affiliate in 2017…that means at least one member of Book Publishers Northwest may qualify for free admission to Pub U in Portland.

Application: http://www.publishinguniversity.org/scholarship


Sno-Isle Libraries Seek Workshop Proposals

Sno-Isle Libraries are seeking proposals for a series of workshops, classes, lectures, and presentations called “Write Now: Write, Revise, Publish, and Find an Audience.” Proposals can cover any step of the writing and publishing process from any perspective (traditional publishing, indie/self-publishing, fiction, non-fiction, author, agent, bookseller, marketing, etc.). The strongest proposals will be included in a course list that 21 community libraries in the Sno-Isle system can select to book at their locations. Selected proposals must include clearly measurable learning outcomes that can be measured in a post-event survey.

Edmonds Library is one of the Sno-Isles Libraries.

Sno-Isle is hoping to sponsor between 15 to 20 sessions between October and December 2016. If successful, Sno-Isle will continue to offer the Write Now series through 2017.

Proposals will only be accepted through the online Request for Proposals form. Proposals for fall sessions are due July 20. Sessions should range between one and four hours. If you are interested in offering a longer session or if you have any additional questions, please contact Jackie Parker, MLIS, Lead Librarian for Readers’ Services for Sno-Isle Libraries.

Sno-Isle Libraries serve residents in Washington’s Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services, and Library on Wheels.

Yale Publishing Course Scholarships Available

The Yale Publishing Course Innovative Leader Scholarship recognizes mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals in all areas of publishing who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their organization and their work in publishing. In total, four (4) scholarships will be awarded this year to a:

Domestic (USA) Book Publishing professional
Domestic (USA) Magazine Media professional
International (non-USA) Book Publishing professional
International (non-USA) Magazine Media professional

The YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship covers the $5,450 tuition cost for the Yale Publishing Course. Housing and travel are not covered. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is May 2, 2016. Incomplete or late scholarship applications will not be considered.


The YPC Innovative Leader Scholarship is open to mid- to senior-level book and magazine media professionals in all areas of publishing who meet one (1) or both of the criteria below:

Work for a non-profit organization
Work for a small business with 50 employees or less

For more information, please visit the scholarship page.

The 2016 dates are:

PNBA Open Call For Fall Education Presenters

PNBATacoma_2016The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association offers educational programming on the opening day of its 2016 Tradeshow, being held at Hotel Murano, in downtown Tacoma, WA. The full day of sessions takes place on September 30, 2016, the day before the exhibit floor opens. PNBA’s Education Committee will review proposals for educational presentations aimed at retail booksellers, librarians, authors and small press publishers. The Committee consists of nine members, including seven booksellers, one librarian, and one small press publisher.

The Education Committee traditionally prioritizes presentations for booksellers that offer direct advice and instruction that can be immediately and directly applied to the operations of their stores. Sessions that include a variety of participants are especially attractive. Marketing and Promotion are popular themes. Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.

PNBA is also soliciting proposals for education aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors.

Sessions are held in a panel format with at least one bookseller participating as a panelist or moderator. PNBA may be able to assist in finding appropriate booksellers, authors, or other literary professionals willing to participate in proposed sessions. Please include such requests in proposals. All sessions should promote an atmosphere of cooperation amongst literary entities.

Applications should be submitted online via PNBA.org’s Education Contact Form.
Proposals are due May 20. Applicants will be notified of the status of proposals by Friday, July 1. Committee members will contact presenters via email to schedule sessions and secure details for production of the show program, show signage, and classroom set-up.


Editors Guild March Meeting: Tech Talk

logoNorthwest Editors Guild’s March meeting will focus on new tools that make running your own business easier. The session will cover:

  • Easy website builders and templates to show off your work and personal brand
  • Great applications that help you build contracts, track expenses, and receive payments
  • Cloud technology that allows you to send, receive, store, and edit documents from anywhere
  • Time-tracking and project management tools that make organizing daily tasks and projects a breeze
  • New communication tools to leverage with clients and fellow editors

The Editors Guild will meet March 16 at 6:30 p.m at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #400, Seattle, WA 98103.  To learn more about this group, see their website.

Speaker Bio

Carin Panganiban is a technical project manager, designer, and instructor recently replanted from NYC to Bellevue, WA. Before moving to Washington, she spent several years in trade, academic, and magazine publishing out East in roles that ranged from book design, production management, production editorial, and features editorial.

Free Self-Publishing Classes Return To Seattle Public Libraries

2015_seattlewrites“It’s great to be a writer in the Pacific Northwest. Not only do we get wet, dark winters–perfect stay-in-and-write weather–but we also have the support of one of the best literary communities around. And our library totally gets it!” wrote local self-publishing guru Beth Jusino in her latest newsletter.

Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Writes programming includes a full lineup of free classes on writing, publishing, marketing, and more this fall.  Starting October 3, the courses listed below are specifically aimed at the author considering publishing their own work. To register for these courses and to find out more about the library’s distribution system for epub or pdf publications via libraryjournal.biblioboard.com, visit the SPL website here.

Seattle Writes: Social Media for Beginners
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Branch
If you are in need of a comprehensive beginner’s guide to social media (aimed at authors), then this course is for you. Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Social Media Master Class
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Branch
You’ve got the basics of social media down. You know how to blog, tweet, and hashtag, but how do you make the most of your efforts? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballard Branch
You’ve written draft after draft of your manuscript. But is it time to push the “publish” button? Registration is required.

Seattle Writes: Self-Publishing Basics
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Columbia Branch
Once the manuscript is ready, what happens next? We’ll look at the decisions self-publishing authors need to make to get their work in front of readers. Registration is required.

Jusino will be teaching two classes this winter through SPL: December 5’s “Do You Think You’re Done? Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Write”  and December 6’s “Self-Publishing Basics: How to Turn Your Manuscript Into a Book.” Her book, The Author’s Guide to Marketing, won a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the IPPYs) in the Writing/Publishing category. The Kindle edition is on sale this week (Sept 14-21) for 99 cents on Amazon.com.

For those who remember that our last update from Jusino was her decision to walk a medieval pilgrimage route in Europe, she reports that she successfully completed the 1000 miles on the Camino de Santiago and, more amazingly in our modern age, stayed away from her computer for 92 days.