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.

Yale Offers Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing

Designed for larger houses and those interested in mainstream publishing, the Yale Publishing Course is an executive education course offered at the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, in the summer.

The week-long curriculum integrates practical wisdom from experts in publishing with research and management techniques from Yale School of Management professors. The course emphasizes how best-in-class publishers handle every aspect of their business, from editorial, marketing and business strategies to digital transformation. An open, interactive learning environment nurtures engagement and connection throughout the week.

JUL 30 – AUG 4, 2017 | $5,450*
WEBSITE: SOM Executive Education
CONTACT  Yale Publishing Course
*Early bird pricing of $4632.50 (15% off) available through April 1, 2017


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.



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’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.