Wordstock Returns To Portland

Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival returns to the Portland Art Museum on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The organizers are currently accepting applications for booth spaces and report that they are “one-third sold to capacity and expect to sell out.”

The book fair will be in the Kridel Grand Ballroom and the Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. Wordstock will continue to issue book vouchers with every paid festival ad

mission. More information about this year’s book fair is in the application and agreement document here.

Register before August 4, 2017 to avoid the addition of a $100 late fee to your total. No applications will be accepted after October 2, 2017.

June Meeting: Summer Plans

Summer vacations often are tied to publishing plans. Are you taking a tour of local bookstores? Researching a new book? Speaking at conventions? Preparing a catalog for winter sales? We want to hear how our local indie publishers and authors are planning to spend their summer.

Come to our June meeting to discuss summer plans and current publishing projects. Learn from others and maybe cook up a new project or two!

“Summer Plans” meeting will be June 26, 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.


Time To Start Thinking About Fall PNBA Show

Every fall, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association holds a trade show. Northwest booksellers and librarians attend as well as independent publishers and sales reps for the big New York houses. This year’s show will be held in Portland, Oregon, from October 8 to 10. Some deadlines coming up are:

Call for Authors To Speak Or Sign At 2017 PNBA Tradeshow
Proposals should be sent via email to Tradeshow Director Greg Holmes at greg@pnba.org and should include  author residence and provide links to author website, publisher listing, relevant reviews and blurbs.  The list of proposed authors will be submitted to PNBA’s Bookseller Selection Committee, which will return a prioritized list by June 9. PNBA staff will begin sending invitations the week of June 12. For further information on the author signing events, please see PNBA’s website, www.pnba.org.
PNBA Indie Book Award 2018
PNBA is now accepting submissions for their indie book award. To be eligible, the author and/or illustrator must make their primary residence in the Pacific Northwest (AK, ID, MT, WA, OR, BC).  The book may be on any subject. Anyone who would like to nominate a book for a 2018 Book Award (for books published between Oct 1, 2016 and Sep 30, 2017 by Northwest authors) should send an email to: awards@pnba.org.

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


Granite Peak Publications Offers 5th Edition Of Yellowstone Guide

The latest book from Granite Peak Publications, Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park,  will be released on June 9, 2017. The updated fifth edition adds 65 new photos—many by Suzanne Cane, a Yellowstone enthusiast and co-translator of Yellowstone, Land of Wonders.

A photo contest last summer yielded more images. As before, the book features  geology and history and provides charts of Yellowstone’s campgrounds and facilities, informative maps, a list of out-of-the-way hikes, and a plant and animal field guide.

In the four years since the fourth edition came out, the many changes in the park include new  lodgings at Canyon Village and exhibits in honor of the 2016 National Park Service centennial.  For 2017, author Janet Chapple updated the road logs and geyser and hot spring descriptions,  particularly  at Norris and Mammoth.  She uses data from the Geyser Observation and Study  Association and GeyserTimes.org to augment her personal observations from her frequent trips.

Yellowstone Treasures will be distributed by IPG and available via major wholesalers.  For more  information and a media kit, please visit http://www.yellowstonetreasures.com/.

Author Available For Events

author-janet-chapple-2011Janet Chapple is available to give slide shows of often-missed wonderful Yellowstone features to groups in northern and central California communities. Learn more on the publisher’s Author Events page.

A Montana native whose parents once worked at Old Faithful Inn, the historic lodge in Yellowstone Park, Chapple the author of four previous editions of Yellowstone Treasures and the cotranslator from the French of Yellowstone, Land of Wonders, an 1883 travelogue to and through Yellowstone by Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq. In June 2016 Granite Peak published Through Early Yellowstone, with travel stories she selected and annotated. Foreword Magazine has described her as “Yellowstone Institute student, professional cellist, and geyser geek.”

March and April Speakers Announced

March 27:  Writer At Work—Postcards, Promo, and Personalization
This session explores how to personalize a direct mail promotional campaign. From book announcement postcards to mini speaker kits, Lori A. May shares samples of how a well-planned promotional budget can increase awareness of a new title, create new audience engagement opportunities, and add value to marketing efforts. Feel free to bring your own examples of postcards or other mailings for discussion. We’ll narrow down tips for effective mailing campaigns while working within a budget.

loriamayOur March speaker, Lori A. May, is the author of several books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life (Bloomsbury). Her “Writer At Work” workshop series is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture. Lori’s writing may be found in publications including The Atlantic, Brevity, and Writer’s Digest. She is a freelance writer, consultant, and editor, and has worked with Poets’ Quarterly, Kaylie Jones Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), Creative Nonfiction, and several small press authors. She is a faculty mentor in the MFA program at the University of King’s College-Halifax. Canadian by birth and disposition, Lori now lives and writes in Seattle. For more info, visit www.loriamay.com.

April 24: Publishing University Report With Patty Pacelli

Learn about the hot topics and latest tips from Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University.  Our speaker, Patty Pacelli, is a 2017 recipient of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s scholarship for Publishing University.

pattypacelliPatty Pacelli is an author, editor and publisher with Pacelli Publishing, which she owns with her husband, Lonnie. They created the Six-Word Lessons book series in 2009, which has grown to 29 books. They are “how-to” books written by various authors on nonfiction topics such as health, business and other interests or causes. She is the author of two books in the series, Six-Word Lessons to Look Your Best and Six-Word Lessons for Autism-Friendly Workplaces, which has been featured in Fast Company and Entrepreneur, among other publications. Pacellie has  formatted and published dozens of other nonfiction books in both paperback and electronic platforms.

IBPA’s Publishing University Scholarship Program provides IBPA members interested in advancing their publishing program the opportunity to apply for a complimentary ticket to Publishing University. IBPA awards one complimentary ticket to each IBPA affiliate association. Pacelli received her scholarship because Book Publishers Northwest is an IBPA affliliate.

All meetings will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

Revised Meeting Schedule for 2017

goodshepherd_historicseattleJanuary and February turned out to be difficult months. Our speakers had to cancel. Snow and flu also took its toll.  So we are restarting 2017 in March, with our first meeting March 27.

This year’s schedule will be:
March 27, 6 pm to 8 pm
April 24, 6 pm to 8 pm
May 22, 6 pm to 8 pm
June 26, 6 pm to 8 pm
Sept 25, 6 pm to 8 pm
Oct 23, 6 pm to 8 pm
Nov 13, 6 pm to 8 pm

All meetings will take place at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

If you are interested in being a speaker or have a speaker to suggest, please send your information to bpnwnews at aol.com.