Meet Our October Speaker: Andrea Ptak

“In the publishing world, a project manager requires a broad knowledge of the production process from editing through publication—be it in print, online, or both. It may require oversight of an author or a team of writers as well as editors, designers, photographers, and production artists.” – Andrea Ptak

AndreaAndrea Ptak has worked for a variety of firms in the communications industry, including a local newspaper, three advertising agencies, a corporate in-house agency, and a large commercial printing company. In the 1980s, she ran her own six-person, full service design and photography studio in San Antonio, Texas. In the 1990s, as the publishing industry changed and desktop publishing software dominated, she moved to Seattle and established her business here. These days, she serves as an editor and publishing project manager.

For Book Publishers Northwest’s October meeting tonight, Ptak will discuss publishing project management and how to make the process of going from idea to finished book easier.

Our October 23 meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

How To Submit A Book For 2017 PNBA Display

Part of our 2016 PNBA display

We’re off to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show in October. Once again we will have a table displaying all the variety of books published by indie authors.

If you would like us to display your work at the table, you can bring up to 2 books for display, related sales literature, and a check for $40 to the September 25 meeting.  If you can’t make the meeting, please mail your payment, books, and sales literature to Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109.

Please send everything in time to reach us by October 2, 2017.

Checks should be made out to Book Publishers Northwest. We do not accept any other form of payment. Please include an email address with your check so we may acknowledge payment.

Information on how to display and cost of display for 2018 will be posted in late summer 2018.

At the end of the trade show, display books are donated to PNBA’s Rural Library program that helps rural libraries stock their shelves. Any remaining sales literature is recycled.

Meet Our September Speaker: Lynda Cheldelin Fell

Lynda Fell, CEO of AlyBlue Media

Lynda Cheldelin Fell is an inspirational visionary, co-founder of the International Grief Institute, an international bestselling author, healing educator, and creator of the award-winning Grief Diaries and Real Life Diaries anthology series. She has authored over 30 books, earned standing ovations, conducted hundreds of interviews, and sat with societal newsmakers including Martin Luther King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, Heaven is For Real Pastor Todd Burpo, and others on finding healing and hope. She has earned four national literary awards and is a nominee of five 2017 advocacy awards for creating groundbreaking projects that bring healing and hope around the world. Learn more at

For our September 25 meeting, Lynda will be discussing how to organize an anthology and work with multiple authors based on her experiences as the founder and CEO of AlyBlue Media.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m., September 25, at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site. This event is open to anyone interested in the business of publishing.

Fall 2017 Meetings

Book Publishers Northwest will hold three meetings this fall in the Seattle. All are free and open to the public. Our September 25 meeting will focuses on working with multiple authors in assembling an anthology. Our speaker, Lynda Cheldelin Fell, has created multiple anthologies under her imprint AlyBlue Media.

On October 23, Andrea Ptak will discuss publishing project management.  As a project manager, editor, and designer, Ptak has more than 35 years of experience in the publishing industry.

We welcome Independent Book Publishers Association’s Director of Marketing and Programming Lee Wind on November 13 to discuss marketing and the huge issue of discoverability once a book is published.

All meetings start at 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, room 221, 4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, Washington. There is free parking on site.

Be A Speaker At Pub U Or Apply For A Scholarship

The Call for Speakers application and the Scholarship application for Publishing University 2018 are now open online. Applications may require you to be a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

The next IBPA Publishing University takes place April 6-7, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

Pub U 2017 in Portland, Oregon, courtesy of IBPA

Great Northwest Readers’ Advisory Unconference In October

LibraryReads is organizing a “the first ever Great NW Readers’ Advisory Unconference,” October 7, at the Hillsboro Public Library. 

Aimed at library staff who may be unable to attend larger state or national conferences, the event uses the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model where participants meet in the morning and decide on topics of discussion. The $20 entrance fee includes lunch and speaker.

Because this unconference takes place the day before the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show, attendees will be invited to join the educational track there on Sunday, October 8, at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion.

For more information on Great NW Readers’ Advisory Unconference, check the website here.

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
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