Off To Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Brass & Glass series published by Razorgirls Press

The trunk of the car is full with three boxes of books from Northwest authors, publishers, and members of the Independent Book Publishers Association. We’re looking forward to showing our regional libraries and booksellers these titles and discussing how they can support independent publishing at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show.

This year’s books come from  Jeremy Zimmerman, Dawn Vogel, Nathan Crowder, DefCon One Publishing, Razorgirl Press, 74th Street Productions, Peter, Kahle, Jan Walker, Janey Bennett, Rick Fordyce, Plicata Press LCC, Pleasure Boat Studio, Clive Rosengren, Coffeetown Press, ICD Press, Charles Johnston MD, Susan Clayton-Goldner, Sharon L. Dean, A-Argus Books, Nancy Burkhardt, Cascade View Publishing, Thomas Erikson, Clyde Hill Publishing, Greg Shaw, Granite Peak Publications, Susan Wingate, Return to Health Press, Ya-Ling J. Liou DC, Christen Mattix, Wendy Hinman, and Karen Robbins.

A big thank you to the following for volunteering to set up, run the booth, and clean up at the end: Carl Munson, Faith Marshall, Janey Bennett, Karen Robbins, Lani Jacobsen, Laura Lahm, Lauren Grosskopf, Lorraine Rath, Peter Kahle, Shepherd Siegel, and Wendy Hinman. Special thanks to Rosemary Jones and Phoebe Matthews for collecting the mail and sorting all the books into transportable boxes.

Thank You, Volunteers!

The following people have signed up to volunteer at Booth 15 at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow.  We still have some times open, especially on Sunday, September 30, if you’d like to join them. Sign up here by Tuesday, September 24.

All volunteers will receive a 3-day badge for the show ($100 value) and can attend education sessions on September 28 as well as the trade show on September 29 and 30.

This year the show is being held at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. More details here.

Current volunteers:

Rosemary Jones and Phoebe Matthews – transportation of all books submitted to the show on Friday and donation of books to Rural Library Drive on Sunday. Have been doing collection of books and issuing email updates since August.

Carl Munson – Friday afternoon set-up and Saturday opening. Carl will be doing an author give away on Saturday morning between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Carl also will be at the booth during the 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. slot if people need to pick up books on Saturday to take home.

Laura Lahm – Will be helping at the booth starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and doing an author give away between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. that day.

Laura Grosskopf – Will be doing an author give away between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and helping at the booth until 3:30 p.m.

Shepherd Siegel – Will be helping at the booth between 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and doing an author give away between 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Lorraine Rath – Will be doing an author give away between 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Karen Robbins – Will be working at the booth or doing an author give away between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 30.

Peter Kahle and Lani Jacobsen – Will be giving away copies of 74th Street Productions’ The Pen & The Key from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Janey Bennett – Will be doing an author give away between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.

The trade show closes at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.

Any books not removed by publishers and authors from the booth will be donated to the Rural Library Drive, which helps provide books for an underfunded library. Book Publishers Northwest is proud to collaborate in this effort with the other exhibitors and organizer Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

FAQ Answers For Upcoming Trade Show Display

Book Publishers Northwest is taking a full display booth for September’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s fall trade show, September 28-30, in Tacoma. Authors and publishers located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana are welcome to send up to three books for display to: Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109. Here’s the answers to the questions we’ve received.

Can I volunteer or do a bigger giveaway or signing at the BPNW booth?
Yes! Here’s how.

Did this cost money? Why are you asking for $10 to help with display cost?
Cost of a booth and badges for volunteers is currently $775, paid by Book Publishers Northwest’s reserve funds. It may be a bit more depending on the number of badges for volunteers that we have to buy from PNBA by the time the show opens.

Who is PNBA? What is their trade show?
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is an organization for bookstores operating in the Pacific Northwest. They organize and run this show for booksellers and library buyers working in this region. These buyers attend the trade show to learn more about the books available for stocking in their bookstores and libraries, hence a show for the trade. Learn more at their website pnba.org.

Why do IBPA members get to display their books for free?
Most of our reserves stem back to an event sponsored by and paid for by Independent Book Publishers Association such as the Business of Books seminar several years ago. As a thank you for that and for more than 20 years of scholarships given to BPNW members for Publishing University, we’re displaying any current IBPA member for free.  They’re a great group for any small press or independent publisher and we highly recommend checking out their services.

Am I an IBPA member if I get your newsletter or am reading this?
Not necessarily. Our newsletter list comes from BPNW meetings and other sign-ups through this website done in the past. We are an local affiliate of IBPA but past memberships in our group don’t make you an IBPA member.

Am I a BPNW member?
No. We stop collecting memberships by the end of 2016 when lack of volunteers was making it clear that we may need to shut down BPNW as an organized group. Any and all memberships existing expired by 12/31/2017. The money collected in 2016 did not fully cover 2017 expenses but we used our reserves for that too.

OK, how do I send 3 books or 3 titles for display at BPNW, Booth 15, during the 2018 PNBA Fall Trade Show?
Mail to Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109. We’ll take any and all books received by September 25.

With your books, please include the following information:
  • Name of Northwest publisher if being submitted by publisher
  • Name of Northwest author if being submitted by author
  • Association – Say that you are an IBPA. If not sending $10
  • $10 check for Book Publishers Northwest if not IBPA member — and please don’t make out checks to other entities. We can’t cash anything other than BPNW or Book Publishers Northwest.  Everything else will be tossed.
  • How your book can be purchased: Distributor or website address

Please remember that this is a show for booksellers and librarians, not the general public, and attendees are interested in how to order multiple copies at wholesale prices. We will not be selling books at this show but will have information out on how booksellers and librarians can contact you.

Books will not be returned. Authors and publishers attending PNBA are welcome to pick up their books on Saturday or Sunday at the display. Anyone attending the show will need a badge to enter.  We suggest you earn a badge by volunteering. More on how to do that here.

 

Sign Up For Volunteer Slots Or Author Giveaway At Booth 15

We are currently signing up volunteers to work our exhibit at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow. All volunteers will receive a badge allowing entrance to the show (it is closed to the general public). This does include the Friday education day.

Sign up to be a volunteer or do a give-away here.  Further information will be sent to you upon receiving notification that you’ve signed up. Do NOT deliver, ship, or drop books at  the Hotel Murano front desk or other entrances for author signings or giveaways.  Anyone signing up to give away large quantities of books must deliver them in person between September 28-30 to Booth 15. Further directions will be sent upon signing up for an author give away.

Here’s the schedule for the show at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington. Book Publishers Northwest will have our display in booth 15 at the convention hall attached to the hotel.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
• Education day – numerous panels on bookselling, publicity, and other educational topics. May be attended by anyone with a badge.
• Exhibit Hall open to exhibitors from 1:00 – 6:00 pm for set up
We’re planning to do set-up around 3:00 pm. If you have signed up and been notified you have a badge, you may drop books at Booth 15 for signings or give aways during this time period.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
• Exhibit Hall open to exhibitors from 7:00–9:30 am for set-up
• Exhibits open to bookstore and library attendees from 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Volunteers working at our booth can do book signings or other give-aways to attendees. Any books brought for signings are the responsibility of the publisher to remove at the end of the day.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
• Exhibits open to attendees from 9:30 am–2:00 pm
Volunteers working at our booth can do book signings or other give-aways to attendees. Any books brought for signings are the responsibility of the publisher to remove by 2:00 pm.
• SHOW ENDS; Exhibitor move out
All books will be removed from BPNW’s Booth 15 no later than 2:30 pm. Any books not picked up by that time will be donated to the Rural Library Drive.

Books Arriving For PNBA Display

Almost every day, we’re receiving notices of more books having arrived for display at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Tradeshow at the end of the month.  As items come in, we will list them here. Look for the following:

From Patagonia Books, IBPA member
Closer to the Ground: Dylan Tomine, author
Paddling North: Audrey Sutherland, author; about kayaking up the Inside Passage
A Temporary Refuge: Lee Spencer, author: fish watch on the Umpqua River in Oregon
100 Favorite Climbs in North America: Fred Beckey, author
All of the above can be ordered through Publishers Group West/Ingram.

From Northwest author and IBPA member Shepherd Siegel
Disruptive Play
From the author:  Launch Party for this new title will be at West Seattle’s ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 on Wednesday, September 26, at 6 p.m.

Want to add your books to the list? Here’s how.

Send Your Books In For PNBA Display

We are taking a full display booth for September’s Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, September 28-30, in Tacoma. Authors and Publishers located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana are welcome to send up to three books for display to: Book Publishers Northwest, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North #275, Seattle WA 98109.

If you are an Independent Book Publishers Association member, this display is free. If you are not an IBPA member, please include $10 (check made out to Book Publishers Northwest) to cover display costs. Checks made out to either other name (IBPA, PNBA, etc) will be discarded along with the books.

With your books, please include the following information:

  • Name of Northwest publisher if being submitted by publisher
  • Name of Northwest author if being submitted by author
  • Association – IBPA
  • Check for Book Publishers Northwest if not IBPA member
  • How your book can be purchased: Distributor or website address

Please remember that this is a show for booksellers and librarians, not the general public, and they are interested in how to order multiple copies.  We will not be selling books at this show but will have information out on how booksellers and librarians can contact you.

Books will not be returned. Authors and publishers attending PNBA are welcome to pick up their books on Sunday at the display.  Books left at the end of the day will be donated to the rural library drive hosted by PNBA.  For how to attend, see PNBA page.

If you would like to volunteer at this event or host a larger book give-away at our booth, please contact bpnwnews@aol.com before September 15.

Books will be accepted at the address above until September 25.

PNBA’s Call For Authors Now Open

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is now accepting applications for being a featured author at the PNBA Fall Trade Show.

These keynote opportunities are intended for established and rapidly-rising regional and national talents. PNBA member bookseller input will be heavily considered in determining these lineups. Publishers are expected to pay a fee and provide free books for distribution at the event. Costs vary depending on the spot.

Proposals should be sent via email to Tradeshow Director, Greg Holmes: greg@pnba.org. Please indicate author residence and provide links to author website, publisher listing, release date of the title, relevant reviews, and blurbs..

For more information, and detailed descriptions of each event, see the Author/Publicist page at pnba.org

The list of proposed authors will be submitted to PNBA’s Bookseller Selection Committee, which will return a prioritized list by May 25. PNBA staff will begin sending invitations the week of June 4.