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: 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

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.

Yellowstone Treasures Nominated For Two Awards

Yellowstone Treasures, 5th edition

The updated fifth edition of Yellowstone Treasures (2017) is a finalist in both the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Foreword INDIES Awards. ” I am pleased that this edition’s new cover, 65 new color photos, and geyser and wildlife updates have captured both IBPA’s and Foreword’s attention again this year,” said publisher Beth Chapple of Granite Peak Publications.

Since the first edition in 2002, author Janet Chapple has shared her lifelong love of Yellowstone. The guidebook has been favorably reviewed over the years in the Billings Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Escapees: Sharing the RV Lifestyle , Midwest Book Review and more

Epicenter Expands Through Acquisition

Epicenter Press, based in Washington and Alaska, has acquired Coffeetown Enterprises, LLC., which includes Coffeetown Press, Camel Press and Fanny Press imprints.  “We’re excited about the acquisition,” said Phil Garrett, president of Epicenter Press, in PNBA’s Footnotes. “This will allow us to publish in categories that weren’t currently represented in our line. It will also allow us to increase our title base and reach of the company.”

Local Resources To Check Out In 2018

Seattle Writergrrls, a co-host at several Book Publishers Northwest events, decided to close down their email list in November. As a parting message to subscribers, Jenny Hayes and Jenny Neill shared the following local and regional resources for everyone interested in writing and publishing.

“ Our main criteria for inclusion was that one or the other of us had a personal tie to [to the organization], and that we found some value in our associations with them,” wrote Neill.

Along with Book Publishers Northwest’s website, they recommended:

Hedgebrook – (nonprofit literary organization)

Hugo House – (classes/meetups with a headquarters reopening next year)

Lit Crawl Seattle –

Mineral School – (Founded by Jane Hodges)

Northwest Independent Editors Guild – (A great place to find editors and project managers for publishing projects)

Northwest Science Writers –

Pacific Northwest Writers Association –

Seattle Writers’ and Readers’ Network –

Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington –

Society for Technical Communication, Puget Sound Chapter –

Surrey International Writers’ Conference – (Annual conference featuring diverse program and opportunities to pitch editors and agents)

Unchaste – (Reading series in Portland founded by Jenny Forrester)

Other members of Seattle Writergrrls recommended the following: –

Seattle7Writers –

EPIC Group –

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) –

New Releases by BPNW member Entre Ríos Books

Entre Ríos Books, a BPNW member, has released three new poetry books this fall. Like their other books, their focus is on collaboration and the books come with audio to listen to the authors read their work.

shurin_cover_front-only_flowers-and-skyFlowers & Sky: Two Talks by Aaron Shurin
This volume brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished poems by one of our finest lyric and gay poets. These intimate talks use Shurin’s own work to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level and contemplate a life made by and for art.  Laura Moriarty says of the book, “Old poets thinking to write their memoirs and young ones to assert their own poetics should take notice.”

zeller_alchemy_600x900Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts by Maya Jewell Zeller & Carrie DeBacker
A full-color collaboration on the politicalization of women’s bodies. Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker, crafted a work of anxious poetics and eco-feminism, much of it created after the election. This book includes a film response by CWU student, Rebecca Starkey, winner of the first ERB Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award, given to women filmmakers in Washington State secondary or college programs.

Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller with music by Lori Goldston
The long-awaited return by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers, Mary’s Dust collects and reimagines the stories of Marys throughout history. From the Annunciation to Mary Wollstonecraft, from Typhoid Mary to September 11, 2001, this staggeringly intense and honed work is her first full- length collection since the ALA and Washington Book Award winning, What the Ice Gets. It ships with a digital download of a new cello suite by celebrated Seattle cellist, Lori Goldston.

About Entre Ríos Books
Entre Ríos Books is a small press in Seattle, Washington, with a focus on collaborations between West Coast poets and artists.




Lots of Interest And A Few Sales At Wordstock

wordstock2015bannerBeth Chapple of Granite Peak Publications recently returned from Portland’s book festival Wordstock. For the first time in several years, Book Publishers Northwest participated. Two other volunteers, Jill Kelly and Kim Bouchard, met Beth at the table shared with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.

Since Book Publishers Northwest had limited space, it was decided only to take the books previously displayed at the PNBA Fall Trade Show. With mysteries, poetry, and nonfiction titles on display, the table showed off the range of books published by BPNW members. Also available were the bookmarks and other sales literature provided by the publishers for PNBA.

“We spent time carrying, displaying, and discussing people’s books. Lots of attendees took the free bookmarks and postcards, so I hope BPNW members are happy with the exposure,” said Chapple.

Wordstock granted attendees a $5 “certificate” to be used at the displays. As decided earlier, books were swapped for this certificate.  Approximately a dozen books were taken by Wordstock attendees. Money earned was used to reimburse volunteers for having to purchase their ticket into Wordstock and defray the cost of display.  Splitting the table with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild helped keep costs down but BPNW still spent far more than exhibit than was earned through sales.

“I had fun, but I have not decided if I personally will participate again,” said Chapple. “Nor am I sure I will recommend it to Book Publishers Northwest unless the publisher can attend or send an author to be on a panel.”

Remaining books and sales literature will be brought to the November 28 meeting for pick-up. Unclaimed books will be donated to the Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

WLA Has Helped Authors For 40 Years

podiumSometimes, independent authors and small presses come up against a legal question that can’t be answered easily. It may be determination of copyright in a project with multiple participants, how to protect intellectual property in estate planning, or when it is “fair use” to quote another person’s words.

Since 1976, Washington Lawyers for the Arts has served the performing, literary, media, visual, and interdisciplinary arts. While best known for the pro bono or reduced cost services that they provide to arts organizations, WLA also will help individuals when they are operating on a very limited budget and cannot afford to secure the services of an attorney. Local attorneys, who volunteer or offer their services at reduced cost, will provide specialized legal expertise when such services are not available elsewhere for the artist.

Earlier this year, the locally produced play That’swhatshesaid was served a “cease and desist” notice by publisher Samuel French Inc. Seattle playwright Courtney Meaker had pieced together bits of dialog and stage directions from the several hit plays to show how female characters are commonly presented on stage.

As noted an American Theatre article about the project, the result might be seen as “fair use” of the quoted material as the author was making a critical point about the portrayal of women in contemporary theater. French, and later the Dramatists Play Service, argued that the play infringed on the copyrights of the authors quoted.

Jeff Nelson, a Seattle intellectual property attorney and chair of WLA, represented Meaker pro bono. The WLA also offered a free panel discussion this month with Meaker, members of her creative team, and Nelson to help others in the community understand the intersection of fair use and free speech.

Artists of all types can become a WLA member for $25. This entry level of membership provides regular updates via email, special offers from other community organizations, and a 15% discount on all regular workshops.

Regular legal clinics are offered throughout the year for those with intellectual property and entertainment legal questions.

WLA’s referral program connects artists needing ongoing representation or have legal topics beyond intellectual property or entertainment law with attorneys in the WLA network.