Short Run Comix & Arts Festival Returns

Seattle’s book festival dedicated to micropress publishing and graphic literature returns in November.  Approximately 4,000 people attend the annual free event at the Seattle Center.

The curated show is currently accepting applications for exhibitors. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2019. Final list of exhibitors will be selected by the Short Run Board of Directors and the organization’s Advisory Board made up of artists and art enthusiasts. “This is a book festival, so be prepared to demonstrate that your table space will feature at least 75% books. Your prints, t-shirts, original drawings, pins, buttons, etc.. are welcome, but should take up 25% or less of your merchandise,” say the organizers. Short Run is committed to opening up space to new artists and publishers every year.

For more information on the event and how to apply, please see their website at


Submissions Now Open For Oregon Book Awards

Publishers and writers can now submit their work for the 2020 Oregon Book Awards. Self-published titles are eligible for this award. The finalists will be announced in early 2020, and the winners will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in the spring of 2020.

Oregon Book Awards are available for original work by an Oregon author in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction (autobiography, memoir, and personal essay), children’s literature, and young adult literature. The biennial award for graphic literature will be given in 2020.

To be considered for the Oregon Book Award, the work must be written by an Oregon resident whose legal residence is in Oregon at least six months of the year.   Books must have an original publication date between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019.  For further information and submission forms, see the Literary Arts website at

PNBA Exhibitor Registration Open

Northwest publishers looking to reach the book and library trade can now register for a table or booth at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s 2019 Tradeshow on October 6, 7, and 8 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon.

Currently PNBA is offering one-day or two-day exhibition contracts. Anyone wanting to exhibit for the full two days must register by June 21. Costs range from $300 to $600 depending on the size of table or booth. Registration forms are available from PNBA here.

A layout of the show floor featuring all vendors will be available on the PNBA Tradeshow page in mid-August.

Hotel reservations can be made now for the group rate. For more information see the Red Lion page here.

June Events For Publishers, Writers, And Editors


Are you making your marketing plans for fall yet?

It’s a critical time of the year for planning if you want to ring in sales for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest.  Get your marketing plans or even book creation plans started with a couple of events happening in the Pacific Northwest this month.

Authors Guild’s Practical Personal Book Marketing

Consultant, former literary agent and marketing director Beth Jusino leads a two-hour class exploring a wide array of specific projects and tools that can promote a new release or put life back in a book that’s been out for a while.

June 9, 1:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
More information on this free event here

Idaho Writers Guild’s Literary Lunch
Don’t Forget the Book Itself! A Guide to the Art of Publishing

Amberjack Publishing’s managing editor, Cassandra Farrin, discusses how to draft the written work with a vision for its final physical form—whether it’s a printed book, an ebook, essays, or another format.

June 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Register with this eventbrite link

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This Month’s Events For Publishers, Editors & Writers

May flowers are popping up and so are a number of events aimed at independent publishers, editors, and writers. Here’s some Northwest happenings as well as what Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is doing at the biggest book convention in the United States for indie publishers.

“Playing the Rates Game & Negotiating the Fair Win”
Northwest  Editors Guild
Community Hall at Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
 May 13, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
“Playing the Rates Game & Negotiating the Fair Win.”
The Guild promises “a lively discussion about (cue the horror music) rates!” Learn more about what you should be paying or charging for editing. Guild meetings are free and open to non-members.

Free Marketing Strategy Webinar with Beth Jusino
May 22, 12:00 pm PST (Seattle time, on registration it is listed as starting at 3:00 pm ET)

In March, Seattle writer and marketeer Beth Jusino spoke at the Author’s Guild’s Seattle Business Boot Camp for Writers. She is repeating her advice in this free webinar open to AG members and non-members. The talk about marketing strategies will last about 90 minutes, with plenty of time for Q&A, says Jusino. Register via this link.

BookExpo 2019
Javits Center, New York City, NY
May 29 to 31

IBPA plans to announce more BookExpo 2019 activities shortly. “As we did last year, we’re focusing 2019 on educational sessions, one-on-one meetings, and member networking,” said Angela Bold, Chief Executive Officer, in a recent email. Here is a link to RSVP for a May 30 happy hour for members:

Educational sessions scheduled to take place on the BookExpo show floor’s Indie Publisher Stage include:

The State of Independent Publishing
May 29 – 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Join IBPA CEO Angela Bole and Board Chair Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) in a candid conversation about the state of independent publishing today. What’s working? What isn’t? And how can industry partners support the independent publishing community in their effort to bring diverse voices to light? (URL:

IBPA Presents: The Best Independently Published Books of 2019
May 30 –  1:10 pm TO 1:40 pm

Elf on the Shelf. Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Patagonia Books. All past winners of the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA’s) Benjamin Franklin Awards. Come learn about the winners of the 31st annual awards program and join us in celebrating excellence in independent book publishing! (URL:

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Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, marks the fifth celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Throughout the Northwest, bookstores are joining this one-day national party. Drop into your local bookstore to enjoy live readings from local authors, goodies, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, or other fun stuff. Each store will celebrate the day differently but all will have exclusive books and literary items available only on Saturday.

Looking for an independent bookstore in the Pacific Northwest? Check out

Idyll Arbor Publisher Looking For New Leadership

Idyll Arbor has a large catalog of titles

Tom Blaschko, current owner of Idyll Arbor, is seeking new leadership for his publishing company. Idyll Arbor is currently located in Enumclaw, Washington, about an hour southeast of Seattle in the foothills of Mount Rainier.  “I intend to stay involved for a few years, so that the new leader or leaders and Idyll Arbor continue to be successful. But the long-term goal is to sell the business to the person who takes over,” said Blaschko. “I know the right people for this job are out there and will know this is exactly what she, he, or they want to be doing — just like I knew that it was the right thing for me to do.”

For 35 years, Idyll Arbor has worked improve the quality of health care provided to clients by providing quality information and resources to practitioners. “The largest part of our business, under the Idyll Arbor imprint, is publishing college textbooks for Recreational Therapists and Activity Professionals. We also publish information about therapy groups, activities, and practice issues for therapists and activity professionals working in facilities. Idyll Arbor also has some books for the general population on specific techniques, such as Expressive Writing, and treatments, such as hip replacement,” said Blaschko.

The company also has the Issues Press imprint, which looks at solutions to concerns in our society, such as veterans returning from wars with PTSD and TBIs and not finding effective treatment for those conditions. Under the imprint Pine Winds Press can be found books that look at our place in the universe, beyond physical reality.

More information about the company can be found on the website:

Those interested in discussing a leadership position with Blaschko should contact him at