Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Northwest Publishers Invited to Display at Midwest Shows

From our friends at MIPA

The Midwest Independent Publisher's Association (MIPA) invites all of our "cousins" to display books at the Midwest Booksellers Association (MBA) Trade Show. Booksellers from all over the Midwest will gather on September 29 and 30 in St. Paul to find books for their stores. MIPA will have a table at MBA (formerly called UMBA) and we invite you to display your book for all of the booksellers to see.

Books will be displayed face out and will be listed in our catalogue. The cost is $35 (additional titles, $25). We will need the following information about your book(s): title, author, publisher's address, isbn, price, format (paper or hard cover), category, year of publication and distributor(s) a short (75-100 words) description of your book(s), and your contact information in case we need more information.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTERING BOOKS IS SEPTEMBER 8. Please send the above information about your book(s) and payment (made out to MIPA) to Pat Morris, MIPA, 1729 A Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. A .jpeg of the cover to be used in the catalogue should be sent to Books should be sent to arrive at the same address by September 15.


MIPA will also have an exhibit at Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday, October 14. If you wish your book to be included in both shows, please include an extra $10.00 in your payment.

The Twin Cities Book Festival is held at the Minneapolis Community & Technical College in Minneapolis. Exhibit hours are 10 am-5 pm. This festival is open to the public.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

PNBA: Last Call for Buzz Books

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is closing the "Buzz Books" promotion on September 1. Larry West of PNBA sent the following reminder to Northwest publishers:

"With so many books out there vying for bookseller's attention, this program has really worked to highlight titles and guarantee that store buyers see your book at the show and stop by your booth to talk about it.

BuzzBooks is also a real advertising bargain, as you will receive nearly $1,000 worth of exposure for only $400.

PNBA ust need your sign-up sheet and payment by September 1. We will send you a confirmation explaining what advertising materials we need to have before the show in October."

Forms for Buzz Books are available on the PNBA website or by contacting Larry West at PNBA. His contact infomration is listed below.

Larry West, Executive Assistant
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
317 West Broadway, Ste 214
Eugene, OR 97401-2890
T: 541-683-4363
F: 541-683-3910
2006 Fall Show: Thursday - Saturday, October 12-14, Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hugo House seeks young writer-in-residence

Richard Hugo House will hire a writer between the ages of 16 and 19 to serve as the Youth Writer-in-Residence from October 2006 through September 2007. Candidates should be active writers, either poets, plays, fiction, or creative nonfiction. They should have experience writing for a school newspaper (or another established publication) or have produced their own publication (such as a zine or chapbook). Candidates should also have experience in or enthusiasm for running writing-based performances and programs for youth from diverse backgrounds. Hugo House's open mic for youth, Stage Fright, is an example of this kind of programming.

For more information, contact Alix Wilber, 206-322-7030 or e-mail Applications are due September 15, 2006.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Planning Ahead: Start Now for October Show

Besides displaying and sellling your book at Book Publishers Northwest's table at the PNBA Fall Trade Show, there are also a number of ways to promote your books to the booksellers attending the show. Deadlines are approaching fast (reservations for the BPNW table needs to be done by Sept. 1), which makes August the month to plan.

Also mark Sept. 21 on your calendar for BPNW meeting on maximizing trade show experiences. Jeff Backstrom of Skyline Pacific will lead a seminar on how to work out the cost effectiveness of a trade show, how to display your product to the best advantage, how to make the best use of contacts made at a show, and more. The meeting will take place at the Good Shepherd Center from 4 pm to 6 pm.

PNBA Advertising Offers for the Fall Trade Show
Please contact Jamie Pasaro for further information on the PNBA Fall Trade Show (contact information shown below).


Target your distribution of forthcoming books (ARCs, galleys, finished copies all work) directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest through PNBA's Northwest New Title Preview. For $100, PNBA will include your book in an online listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, a blurb, and a linked email address of the contact person at your company for bookseller requests. The next listings will go up in September. Deadline is September 1 for payment and materials. For more information on New Title Previews, e-mail


You produce flyers and PNBA stuffs them into the canvas bags that they distribute to the first 250 booksellers on the exhibit floor October 13 (BPNW members displaying at the BPNW table will be listed on the BPNW stuffer). Flyers and payment of $100 are due by October 6 for inclusion in the show bag OR send 150 copies and payment of $100 by September 22 for inclusion in the packet sent to pre-registered booksellers. A form for this promotion is available on the tradeshow page of the PNBA website.


Promote author signings or tradeshow exhibits through an ad in the PNBA show program, which gets mailed to pre-registered booksellers before the show and gets distributed on the exhibit floor to everyone attending the show. Rates range from $200 for a 1/4-page ad and $600 for a full-page ad. For a list of all of the rates, go to the PNBA advertising rate card. The deadline for materials and payment is September 1.


For exhibitors only: BuzzBooks is a new PNBA program that works like a scavenger hunt on the exhibit floor Friday. Since booksellers must meet with each BuzzBooks publisher at the show in order to be entered into a drawing to win some nice cash prizes, the program creates enthusiasm for participating books/authors/publishers before, during and after the show.

Each BuzzBook package costs $400 and includes:
• a chance to win Biggest BuzzBook of the show
• a prominent display at the show
• a posting on PNBA’s BuzzBooks webpage
• booksellers required to talk to you or your rep about your book
• promotion in pre and post-show newsletters
• promotion in the show program
• one free Stuff-it insert (a $100 value, these are inserted in the canvas bags distributed to booksellers on Exhibit Day One)
• an announcement at the Author Feast
• post-show press release with announcement of winner to PW, Shelf Awareness, Bookselling This Week and other book media

The BuzzBooks form is availableas a downloadable PDF.

Further information on Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's programs and trade shows is available from:
Jamie Passaro
PNBA Executive Assistant
317 W. Broadway, Ste. 214
Eugene, OR 97401
T: 541-683-4363
F: 541-683-3910

2006 Fall Show: Thursday - Saturday, October 12-14, Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

SCBWI Announces Eastern Conference

The Northwest chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators announced that the 2nd annual SCBWI Eastern Washington/ Idaho Panhandle Conference will take place September 23, 2006. The theme will be "On The Road to Publication" and the conference will be held in Coeur D'Alene Casino, Highway 95, Worley, Idaho.

Featured Speakers:

Ginger Knowlton, Agent with Curtis Brown Ltd.
Susan Kochan, Assistant Editorial Dir, Putnam
Verla Kay, IOCL Instructor & Picture Book Author
Deborah Nourse Lattimore, Author/Illustrator/Art & Literature Teacher at UCLA & Pasadena Art Center College of Design
Linda Joy Singleton, Mid-grade & YA Series Author

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