Monday, December 17, 2007

Meeting Topics for 2008

Book Publishers Northwest’s Board met on Dec. 13 to discuss topics for meetings next year. Dates and speakers will be announced later. Among the topics suggested by the Board and BPNW members were:
Adapting Books for’s Kindle
Blog to Book: How to Make This Work
Book PR Tips
Cracking the Gift Market
Effective Marketing through E-mail
Getting Reviewed by PW
Making Book Videos
NW Regional Publishing
Selling through Social Networks
Understanding Google Ad Words
Used Book Websites Expand to Small Press Sales
Working with Freelance Editors/Proofreaders

The Board is also planning a survey of members and other subscribers to BPNW E-newsletter to better determine the needs of the membership and interest in various BPNW projects.

Members are encouraged to help with meetings. Comments are welcome! If you’d like to organize a meeting, volunteer as a speaker, or suggest a speaker, please contact BPNW at

Friday, December 07, 2007

Corporate Book Events

Corporate book events, those talks and book signings held at corporations like Microsoft or Starbucks, were the subject of a recent San Francisco Chronicle article.

Among the experts quoted was Kim Ricketts, NW entrepreneur who spoke at BPNW's Sept. 8 Business of Books meeting.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Time for PNBA's New Title Program

It's time for the Winter/Spring edition of PNBA's Northwest New Title Preview. If you have a title you think will be a hit with Northwest booksellers, this PNBA program helps target your distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest.

For $120, 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. PNBA sends booksellers the listings, and they e-mail you directly to request the books.

The PNBA Fall/Winter Northwest New Title Preview is available at:

The deadline for materials is Friday January 11, 2008. The titles will become active on the site on January 25, 2008. An order form is available at:

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Pig Becomes Poet

Snyder: The Pig's Tale
Author: Morten Nilsen
Format: Cloth hardcover with dust jacket
Publisher: Counterbalance Books
ISBN: 978-0-9774906-0-8
Price (US$): $24.95

The biography of a pig who escapes the farm to become a poet and street performer.

To learn more about Snyder, visit

Counterbalance Books is a member of Book Publishers Northwest.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Do You Know About These Contests?

Recently, several of our members have received invitations for various competitions. We're wondering if anyone has actual experience with these organizations and what that experience was. Feel free to comment on the following:

Eric Hoffer Awards or

Books and Authors Awards

Monday, November 26, 2007

SPGA Brown Bag Event

Viewing of "Macworld and Photoshop World 2007 - You Are There!"
Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 12-2pm
Greenwood Branch, Seattle Public Library
8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle WA

The SPGA Seattle Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild presents a brown-bag lunch event, "Macworld and Photoshop World 2007-You Are There!", at the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12 to 1:30.

Lots of free parking available. Bring your lunch and be ready to take notes as we show a double feature DVD from Peachpit filmed at their booth at Photoshop World Conference Las Vegas and Macworld Conference and Expo San Francisco 2007 showing their top Mac and Photoshop authors sharing their digital savvy, great tips and inside info on the hottest applications and technology trends. And best of all, it's FREE!

Questions? Email

Mailing to Washington Bookstores in December

Book Publishers Northwest will be mailing our remaining copies of the Spring and Fall catalogs as well as holiday best wishes from all of our members to the Washington state bookstore members of Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

If you are currently a member of Book Publishers Northwest (see below), you may add one (1) title recommendation to this mailing. Please e-mail the following information to by December 1.
Price (US$):
One sentence description: (not to exceed 15 words)

This information will be added to a very simple flyer inserted with the full-color catalogs. We will be working with the Northwest Association of Book Publishers to create a new full-color catalog for 2008. More details about that project will be announced early next year.

We currently show the 2007 and 2008 members of BPNW to be:
74th Street Productions, Adoxography Books, Ananse Press, Bascho Press, Bennett-Hastings Publishing Services, Janey Bennett (Proofreader), Book Publishers Network, Bright Ring Publishing, Inc, bytewrite LLC, Sherrill Carlson (Editor), Cedar Creek Publisher, Counterbalance Books, Crabman Press, Denim Books, Detour Farm, Dog Hollow Press, Dogwise Publishing, Dunamis House, Empress Publishing, Epicenter Press Inc., Ericson Dorow Inc, Eye-Scapes, Globe Trekker Press, Graphic Artists Guild, Green Elms, Hands On Books, Healing Pages, Idyll Arbor, Illumination Arts, Impassio Press, Inside Out Publishing, Isaiah 11:6 Publishing Co, Island Publishing, Mary Kabrich (Author), Kearney Street Books, Legacy Consultants, Living Free Press, Malloy Inc, Marquette Books, Jennifer McCord Associates LLC, Clare Meeker (Author), Metacreative Press, Mindcastle, Mother Love Publishing, Muddy Puddle Press, October Mist, One Sock Press, Orion/Wellspring Publishing, Pangean Sun, Parenting Press Inc., Patina Productions, Pentode Press, Ray Pfortner & Company, Pickle Point Publishing, Port Gamble Publishing, Pun & Oink Graphics, Raconteurs Press LLC, Raston Publishing, Raven Publishing, Rivendell Publishing Nw, Rodnik Publishing Co, Rose Alley Press, Rosebriar Publishing, Seattle Book/Rosetta Solution, Slave To Her Pets, Sojourner Publishers Inc., South Slope Productions, Stagger Lee Books, Stoneleigh Press, Sundial Press, TCN Inc, Them Potatoes, Thistle Press, Thomson-Shore, Timebridges Publishers LLC, Van Patten Publishing, Dorothy Van Soest (Author/Publisher), Vital Self Inc, Wilder Productions, and Wimer Publishing Co.

If you are a member of Book Publishers Northwest and your name does not appear on this list, please contact

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Guild Social December 5

Graphic Artists Guild Festive Holiday Party & Portfolio Extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at
Rock Salt Steaks and Seafood Lake Union, 1232 Westlake Ave N., Seattle WA

Come one, come all, to the Annual Graphic Artists Guild Festive Holiday Party and Portfolio Extravaganza! The Guild is pulling out all the stops this year and having an event to remember, and celebrating the National Guild's 40th Anniversary, too!

Bring your portfolio (sorry, no internet access) for folks to look at and admire if you'd like, grab your reindeer sweater and light-up earrings and prepare to party. It'll be the meet and greet event of the season. This year, to make the holiday spirit more real, we are accepting cash or check donations for Northwest Harvest. Do not bring food, please, just cash or checks. Let's share our blessings.

The Guild will offeran assortment of yummy finger foods, a no-host bar, and you can participate in the Ornament Exchange (optional). If you'd like to join the game, bring a creative or gorgeous WRAPPED ornament, costing under $10, for a very enjoyable holiday amusement. You're sure to go home with something wonderful if you play, according to the organizers.

And there's more! There will be a prize (rumor has it that it's a box of fine chocolates) for best holiday garb, so deck yourself in something festive and and party with the artists on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 at the Rock Salt Grill.

$15 Members and their spouses/ sig others,
$20 nonmembers,
$15 full-time students with ID, with online RSVP by Friday, November 30.

Cost at the door:
$20 Members and their spouses/ sig others,
$25 nonmembers,
$20 full-time students with ID.

Credit cards OK at the door.

RESERVATIONS: RSVP via PayPal before NOON on November 28.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Jud Looking for Sales Stories

Brian Jud is updating his book, Beyond the Bookstore, on how to sell books to non-bookstore markets, needs updating. The second edition will be published in mid 2008.

If you have a special-sales success story, or know of someone who has sold books in large quantities to non-bookstore markets, Jud would like to hear from you as he is seeking such examples for his next edition.

Contact Brian Jud at P. O. Box 715, Avon, CT 06001; (860) 675-1344; or go to

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blogger Seeks Books to Review

Hi, I have a blog where I write about self-published and small press books. I have not worked on it for about a year because of work pressures but I am gathering up stuff to read and write about.

A person who wishes to have a book reviewed can email me for further information. One caveat -- I can't promise that if someone sends me a book, it will appear on the blog.

Angie Kritenbrink

Are you a reviewer or a member of the media? Would you like to be added to BPNW's media list to get announcements from Book Publishers Northwest or our members? Just send an e-mail to

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chocolate for Haiku

In honor of the fifth book in the Basho Press Haiku series, Haiku for Chocolate Lovers, Jack Bateman and the Rose Hill Chocolate Company of Mukilteo has designed a special Haiku Truffle.

"Our family absolutely loves it! It’s a dark chocolate truffle with a light creamy ginger flavor and a small piece of dried ginger to decorate the top," reported Basho founder David Ash.

Bennett Wins Best Book Award

I wanted to let you know that Pale Surface of Things received the BEST BOOK 2007 reward in the Multicultural Fiction category.

The award is presented by USA Book News.


Pale Surface of Things by BPNW member Janey Bennett is a "fast-moving novel in a Cretan village — kidnaps and killings, prayers and healing, ethics and ritual, and a darned good tale..." The book is currently available through bookstores or through Bennett's website.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Salditt's Book Finalist in National Best Books

I just got word that my book, 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother was an award-winning finalist in the humor category of the National Best Books 2007 Awards.

I'm excited to add this to my finalist award for the 2007 PMA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for the same book.

Ms. Chris Salditt

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Sheryn Hara and Tom Masters on Radio

Sheryn Hara and Tom Masters will be interviewed on Evergreen Radio's live call-in show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24. Hara is the president and owner of Book Publishers Network and has been publishing books for 23 years. Masters founded Orion/Wellspring and recently published his first title on blogging. He also teaches classes on blogging and marketing and serves as a consultant for websites. Both Hara and Masters are members of the BPNW Board: Masters is the current president and Hara is vice-president.

Evergreen Radio Reading Service is part of Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, and broadcasts live talk shows, radio dramas, and news stories read aloud for the blind and visually impaired throughout Washington State. Listeners tune in through special receivers checked out from the library or the library's new webstreaming service.

Craig Johnson, Lead Broadcaster for Evergreen, said that the station has two long running literary programs. "Literary News is an author interview program and Publications Northwest focuses on regional works. Obviously our listeners are very interested in all things about publishing and bookselling," he said in a recent e-mail.

Cheap Wine and Poetry, November 8

With $1 glasses of wine and an open microphone, "Cheap Wine and Poetry" attracts standing room only crowds of poets, writers, artists, art lovers, literati, students, hipsters, cheap wine lovers, furious knitters, and the occasional dog, according to our friends at Richard Hugo House. The series features local and national artists and writers, many published in the print publication when it rains from the ground up.

Series curator Brian McGuigan will read at the next "Cheap Wine and Poetry" on Thursday, November 8, 2007, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Richard Hugo House. Also expected that night are poet and performer Rajnii Eddins, fiction writer Chris Leasure, and Ryan Boudinot, author of “The Littlest Hitler.”

Although admission is free, donations are welcome. Open mic sign-up is at the door. Hugo House is located at 1634 11th Ave., Seattle, WA.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wordstock Still Has Exhibitor Space

Wordstock, the annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling in Portland, Oregon, is expecting up to 25,000 people to participate in the book fair on November 10-11, 2007.

Organizers recently sent out a letter saying that exhibitor booths are available at very reasonable rates. For more information about how you can participate Wordstock, contact Katherine Pfeiffer at or Greg Netzer at, or call 503-546-1012.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tacoma Small Press Event

T.A.L.E. (Tacoma Area Literary Enthusiasts) are hosting their first annual celebration of Puget Sound literary artists on November 3rd, 2007. Tacoma Word! Northwest Perspectives in Literary Art will be a one day festival that will include workshops, performances, open mic readings, and plenty of other exciting activities. The event will be free and open to the public. We are searching for authors, playwrights, poets, songwriters, small presses, and other literary artists who would like to promote, display and sell their work at our Literary Open House, which will be held from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Tables are free, but space is limited and first come, first serve. We are also looking for a a small press willing to put on a paper making demonstration and a children's storyteller.

Emaill at before September 30th if you would like to participate.

Friday, September 21, 2007

PNBA Trade Show, Sept 20-21

Approximately 400 booksellers from 140 Northwest bookstores attended the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) Trade Show in Bellevue, Washington. Among the many displays that the booksellers browsed were six tables of books from PMA, BPNW, and NWABP members. Many publishers also visited the display to learn how they could join PMA or the organization's Northwest affiliates.

Fifteen volunteers from Book Publishers Northwest (Seattle, WA) and Northwest Association of Book Publishers (Portland, OR) staffed the booth. It was a chance to meet old friends and make new ones. New BPNW member Michael Lalumiere (right) of Staggerlee Books came to the PNBA show to help at the PMA table and promote a new novel set at Crater Lake.

BPNW also worked with PNBA to help local members to set their exhibits near the PMA tables. Just behind the PMA exhibit, publisher Tom Blaschko discusses Idyll Arbor's latest titles.

At the end of the show, the display books were donated to PNBA's Rural Library Drive, a charity that collects books for small rural libraries with little or no book-buying budget. The grateful librarians were impressed with the incredible variety of the titles that they received from the independent publishers.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Book Publishers Northwest at PNBA

Book Publishers Northwest will be displaying our members' books at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's Fall Trade Show, Sept. 20 and 21. Our display will be located at tables 108-113 at the PNBA Fall Trade Show. We are sharing this space with PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Northwest Association of Book Publishers (NWABP).

The Fall Trade Show is the largest industry event for booksellers and publishers located in the Northwest. This year, it takes place at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

The Trade Show begins with educational session on Wednesday, Sept. 19, including a presentation at 3 p.m. by BPNW Board President Tom Masters. For full schedule of PNBA events, see

Funding for our display was generously provided by PMA, the largest trade association for indepedent publishers in the United States. This organization provides a full complement of services to small presses AND members of BPNW receive a $26 discount off PMA memberships.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Dish Up Literacy Night

Numerous Seattle restaurants are donating a portion of their sales on Sept. 26 to Page Ahead, a non-profit literacy program dedicated to fostering a love of reading in at-risk children. Every year Page Ahead distributes approximately 150,000 new books to nearly 50,000 children from low-income families in Washington. They also offer workshops and resources for parents and other community programs.

For more information:

Carlson in USA Today and on CNBC

Linda Carlson consults to Northwest publishers, including the 28-year-old Parenting Press, where she has handled marketing since 2000. She is the author of 11 books, a contributor to the Publishers Marketing Association newsletter, a member of the Humanities Washington speakers' bureau, and a former board member of Book Publishers Northwest. She recently spoke on PR and marketing at the Business of Books. Linda just sent us the following update on her activities

It was fun to see my Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest (UW Press) mentioned in a page 3 story in USA Today on Tuesday in conjunction with my comments regarding company towns in general and Scotia, Calif., in particular. And today I was called by CNBC and scheduled for an appearance on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. about 5 a.m. Pacific time.

The producer who scheduled me is being sent a copy of the book and she said the cover of it will be shown on air.

Linda Carlson
Seattle WA 98199

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Member Review of New Business of Books

First let me say how much I enjoyed the BPNW publishing seminar last Saturday. I learned a lot and I am already incorporating some of the suggestions into my publishing/promotional/marketing plans.

PARA Publishing (Dan Poynter) offers newsletter space to authors who are seeking other authors to write reviews of their books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble sites. Would that be something BPNW might offer their authors? It would just be giving space for authors to list their desire for reviewers, with contact info and genre. Then interested reviewers would contact them to get a copy of the book. That way your BPNW members are getting much desired reviews on those sites, thereby improving their rankings. Is this something you might be able to do?

Thanks for listening.

(Ms.)Chris Salditt
Mother Love Publishing

Chris has a great idea. As an old PR pro, I'm a little uncomfortable with Poynter's restriction that this must be a four-star review. I think reviews should be honest--as a publisher or writer, I would want to know why a book doesn't connect with the reader. Might not agree with the review, but I would want to see it.

However, if BPNW members want to make offers to reviewers, I'm happy to post them on this website. Are there other marketing ideas that you think we should pursue as an organization? Feel free to comment below.

Rosemary Jones
BPNW Blogmaster

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Full Day at New Business of Books

The New Business of Books conference began with a welcome from Tom Masters, board president of Book Publishers Northwest and author of Blogging Quick And Easy. It was a terrific start to a full day of education for publishers.

Over the next few weeks, we will be posting information from the speakers who led the panels at the New Business of Books on September 8. If you have a question for them or any member of Book Publishers Northwest, simply post a comment or e-mail

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Freelance Editing September 10

A Panel Discussion about the Seattle Editing Marketplace
When: Monday, September 10, 2007, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Richard Hugo House on Capitol Hill in Seattle, 1634 11th Avenue (near Pine), Alice Room (second floor)
Cost: FREE! and open to anyone interested in the topic.

For more info: e-mail

Are you a new editor starting a freelance career in Seattle? Or an experienced editor interested in expanding your clientele? Come find out about the diversity of the Seattle editing marketplace—our panel discussion will explore what type of freelance editorial work is available and what different industries look for in a freelance editor. We’ve invited people from local industries that regularly hire freelance editors to discuss how they work.

Panel will include representatives from the following sectors:
•Magazine publishing (Seattle Magazine)
•University (University of Washington’s Creative Consultants Network*)
•Advertising (Worktank Seattle)
•Nonprofit (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
*The CCN is a network of freelance writers, editors, and designers who are screened and approved to do contract work for the university.

A member of the steering committee will moderate the discussion, asking questions and eliciting responses from each panel member. So come learn more about these areas of the Seattle editing marketplace, including what they look for in editors, what tasks editors perform, how often freelancers are hired, and what demands or challenges an editor might face.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Directions to Business of Books Conference

New Business of Books: 2007 And Beyond
Saturday, September 8, 2007
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Discover U in Belltown (less than 1 mile north of downtown Seattle)
2901 3rd Avenue, Suite 150, Seattle, WA
To register, call Discover U at 206-365-0400.

Discover U's new Belltown campus is located in the black building stretching between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue and bordered by Denny and Broad. Although the street address is 2901 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA, you should enter the first floor Suite 150 from the 2nd Avenue side or through the garage elevators.

If you are driving, the building garage will be $5 for the entire day.

This site is also within one block of several Metro routes traveling along Broad, Third, or Second Avenue.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Updated Schedule for Business of Books

New Business of Books: 2007 And Beyond
September 8, 2007
Discover U Downtown Campus, 2901 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To register, use the link right to enter Discover U's secure page for Web registrations or call Discover U at 206-365-0400.

9:00 am - 9:50 am
Welcome from Book Publishers Northwest
Coffee and light refreshments, meet the publishers and other conference attendees

10:00 am - 10:50 am
Defining Your Genre: Publishers Talk About Their Niche
  • Children's books juvenile/young adult
  • General fiction/non-fiction
  • Travel books
  • Memoir/biography
  • Self help/how-to
    Speakers include Tom Blaschko, Idyll Arbor; Margaret Doyle, Port Gamble Press; Sheryn Hara, Book Network; John Thompson, Illumination Arts; and Beth Whitman, Globe Trekker Press.

    11:00 am - 11:50 am
    Session 1: Marketing Your Title, Money Ideas
    Panel A: Marketing Your Book
  • Traditional PR
  • Non-traditional marketing
  • Online PR
    Speakers include: Erin Eaves, Amazon Advantage; Linda Carlson, Parenting Press; and Al Sampson, Seattle University

    Panel B: Turning a Profit
  • Making your book make money
  • Subsidiary rights
  • Selling lots of books outside of the bookstore
    Speakers include: Michael Duckworth, UW Press, Kent Sturgis, Epicenter Press, and Bette Filley, Dunamis House

    12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
    Lunch with the Experts (optional)

    1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
    Session 2: Legal issues, Distribution Via Web and Bookstores, More Marketing Ideas

    Contracts and legal issues
    Presented by Gary Marshall, lawyer

    Organizing Events: book signings, author talks, and more
    Speakers include Kim Ricketts, events organizer, and Al Sampson, Seattle University

    Working with wholesalers and distributors
    Speakers include Phil Garrett, Partners West, and Sheryn Hara, The Book Network

    Design Part I: Cover and interior illustration
    Two-hour design session with Shary Flenniken; Morten Nilsen, Z-N Enterprises; and Ray Pfortner, Pfortner & Assocs.

    2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
    Session 3: Marketing, Distribution, More on Production

    Editorial: Proofreading and Indexing with Freelancers
    Presented by Nancy Burkhalter

    Printing Tips
    With Sheryn Hara, The Book Network; Justin Smith, Bang Printing; Victor Judd, Houston Datum; and Bob Smith, BookPrinters Network.

    Design Part II: Working with photographers and illustrators
    Two-hour design session continues with: Shary Flenniken; Morten Nilsen, Z-N Enterprises; and Ray Pfortner, Pfortner & Assocs.

    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Closing & Wrap-up: Meet Experts for Last Q&A (3:30 to 4:30)

    Sessions may be broken into more than one room. Times and speakers subject to change without notice.
  • Thursday, August 30, 2007

    Sell Books at Business of Books

    Book Publishers Northwest is offering you the opportunity to sell your books at the Business of Books conference. We will have a table of books set up where participants at the conference can buy books. Here is how you can sell your book there:

    1. Be registered for the conference AND be a BPNW member for 2007 or 2008 (you can buy a membership there).
    2. Send the name of the book, the author’s name, and the price of the book to by September 4.
    3. Bring copies of the book with you to the conference. Two or three books should be enough. You’re carrying them, though, so you can bring more.
    4. Pick up books that are left after the conference. We don’t have a place to store them for later pickup.

    It’s that simple. We will sell the books, keep track of the sales, and mail you a check about a week after the conference. It would be sooner but I’m leaving for another conference the night of the BPNW conference.

    We’re taking a 40% discount on the sale price, the same as a bookstore discount, and using the proceeds for future BPNW educational programs.

    If you have any questions, please email me at or give me a call (360-825-7797).

    Tom Blaschko
    BPNW Treasurer
    Idyll Arbor

    Saturday, August 04, 2007

    Lunch Added to Business of Books 2007

    Attendees to the Business of Books seminar on September 8 now can purchase a box lunch with speakers and the members of the BPNW board. The seminar cost is $129 and the optional lunch is $13.

    To register, use the link right to enter Discover U's secure page for Web registrations or call Discover U at 206-365-0400. New Business of Books: 2007 and Beyond will be held at the downtown Seattle campus of Discover U.

    The New Business Of Books: 2007 and Beyond
    September 8, 2007
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Location: Discover U Downtown Campus, 2901 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA
    Fee: $129.00
    Lunch (Optional): $13.00
    Registration: 206-365-0400

    Wednesday, August 01, 2007

    BPNW Members Can Display TWO Books at PNBA Fall Trade Show

    BPNW's Board decided that all members can display TWO books at the PNBA Fall Trade Show. This applies to all members who have paid for 2007 and all new members who join for 2007-2008 using the form located on the website. Memberships should be posted by August 30 so BPNW has enough time to process payment and collect books for the show.

    Friday, July 20, 2007

    BPNW Members Receive Discounts From SPAN

    Did you know that Book Publishers Northwest is a participant in Span’s Partner Program?

    BPNW members can join the Small Publishers Association of North America for $70, a savings of $35.

    BPNW provides its members with many different discounts throughout the year. To join, just download the BPNW Membership Form.

    Supreme Court ruling on prices and how it affects the book industry

    On June 28, 2007 the Supreme Court decided (5-4) that manufacturers could adopt and enforce "resale price maintenance agreements." In essence it means that in some cases a manufacturer can forbid discounting.

    I think this is an incredibly important issue in the book-selling community with implications for both publishers and booksellers, especially independent booksellers who can't get the same discounts as the big internet retailers. If publishers are allowed to set prices, the independents will not need to compete against discounts they can't match. The publishers themselves will be in a better position to fight discount demands, too.

    This affects me personally with a book (Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing by Julie Davey) that is coming out in October. The book, which describes how to use a writing program as part of healing from cancer, will be sold primarily for fund raising for cancer hospitals and cancer research. As such, discounted books on, for example, will reduce the value of the book as a fund-raising tool. My question for you is whether the Supreme Court ruling applies to this book and how I should notify Amazon and others who are selling the book at a discount that they may not do that.

    I'm hoping that the various perspectives will provide the best information on how to use this major change in the way the US does business.

    Tom Blaschko
    Idyll Arbor

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007

    Special Sales "Webinar" Given by SPAN

    "What is Special-Sales and How Can It Increase Your Profits?"
    hosted by Brian Jud

    July 18, 7:00 pm Eastern Time

    Sell more books and make more money through non-bookstore sales.
    Nation-wide expert, Brian Jud will tell us how to sell through the military, airport store, catalogs and many more profitable markets.

    The class is limited to 30 people, so sign up early.
    SPAN Members: $30 Non-members: $40

    For more information and to sign up:
    You can also sign up by calling the SPAN office at 719-475-1726

    SPAN is Small Publishers Association of North America. SPAN is a nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to enhancing the image and profits of authors and independent presses in the U.S. and Canada.

    Saturday, July 07, 2007

    Italian Cooking Class Draws From Biography

    Franca Mercati and author Diane Kinman are going to be featured at an “Italian Cooking” class on August 17 and 18 at Diane’s Market Kitchen, 1101 Post Alley, in Seattle. “Diane is no relation to me, but a great teacher!” said Kinman, the award-winning author of Franca’s Story: Survival in WWII Italy.

    The class runs from 6 to 9 pm and students get to eat whatever they have just learned to make.

    Many of the recipes are from Franca, who will talk about the food situation during WWII and how her family managed to survive.

    To learn more about this book and BPNW member Wimer Publishing, check out To participate in the cooking class, call (206) 624-6114

    Saturday, June 30, 2007

    New Members in June

    Book Publishers Northwest welcomed the following new members in June:

    Detour Farm
    Walla Walla, WA
    Publisher of books, CDs, and articles by Sam McLeod (shown right).

    Van Patten Publishing
    Vancouver, WA
    Publishing gardening, hydroponics, and cannabis books since 1990.

    To learn more other Book Publishers Northwest members, click on the Member’s Directory in the right hand column.

    Friday, June 29, 2007

    New Title From Dogwise

    When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs
    Author: Jane Killion
    Price: $17.95
    Binding: Paperback, 192 pages, 180 B&W photos, Indexed
    ISBN: 1-929242-44-1
    Available: Immediately

    Distributed by: Dogwise Publishing, Ingram, B&T
    Intended Audience: Pet Dog Owners, Dog Sport Competitors, Trainers, Veterinarians, and Vet Techs

    More about BPNW Member: Dogwise focuses on creating humane, understandable and scientifically sound books for people who work with, live with or care about dogs. To learn more about this publisher and other Book Publishers Northwest members, click on the Member's Directory in the right column.

    DIY 2007 Focuses on Poetry, Fan Fiction and Zines

    The 2007 DIY Book Festival organizers announced that they will place a special focus on the poetry, fan fiction, unpublished stories, and comics/zines categories in its annual event honoring the top independent authors and small publishers. Special reduced entry rates, exclusive category cash prizes and special spotlights for select entries are among the plans for these categories during the sixth annual competition. Details at

    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Jan Nathan

    Book Publishers Northwest notes with sorrow the passing of Jan Nathan, past executive director of PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. Nathan, 68, passed away June 17, 2007.

    A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at Green Hills Mortuary at 1:00pm on Thursday, June 28, 2007. In lieu of flowers, her family asks for donations to be made to Heal the Bay ( or City of Hope (

    Friday, June 22, 2007

    Ingram Digital Supplies Microsoft

    Ingram Digital will become an outsource partner for Microsoft's Live Search Books.

    In a recent press release, Ingram Digital announced they would provide book scanning, content acquisition, metadata management, and account management for print book content submitted for inclusion in Live Search Books, as well as manage digital files delivered by participating publishers.

    Creating Buzz for Books: Contests

    During yesterday's lively meeting of Book Publishers Northwest, many members discussed how entering contests can help boost a book's visibility. The most cited contest was PMA's Benjamin Franklin awards (see for more information), not only for their size but also for the feedback given to all entrants.

    One visitor to our group commented that she was disappointed by the IPPY awards, which did not seem to include any such feedback.

    We're always interested in hearing from other publishers about what works or doesn't work about entering contests.

    Tuesday, June 05, 2007

    Amazon Expands Chinese Site

    Amazon is beefing up their support of their Chinese subsidiary Joyo including renaming the site Joyo as of today. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the Chinese unit is the company's fastest growing by sales even thoug most customers in China pay by cash rather than credit card. Amazon's Chinese subsidiary has developed a network to accept cash-on-delivery payments in 330 Chinese cities.

    Friday, May 25, 2007

    PMA Publishing University Starts Next Week

    PMA Board member Ben Goodman sent the following message. Each year PMA offers a Publishing University in conjunction with BookExpo America, the largest publishing trade show in the US. Each November, BPNW and PMA offer one scholarship to the Publishing University -- applicants for the 2008 Pub U must have joined BPNW by Sept 1, 2007, and be a PMA member for 2007 and 2008. Watch the blog for more information on the Pub U scholarship.

    I look forward to meeting you who are attending Publishing University next week, Unfortunately, I can't attend the affiliates dinner, but I'll look for you at the main event. If you see me, please come over and introduce yourself.

    This a great chance for you to meet each other and a bunch of PMA folk. I think I speak for everyone when I wish you the best of experiences in NY. The more you succeed, the more all of us succeed.

    Have a great time, take plenty of notes, and share the excitement with your colleagues when you get home.

    See you in the Big Apple!

    Bob Goodman
    PMA Board Member and designated cheerleader

    Wednesday, May 09, 2007

    Larry Coffman at Seattle Guild May Meeting

    Larry Coffman is a long-time Seattle resident and for the past 20 years has published MARKETING, a trade newspaper for the Puget Sound area. He is the keynote speaker for the May 30 meeting of the SPGA/Seattle Guild of Graphic Artists.

    Larry's MARKETING newspaper serves as a resource for designers, illustrators, marketers, advertising agencies, and printers in the Pacific Northwest. It's a go-to source for finding out which talent was snatched up by what firm, who did what, who won what, and the true trends of the industry. The MARKETING contributors are in-the-field professionals providing real insights and tools for today's concerns.

    $25 for Guild members and students (must show current, full-time ID at event check-in)
    $30 for Non-Members

    At-The-Door admission is $30 for Members and Students (must show current, full-time ID), and $35 for Non-Members. At-the-door payments may now be made with CREDIT CARDS.

    For more information on the Guild and the May 30 luncheon, see

    Monday, May 07, 2007

    May 17 Meeting Cancelled

    The May 17 Meeting of Book Publishers Northwest has been cancelled.

    The next BPNW meeting takes place on June 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N., Room 221.

    BPNW/NWABP Catalog to Be Mailed to Libraries

    The BPNW/NWABP Catalog distributed at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Spring Trade Show will be mailed to libraries in Oregon and Washington.

    A supplement to the spring catalog will be published for the Fall Pacific Northwest Booksellers Trade Show in Bellevue, Washington. More information on this project will be available in June.

    Friday, April 27, 2007

    Business of Books Returns in September

    The New Business Of Books - 2007 and Beyond
    An All-Day Publishing Seminar

    In 2005, Book Publishers Northwest's publishing seminar "Business of Books" sold out! Don’t miss this new and expanded all-day event that covers everything a publisher needs to know--from the basics of printing to the new income potential of the web and direct-to-consumer sales.

    For registration information, see:
    Business of Books 2007

    Rainbow Bookfest

    The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation presents the 5th annual Rainbow Bookfest on Saturday (April 28, 2007) at the Asian Resource Center, 1025 S. King St, in Seattle.

    Rainbow Bookfest makes it possible for authors of color to share and interact with readers from both mainstream and minority communities.

    This free one-day event features guest speakers, author readings, panel discussions, food, and local vendors. This year's keynote address will be given by local author Kathleen Alcala, as well as panel discussions and presentations by more than 20 additional notable authors of color.

    The festival opens at 9:30 am and runs until 5:00 p.m. For more information, see

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    Amazon Sales to Top $13 Billion

    Following a first quarter report of $3.02 billion in sales, now expects sales of more than $13.4 billion in 2007.

    Monday, April 23, 2007

    Ingram Bails Out Graphic Arts

    According to Anchorage Daily News, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co. of Oregon has been able to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings due to a "significant investment" from Ingram Book Group.

    The reorganization plan will allow Graphic Arts to continue operating its businesses: Graphic Arts Books, WestWind Press and Alaska Northwest Books, the latter based in Anchorage.

    Thursday, April 19, 2007

    Bright Ring Wins Homeschooling Award

    Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. was recently awarded the 2007 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award in Art Appreciation for the title, Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Kids in the Styles of the Great Masters (by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga). The award is by nomination from readers of the Practical Homeschooling magazine, and is Discovering Great Artists’ second year winning this award. Bright Ring is owned by MaryAnn Kohl.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007

    Mother Love Up for Ben Franklin Award

    Chris Salditt of Mother Love Publishing was recently notified that her book 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother is one of three finalists in the humor/satire/comedy category of the PMA Benjamin Franklin Awards.

    Congratulations to Chris!

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    PNBA Puts Spring Show On Hiatus

    The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced today that they will not hold a Spring trade show in 2008 or 2009. Plans continue for a Fall Trade Show to take place in Bellevue in Fall 2007.

    "I think putting the spring show on hiatus is what the association needs right now. With two tradeshows a year, we are a Tradeshow Production Company," stated PNBA Director Thom Chamblis in the association's newsletter.

    The hiatus, continued Chambliss, would allow PNBA's staff to work on new programs to increase sales for independent bookstores.

    Thursday, March 29, 2007

    Call for PNBA Northwest New Title Preview

    Dear Publishers, Publicists and Authors:

    It's time for the Summer/Fall edition of PNBA's Northwest New Title Preview. If you have a title you think will be a hit with Northwest booksellers, this is a great, inexpensive way to give it more oomph.

    Here's what Bloomsbury publicist Sabrina Farber has to say about the program: "I LOVE THIS PROMOTION! I think it's the smartest ABA kind of marketing tool to come around in a long, long time . . . I can't stress how effective I think this has been. I got tons of emails from stores about my titles (some stores I'd never heard of, too). Thanks for being creative w/publisher marketing dollars."

    How it works: Northwest New Title Preview helps you target your distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest. For $120, 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. We send booksellers the listings, and they e-mail you to request the books.

    Take a look! Last January's Northwest New Title Preview is available at:

    The deadline for materials is May 4, 2007. The titles will become active on the site on May 18, 2007. An order form is attached as a pdf. I hope to hear from you soon!

    Larry West, Executive Assistant
    Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
    214 East 12th Ave.
    Eugene, OR 97401-3245
    T: 541-683-4363
    F: 541-683-3910

    2007 Fall Show: Wednesday-Friday, September 19-21, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

    Monday, March 26, 2007

    Google Book Search: Another Way to Promote

    Google sent Book Publishers Northwest the following article about their Google Book Search service. If you try the service, we would be interested in hearing about your results. Post a comment or e-mail us at

    Conventional wisdom says that a reader needs to know the title of a book or some other clue to find a book on the internet. But suppose a reader doesn’t know anything about a book – or even that a book exists that matches her interests?

    Google Book Search is a great way to attract new readers and boost book sales – it matches people who are looking for information with the relevant words and phrases inside your titles. By matching the content in your books with user searches, Google Book Search connects your books with the people most interested in buying them. And any publisher – large or small – can join the program to market their books for free.

    Through the Google Books Partner Program, publishers send their books to Google in either hard copy or digital format. Google in turn digitizes, hosts and makes searchable every word of every book we receive. As every publisher knows, browsing leads to buying, so we've made it easy for people to browse limited previews of publishers’ books in a secure environment. When you submit your books through the Partner Program, people are always able to search the full contents of your books, but you choose how much they will be able to view -- from 20 percent to 100 percent of each title. To protect your content, your book is hosted on our secure servers, and we disable print, cut, copy and save functionality. If readers decide they want to buy a book, we make it easy by providing links to online retailers and local bookstores via BookSense. If you sell your books directly from your own website, it gets top billing, appearing first in the list of purchasing links.

    For more information about Google Book Search, check out this quick tour:
    or find out what other publishers have to say about their participation here:

    To sign up for your own Google Book Search account, simply visit:

    If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact the Book Search team at

    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    Alaska Magazine Looking for Books to Review

    Alaska Magazine would like to see new books by Alaskan authors or "about/including Alaska" for their new book review column. Please send to:

    Rebecca Luczycki
    Senior Editor
    Alaska Magazine
    301 Arctic Slope Ave. Suite 300
    Anchorage AK 99518

    Friday, March 16, 2007

    Rodnik Publishes Dari Phrasebook

    When Bob Powers of Rodnik Publishing said that they added a Dari phrasebook to their list, we had to ask "What is Dari?" and here's Bob's reply:

    I thought you'd never ask: Dari is one of the two main languages of Afghanistan and the one spoken by most people in Kabul. It's very close to Persian, which, fortuitously, I studied for a year at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. It helped me a lot when proof-reading the phrasebook. I chose Dari for a phrasebook because it's an instant conversation starter: "Dari? What's Dari?"

    Bob is busy traveling Europe but hopes to make April's BPNW meeting. If you have news to share about new publications, just e-mail bpnwnews at And be sure to check out Rodnik's phrasebooks at

    Contact Danforth Distribution Via E-mail

    During the March 15 meeting, Laura Danforth said that she would be happy to send out information about her distribution services to any BPNW member interested. She asked that members contact her via e-mail:

    Sunday, March 04, 2007

    Cook the Books!

    The 3rd Annual Seattle Edible Book Festival
    Sunday, April 1, 2007
    826 Seattle (Greenwood Space Travel Supply)
    8414 Greenwood Avenue North
    Bring your edible entries between 1:00 - 2:00
    Public viewing from 2:00 - 3:00
    The books are served at 3:00!
    Admission is FREE with an entry, or $5.00 suggested donation.

    Saturday, March 03, 2007

    Masters on Blogging in March and April

    BPNW member Tom Masters is teaching two classes on blogging this spring.

    Introduction to Blogging

    Blogging is an exciting new form of “social media” that anyone can participate in. Currently there are over 50 million blogs and the number continues to grow rapidly. Use blogs to advocate for causes, communicate with customers, share with family and friends, and promote your business. You’ll learn how others are using blogs, how blog work; what RSS syndication is; how to set up your own blog, and some blogging best practices that will make your blog stand out. See an in-class demonstration of how to create and edit a blog. Leave with the tools to start your own!

    Dates: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Location: Discover U Northgate campus (go to for directions)
    Fee: $49
    Materials: $8
    Registration: Go to and search on “blogging” and follow the links; or call (206) 365-0400 to register by phone.

    Blogging for Writers

    Blogging is an exciting new media that can help you with book research, building an audience, marketing your work, and measuring your impact. See online demonstrations of how to create and edit a blogs, use blog search tools and manage your research with RSS readers. Features in-class demonstrations of blogging tools and

    Dates: Tuesday, April 3, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Location: Discover U Northgate campus (go to for directions)
    Fee: $49
    Materials: $8
    Registration: Go to and search on “blogging” and follow the links; or call (206) 365-0400 to register by phone.

    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Beyond the Red Pencil

    Seattle's Editors Guild celebrates its 10th anniversary with a one-day conference in March. Amy Einsohn, the author of The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, will be the keynote speaker.

    For more information on the March 31 conference, check the Guild's website at

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    PMA March Online Course

    Repurposing, Recycling, and Retargeting Your Material - Paulette Ensign

    PMA Online Course, Wednesday March 21, 2007 at 2:00 PM Eastern (US)

    Whether you have one book or dozens of them, learn to easily and painlessly turn those pages and ideas into an entire product line. This session promises new filters for viewing what you’ve already done and have been considering doing. Discover products that have zero production costs, providing you 100% profit and minimal development time. Expand your entire product line into various formats and languages using your book content as a base. Customize your products for specific industries and organizations. Unearth new markets and new revenue that’s right under your nose.

    About the Speaker: Paulette Ensign is founder, CEO, and Chief Visionary of the San Diego-based Tips Products International, serving a world-wide clientele for several decades.

    For more information and registration details, go to

    Display Books at Florida Library Show

    Dear BPNW:

    The Florida Publishers Association, Inc., is offering cooperative display of publishers’ products (books, audios, videos, CD-ROMs, etc.) at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 11-13, 2007, in Orlando, FL. FPA received FLA's “Best Booth” award in 2006.

    To receive an information sheet/registration form, either visit or contact FPA at and a 3-page PDF will be emailed to you.

    Display is available for PMA members and members of their affiliate organizations. BPNW is an affiliate of PMA and its members qualify for this offer even if they are not members of PMA.

    Deadline for receipt of all materials is April 6. Linda Butterworth is the booth manager and can be reached at

    Friday, February 23, 2007

    Great Lakes Affiliate Formed

    Great Lakes Independent Publishing Association
    Approved by PMA in May 2006.
    7 offices and directors for a 2 year term.
    5 states--Ill, Ind, Mich, Ohio and Wisc.

    President Sherry Wells reports that 77 publishers have requested to be on the Affiliate's e-mail list.The organization will start signing up members and collecting dues at their February meeting.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Great Lakes association, contact:
    Sherry A. Wells
    President, GLIPA

    PMA Affiliates Meeting

    Tom Masters will represent BPNW at the PMA Affiliates meeting. He is currently collecting information and concerns from members for the meeting:

    Hi -
    I spoke recently with Kent Sturgis about the PMA Affiliates meeting last year. The general topic areas that were discussed included:

    * Recruiting new members
    * Programs
    * Meetings
    * Marketing
    * Finances
    * Staffing
    * Board burnout

    Also, Affiliates talked about their programs and exchanged copies of newsletters, print materials, etc. I would welcome your suggestions for discussion items in these or any other topic areas. The meeting takes place April 20-21. Thanks for your help!
    - Tom
    tom.masters @ (eliminate spaces to e-mail)

    Friday, February 16, 2007

    Submissions for PNBA Catalog Closed

    BPNW received submissions of 23 books to be listed in the joint BPNW/NWABP catalog. NWABP will be publishing this full-color catalog and distributing it at the PNBA Spring Trade Show. Additional copies will be made available to the Fall Trade Show.

    No further submissions wil be accepted for the Spring Catalog. Information on the Fall Supplement will be posted this summer.

    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    Catalog for PNBA Spring Trade Show

    Book Publishers Northwest is working with Northwest Association of Book Publishers to create a catalog of Northwest publishers' titles for distribution at the booksellers trade show taking place in Portland in March.

    NWABP has also offered to display our members books at the PNBA Spring Trade Show for an additional $10 a title (this offer only applies to members who have reserved space in the catalog).

    Payments and books MUST be received by February 12. Books submitted for display will not be returned--books will be donated to PNBA library drive.

    If you have questions about this project, please e-mail Rosemary Jones at NWABP is currently planning to print 1000 copies of this catalog for distribution at the PNBA Spring Trade Show and Fall Trade Show (a fall title supplement will be done in the summer).

    This offer is restricted to 2007 BPNW members. Download the membership form on the right to renew membership or join BPNW and download the "Catalog" form on the right to submit titles for this project.

    Friday, January 26, 2007

    Publishing Literary Fiction in Paperback

    Submitted by Margaret Doyle, Port Gamble Publishing
    I’ve had many great moments in publishing in 2006, and I’ve found it modestly but pervasively gratifying to see a growing appreciation for a book’s first issue to be in paperback.

    In 2004, when I was making decisions about publishing the novel, The Fisherman’s Quilt, I thought about my own book-buying habits, and about the demographics of what I saw as Quilt’s readership: Boomer women who’d raised a family.

    I was reluctant to pay over $20 for a hardcover book, and invariably “waited it out” until a book was available in paperback. So I decided to go with a paperback or softcover for the first printing of The Fisherman’s Quilt.

    It was uncomfortable therefore to read Stephen Rea’s column in Pacific NW Booksellers’ January 2006 newsletter, disdaining first edition paperbacks, with his comments: “None of us are fooled by the phrase ‘paperback original.’ We all read that as ‘See, we paid this author a pretty good amount of money in the form of an advance, and the book wasn’t very good, so we knew we’d never recoup that cash by throwing more of it into a hard cover edition.’”

    His assumption was a first edition paperback meant the publisher didn’t have the confidence in the book to issue it as hardcover first.

    I want Port Gamble Publishing’s books to be read by as wide an audience as possible. Now that I know more, I will price PGPub’s books at even lower prices than Quilt, ($18.95 for 289 pages) and continue to issue them in paperback to keep the price affordable to the reader.

    Since Rea’s column was written, the readers of Pages voted 47% in favor of printing literary fiction in trade paperback only. In its Sept/Oct issue, Pages published such opinions as “It [publishing trade paperback] will spark sales and more people will read these books.”

    The New York Times reported on March 22, 2006, that “a growing number of publishing companies, from smaller houses like Grove/Atlantic to giants like Random House, [are] adopting a different business model, offering books by lesser-known authors only as 'paperback originals,’ forgoing the higher profits afforded by publishing a book in hardcover for a chance at attracting more buyers and a more sustained shelf life.” (“Straight to Paperback: Literary Novels” by Edward Wyatt)

    As reported in the Times, some notable literary works were first issued as trade paperbacks. Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City (1984) was first released as a softcover by Vintage Contemporaries. More recently, in 1999, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, a trade paperback from Houghton Mifflin’s Mariner Books, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    Harper Perennial, the literary paperback imprint of HarperCollins, will more than double the number of paperback originals issued, 22 this year as opposed to 10 last year.

    Harper's reasoning, as reported by Wyatt in his article, was “The advantage of paperback is that if a book proves to be even a modest seller, booksellers are less likely to return all of their copies, figuring they can stock a small number permanently on their shelves, something they rarely do with hardcover books.”

    In response to the article, one New York Times reader wrote back: “Where's the incentive to pay more? I buy a hardcover only if it's a book I can't live without, which usually means I've read the paperback.”

    I always strive to make Port Gamble’s books absolutely flawless in text, rights, and design. And I respect the pocketbooks of my readers, not asking them to do something I wouldn’t do, namely spend more than $20 for a new book.

    Books are physical objects and should be as beautiful and representative of the work inside as possible, but hardback issue for inflated profit or to satisfy someone’s vanity is not as important as making the book accessible to the reader who, we hope, will curl up with our books on their living room sofa, or throw them in a bag or on the car seat as they start on a trip, for the pleasure of reading.

    This is a publishing decision I am proud of.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Listing Your Children's Book in PW

    To receive a notice of Publisher Weekly’s Fall 2007 children's announcement book listings (published in July 2007), fax a note to Joy Bean, associate children's book editor, containing your address and the correct contact name. Bean's fax number is 646-746-6738. This July issue of Publisher’s Weekly contains free listings of all children's books published due to be published in the fall season; a letter requesting this information is sent out three months prior to the issue date.

    Monday, January 22, 2007

    Seattle Graphic Artists Cancels January Lunch

    Seattle Graphic Artist Guild has cancelled its regular January luncheon as they are currently seeking a new meeting venue. The Guild is planning a February Luncheon on the last Wednesday in February.

    The new venue will be annouced at

    Sunday, January 21, 2007

    Village Books Hosts Radio Show

    Village Books of Bellingham introduced the Chuckanut Radio Hour on January 10. The variety show will feature authors, music and other entertainment and be taped at the American Museum of Radio & Electricity in Bellingham for airing KMRE-FM.

    Friday, January 19, 2007

    American Library Association Show in Seattle

    American Library Association Midwinter Meeting 2007 began today in Seattle. Approximately 10,000 librarians, publishers, authors and guests are expected to attend the convention in Seattle from January 19 to 24.

    The exhibition will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19, at Washington State Convention & Trade Center, located in downtown Seattle at 7th and Pike Streets. Exhibits will be open Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Monday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Approximately 450 exhibitors have brought the latest in books, videos, computers and other materials and resources suitable for libraries.