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The 2007 DIY Book Festival organizers announced that they will place a special focus on the poetry, fan fiction, unpublished stories, and comics/zines categories in its annual event honoring the top independent authors and small publishers.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.