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