Saturday, April 26, 2008

Nautilus Nomination for Pale Surface

The Pale Surface of Things was named a finalist in the 2008 Nautilus Awards in the multicultural category.

The Nautilus Book Awards were conceived to recognize and reward a group of world-changing books, and to celebrate how they contribute to positive social change, spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, and responsible leadership. Nautilus winners will be announced at BEA.

Submitted by BPNW member Janey Bennett

Friday, April 25, 2008

PNWA Conference Set for July

Pacific Northwest Writers' Annual Summer Conference
July 17 to 20, 2008
Seattle Airport Hilton

* Online registration now available at
* Conference scholarships are available to PNWA Members

For details on 30 agents and editors attending the PNWA Conference as well as workshops, panels, keynote and featured speakers available at

To take part in the Conference's On-Site Bookstore and/or Autograph Party, please download all listed forms on at the PNWA website. (You must be a current member of PNWA, speaker, or panel member).

Press Release from Rosetta Solutions

NetGalley(TM): An Innovative Service that Connects Publishers and Reviewers, Boosts Campaigns, and Controls Costs

Major book publishers go digital with NetGalley pilot program

SEATTLE, WA – April 24, 2008

NetGalley(TM), a new product and service that connects publishers and professional readers, streamlines the galley distribution process, and helps make marketing dollars more efficient, has been introduced by Rosetta Solutions, Inc. An online workflow solution, NetGalley enables book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers, educators and others to access and share content and information about today’s new titles. Launching commercially on May 28th at BookExpo America (BEA) in Los Angeles, the service is already drawing top publisher interest. Among the early adopters of NetGalley that are participating in a pilot program, St. Martin’s Press, Hachette Book Group, Bloomsbury USA, and Sourcebooks will submit their advance fall titles to Publishers Weekly (PW) through the NetGalley service. In February, Publishers Weekly announced that it would be the first major media organization to implement NetGalley, making the service its preferred way to manage galleys.

"We are delighted to be here at the beginning of this terrific program," said Matt Baldacci, VP, director of marketing and publishing operations at St. Martin's Press. "NetGalley will make our interaction with Publishers Weekly more efficient, and has the potential to show cost, resource, and environmental efficiencies. These benefits are good for PW, the publishers that will join the full roll-out, and the industry in general."

“We are excited to work with these first publishers in testing a process that creates significant efficiencies for both PW and publishers. PW will still continue to accept print galleys,” said Cevin Bryerman, associate publisher, Publishers Weekly. During the pilot period, publishers will submit their title information—and optionally digital galleys—electronically to PW. In return, PW will provide visibility on review acceptance and status through Pilot publishers will also have the opportunity to invite other reviewers, media, and bloggers to join their community and view their “NetGalleys” online.

Ted Treanor, CEO of Rosetta Solutions, commented, “The response from publishers to support this initiative has been extraordinarily positive. NetGalley selected this group for their diversity of size and publishing type, and their willingness to innovate. We’re counting on these partners to help us continue to refine”

An easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators, NetGalley helps users harness the power of digital content and electronic communications to dramatically cut costs, speed time to market, improve marketing campaigns and broaden global reach. By providing electronic distribution and tracking of galleys, digital press kit materials, and title metadata, NetGalley facilitates and boosts recognition of books and authors through the professional channels that recommend and purchase new titles.

With NetGalley, publishers can reach out to the blogosphere and use modern tools like e-galleys and print-on-demand, and promote their titles to an expanded universe of professional readers—including media, online reviewers, bloggers, and specialty publications—without incurring the cost of producing and distributing more physical galleys. (Print galley copies can be requested.) Publishers can send the galley for a featured title to a broad, personalized reader community with one touch, electronically. Professional readers can use NetGalley for free to access rich background information about upcoming titles, and look across the publishing community to filter all offerings down to specific titles of interest. Plus, NetGalley allows users to track communications, report on activities, and use linking to build broader, permission-based communities.

NetGalley is currently accepting pilot publishers to test other areas of the service including advance title promotion to booksellers, bloggers, librarians and educators.


About NetGalley/Rosetta Solutions (online at

NetGalley, developed by Rosetta Solutions, Inc., is an innovative and easy-to-use online service and connection point for book publishers, reviewers, media, librarians, booksellers, bloggers and educators. NetGalley facilitates and boosts recognition of books and authors through the professional channels that recommend and purchase new titles.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Parkplace Books Asks for Help

This e-mail was forwarded to us by a member.

A Special Request from Parkplace Books

Dear Customers and Friends,
In all the years we have been working at Parkplace Books, this is the hardest letter we have written to you. We need your help. We need it soon.

The challenges that independent booksellers face in competing with the Internet and the huge box stores have resulted in the closing of most of the independent bookstores on the Eastside. With your past support, we have just managed to keep up with those challenges.

But now we face new changes that force us to retrench. The downturn in the economy is pinching most small retail businesses. Parkplace Books faces another particular problem: the departure from Kirkland Parkplace Center of several compatible retail stores . Without them, we have experienced a continuing drop in the foot traffic we need to sustain sales and maintain a desirable selection level of inventory. As the owners of Kirkland Parkplace Center work toward a massive expansion and remodeling, our future becomes more uncertain.

This week is particularly tough. We have a large bill coming due Monday, April 28. We do not have the resources to pay this bill and we need your help. If many of you help us by donating small amounts, we will be able to pay this bill and continue forward on our plan for the future. Please help us by sending a donation to the address at the end of this letter.

To address the continuing survival for Parkplace Books, we have called together a group of longtime advisers/friends to assist us in developing a long range plan.
That plan is likely to include:
* a greater emphasis on the Internet and online sales
* smaller, more efficient quarters at a probable new location in the Kirkland area
* and new ways for fans of the bookstore to be involved and stay in touch
We are eager to add your ideas to this mix. Please send them to us.

In the immediate future, you can help us most by coming to the store, saying hello and buying books and art. When our advisers met with us recently, they all exclaimed that Parkplace Books is essential to the community of Kirkland. They pointed out how -- in meetings about plans for Kirkland Parkplace Center, speaker after speaker expressed concern for keeping two vital businesses -- Parkplace Books and the movie theater.

And what is the bookstore? It's selection and knowledge about books. It's a staff who can respond to your questions and help you find the books you want. It's a comfortable space where people can relax and chat while they browse. It's a place where children can read and dream. It's a community gathering place that supports diversity and the exchange of ideas. It's an independent bookstore on the Eastside owned by two people that are passionate about the inherent value of books and reading.

Without you, there wouldn't be a bookstore. So please come in, say hello and help us in any way you can. We are keeping in mind the adage that in Chinese the ideogram for crisis is the same as that for opportunity. This IS an opportunity for us to rethink both our short & long-range plans and find new ways for Parkplace Books to serve you, our community. We believe Kirkland deserves the continued presence of a quality independent bookstore as part of our city's identity.

Mary and Rebecca

Our mailing address:
Parkplace Books
348 Parkplace Center
Kirkland, WA. 98033

ParkPlace Books
Kirkland's Community Bookstore
348 Parkplace Center
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: 425-828-6546
Fax: 425-739-6876

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

April 22 Meeting CANCELED

We are sad to announce that the April 22 meeting at Eagle Harbor Book Company has been canceled.

PNBA president Paul Hanson will try to reschedule this meeting later in the year.

Plan to come to our May meeting on PR at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle.

Susan Burnash of Purple Duck Marketing will address how publishers can improve their PR on May 15, 4 pm, at Good Shepherd Center in Seattle.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Title from Bright Ring

Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. is publishing its first full-color art activity/art appreciation book for children, due July 4, 2008. The book is in process with Doosan Printing, Korea.

Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters (July 2008)
MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga
144 pages • $18.95
ISBN 9780935607000

Take a pre-peek at the book at

MaryAnn Kohl was the guest expert April 10 with the State University of New York's video conference, Leo Lionni: An Author Study, offered to 6000 teachers and childcare workers interested in providing quality art experiences for children. Kohl will be the keynote speaker at the Crayola Factory, May 5, for the Abrakadoodle art franchise owners' annual training conference.

April 17: Meet the Editors

Join us on April 17 as Book Publishers Northwest presents “How to Polish a Manuscript to Perfection.” Don't miss these amazing independent editors: Nancy Burkhalter, Wendy Call, Waverly Fitzgerald, Karalynn Ott, and Michele Whitehead. Be ready to bring your questions to BPNW's April 17 meeting, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N., Room 221, in Seattle.

This meeting is free for members of Book Publishers Northwest, Northwest Independent Editors Guild, and Seattle Writergrrls

Nancy Burkhalter, Ph.D.
Legacy Consultants, 206.250.8520
In my business, Legacy Consultants, I help clients complete nonfiction manuscripts, which can entail everything from reorganizing ideas to editing for grammar, punctuation, flow, and meaning. I also specialize in ghostwriting, including compiling personal, family-business, or corporate histories. This process demands expertise in interviewing, editing, organizing, and managing its design and printing. I have gained this expertise through 25 years as a writer and composition teacher. My education includes a master's in journalism and doctorate in linguistics. I also teach and coach writing.

Wendy Call
Writer in Residence, Richard Hugo House
Co-editor, Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers' Guide

Wendy Call is a developmental and substantive editor for books published by trade and university presses. Specialties include biography, environment, international subjects, memoir, narrative nonfiction, political/social issues, travel writing, and literary translation from Spanish. She works with writers from the initial idea stage all the way to final manuscript submission.

Waverly Fitzgerald
Editor, Teacher, and Writing Coach, 206.325.1452

I specialize in developmental editing, which means I love looking at books in progress or rough draft, when I can provide perspective and focus. I coach writers working on non-fiction books, providing accountability, feedback, and light line-editing. I teach classes on writing novels, non-fiction book proposals, and intermediate level craft issues.

Verve Editorial

Karalynn Ott, 206.781.3661

Michele Whitehead, 206.650.6861

Verve Editorial is a Seattle-based freelance partnership of editors Michele Whitehead and Karalynn Ott. We offer comprehensive editorial services for authors, including developmental editing, substantive editing, and copyediting of fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, as well as shorter works (essays, articles, contest submissions, query letters, and book proposals). Above all, we are dedicated to nurturing clear, resonant writing while respecting each writer's individual voice and style. We strive to help our clients draw on their strengths and come away reenergized about their projects.

Karalynn Ott is on the Steering Committee of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and her interests include both fiction and nonfiction-particularly novels, creative nonfiction, travel and outdoors, memoir, and biography.

Michele Whitehead has a decade of editorial experience that includes feature writing for several local publications and her interests include contemporary literary novels, historical and young adult fiction, and creative nonfiction such as travel, essays, and memoir.

NWABP Offers Saturday Seminars

Portland's Northwest Association of Book Publishers is sponsoring a seminar series on the third Saturdays of May, July and September.

Each Saturday is different; all will focus on the changes in the publishing industry and marketing strategies which encompass the tried and true as well as utilizing the Internet and technology to one's advantage.

Friday, April 04, 2008

PMA on Amazon's POD Policy

PMA, The Independent Book Publishers Association, representing more than 4,000 independent publishers, is speaking out against Amazon’s recent policy aimed at publishers who use print-on-demand technology to sell directly on The company has directed that publishers either must print their books on demand exclusively at Amazon’s subsidiary printer for fulfillment of orders placed with Amazon, or incur additional cost to print elsewhere and maintain inventory with the online retailer.

“This policy imposes a significant financial burden on tens of thousands of small and independent publishers who can least afford it,” points out Executive Director Terry Nathan. “Without the opportunity to benefit from competitive pricing, small publishers risk at best an expensive and needless overhaul of their manufacturing process, and at worst, the loss of their livelihood.

“On behalf of all the small and independent publishers whose businesses are in jeopardy, we urge Amazon to reconsider its position,” continues Nathan. “Over the years, Jeff Bezos and his company have given small and independent publishers a level playing field to compete with the largest of companies. Suddenly, this magnificent playing field has been converted into a ‘members only’ club, to the detriment of those very publishers who have contributed to Amazon’s success. We will continue to monitor developments in the weeks ahead.”

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Free Skyline Seminar May 20

If you're heading off to BEA or any of the large exhibitions, you might want to check out Skyline's free seminars on better ways to run a exhibition booth. Skyline is in the business of manufacturing trade show booths, but they keep their pitches down and the information high in these sessions (as we discovered in a mini-session that they did for Book Publishers Northwest).

The next free Skyline seminar is May 20 and includes

Successful Trade Show Marketing Strategies
9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Bonus Afternoon Session:
Better Booth Staffing - May 20, 2008
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by and Hosted at:
Skyline Pacific Northwest
4105 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98108

Register for free at

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Basho's April/May Appearances

Mukilteo author David Ash, the poet and publisher of the humorous Haiku for Life™ series (including Haiku for Catholics, Haiku for Baseball Lovers, Haiku for Poker Players, Haiku for Coffee Lovers, and the recent Haiku for Chocolate Lovers) will make the following appearances to read from and/or sign copies of his books. For general information, check the Basho Press web site at or call (206)

Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.: reading and signing at Barnes & Noble Northgate, 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, WA. For specific information and directions, call the store at (206) 417-2967.

Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.: reading and signing atBurning Word: The Festival of Poetic Fire, Whidbey Island’s Greenbank Farm, Greenbank, WA. For specific information and directions, log on to and click on Burning Word Festival.

Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.: reading and signing at Parkplace Books, 5th St. and Central Way, Kirkland, WA. For specific information and directions, call the store at (425) 828-6546.

Franca's Story Out in Paperback

Franca's Story: Survival in World War II Italy will be published in paperback on April 30, 2008.

Highlights of the 2008 schedule for Franca's Story include:
-, January 1 with Lillian Cauldwell (interview posted on web site)
-, January 30 with E. Everett McFall (interview posted on web site)
- Holy Names Academy, Seattle, March 12 - Peace and Justice Day
- Sons of Italy, Bremerton, April 16
- InDepthYOU Radio Show, May 7
- Mercer Island Senior Foundation, May 7
- Special guests at numerous private book club meetings

"Franca's 82nd birthday is April 9, and we are continuing to fulfill her fondest wish: to speak with middle school and high school student audiences." said publisher Diane Kinman.