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Short Run!

By Fests and Book Events

We were at our first Short Run as an exhibitor (and sponsor, too).

Wow. It is a very different experience sitting on that side of the table. Next year, I must take helpers as I got to see so little of the rest of the show and it’s always inspiring— so much talent and dreams crammed in Fisher Pavilion!

Only picked up a few books— but notable was this sweet collection of plays by Two Plums Press. Their books are tiny, tiny type— but so interesting and oddball. I LOVE THEM. Go, Portland Presses, go!

At Our First PNBA Conference

By Fests and Book Events, Learning How to Be a Publisher
BPNW PNBA 2016

Here’s our books at the Book Publishers Northwest Table.

Earlier this year, we joined Book Publishers Northwest. It seemed like a good pace to learn skills during their monthly meetings. What we did not realize is that it would also get us into the door for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association conference. For a new publisher, this has got to be the best $50 you could spend. (Membership information here).

What I liked about being at the PNBA conference was being totally overwhelmed, totally humbled, and finally to get a bit of clarity about how we might sell our books.

A funny thing that’s changed for me being a publisher rather than only a reader is that I no longer walk into a bookstore with a sense of anticipation and wonder, but rather dread and the wish that somehow there were no other books than the ones we’re putting out! How dare there be so many more interesting and gorgeous books taking attention away from our incredible books that everyone should read! Ha! Such is the life of the publisher as he walks to the counter with six books he intensely needed after he was done fondling his book on the shelf!