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Sneak Peak: Carrie Debacker!

By | Books

Oh, book publishing… we have a book coming out in 2017. I can’t tell you the publication date. I can’t tell you the title. But what I can tell you that it is going to contain the incredible gauche on paper work of Carrie Debacker and the poems of Maya Jewell Zeller.

We just got the first bit of art shot for it and it looks incredible.

Carrie DeBacker Art Monarchs

If you are in Seattle and need to reproduce art work for your design project, we would highly recommend Art and Soul Photography in Ballard. Follow us on Facebook to get the most recent updates on this book!

Karinna Gomez at Davidson Galleries

By | Readings

karinna-gomez-reception-davidson-galleries Ok, ok, we took terrible pictures of this event! Why do we not have any pictures of Karinna talking about her art? Why did we not interview her on video about it? Oh, the things to learn as a new publisher.

We want to thank everyone that came down to look at the prints at Karinna Gomez’s Artist Reception at Davidson Galleries. We will note that if you enjoy the art in The After, and you are in Seattle, it is well worth your time to go look at Davidson Galleries selection of Karinna’s work. Our printer did a wonderful job with very difficult prints, but the originals have a glow and detail that the book lacks due to the nature of mezzotints.

Davidson Galleries
313 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-7684

Our First Anniversary!

By | Learning How to Be a Publisher, Thoughts
Poetry Entre Rios Books Seattle

A year ago today, we received our first check!

I keep saying being a book publisher is the second hardest thing I’ve tried— right after marriage. But even that would be close. Does it get easier? I hope so! At least, I am looking into project management software to create fancy charts that might help me feel better about the many interlocking pieces. My creative brain really struggles with some of the essential pieces of being a publisher: budgets, time lines, cash flow, cash, budgets, spreadsheets, budgets, forecasting, cash.

Here’s what we’ve accomplished:

  • We have published three beautiful books, all very unique. We’re heading into the sweet spot we want to be at with poetry in collaboration.
  • I’m getting sharper on book design issues, paper choices and understanding budgets, but we’re definitely still not even close to getting our books at a decent production cost.
  • We’ve had a few stellar events and are looking forward to hosting some more!
  • We’ve lined up an exciting group of project for 2017 and am learning why lead times are so long…we’re actually pretty sure we have our 2018 work lined up now.


  • Here’s what we’ve not even gotten close to:

  • We’re still building a community around our books and press. This is going to be key to success.
  • We’re still lacking a distributor and are not ready to go national, whatever that is going to mean.
  • I’m still learning confidence to say, “Yes, we publish poetry and BUY a book.” The making of books easy. The being in love with your collaborators and believing strongly in their work, no problem. The walking up to complete strangers or, even worse, booksellers and asking them to carry our books, OH DREAD AND FEAR BEYOND BELIEF!


  • People keep asking me, Do you enjoy being a book publisher? and the truth is, I am not sure. What I enjoy is having my brain taxed every single day with something new to learn. I love working with so many talented people. I like bringing that vision to life. But with so many difficult pieces, I can’t say “joy” is the emotion I feel. A steely resolve seems somehow a more fitting emotion for the upcoming year. That, and a bit of pride.

    Happy 40th, Washington Lawyers for the Arts!

    By | Learning How to Be a Publisher

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    We were so honored to pitch in and sponsor tonight’s membership party for the Washington Lawyers for the Arts. While we’re new to group, as a long-time artist in Seattle I had always thought going to their legal workshops would have been a good idea. Well, nothing like finally having mostly boring book contracts to get done to finally get us to sign up! And fair use when when working with artists involved in collage and securing rights seems like a good thing to know more about, eh?

    Here’s why we support and are members of Washington Lawyers for the Arts:

      Every artist needs legal knowledge to grow and control their creative work.
      Every artist, regardless of ability to pay, deserves to have the best legal advice possible.
      The creative community of Seattle and Washington State is built and strengthened with this legal work.

    It is really that simple. Here’s hoping for another great 40 years! Happy Birthday!

    Here's the view from the party at the top of the Columbia Tower!

    Here’s the view from the party at the top of the Columbia Tower!

    Independent bookstores are the BEST!

    By | Where to Buy

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    We are so grateful to the support of our Seattle independent bookstores that help us get our books in front of potential readers!

    Today, we give a shout of gratitude to Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle’s poetry-only bookstore. A true community hub, we’re so happy to have all of our books stocked there, along with so many other talented local writers and presses.

    Go get your poetry needs met there!

    At Our First PNBA Conference

    By | 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!