Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Classes, a New Bookstore, and a Graphic Novel Call!

It's been pretty quiet around here. Summer is upon us, and things are peaceful and busy all at once. Not much news on our front, but here are three classes, a new bookstore, and a call for a graphic novel!

What's new?

Free Seminars
G.G. Silverman talks about marketing your novel, self published or not, in Poulsbo (July 8), and Port Orchard (August 3rd). Free! Details here.

Throwing Out the First Pitch! Webinar
July 12, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Central)
Join us from the comfort of your own home for SCBWI-Nebraska's inaugural webinar! Have a completed manuscript? Not sure what to do with it? Join Heather Cashman, Managing Director of #PitchWars, #PitMad, and #PitchMadness, to find out how these online contests can help you hone your story and pitch, and prepare your work for an agent's eyes.

Heather will help you understand how to use the Twitter contest #PitMad to pitch to agents, editors, and publishers. Use Pitch Madness to polish your query and first chapter. Enter Pitch Wars to win a chance to have your entire manuscript polished, your query perfected, and have them showcased in front of the publishing industry's top agents. If there's time at the end, we'll discuss how to craft a pitch and even do some live pitch critiques!
Details and registration

Writing for Children and Getting Published 
a beginning level class taught by Al Rubeck
Two Tuesdays, Aug. 1 & 8
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Details here

Support local stores, they support authors, & we all get to keep our lights on!

Did you know there's a new bookstore in town? Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond celebrated their grand opening this weekend, and we are so happy to welcome them. They're off to a fantastic start. Stop by and grab a great book when you're in Redmond.

Already a great selection!
Kevan Atteberry entertains with BUNNIES!


Historic Graphic Novel Commission Call

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL), will commission one artist or artist team, to research, write and illustrate a fictionalized historic graphic novel in relation to the history, story and significance of the Georgetown Steam Plant, a National Historic Landmark.
The Georgetown Steam Plant (GTSP) was built in 1906 and is important as it  represents: 1) significant achievements in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering design, 2) industrial architecture and early use of reinforced concrete in massive scale, 3) a "fast track" construction method developed by the project’s lead engineer and designer Frank B. Gilbreth, and 4) innovation in turbine generator design that greatly increased power generation capability across the nation, and that influenced the design seen in modern power generators. 

This call is open to all professional writers/artists/illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia. Artist teams are required to have one member that meets the residency requirement. Experienced and published graphic writers/artists/cartoonists encouraged to apply. Students are ineligible to apply.


The budget for this project is $85,000 all inclusive. This budget assumes approximately $20,000 in printing costs for 1,000 copies of the graphic novel, a $50,000 author/illustrator artistic fee, and $15,000 in support budget and project management fees. The amounts all are inclusive of Washington State sales tax. The selected artist/artist team will work with the Project Manager to establish a budget outline and work plan and adjust as needed.

Scope of work

The artist/artist team will write and illustrate a compelling fictionalized graphic novel that incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history.

WORKSHOP (optional)

We are offering a free, optional drop-in time on July 8 when staff will be able to answer questions regarding the project and the CaFÉ online application system. Guided tours of the Georgetown Steam Plant are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the same day.

Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10a.m. - 2p.m.

Georgetown Steam Plant

6605 13th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108.
Please visit the Georgetown Steam Plant website for driving and parking access information.

11 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (Pacific Daylight Time).

Click here to apply on CaFÉ™ (Call for Entry).


If you have something we should share, let me know at kim at kimbakerbooks dot com. :) 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jennifer Bradbury, Kevin Emerson, and Suzanne Selfors at Queen Anne Books this weekend!

Suzanne Selfors and Kevin Emerson will join Jennifer Bradbury this Sunday at Queen Anne Books as she launches her latest, Outside In!

3 authors! Trivia! Prizes! Treats!

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram (We're on Instagram now!) and/or Twitter, and we'll try to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

Support book culture.
Support independent bookstores and libraries.
Support authors.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June Book Events

June 10:
Laura Clement is launching her picture book, Egg, at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood.

June 11:
Diana J. Noble launches her debut, Evangelina Takes Flight, at the Mill Creek UBS.

June 25:
The West Coast launch party for Laurie Thompson's Two Truths and a Lie will feature a trivia game-show like challenge with prizes, swag, snacks, and more. It's all happening at Secret Garden. Details here

June 28:
Richelle Mead will be reading and signing her latest YA, Midnight Jewel, at University Bookstore

Double-check times and whatnot with bookstores before you set out for events. If you snap a great picture, tag us at @scbwiwwa on Instagram and/or Twitter, and we'll do our best to repost. If we missed something, or you have an event coming up, let us know!

Support book culture.
Support independent bookstores and libraries.
Support authors.