Three cheers and three awards for Overcup!

Congratulations to Overcup Press for winning three awards this week: two IPPYs and one Nautilus Book Award. They’ve earned it: Overcup publishes beautiful art books. I copy edited Buckminster Fuller: Poet of Geometry for them. And I’m keen to see The Tall Trees of Paris, which comes out next month.

For more info on what exactly an IPPY and a Nautilus Book Award are, see Overcup’s announcement here.


Write to Publish 2014: a valuable publishing conference

I see Ooligan Press is gearing up for its 2014 Write to Publish conference, to be held Saturday, February 15, from 9 am to 4 pm at Portland State University’s Native American Student Community Center. In her blog post today, Ooligonian Missy Lacock makes a great case for what makes W2P valuable and why you, writers of the world, should attend.

On a personal note, I remember the W2P attended by Ursula K. Le Guin and Chuck Palahniuk. It was epic, and at the time we all wondered about the future of the conference and hoped it would prosper. Four years later, it is still delivering insights into the publishing industry. Further information about this year’s Write to Publish is at

Announcing Write to Publish 2013

Today Ooligan Press announced that tickets are on sale for this year’s Write to Publish conference. They’ve kindly shared a press release with me, which is below. First, however, I want to say that I’m pleased this year’s W2P is about nonfiction, broadcast cleverly in the conference’s theme “Write What You Know.” Though I adore and highly recommend much young adult fiction (e.g., the Newbery medal winners I have reviewed on my blog), I must say that I hold a special place in my heart for nonfiction.

If you are a writer seeking to publish and if nonfiction is near and dear to you, consider attending W2P. You will learn about publishing and support a worthy cause: a fabulous student-run publishing house.

Here is the press release from Ooligan:

Write to Publish: Write What You Know tickets are available now!

Portland State University’s Ooligan Press is excited to announce its fifth annual Write to Publish conference, to be held on February 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s theme, Write What You Know, will feature local nonfiction authors including Floyd Skloot, Kristian Williams, and Lidia Yuknavitch.

Write to Publish is a unique writers’ conference focused on publishing. This year, workshops will cover the basics of getting published in the nonfiction genre, and a panel of writers will speak about their personal experiences navigating the industry. In addition, local vendors from the publishing industry will contribute their knowledge and services to attendees. As in years past, Write to Publish promises to help demystify the publishing process by offering insight, resources, and encouragement for burgeoning writers.

Write to Publish is the brainchild of Ooligan Press, a nonprofit trade press run by students of Portland State University’s Book Publishing graduate program. In addition to producing high-quality books celebrating the rich literary tradition of the Pacific Northwest, Ooligan is committed to teaching the art and craft of publishing.

This year’s conference will also host a lunch catered by California Pizza Kitchen and a writing contest for nonfiction submissions limited by 2,000 words. The grand prize winner will receive a pitch to agent Betsy Amster of Betsy Amster Literary Agency! Submissions are due by February 9.

For more information, please visit To purchase tickets, go to

Oh blog, I have not forgotten you.

I have been thinking of you for a while. I just haven’t had (haven’t taken?) the time to post.

Yesterday, January 10, was the seventh anniversary of my first day of graduate school in the Portland State University Publishing Program. I had two classes that day: Introduction to Book Publishing and Book Design & Production. Being in school again filled me with an unprecedented apprehension and elation. Mostly elation. I could not get enough of the lectures and readings: I felt more alive, and my mind was more active than it had been in years.

So here’s to you, Ooligan Press and the Publishing Program. And here’s to me, I guess, for taking the bold step of enrolling in graduate school. And here is to everyone who helped me on the path to completion of a master’s degree. Thank you!

Write to Publish 2013: Write What You Know

Hi there. Yes, I still exist. Yes, I know it’s been a long time.

Since my last post was about Write to Publish (W2P), an annual conference from our friends at Ooligan Press, I thought it would be fitting for this post to also highlight W2P. Ooligan’s 2013 W2P is called Write What You Know and will focus on nonfiction writing and publishing. I am pleased to hear this, as I am fond of nonfiction. The books I am reading now are nonfiction, and I’m learning much from them. They are Madeleine L’Engle: Banned, Challenged, and Censored and Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant.

But I digress. The point is, keep track of Write to Publish. Ooligan will be updating the Web site with more information.

Write to Publish 2012: Step into Genre with Ooligan Press

Recently I have had a couple of conversations that made me feel how badly I have neglected my blog. I cannot do much about it at this moment, as I have three projects over my head. However, I would like to take this opportunity to mention Write to Publish, an exciting publishing conference from Ooligan Press, held at Portland State University this Saturday, April 28 (all the info is there on the website). Several panels are offered, which provide a wealth of information on the publishing process. Also, $10 gains admission to the author stage, which runs from 9 am to 6 pm. Lilith Saintcrow, at 4:30, totally rocked the 2010 Write to Publish, so it’s great to see her back.

So if you’re in Portland this weekend, get yourself to Write to Publish. It’s good times, it’s book times, and proceeds support Ooligan Press and the Publishing Program at PSU.

Ooligan in Publishers Weekly

Our plight affects the larger sphere of book publishing. Read this short article in Publishers Weekly to learn more about how my beloved graduate program in book publishing is at risk. Please spread the word and help write letters of support.