Everyone told you writing a book would be like birthing a baby. Except...once it's written, you have to sell it! Whether you choose traditional publishing, self-publishing, or craft publishing, you will encounter costs, industry standards, terminology, and more that may make you wish you had taken a college course before starting your project. Knowing them can help you choose your best path to print, and make the most of it once your book is published. For an author who has invested weeks or years of labour, there's a lot at stake. But there's help for you!
Book trade veteran and St. Johns Books owner Nena Rawdah demystifies the economics of producing and selling books. What is a break point? What is an 'advance against royalties?' How does print-on-demand compare to bulk production? What does wholesale mean? When can retailers and other 'middlemen' help you connect your book with its audience? Nena shares her 19 years of industry experience to help you evaluate your choices and give your book its best chance of success.
NOTE: This workshop is focused on print books. It does not cover ebooks, but handouts will include resources for becoming more informed about them, and the role they can play in your success.
Attendance is limited to 20 people. You can call or visit, or use the online option below to make your reservation! Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice required for refund. Minimum enrollment of 8. If class is cancelled by St. Johns Books for any reason, full refunds will be issued in the original method of payment. Waitlist policy: Reservations are first-come, first-served. In case of cancellation, the reopened slot will be offered to the next person in order of reservation date.
Half unicorn, half octopus, half confused. (A book for anyone who's ever felt a little different.)
Created by Kevin Diller and St. Johns illustrator Justin Lowe, Hello, My Name is Octicorn is the funny, odd and charming story of an Octicorn trying to find his place in the world. Being part unicorn, part octopus means Octi doesn’t quite seem to fit in anywhere. He’s different and he knows it and while he struggles with that, in the end Octi comes to understand that we all feel different now and then. And that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in.
Octi loves cupcakes and friends, so please join us for a celebration with...cupcakes and friends, and a reading by Frankie Diller (author Kevin's daughter)!
Looking for the perfect gluten-free and grain-free recipes to keep you healthy while your family and friends keep asking
for more? Jam-packed with recipes that don't skimp on nutrition or
taste, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is your one-stop destination for
delicious Paleo fare.
Arsy Vartanian's delicious and nutritious recipes range from modern twists on traditional dishes to a wide range of ethnic influences from both her Armenian background and her culinary curiosity. With 120 tried-and-true recipes, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook includes Salmon Ceviche with Mango and Cucumber, Sun-Dried-Tomato-And Fennel-Braised Short Ribs and Wine-Braised Duck Legs, among other culinary delights.
In The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, Mickey Trescott provides a resource for those looking to embark on the Autoimmune Protocol--a version of an ancestral diet that is focused both on removing potential food triggers and healing the gut. Research shows there is a clear connection between diet and autoimmune disease, and many, including the author, have used these principles to heal their bodies from these debilitating conditoins and their accompanying symptoms. With the information and recipes in this book, you can embark on this process for yourself--without suffering through bland and tasteless 'allergen-free' meals. Instead, with all of the incredible food you will be enjoying, you may forget that you are achieving better wellness! ..
In her book Beloved, Toni Morrison describes the whip scars on a former slave's back as a tree sprouting from her flesh. Walidah Imarisha's first poetic collection invokes this same process of alchemy, transforming both individual and collective scars into North Stars, guideposts that center us and keep us moving in the right direction. Scars/Stars reminds us that even in ravaged earth, something beautiful can still grow.
A historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason, Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, sci-fi scholar, organizer and spoke word artist. Walidah was an editor of the first 9/11 anthology Another World Is Possible, founding editor of AWOL Magazine, and served as Culture Editor for Left Turn Magazine. She is the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements.
As one half of the poetry duo Good Sista/Bad Sista, Walidah's work has appeared in Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Letters From Young Activists, Daddy Can I Tell You Something, Word Warriors, The Quotable Rebel, Punk Rock Warlord: The Life and Work of Joe Strummer, and Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency.
She has taught in Portland State University's Black Studies department, Oregon State University's Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, and Southern New Hampshire University's English and Literature departments.
Oregon Book Award winner and 2014 finalist Sandra Stone will read from her new book, The Inmost House. Much anticipated, Sandra Stone's second book is a work of poetic
non-fiction, a transformative event in the life of an artist. Of
culture and customer, epiphany, mortality, Stone also has much to say.
Here are occasions for beauty, loss and plenitude, of transcending
divides, of folly and reverence.
Fluent and inventive juxtaposition of words, Stone's sentences are
patinated by moonlight that illumines the insights of this distinguished
Sandra Stone is a winner of the Oregon Book Award for poetry (Cocktails With Breughel At the Museum Cafe) and a recipient of a fellowship from Literary Arts, Inc. Please join us for warm sake and great writing as we celebrate her new work.
Become a member of our Readers' Circle! With your one-year membership, you'll receive a free book of your choice each month, discounts on all purchases, and invitations to special members-only sales. It's a wonderful thing to do for your own book-loving soul...or a gift for all seasons.
An adult Membership represents a savings of 35% off a year of books--$140 for up to $216 in books of your choice.
Members build a bookstore's community in special ways. More than ever, it makes us YOUR bookstore. You commit to getting at least one book from us each month--which means we see you often, and get to know you. When we have members' events, you'll meet other book lovers who also support your bookstore, and mostly live nearby. It's a great way to find common ground with your neighbors, and build friendships around your shared love of books.
If you have a special child in your life, consider a Young Readers' membership. A child up to age 12 receives a free new paperback or board book each month, plus discounts on other selections. Your child will also benefit from forming connections within the community, knowing neighbours and being known to them.
We look forward to welcoming you!
The Last Friday of every month brings déjà vu anxiety about making rent, a cloudy awareness of impending mortality and Them's Fightin' Words, our monthly series of gritty blue-collar literary readings MC'ed by local writer and Criminal Class Press poetry editor Johnny No Bueno.
After an open mic, we're proud to present readings from Brian Stephen Ellis and Roy Coughlin.
Mr. Ellis is a transplant to Portland, Oregon from his beloved Boston, Massachusetts. He was a part of the Boston Poetry Slam for six years. He is co-founder of the internationally renowned yes-wave think-tank The Whitehaus Family Record.
Mr. Coughlin repairs washers and dryers for a living. In his spare time he lies about being a writer. His work has appeared at Small Doggies Magazine and HOUSEFIRE.