PubWest 2017 Conference

Thanks for joining us at PubWest 2017

Thanks to everyone who braved the Portland rain to make this year’s conference a huge success! See you next year for PubWest 2018 — February 15–17, 2018, at the Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, California!

 PubWest 2017: February 9–11 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon



Due to unforeseen circumstances Will Patton will be unable to deliver the closing keynote at PubWest 2017.  Luckily, Powell’s Books CEO Miriam Sontz is stepping in to give a fantastic talk.  

 A Passion for Books and the Business of Books

A passion for books needs to be balanced with a passion for business. Many people enter the book business with an incredible passion for the printed word, but few enter with a passion for the rigors of day-to-day business operations. Bringing these two worlds together is what the book business is all about. We all may be able to hand sell the latest and greatest prose to a well-read clientele, but how do we deal with the daily tug of financial implications, technology updates, staff and personnel issues, and growth? How do we handle leadership roles and work with a diverse staff and an even more diverse and demanding public?

Join Miriam Sontz, CEO of Powell’s Books for an illuminating view of the book business. Sontz’s 40 years in this tough and demanding industry has offered her many opportunities to grow as a business leader to meet the challenges of the changing marketplace, workforce, and technology. She even promises to bring humor into these tough subject matters!

Miriam Sontz will be presenting her keynote on Saturday, February 11th, from 5:15-6:00 p.m.


The PubWest 2017 Conference will be held February 9–11, 2017, at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This year’s conference will offer four keynotes, four intensive sessions, and ten dynamic sessions all focused on how we can make publishing better by working together. Plus, PubWest will turn 40 years old in 2017! Come help us celebrate with a huge cake and 40 candles!

Program highlights:

Keynotes by Erin McKean, founder of Wordnik, the world’s biggest online dictionary; Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post’s “Book World”; Will Patton, Senior Director of Project Management for Global Initiatives at Nike; and Jennifer Worick, author of Things I Want to Punch in the Face.

Pre-conference intensive sessions include Anne-Marie Concepcion’s “Long Documents without Tears: Best Practices and Pro-Level Tips for Book Design and Production in InDesign,” “Pop Culture Publishing: Graphic Novels, Art, and Children’s Books,” and “How to Partner with Authors to Maximize Sales: The New Rules for Publicity and Marketing,” and an extended publisher and head-of-house roundtable.

Peer-to-peer seminars and plenary sessions will cover “THIS JUST IN! How to Score National Publicity,” “When Less Is More: The Art of Negotiation in Editing,” “Made from Scratch: Ingredients for Making Best Sellers,” “Strategizing for Success: Embarking on the Purchase & Sale of Publishing Companies,” “Book Discovery Online,” “The Future of Storytelling: Common Ground for Pages & Screens,” “Create Your Metadata Map,” and “Crowdfunding: When Your Reader Is Your Investor.”

Plus, this year: 

Forty Years Young: Celebrating PubWest!
“Speedy Spiels: Stand-out Moments that Made a Difference”
Photo Booth Game

For more information on registering and preparing for PubWest 2017, please choose from the links below:

PubWest 2017 Conference Schedule, Intensives, Keynotes, Sessions, and Roundtables

PubWest 2017 Conference Addendum

PubWest 2017 Attendee Price Sheet

PubWest 2017 Exhibitor Price Sheet

Register Online for PubWest 2017

To reserve a room at The Benson Hotel, please call (888) 523-6766 
(make sure to ask for the PubWest block)

Press Release: PubWest 2017 Conference Online Registration Now Open

Exhibitors:  Please make sure to read the below:

Benson Hotel Vendor / Exhibitor Information

Benson Hotel Credit Card Authorization Form

Don’t miss PUBWEST 2017 and the opportunity
to learn, network, interact, and get energized!