Ready, Set, Publish! The Business of Books Series Continues at Hotel 1000 with Industry Experts Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick

All new series of talks help aspiring authors navigate the world of publishing; topics including “Pick Your Publisher,” “The Art of the Book Deal” and “What Makes a Book a Bestseller?”

SEATTLE – (April 4, 2011) – Hotel 1000, downtown Seattle’s premier luxury hotel, partners with two successful local authors and former publishing executives Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick to offer a continuation of their series of workshops for aspiring authors titled “The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry.” Bringing nearly 40 years of experience and 40 published books between the two of them, Colburn and Worick created this lively series of talks to offer insight, inspiration and tools for navigating the world of publishing.

Created due to popular demand, this new series of talks will focus on helping authors choose their publishing path, become well-versed in the industry and maximize their book’s success. Each event in the series will take place in Hotel 1000’s intimate Corner Room setting and features a presentation hosted by Colburn and Kerry on a specific topic relating to the book business. This is a three-part series offered in April, May and June 2011; schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, April 28; 7-9 p.m.:
    Join Colburn and Worick as they discuss how to “Pick Your Publisher.” There are so many different publishing choices for authors today: large publisher, niche publishing house, e-book, print-on-demand, self-publishing. This talk will focus on how to select the best publishing route for each unique book idea, highlighting the pros and cons of each.
  • Thursday, May 26; 7-9 p.m.:
    Join Colburn and Worick in their next installment as they discuss “The Art of the Book Deal.” This talk will focus on the business side of publishing, including key contract points, advances and royalties, options, and how the publisher’s sales and marketing plans affect each book. Attendees will leave armed with all the tools needed to secure the best possible deal from a />
  • Thursday, June 30; 7-9 p.m.:
    Join Colburn and Worick in their final installment as they discuss “What Makes a Book a Bestseller?” In this talk, Colburn and Worick will share their insight on how and why books land on the bestseller list. Attendees will learn how to maximize their book’s sales potential, how publishers target books with breakout sales potential and create demand in surprising ways.

In addition, Colburn and Worick will be hosting a repeat of their Proposal Series which was sold out this winter. The three-part series illuminates each step of the proposal process from turning an idea into a book proposal to effectively distributing, marketing and selling a book once it’s been published. “The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry” Proposal Series schedule is as follows:

  • Prepare to Get Published – Thursday, April 14; 7-9 p.m.
  • Secrets of a Successful Proposal – Thursday, May 12; 7-9 p.m.
  • Navigating the World of Publishing – Thursday, June 9; 7-9 p.m.

Attendees of “The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry” are invited to BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR, a vibrant blend of lounge and restaurant located adjacent to Hotel 1000, for a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. BOKA features a menu of urban American food, hand crafted cocktails and 73 wines by the glass, including rarely seen by-the-glass offerings, such as Opus One, Silver Oak Cabernet and Duckhorn Merlot.

“The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry” is $40 per person/event or $99 for the entire 3-part series Publishing or Proposal series. On the evening of the event, attendees can check-in with the Host at BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR to receive a free appetizer with purchase of an entrée. For additional information, please visit

About Kerry Colburn

Kerry Colburn is a Seattle-based author, editor, columnist, cocktail drinker, and mom of two young girls. Former executive editor at Chronicle Books, she now happily writes books from her (often chaotic) home or a variety of coffee shops in her neighborhood. She is the author of many nonfiction titles including How to Have Your Second Child First, Good Drinks for Bad Days and So You Want to Be Canadian? Her latest book, Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers, is out this month.

About Jennifer Worick

Jennifer Worick is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex. In addition, she has co-authored or written more than 25 hilarious and helpful books, including her newest titles, Beyond the Family Tree: A 21st Century Guide to Exploring Your Roots & Creating Connections and Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit. Formerly the editorial director at Running Press, she has written and reviewed countless book proposals and shepherded many successful titles to market.

About Hotel 1000

Hotel 1000, open in downtown Seattle since June 26, 2006, features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club. At Hotel 1000, genuine, caring, personalized service enabled by leading-edge technology and intimate yet spectacular accommodations redefines the luxury experience. Hotel 1000 offers unexpected pleasures, distinctive amenities, anticipative service and a customized experience tailored to any occasion. Located at 1000 First Ave. at the corner of Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is steps away from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district and lively and historic Pioneer Square. For more information, please visit

Seattle-based Hotel 1000 is managed by MTM Luxury Lodging, the Northwest’s premier collection of boutique hotels. Amongst its other exquisite properties in the Northwest are Cave B Inn at SageCliffe (by the Gorge); Willows Lodge (Woodinville); and The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa (Kirkland). Other MTM luxury properties from coast-to-coast include The Liberty Hotel (Boston) and Bardessono (Napa Valley). Without exception, MTM managed hotels are among the very best in the markets they serve. For more information, please visit


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