About Us

Our Port Hole Shopify store features the works of bestselling author, Ellen Gunderson Traylor, and the works of other authors published by her company, Port Hole Publications. Also available on this cart are the thousands of books housed in Ms. Traylor's two bookstores and warehouses in Oregon and Montana.

Port Hole Books retail bookstore was founded in 1993 by Ms. Traylor. She now has two stores for your shopping convenience, at 179 Laurel St. - Suite D in Florence, Oregon, and at 77567 Hwy 101 in Gardiner, Oregon. Port Hole also warehouses books in Polson, Montana, in a wonderful old history church building. Port Hole Books specializes in new-used-rare books, special orders and book searches. Ellen has been the book appraiser for, a Sotheby’s/eBay Master Dealer in rare books, and is a Pro-Merchant for If you are looking for a hard-to-find book or want a book appraised, contact her at

Port Hole Publications was founded in 2000 by Ms. Traylor, as a means to reissue her own books after she had procured the rights from her former publishers, Tyndale House, Harvest House and Thomas Nelson/Word.

Over the years Ellen was approached by other authors who had projects they wanted to see in print. Since her primary focus was on the reissuing of her own titles, she did not pursue many outside projects. But in 2009, the demand and the interest had grown to the point that she could no longer refuse some of the outstanding projects that came her way.

Pictured is Ellen with executives in the Amazon board room, building an ongoing relationship that benefits her company.

Assistance came from various editors and graphic artists, as well as a nationally renowned printer and distributor. Port Hole books are listed in the Ingram Distribution system, the largest book wholesaler in the world. They are also listed on here on Shopify, on and many other book sites. Port Hole is set up to put any of its books in eBook format. Port Hole is a supplier for the Christian Booksellers Association, and has been an exhibitor at various CBA conventions.

Ellen has taught editing and writing for publication at various writers conferences, and at Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. For several years she conducted "Ellen Traylor's WRITE-ON Seminars," accredited by Whitworth College, teaching aspiring authors the ropes of publication.

Because Ellen has, herself, been an author and has worked with many publishers on her own projects, she is well aware of authors' feelings, anxieties, and dreams. She brings a sympathetic heart and listening ear to those who put their "babies" in her keeping.

Ellen finds that she experiences almost as much joy from helping others achieve their publishing dreams as she does in seeing her own books in print.

Let us look at your project. You could be the next Port Hole author!