Thursday, April 19, 2018

book-marketing smarts

Do you have a published book you want to sell? Or do you hope to have
one someday? Good advice at this website courtesy of Jane Friedman and

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Canadian Writers Are Invited to Participate in #CanLitPit!

The following interesting message from Adam Mawer comes via former Interior Authors Group member Donna Ebl. Thanks, Donna & Adam.

Subject: Fwd: Your Writers Are Invited to Participate in #CanLitPit!

Sent from Samsung Mobile

Hello Donna , 

I hope all is well!

I wanted to briefly inform you that #CanLitPit (Canadian Literature Pitch) will return on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Last February, #CanLitPit became the #6 trend on Twitter with over 500 pitches posted by Canadian writers across the country. #CanLitPit received support from The Vancouver Writers Festival, Word on the Street Toronto, and the Ottawa Writers Festival which established the event as a can't miss opportunity for Canadian writers. 

Also, we're pleased to announce that two writers who participated in #CanLitPit 2017 were signed to publishing contracts by established Canadian presses. One of these authors, Monique Grey Smith, encourages all Canadian writers to participate in #CanLitPit as "beautiful things really can happen!" Monique's book, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, will be published with Second Story Press October 2018.

As a reminder, this fun and interactive online event provides your members with the opportunity to pitch their unpublished manuscript to potential Canadian publishers. Past participating publishers include ECW PressCoteau BooksBookth*g, Turnstone Press, Goose Lane Editions, and many more. 

We are currently in the process of confirming 2018 participating publishers which will be announced on our website and social media in the coming weeks.

If possible, could you please include information about the next #CanLitPit in an upcoming newsletter or email blast to your members? We'd appreciate your help in making the next #CanLitPit on July 11, 2018 even bigger and better than the previous event. 

If you could get back to me by April 15, 2018, I would appreciate it. :) 

Best Wishes,

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

writing opportunities March 28, 2018

Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites submissions of poetry and short stories. You don’t need to be of Icelandic descent to submit.


The Calgary-based Frontenac House invites submissions of poetry.


The Toronto-based Pajama Press invites submissions of children’s books.


Baen Books invites submissions of science fiction & fantasy novels—prefers 100,00 words or more.



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Short Story opportunity

The following message is from Kamloops author Alex Mcgilvery. Thanks. Alex.


Hi Elma, could you pass this on to the IAG? A friend has a publishing house and puts out anthologies about 4 to 6 times a year. Here's the link to the latest open submission. Casia is a reputable publisher, there is no fee to submit and no forced sales of the book. Royalties are shared between authors and publisher.



Alex Mcgilvery


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

NEW Indigenous Screen Canada

The following message is from Victoria Weller, film commissioner for the Thompson Nicola Regional District. Thanks, Vicci.


From: Victoria Weller []
Sent: March-19-18 9:25 PM
Subject: NEW Indigenous Screen Canada


Hello Colleagues


I suspect you are already familiar with this new agency but I thought it may be of interest to you.


I encourage you to educate Mr. Wente about your successes and endeavours if you haven't already.


Indigenous Screen Canada

Indigenous Screen Office is a collaboration between the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the CBC, the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association, and the National Film Board of Canada.




Victoria (Vicci) Weller

Film Commissioner, Thompson-Nicola Film Commission

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

300 - 465 Victoria Street | Kamloops, BC |V2C 2A9

Office 250 377-8673 | Direct 250 377-7058 | Cell 250 319-6211;


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Monday, March 12, 2018

making the most of a critique on your writing

Here’s a good article from Writer’s Relief:


Thursday, March 8, 2018

nice article on Canadian history talks in selected BC Interior libraries

Nice article in the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal about my upcoming library talks on YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure . Big thanks to Barbara Roden for writing the article.