|Long-time member, Paul Mackan, passes|
Long-time member, Paul
For those of you who wish to attend the memorial service on Friday, December 12, 3:00 p.m. (followed by a reception and tribute in the church hall), here is the church:
|An evening at the Elmdale House Tavern|
|Three of us WD-List members (Rosaleen Dickson,
Hal Doran, Patrick Meikle) took in the "Open Mic" night at the Elmdale House Tavern recently.
We are heading back on Tuesday, April 10, and are inviting our colleagues to join us. (I'll send more info on the WD-List.)
|WD-List discussion on the benefits (or not) of connecting through LinkedIn|
Here are some of the responses we received to the question:
|Algonquin's Joe Banks explains "GoJournalism" to Media Club|
journalism professor, Joe Banks, brought
both good and bad news about the state of today’s journalism to an attentive audience on November 21, as he spoke
about GoJournalism, an initiative launched this
September by Algonquin College.
The good news, he said, is that we still like our daily newspapers (one in five people in Canada still buy a daily paper) and that small papers are still the best place for a beginning journalist to start. “The bad news is that newspaper circulation has been steadily dropping for the last decade,” said Banks. Quoting Wikipedia, he noted that today the Toronto Star has a circulation of just over two million readers whereas three years ago it was three million, and that 17 large dailies show a similar downturn in circulation. There are job cuts as well, meaning fewer reporters are chasing fewer stories and we are losing good journalism.
“We’ve trusted our dailies to print what’s going on in the community,” he said, “but we will have to look elsewhere for the missing stories.”
Citizen journalism, or unpaid journalism, is what the papers’ management hopes will happen. But Banks hopes GoJournalism will fill that gap.
The project is based on a successful publicly-funded journalism model in San Francisco called spot.us. So far GoJournalism is just in Ottawa and print media is the most interested in the idea but Banks also hopes to collaborate with the city’s electronic media, magazines and community associations.
GoJournalism is owned by Algonquin College’s journalism program and the driving force behind it is Joe Banks, who has taken a leave of absence from his teaching job at the college to work the project. He explained that GoJournalism is a website designed to marry freelance journalists with people interested in financing stories pitched by journalists.
Freelance journalists can post, on GoJournalism’s website, story ideas they want financed. Readers can also suggest story ideas and they, as well as existing news services, can fund story ideas already posted. Journalists who pitch ideas present credentials to prove they can write well and Banks vets them. Once a story is completed according to the contract the journalist invoices the college, which administers the account into which the funds are deposited, and a cheque is issued by the college and mailed to the journalist.
Before concluding Banks pointed out that the idea is growing elsewhere - Kelowna, B.C. has launched a website for journalists as well, called Media Cooler.
Lydia Peever, a recent Algonquin College print journalism graduate, and club secretary Rosemary Tayler introduced Joe Banks. He was thanked by club member Henry Heald. For more information on GoJournalism contact Joe Banks at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Graham Awards
Annual Margaret Graham Awards were also presented that night. Club president June Coxon explained the history of the awards before asking Banks to talk about Algonquin College’s journalism program and Genevieve Bodin, assistant professor and coordinator of Ottawa University’s journalism program, to speak about that university’s program. This year’s award winners were Cara Song, from Algonquin College; Thierno Diallo, from Ottawa University; and Lauren Mitsuki, from Carleton University.
|City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest - 2011 winners|
|Back in April 2011, the City of Ottawa announced the eight finalists named to the 2011 Winners Circle for the 14th
Annual 55+ Short Story Contest. Click here to see the results.
The guidlines and preliminary information was presented earlier and below... Click here...
|Email -vs- E-Mail! Which is it? (and website -vs- web site)|
By Patrick Meikle
Email -vs- e-mail:
The article concludes by saying "At least there’s one thing that everybody is agreed on: whether it’s e-mail or email, it isn’t capitalised. Unless it’s at the beginning of a sentence, obviously.
So I think I will use "email"
Web site -vs- e-website:
|Meet Deborah Ranchuk from White Mountain Publications & Canadian Writer's Journal|
By Patrick Meikle
(Ottawa - January 7, 2011) I had the priviledge and pleasure of meeting Deborah Ranchuk today, in a delightful 80 minute telephone call from New Liskeard in what we might call Northern Ontario (although for any of us who have spent
time in the area, Sudbury for example, it is practically on the same latitude as Ottawa).
If you do a Google search using "Deborah Ranchuk", (keep the quotation marks) you will find a plethora of listings.
Deborah's main presence on the Internet is the White Mountain Publications (WMP) "a small Northern Ontario press specializing in non-fiction and poetry, as well as books for the Bahá'í community world-wide. Website includes all titles, descriptions, guidelines, contest rules, and ordering information; books are arranged by topic and alphabetically by title with links to each individual book."
The WMP site contains a mountain of information: thumbnails of the published books (including the Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar), Contract Services: Editing, Typesetting and Book Production, a Book Publishing Overview (lots of how-to's if you are thinking of publishing your book), Website design ("things to consider before you call ANY one"), and Writer's Submission Guidelines (ie. "NEVER send your only copy of your manuscript anywhere").
Deborah's other presence on the Internet is the Canadian Writer's Journal (CWJ for short) a digest-sized magazine for writers that has been produced here since we took it over in October 1996. "We started publishing every other month starting Feb 2001, but ran into a spell of bad health. In Sept 2009, we resumed publishing the CWJ as an annual".
"We're very proud of this independent Canadian periodical," says Deborah, "which is one of the few national magazines for writers in Canada now in bi-monthly production. Spread the word... Believe it or not, this is our ninth year doing the Contest Calendar, and it is more popular every year."
Her annual task, which which is very daunting, is the Canadian Writer's Contest Calendar, an annual publication listing Canadian writing contests and awards by deadline date. It contains full contest information and submission information, as well as contact links to verify updates. Index of contest names and more information available here. If you don't think this publication is a monumental effort, just take a look at the immense Table of Contents for the 2011 Edition.
And if you think we have a lot of links on our Writing Resources Page, take a look at the Writer's Links on the CWJ web site: Associations, for example, are broken up into National and Regional (by province); a section for various contest rules and guidelines; then a section of references (everything from a dictionary look up box, postal codes, acronym finder, and links to online dictionaries & thesaurus).
This site doesn't stop there, you will have to visit it yourself to appreciate the full value of this treasure.
As I mentioned at the top, the Canadian Writer's Journal site is now being revived after a long hiatus, so some of the links may contain older information, however the value of this resource is the Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar (the latest 2011 Edition) and its "Updates" page.
Also mentioned was Deborah's membership in the Bahá'í faith, so naturally there is a sizeable
listing of Bahá'í material.
|City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest now underway - Guidelines shown here|
Compiled by Patrick Meikle
See the results (winners) above... Click here...
(January 2011 - From the Ottawa web site:) The City of Ottawa’s 14th annual 55 + Short Story Contest invites submissions of original, unpublished short stories or memoirs, 2000 words or less, by Ottawa residents 55 years or older.
Eight finalists will be named to the 2011 Winners Circle, sharing recognition and prize money of $400. Contest winners will be recognized at An Afternoon of Reading on Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Heron Seniors’ Centre, 1480 Heron Road.
One of the winning stories will be selected for publication in the spring issue of Forever Young newspaper. Though contestants may submit multiple entries, they will only be eligible to win one prize.
An entry fee of $6.25 per story is applicable. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 15, 2011. This contest is co-sponsored by Colonel By Retirement Residence and the Forever Young newspaper.
2011 City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest
*Original and unpublished works
How to enter:
Mail your submission to:
City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest
Deadline for entries is March 15, 2011 (please postmark your entries by this date)
Successful candidates will be notified by April 15, 2011.
Contest winners will be recognized at An Afternoon of Readings featuring the eight Winners of the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest, to be held Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Heron Seniors' Centre, 1480 Heron Road. Public invited. RSVP- by April 26. Call 247-4808 ext 2.
One of the winning stories will be selected for publication in a spring issue of Forever Young, Canada's leading Newspaper for people 50 and over.
A special thank you to our generous sponsors:
NOTE: You can also download the guidelines:
See the results (winners) above... Click here...
|Guerilla Magazine's Tony Martins addresses Media Club of Ottawa|
|By Patrick Meikle
The September 20, 2010 meeting of the Media Club of Ottawa (MCO), a the National Library and Archives, was not high on my agenda, but thanks to Rosaleen we decided to attend together. "It might be fun," she said, "and we might learn something." Rosaleen, you were dead on!
Billed as Magazine Writing - Part 1, with Tony Martins, founding editor and creative director of Guerilla Magazine, the event was one of the most interesting and engaging that I have attended at the Library and Archives in the past 16 months. Attendance was disappointingly small, but what lacked in size was more than made up in enthusiasm, as judged by the post presentation Q & A. MCO president June Coxon had to summarily stop the proceedings or we would likely have been booted out by the duty commissionaires.
However before we get into the meat of the matter, I must say that the Media Club does it up right. Their pre-meeting icebreaker includes coffee served with a light meal of sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and an array of chocolate-coated goodies. They start early enough at 6:00 p.m. so you can still make it on time if you are working, and if you miss your meal, they provide an energizing snack to get you through the evening… a good way to start.
Another smart MCO move was a general go 'round conducted by vice-president Rosemary Tayler. We were each given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and highlight whatever new project we were working on. One member outlined her study in psychology and stated she had come upon something totally new. Another noted that her writings had been influenced by a Cherokee medicine woman. Someone else talked about the three books she was editing for three fascinating people, molding their manuscripts for publication.
Enough rambling and on to the guest speaker, aptly introduced by Rosaleen Dickson.
Tony Martins is the founder, editor and creative director of Guerilla Magazine, a quarterly publication whose theme is "Ottawa culture at ground level". Martins did something that many might consider to be unusual ... he inaugurated the idea online in 2004, then in this age of new media when most contemporary publications, struggling in printed form and turning to the Internet for an online presence, he produced a printed version of "Guerilla" in 2009.
Martins' first effort was an unique blend of white space, photos and print, which resembled a magazine, but when opened, unfolded into a huge poster, reflecting his talent for creative detail and editorial layout. He has since published seven issues, distributinga print run of 3000 copies free to coffee shops and local galleries. So while social media were hitting the Internet devotee "we were going in the opposite direction" says Martins. You can see that he has a passion for the physical and tactile features of the print form, the feel of the paper, smell of the ink.
Guerilla is now promoted in three ways: online, in print and through live launch events whereby the content in the newest issue comes to life in an evening venue of music, art and entertainment, showcasing some of the actual characters and works seen on the printed page; singers, musicians and burlesque dancers . . . anyone?
The original web site was your typical print and graphics as seen through scrolling screens of endless dross. Now however, thanks to a Web guru and the free site-building software Joomla!, an open source content management system (CMS) developer, getcuerilla.ca is interactive and employs various social media applications such as blogs, feedback forms, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr, to name a few.
When asked about the theme line "Ottawa Culture at Ground Level" Martins explained that Guerilla was a down-to-earth publication that the common person could understand, as compared with the high-minded and often esoteric arts publications that some editors promote (all these words are my interpretation of what he said). Another analogy comparing "Guerilla" to other publications was expressed by one audience member who suggested it was like Che Guevera's "guerrilla" -vs.- Jane Goodall's "gorilla". I think there is also a certain guerilla marketing strategy in the theme. To read what Guerilla says about Guerilla, click here.
While the printed version of Guerilla comes out quarterly, the online edition is updated regularly through g-GALLERY this week, with a new story each week and a wide audience informed largely by Facebook, and to a lesser degree, Twitter.
"This new media, and social media," says Martins, "is a powerful tool". He also opines that print media is not dead, and it will not die as there are still many people who prefer the printed word in hard copy. He also said that good content is the key. If it serves a purpose and has value, it will draw in a following. The number one factor is quality of content ... "content is king".
Guerilla is getting about 13 thousand hits per month, and the 3000 printed copies atr read by around 9000 people. Not bad for a publication that most in the room had never heard of before. (Attendees were given ample copies to take home and digest.)
For freelancers out there, Martins answered the Gordon Sinclair question: "How much do you pay?" An honorarium of$50 for a significant contribution in either story or photo form. Some may say "not much" but there is also the exposure in a very unique forum. "It's a chance to do something you can't do anywhere else," says Tony Martins.
Have a look at Guerilla online for a comprehensive view of Ottawa cultural links and note their Contribute to Guerilla link.
|Britton's Smoke Shop (Glebe) doing Sunday readings|
For those of you who may be looking for a venue to sign your books, consider Britton's Smoke Shop, 846 Bank Street in the Glebe. Ted Britton tells me he has been doing the occasional book signings for quite a while, but in August 2010 started regular Sunday book signings, from 1 - 3 p.m. right in the store by the cash. He is even considering a Saturday venue, but given the busy time of the week, it may be difficult to block customer movement with a table on the store floor... although he adds it would be good for the author to have the extra people.
Established in 1966, Britton's Smoke Shop offers an array of fine Cuban and imported cigars, as well as various smoking paraphernalia. Britton's also carries a colossal collection of national and international magazines and almost a hundred different newspapers.
Back in the days before the Internet and when I was teaching my Freelancing For Magazines classes, I was spending about $100 a month on mags from Britton's.
Check out this news link from the Ottawa Independent Writers to see pictures of recent signings by OIW members Jennifer Cook and Margaret Virany. You will note "The signings are to take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Sunday until early December" which means that this time and place is sewn up until 2011.
Here are some other suggested launch and signing venues as suggested by WD members... click here.
|A new blog for writers|
|Kelly James-Enger has launched a blog for freelance writers. She says, “Dollars and Deadlines is designed for freelancers
who want to make more money in less time.” Check it out here: http://dollarsanddeadlines.blogspot.com.
|List member Randy Ray appointed to senior PR position with Vancouver firm|
|Our own Ottawa publicist and author Randy Ray, has been appointed senior public relations strategist for NextPhase
Strategy Marketing Inc., a Vancouver
company that specializes in branding, marketing and public relations.
Ray, who handles publicity for authors, small businesses and charities across Canada, will on a freelance basis help NextPhase's clients land media coverage. The company's Web site is: http://nextphasestrategy.com. Information about Ray can be seen at: http://nextphasestrategy.com/randy.html.
Ray is publicity director for Ottawa Independent Writers, a 165-member umbrella group for members of the Ottawa-area writing community. He has co-authored nine books about Canada and is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, including The Globe & Mail, Forever Young, Capital Parent and Pharmacy Business.
His Web publicity Web site is: www.randyray.ca. His author Web site is: www.triviaguys.com.
|John Cook's play The Roof Top Guy is in this year's (2010) Fringe Festival|
Long-time WD-List member John Cook recently started up his own theatre company called Tale Wagging Theatre. He has a play in the 2010 Ottawa Fringe Theatre Festival. It is called: The Rooftop Guy. John has written the play and it is being directed by Teri Loretto.
"It’s Monday morning. Dave, a disillusioned employee at the Department of Instruments and Measurements (DIM) throws himself off a rooftop. Within an hour, his obviously distraught and saddened colleagues proceed to raid his office and pick it clean, including his collection of over one hundred fish figurines. But wait. Are things really as they appear to be?"
“Anyone who has ever worked in an office environment will likely see many of their co-workers in the characters, and possibly even themselves.” (Fred Sherwin, Orleans Online).
“Cook has garnered a reputation as a humourist who cleverly makes even the most mundane of household chores seem hilarious.” (Brynna Leslie, Orleans Star)
The cast features: Jen Jarvis (Gail), Aaron Williams (Jason), and Tom Charlebois (Dave). Stage Manager: Lena Triebe Assistant SM: Aaron Mellway
Tale Wagging Theater is based in Ottawa and is dedicated to producing quality Canadian productions and providing opportunities for new, emerging and established artists in a professional theatre environment.
Performances: June 17 at 9:30pm, June 19 at 11:00pm, June 20 at 2:00pm, June 23 at 6:30pm, June 25 at 6:30pm, June 26 at 8:00pm
|Paul Mackan's book Dream Girl, Dream was launched in May|
|Colleague and FTNer,
Paul Mackan, has just received word from PublishAmerica.com that his book, Dream Girl, Dream, is now published
When Paul was contacted he could only say: " Rejoice with me. I'm proud of it. I will delay the launch until April, I think, in the hope of more palatable weather." (Watch for a future announcement.)
However if you do not want to wait until spring, you can visit the PublishAmerica Book Publishing Company and purchase the book directly. The Web site is: http://www.publishamerica.net/product89202.html. They are listing it at $16.95 (probably in US funds).
Here is what they are saying about the book:
"She thinks as a child. She loves to think, does Saralee. Mostly of questions. Nothing unusual in that. Children can drive you batty with questions. But when she asks, “Why is God invisible?” the fat hits the fire! Mother can't answer; Father can't, and evidently God won't. So she issues God a challenge: OK for your side?I will never pray to you again until you tell me why!
Saralee is a stick-to-her-guns girl. She goes to bed prayerless and has a most fantastical dream: a figure made of fire sweeps her away on a great adventure with fish, fur, and feathers. The fire dons a straw “boater,” a pair of soft shoes, and does a song and dance. It's fun, scary and funny; whether it's true is up to you. Enjoy, enjoy!
God may never seem the same again! "
|It's an English-speaking world out there|
|The Ottawa Citizen's Dan Gardner wrote this piece in April and I misplaced it... thought it was worth a read. -
With the reader's indulgence, I'd like to tell a story that may be of interest to those concerned by a bill -- now before the Senate -- that would bar anyone who is not fully fluent in French and English from being appointed to the Supreme Court.
...whenever I write about bilingualism and the difficulty a native English-speaker has learning another language, I get e-mail from bilingual francophones saying -- in English, bien sûr -- that they resent "Anglo whining." Just learn French, damn it! One Montrealer called me a lazy bigot.
"We live in a world where pop culture is overwhelmingly English..."
"...English is the language of elite science. As it is the language of elite finance, business, sports and anything else done internationally."
"That's just the way the world is. Everyone knows it. But the zealots pushing bilingualism to extreme lengths won't acknowledge it."
|Valley Writers' Guild is back on line and we are carrying
The Valley Writers Guild (VWG) has been operating since 1990, encouraging and educating Eastern Ontario writers in the process of writing and getting published. They lost their old Web site a while back, when there was a change in membership, but thanks to current president, Mollie McKibbon, they are back on line at: http://www.valleywritersguild.viviti.com/. They meet in Kemptville and cover the area between the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers. They typically meet on the third Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. They are currently meeting upstairs at Jonsonn’s Independent Grocers in Kemptville, where there is plenty of free parking, and an elevator to access the second floor.
Next Meeting Dates:
You can send an e-mail to molliemckibbon[at]ripnet.com for further information and you can also join her Facebook page, Write From The Heart, where she puts up challenges to encourage people to write, using a little idea. She writes:
You can download the latest VWG newsletter here:
|Ottawa's M2 Magazine has ceased operations (was preceded by Monitor)|
|For those of you who followed the local computer news and local computer outlets, you will remember Monitor
magazine. It was a great resource to both the new user and the experts. It stopped publishing around two years
ago and some of the staff started up M2 Magazine, "Capital Computer & Technology",
with a slug line at the bottom of the cover: "From the editors and writers of Monitor Magazine'.
Unfortunately, M2 has also bitten the dust.
A simple note on the Web site (http://www.m2mag.ca/) says:
"M2 Magazine has ceased operations. Thank you for your readership."
Some of our list members worked with, or wrote for the publications, including Richard Bercuson, who writes:
"Patrick, Yes, sadly it died last month after the April issue. ...had lost a couple of big advertisers and it was becoming too much of a drain on (the editor)...
A real disappointment but a sign of the economic times in publishing. Funny thing though that at the end of this month there will be a press release about the launch of a new men's health mag for which yours truly will be a columnist. Stay tuned for that.
|Writers' Deadline!! featured on Rosaleen Dickson's Web site|
List member Rosaleen Dickson has set up a portion of her Web site to highlight events listed on the Writers' Deadline!!
You can click on this link if you have missed seeing them: http://www.flora.org/rosaleen/#writersdeadline
And, while you are visiting Rosaleen's site, take a look at the virtual treasure that exists there... besides her family history and her own incredible background that is chronicled, you will find links to:
|Ottawa Independent Writers - Social Networking Workshop - Interviews|
|(Saturday, March 13, 2010) I hope to add more dimension to this subject in the near future and anyone who wants
to add their bit, please send me an e-mail: patrick[at]writersdeadline.ca. In
For those of you who attended the OIW sponsored workshop on Social Networking, you may remember that Carleton J-student Sannah Choi interviewed a number of us and recorded large parts of the session. This was for the program Midweek, which was aired on March 17.
Unfortunately, the recordings where boiled down to just a few minutes, and included bits from Dave Shaw and Randy Ray, with some brief clips from a couple of "unidentified" women.
The program was 1.5 hrs and can be found this week at: http://www.carleton.ca/midweek/
See the link to March 17. You will probably need RealPlayer to listen to it.
You can listen to the piece by clicking on the MP3 logo below, or you can download the piece in MP3 format from this Web site by doing a Right-mouse click and using the "Save Link as..." option.
The file is: 100313-OIW-SN-Workshop.mp3
|Facebook Page - Freelancers Working Together|
|Freelancers Working Together is a "new Facebook group designed to allow
freelance writers worldwide to share news, information, gripes and suggestions, to help each other in this difficult
working environment", says list member Barbara Florio Graham.
Conceived by Florio Graham, and sponsored by the Cassell Network of Writers (who is offering members a $5 discount
on any new membership, including a year's subscription to Freelance Writer's Report), this is an interactive forum
where members can exchange information, ask questions and provide answers. Find a link to the forum at www.SimonTeakettle.com
and at www.writers-editors.com.
Florio Graham felt there was a pressing need for a forum that includes writers from all countries and all genres, regardless of membership in writing organizations, to help freelancers band together to improve their situation. She asked the Cassell Network to sponsor this by offering writers an incentive to join the group. But membership in the Facebook group is free to all, whether or not they take advantage of the special offer.
Click here to join.
|Children's writers? Difference between SCBWI and CANSCAIP|
|Is SCBWI the new name for CANSCAIP, or are they two different organizations?
(We asked SCBWI member Rachel Eugster)
SCBWI and CANSCAIP are two different organizations. CANSCAIP (for those who don't know) is the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers, and can be found here: www.canscaip.org. SCBWI, as I mentioned in my earlier message, is the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwicanada.org for the local chapter, scbwi.org for the parent org.).
One difference is that CANSCAIP is specifically Canadian, while SCBWI is an international organization, with hundreds of chapters all over the world. So one advantage to joining is belonging to a professional organization that is recognized by children's publishers around the globe. Of course, the biggest markets for Canadian writers and illustrators are Canada and the U.S., but belonging to SCBWI also got me a book contract in the U.K.
Another distinction is that SCBWI has more of a presence in Ottawa, including annual events, while CANSCAIP seems (to me, at least) to be rather Toronto-centric. However, there is also a loose network that has occasional get-togethers for writers and illustrators who belong to either SCBWI or CANSCAIP (or both). That gives those who write or illustrate for children (and teens) a rare chance to network, talk shop, compare notes, and enjoy a little professional and social interchange in what we all know can be a very solitary effort! The acronym is pronunced like a British sneeze (ATICHOO), but I don't remember at the moment what the letters actually are, or how they were arrived at.
I'm on the exec committee for SCBWI Canada East, and would be happy to answer any other questions. I've been a member since the first Canadian chapter was founded 11 years ago (which split into two--East and West--roughly five years later).
|Prime Crime Books is now closed!|
|(Ottawa - January 7, 2010) This E-mail from Linda Wiken of Prime
Crime Mystery Bookstore:
Dear customers & friends,
It is with regret but also anticipation that I'm closing Prime Crime as of March 13, 2010. I have attempted to find a buyer but been unsuccessful and feel I can't put if off any longer. I will miss the store and all of you but it's time to put my energy into other challenges.
I sincerely thank you for your support and friendship over the years. Stay tuned for news about upcoming sales and of course, my New Vistas party (NOT a retirement party).
Please be sure to use any credit notes or gift certificates by March 13th. Also, we will no longer be buying any books for the used section.
Again, thank you for loving crime fiction and in particular, supporting Canadian crime writing.
|Introducing Storyteller Magazine's Book Self-Publishing Service|
|(Ottawa, December 10, 2010) At Storyteller Magazine (Tyo Publishing) we've been publishing Canadian writers for
over fifteen years. Now we're ready to produce your book as a partner in your self-publishing project.
More than a decade ago, Ottawa's Terry Tyo, publisher of Storyteller, asked himself why, whenever he wanted to read short stories, he was turning to American magazines and books to find them. And what he was finding was magazines and books devoted to only one type of story. Where was the variety? Although Canada has a reputation for great writers and a wide and literate audience, he couldn't find a Canadian magazine devoted to the short story that published mystery, or adventure, or even comedy. Thus was born the concept of Storyteller. Terry's reputation for excellence continues.
About Tyo Publishing
In 1994, we recognized that there were so few markets for Canadian fiction, that we launched Storyteller, Canada's Fiction Magazine. We featured over four hundred writers-many of them published for the first time-in the pages of Storyteller.
On behalf of our writers, we were honoured to win or be short listed for national writing awards including the Arthur Ellis Award and The Journey Prize.
Over fifteen years, we also found that there were gaps in Canada's book publishing industry: first, that there are many talented, aspiring writers with few venues to get published; second, that unfortunately not every writer is destined to sign a book deal.
It's with this same 'can-do' spirit that we've launched our contract publishing service. We invite you to see your book to completion and hope we can help you in your task.
How To Start
We start with a free consultation to understand your vision for your manuscript. Then our team goes to work to produce a professional layout and quality printed product that you'll be proud of. For more information on our self-publishing service, email us at email@example.com, or call 613-822-9734 and we'll send you our information brochure.
|The Canada Reads line up for 2010|
The annual battle of the books, Canada Reads, involves celebrity guests defending their choice of novel. They debate their choices every day for a week on CBC Radio One before choosing a single book they believe Canadians would enjoy reading. Five Canadian books will be celebrated for three months online, at public events and on air. It all leads up to a week-long show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.
In this annual title fight, five celebrity panelists defend their favourite work of Canadian fiction. One by one, books are voted off the list, until one panelist triumphs with the book for Canada to read this year.
The contenders are:
Last year's winner was Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes.
The half-hour Canada Reads debates aired on CBC Radio One and should be available via podcast.
|Lights in the Dark is looking for your submissions to help their community.|
|(Ottawa, Wed, 18 Nov 2009) Lights in the Dark is a small group of people who have all been touched by suicide
in some way. We want to create a resource of positivity for those dealing with the issues of suicide- people looking
for hope or positivity, people dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide, people considering suicide, really
anyone going through a tough time.
Our vision is to create a daily ray of hope for people who need it. To those ends we are creating a blog called "Lights in the Dark: A resource of Hope" and we are hoping people will share with us how hey were touched by suicide through submissions of stories, testimonials , art, poems, meditations, music, videos, anything creative that might help someone dealing with the same issues.
We are approaching local schools to have children draw pictures and write about why they are happy to be alive today or about what makes them happy. We are contacting writers and artists groups in Ottawa and hoping we will receive creative contributions that will help people.
We are happy to credit submission as the author or artist prefers and add links to web pages or other sources or to post anonymously and we will remove any content at any time, upon request.
Those interested in contributing or who have questions can contact us by email at: submissions[at]lightsinthedark.ca. We are hoping to get our site online soon but it is not live yet.
|*Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue* is now on-line|
|Thanks to Susan McMaster for this item...
(Ottawa, Tue, 17 Nov 2009) *Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue* is now on-line. This international literary magazine is based in the States, and the current issue was compiled at the request of editor Marc Weber, who shows a welcome interest in reaching beyond American borders to connect a community of poets and readers worldwide. The Canadian issue features well-known and established poets alongside an unusual selection of prize-winning and interesting mid-career and novice poets. Take a look, and if you like it, please circulate this information to your own email/Facebook list. Comments are welcome and will be passed on to the writers.
If this collection is well received, we plan to publish it as a book in future; please indicate your interest in knowing more about this by
means of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more such emails we receive, the easier it will be to arrange for publication. A subject line of "Sugar Mule Book - pls send info" is all that's needed.
Also, if you are a poet yourself, the magazine is currently accepting submissions for its next issue, which will be a general issue, and
*Sugar Mule* reaches a wide audience.
Susan McMaster, guest editor, *Sugar Mule: The Canadian Issue*
Susan McMaster . 43 Belmont Avenue . Ottawa ON K1S 0T9 . 613-730-1497
Summer . 3575 Hwy 215 (Minasville) . Walton NS B0N 2R0 . 902-369-2186/
Sumac Editing //& Writing/ . http://web.ncf.ca/smcmaster.
|Saturday Citizen "Literary Events" page, switches to a web-based system|
|Thanks to Listserv member Randy
Ray for this item...
(Ottawa, Tue, 18 Aug 2009) In case you haven't noticed, the Citizen has changed the way it accepts events listings, which for those of us in the writing community, means book signings, readings, meetings and book fairs. Below is an email I received from Ute Mikula at the Citizen, who can be reached at: (UMikula@thecitizen.canwest.com) if you have questions:
``As of Saturday, August 22, 2009, we are switching to a web-based system and will no longer accept listings via e-mail. Please go to
ottawacitizen.com/eventsform to complete your future listings. We'll enter any listings already received into our system. Meanwhile, go to
ottawacitizen.com/events to see the searchable database for yourself.''
The Ottawa Sun recently killed the events listings that once appeared daily in the paper, choosing instead to list events on its Web site where in my view they are not seen by as many people. -pwm
Click here to go to the Citizen Events listings.
|Richard Bercuson Book: "Assume the position - One guy's journey through prostate cancer"|
Richard writes: My new book "Assume the position" is now available. Subtitled "One guy's journey through prostate cancer," it chronicles my journey from early diagnosis to surgery and finally to two years post-op. All of the book's proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Association of Ottawa which subsidized its publication.
There are cover testimonials from former federal minister Allan Rock, a pc survivor himself, as well as Dr. Chris Morash, a prominent urologist.
Further details as well as excerpts can be found on my new web site,
(Photo courtesy Chris Mikula, Ottawa Citizen)
The book is available through the web site and has been promoted at various cancer and prostate cancer events both locally and across Canada. It has been featured in the Ottawa Hospital's Challenge magazine and on the Canadian Author's Association podcast.
Readers of this listserv can obtain copies by writing to me at richard[at]richardbercuson.ca. Retail price is reduced to $10 + $2 shipping. Purchasing through the web site involves using PayPal which is slightly more.
|Death of a literary institution - Storyteller Magazine|
Citizen - December 11, 2008)
By Richard Bercuson
Some stories should be told. Such was the idea behind Ottawa-based Storyteller Magazine, which recently tiptoed into literary extinction. Its departure is bemoaned by lovers of short narrative fiction and most certainly by its writers.
Some stories should be told. Such was the idea behind Ottawa-based Storyteller Magazine, which recently tiptoed into literary extinction. Its departure is bemoaned by lovers of short narrative fiction and most certainly by its writers.
As Storyteller's long-time editor Melanie Fogel commented, today there are few venues left for short-story writers to have their work published.
"If you write crime stories, there's none," she said. "Same for romance or western. Maybe if you write speculative fiction or sci-fi, you have a few more options. But for straight narratives, telling a story where something is actually happening, which was the kind of stories we wanted, it seems to be gone."
Storyteller -- and Ms. Fogel will cringe at the cliché -- was the brainchild of Ottawa's Terry Tyo, a lover of short fiction. When the magazine shut down in October after 15 years, it left him with a house full of back issues yet a satisfaction that it had run its course.
"I really think we accomplished everything we set out to do," remarked the publisher of east end weeklies for the Transcontinental chain. "I can't say I have any regrets. We did a great thing for a long while and when it's time, it's time."
The unfortunate reality was that, in this country, short non-literary fiction had limited market appeal. Storyteller, billing itself as Canada's Short Story Magazine, retained a strong subscriber base till the end, even when it was no longer available in stores. For much of its existence, it sold about 3,000 copies per year when 5,000 for a book is considered a bestseller.
Marketing and paying for the venture were not for the faint of wallet, though Mr. Tyo said it either broke even or made a few dollars most years. Yet finding advertisers and attracting sponsors were always a challenges.
For a couple of years, provincial grants helped the cause. Surviving on grants was not, in his view, a way to function.
"I wasn't against grants generally," he says. "I just felt you have to stand on your own."
When it began, Mr. Tyo lived in Kanata but for the majority of its life, the magazine was based in his Alta Vista area home. ("Our virtual office," he adds. "No overhead.") There, he and the volunteer staff prepared the quarterly issues, fitting the 10 best stories into the only magazine of its kind in Canada.
Storyteller blossomed from a $20 ad in the Citizen in 1994. His phone rang non-stop for four days and within a couple of months, he was inundated with nearly 300 story submissions. Clearly, he'd hit on something.
Ms. Fogel, who teaches evening creative writing courses at Glebe High School where she's also working on a student anthology, used to pour through about 400 stories per issue.
"I think my proudest moments," she said, "came when writers would e-mail us about their books coming out. They'd thank us for being the first to publish them. Then we'd get acknowledgments in their books or web sites; they'd always have nice things to say about Storyteller."
For instance, Ottawa writer John Kupferschmidt's first short story, "Wanderer of refugee," won Storyteller's annual Great Canadian Story contest. Last year, he captured the Arsenal Pulp Press three-day novel contest for In the Garden of Men, now in bookstores.
Although submissions came from across the English-speaking universe, numerous Ottawa writers made it into the magazine, many having their first fiction published. Among them are crime novelists Mary Jane Maffini and Barbara Fradkin. I was among those rewarded a few times with the Fogel/Tyo Seal of Narrative Approval.
One year, I garnered the Mystery Writers of Canada Best Short Story award, the Arthur Ellis. No shadow of a doubt about it: Ms. Fogel's incisive and thorough editing was a large part of the award, as well as the successes of many other writers.
So when I learned of Storyteller's demise, I poignantly recalled a day in the fall of 1994. I'd driven to Slater and O'Connor streets to meet Terry Tyo and receive payment for my opus in the magazine's second issue.
He handed me two complimentary copies and thanked me. I beamed at my story's name on the cover and thanked him. Quite profusely, it seems now.
These days, Mr. Tyo claims he's enjoying spare time he hasn't experienced in ages.
Nevertheless, Storyteller's absence has become like another cliché. For short story enthusiasts, we didn't know what we had till it was gone.
Richard Bercuson is a teacher and writer.
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for his biography of Charlotte Whitton (CHARLOTTE
The Last Suffragette) a number of colleauges came up with suggestions. Here is a list from that query
(feel free to send in others):
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