Procrastination takes many forms

Yes, yes it does. Even the form of creativity and due diligence. The book cover is complete. The printer is printing my hard copy proofs as I type. All I had to do today was get up and upload my finished book onto Amazon and Kobo. And yet, here I sit, typing a blog post. … Continue reading Procrastination takes many forms

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Proudly Canadian?

Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words … Continue reading Proudly Canadian?

The High Price of Vanity Press

I spoke with a new client last week to discuss coaching her in the creation of her online courses. The first thing she said to me was, "I wish I'd found you a year ago." It turns out, she hired a vanity press to publish her first book. A vanity press resides somewhere between traditional … Continue reading The High Price of Vanity Press

Recognizing Resistance

Steven Pressfield (The War of Art) would say I’m in resistance. He’d be right. Yet, if I’m working on projects, completing them, publishing … how can that be resistance? Sounds like success to me. Well, it depends on the project. My current form of procrastination is: transcribing three old print books of poetry into eBooks … Continue reading Recognizing Resistance

An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail

Although I'd been writing and publishing—both literary and visual work—for over 25 years, I had only heard about the Access Copyright recently. It's a Canadian government licensing body (established 1988) that collects fees from organizations for their right to copy protected work; it distributes money annually to affiliates. I got busy collecting the data (e.g., … Continue reading An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail

3 Ways to Lessen your Publishing Footprint

When I received the call from my muse to write my first book, I was thrilled. When the follow-up call came to publish the book, I stopped short. Because I'm all about tree love. Sustainability is important to me. And the publishing industry has an opportunity to put practices in place that safeguard our beautiful … Continue reading 3 Ways to Lessen your Publishing Footprint

The Four-Thousand-Dollar Question

I received a message from a writer who wanted to talk about publishing. She had received a quote from a publisher (there is a lot to navigate in today's world of publishing in terms of the word publisher). A popular publishing category has grown in the market and it's what is termed hybrid publishing. This … Continue reading The Four-Thousand-Dollar Question

How to get your book into Chapters/Indigo

A client forwarded her question to me today about how to go about getting her book into Chapters/Indigo. Great question. One I had myself not too long ago. Here's what I know. Contact the Chapters/Indigo local author rep responsible for your area. They will ask you about your published book and if it is a … Continue reading How to get your book into Chapters/Indigo

Work from home/life balance

I just spoke with a client who is preparing her manuscript for publishing. When the energy wave comes, you surf it. Even when it comes in the middle of summer. When your kids are out of school. My client is working to balance getting the book out this fall and spending quality summer fun time … Continue reading Work from home/life balance

Arbitrary Rules

As a writing teacher and freelance editor, I’m expected to abide by and teach the rules of “proper” written communication. Well … which ones? And, who made those rules anyway? I imagine a small group of wizened representatives of the patriarchy huddled around a substantial oak table in a dusty library like one you might … Continue reading Arbitrary Rules