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

You’re the Writer

Writing class is in session. When I coach writers in self-publishing, one of the areas in which I suggest they invest money is professional editing. Of course. Remember though, YOU are the writer. The editor will hopefully catch everything that needs attention but it is up to you to incorporate those edits into your manuscript. … Continue reading You’re the Writer

How I almost killed my indie-published book sales.

I hadn't intended to write and publish Nourish: Ayurveda-inspired 21-day Detox last year. I was walking with a friend by the Bow River and she asked what projects I had on the go. Nourish had been bouncing around in my brain that morning — bits and bobs of information that wanted to appear in book … Continue reading How I almost killed my indie-published book sales.

The Journey Begins

  Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Welcome to your writing/self-publishing journey. We are honoured to walk this road alongside you. While it can feel like a bumpy path to navigate, a good traveling companion always makes the journey easier. We've walked this road before and we understand … Continue reading The Journey Begins