Category Archives: Marketing

Taking for granted

In the last few months I’ve applied to several granting programmes. Here in Ontario there are two provincially-funded ones I can apply for, and one federally-funded one, and I’ve gone for them all. Canada Council is a hotly-contested, national grant … Continue reading

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Moving on

For the last year “The Swan Harp” has been with a publisher who expressed interest in it. Although I would love to work with this company, at this point there is nothing happening, and no deadline for anything to happen. … Continue reading

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That network thing

On Friday a friend of mine who is also a professional artist in paint and collage called to ask me to write her a poem. She’s entering a show in which each piece displayed must be a collaboration among three … Continue reading

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Duh!

David reminded me that I have contacts in the writing world. I called up the editor I worked with on “Erik the Viking Sheep”, many years ago, and was surprised and delighted when she said, “I was thinking about you … Continue reading

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How writing is like lambing

For just over a decade I raised sheep, and my favourite part of raising sheep was lambing. I loved seeing each new lamb born, finding out whether it was a ewe or a ram, and seeing the colour. I loved … Continue reading

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At lewis ends again

When I was a child, I read all the Paddington Bear books. Paddington used the phrase “at lewis ends” instead of “loose ends”, and it became a byword in our family for that state of not knowing what to do … Continue reading

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When self-publishing makes sense

Okay, maybe it sounded like I came down a bit hard on self-publication in the last post. That was about fiction, which is the kind of creative writing that everybody thinks they can do – and they can, except maybe … Continue reading

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Lie down with dogs

Let’s talk about self publishing. As with the traditional route, there are pros and cons to self-publication. The pros are: You don’t have to deal with the traditional industry’s machinery and gatekeepers. You have complete control of the book’s content, … Continue reading

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Finding the markets without losing your mind

My first-year university roommate had worked at Trenton Air Force Base as a file clerk for the summer. Military regulations required that hair be worn above the collar, so Lynn had to learn to put her hair up. “They told … Continue reading

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The path to publication – part one

I’ve been telling you some of the big reasons that you aren’t getting published. (In case you’re wondering, most of the mistakes I’ve covered are ones I’ve also made.) Now I’m going to talk about some things you could do … Continue reading

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