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Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Surrey International Writers’ Conference #siwc. What an incredible experience! I met so many writers (there were about 600 of us!), some who are published and others who were just starting out. This year’s theme was This day we write! I even bought a tee shirt with this quote to motivate me. I attended workshops put on by such well known authors as Bob Mayer, Robert Dugoni,...

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National Novel Writing Month

Today begins National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo. The goal is to write a novel in one month. To do that, you need to write nearly 2,700 words a day! That’s a lot of words. NaNoWriMo has been going on for many years and yes, some people do actually manage to get their novel written in a month. They have a plan and then it’s ‘bums in seats’ time to get it written. Presumably it’s a first draft and will...

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Welcome back!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting for awhile. This site was getting spammed like crazy – I spent days deleting hundreds of spam comments. To solve the problem, I had to turn off Comments. Unfortunately, that means that those of you who are genuinely interested in self-publishing can’t leave comments either. If you have a question, just click on the Contact tab and send me an email. I’ll respond...

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Still time to register for Online Publishing workshop!

There is still time to register for How to Publish a Book Online on Saturday, November 7 at 0900-1600 (includes breaks). Call ISC at 250-748-7529 to register. The code is 5461.

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Writing and Publishing Workshops in 2015

This fall I am teaching two workshops for writers at the Island Savings Center in Duncan, BC. Contact ISC at 250-748-7529 to register. Creative Writing Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 – 4:00.  Learn some of the secrets of writing interesting stories.This workshop includes point of view, narration, description, characters and dialogue. You will learn how to give your stories strong beginnings, believable conflict and satisfying...

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Ebooks

Who makes ebooks? The easiest and cheapest way to get your book in print is to make it into an ebook. Publishing it through the many websites out there is free! As an independent publisher, you will learn to like anything for free. All the companies also offer a free author page that you can use to market yourself and your book. You simply format your book and upload it to a site that converts it into an ebook and puts it for sale on the...

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The interior design of your book is important too

When I gave a presentation about book design to the Federation of BC Writers on January 24, everyone asked for a copy of my material. I wasn’t prepared for giving handouts for more than 70 people, so I promised I would post it on my blog. I have taken my outline and turned it into a three part series about Book Design Inside and Out. The Most Common Features Inside Your Book The difference between professional design and amateur...

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