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What I Read on the Road – Part II

Thanks to everyone for their fabulous reading suggestions in the comment sections of What I’m Reading on the Road Part I. However… I haven’t read any of your suggestions YET. It’s not that I don’t intend to, I very much plan to, but for now I have to work my way through my Kobo library. […]

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Photo Credit David Blaikie

The Dreaded Slush Pile

On this haunted Halloween, the only thing scarier than ghouls and goblins has to be the slush pile. When I first heard about the ‘slush edition’ at the annual When Words Collide conference, the idea sounded intriguing, exciting. In practice, it is intriguing and exciting, but also nerve-wracking and it plays havoc with your confidence. […]

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Musings in Frustration

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing. I LOVE writing. Finishing the first draft of my novel, Girl Tries Life, was euphoric. I had created it. All 68,000 words of it. Me. My imagination. It was one of those moments in life where I was really proud of myself. But that was back in December. Life […]

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The Virgin

The Heroine’s Journey

I considered doing my own original post on The Heroine’s Journey (NOT the same as the Hero’s Journey), but I decided that it’s been done, and done really well, by Diana Cranstoun. Diana gave a standing-room only workshop on Kim Hudson’s The Virgin’s Promise at the 2014 When Words Collide Conference. You can find Diana’s three posts here: […]

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Novel Marketing by Kate Larking

Novel Marketing – Why I Write What I Write

I’ve definitely mentioned my fabulous writers group before, the Alberta Romance Writers’ Association, and that’s because it’s made up of a hell of a lot of smart women (and the token male or two). As an ARWA member, I had the absolute pleasure to take part in a workshop by Kate Larking, an ARWA member […]

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High on life at a colour run. Photo credit: memories_by_mike (Flickr)

Travel to Sweat

Let’s be clear, I don’t personally travel to sweat, but I know a whole load of people that do and I’m fascinated. A retired colleague is currently away in glorious Switzerland running up a mountain. For fun. I kid you not, I’ve seen the course map. He’s literally running 42 km uphill. The marathon ends at the […]

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Photo Credit David Blaikie

Hybrid Publishing – Why You Might Just Want to Try It

First, you may ask, what is hybrid publishing? Simply put, hybrid publishing is when an author publishes both through a traditional publisher and through self-publishing. At the recent When Words Collide conference in Calgary, we had the absolute pleasure of having Mark Leslie, author and Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo, speak to […]

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