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30 Before 30 – The List

It’s my birthday!!! I’ve been talking about creating one of those infamous 30 before 30 lists for ages now. It took a while for it to come together, but I finally have it. And guess what? It includes a whole lot of travel and writing. So, while this may be less about informing you about travel […]

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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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Professional Development for Aspiring Authors

A while back, I came across a random link to the Brenda Novak On-line Auction to raise money for diabetes research. The thing that drew my eye was the number of auction items where you got to spend one on one time with agents or editors. Holy cow! For an aspiring author, is there a better […]

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Query Letter Approaches

In preparation to start querying agents, I pulled up my notes from the 2013 Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I was lucky enough to attend the Queries That Work workshop with Penguin Canada’s Adrienne Kerr. Here were some of my key takeaways from her presentation: Know what your agent/editor has recently acquired. Demonstrate that you’ve done […]

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Am I Ready For An Agent?

I can’t imagine how many times new authors ask themselves this question? Am I ready for an agent? It’s like asking yourself if you’re ready to get married, or ready to have kids? Do you ever really know? Can you ever really be sure? Or, do you just have to take the plunge? Here are […]

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Advice for Writers’ Conferences

As a budding author, when the dates aligned for me in 2013 I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I had planned to go with a fellow writer, but a family emergency came up, so I ended up there solo. The solo part was ever so slightly terrifying. I’d been […]

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