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Sage Advice from the Alberta Romance Writers

I’m biased, I get that, but I attended a fabulous workshop by the Alberta Romance Writers Association in August. There were four speakers: Jessica Jackson, Diana Cranstoun, Sarah Kades and Mahrie Glab Reid. Rather than try and sum up a three hour session, I thought I’d just share my key a-ha moments. Ladies – forgive me! I can’t remember who said what, but […]

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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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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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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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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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Books Owned vs. Books Read

Okay, we’re taking a slight break from the Pub 101 series (mainly because it’s been a busy week and I didn’t write it…shhh!). It was recently pointed out to me by my husband that I might have a serious problem. I was showing him my Kobo library, including all of the books I’ve been buying […]

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Introducing – Publishing 101

Hello readers! It’s a week since I attended the When Words Collide conference and my brain is absolutely BUZZING! I had the absolute joy to attend some fascinating workshops. My notebook is overflowing and I am filled with tidbits of information that were completely new to me. Don’t you love it when that happens? And […]

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Premise vs. Theme

Have I ever mentioned before how much I love writers’ conferences? Well, love is probably not a strong enough word. The speakers, the learning, the sharing, the networking… it makes me shiver with excitement! Today is the first day of When Words Collide, a Calgary-based writers’ conference, run entirely by dedicated volunteers. I got a […]

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