When I was a sales rep for publishers, I routinely made the road trip north from Calgary up Highway #2 to see customers in Edmonton. I drove to Edmonton again yesterday for the first time in many years and … not much has changed! Except for the highway name, as it’s now designated as “Queen Elizabeth II”.
I remembered too this short story I wrote during that time I was a rep, when I was inspired by the song One of Us I heard on CKUA Radio (my constant companion on all my Alberta driving trips!) performed by Joan Osborne, while I was on one of those many trips.
So today, as I was driving south once again along that same highway, I thought I’d reread this story when I arrived back where I’m staying … and make it available for others to read, if they’re interested.
Goes to show, you just never know how or when you’ll be inspired or discover a story that needs to be told.
On Oct. 6th, 2015, I delivered the following talk and slide show at the Calgary Public Library. Here is the complete transcript as well as a list of further reading on the subject of self-publishing.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6th, I’ll be taking part in a talk and panel discussion at the John Dutton Theatre in the Central Branch (downtown) of Calgary Public Library!
Please join me and fellow panelists, Jasna Tosic and Randy McCharles, as we share our experience of having self-published our own books.
The 12-Step Programme to Successful Self-Publication
Tuesday, Oct. 6
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Join experienced self-publisher and author Susan Toy and self-published novelists Jasna Tosic and Randy McCharles for a practical panel discussion covering the 12 key steps of the self-publishing process.
This is a free event, but you must register with the library to attend.
Some great ideas in one handy list for any author to consider if they’re trying to find “free” promotion for their books!
Originally posted on Helena Fairfax:
Sharon Boothroyd, along with her husband Keith, runs a free e-zine for fiction lovers called KISHBOO. The magazine has gone from strength to strength since its launch, and yet Sharon, as a canny Yorkshirewoman, has spent nothing at all on advertising.
Sharon kindly offered to share some of her promotional tips today. Thanks for dropping in with your advice, Sharon. (As a hard-pressed writer and fellow-Yorkshirewoman, you had me at the word “free”!)
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TEN WAYS TO GET FREE PUBLICITY
by Sharon Boothroyd
Every writer must take publicity seriously.
I’m the editor of a non- profit (yet successful) e-magazine KISHBOO We launched our project in October 2014 – and guess what?
We haven’t paid a single penny for advertising.
Would you like free publicity? Here’s ten tips for you to follow:
I already knew quite a few writers who…
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I was very honoured to be asked to critique entries in the Bahrain Creative Writers’ Group Challenge this summer. Seumas Gallacher is a member of this group and the reason I was invited to be a guest critiquer. It was definitely a pleasure to read the entry included below.
Originally posted on Bahrain Creative Writers' Blog:
Susan M Toy
Our reviewer for the single entry received for our July-August Challenge was Susan Toy – a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through her company, Alberta Books Canada. Susan is also an author and publisher, her imprints are IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, Susan represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, seeking out new readers, and assisting them in making wise career decisions.
Susan continues to promote authors and good books in general, throughout the world and online, on her blog, Reading Recommendations. She created the writing contest, Coffee Shop Author, has sat on the Board of Directors of the Fernie Writers’ Conference, served as a member of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program steering committee, and was a member of the board of directors for the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. She is now concentrating…
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Way back in December, 2013, I published this guest blog post written by Dennis Ference about his adventures with coffee production on St. Vincent and roasting beans in our own pizza oven.
He held back some of the beans for planting and has been tending to about seven trees that are growing in our garden and next door. He’s thrilled to now report that beans have formed on our plants!
“There’ll be about enough for one pot of coffee, once the beans ripen and are roasted,” he tells me. So he’s not ready just yet to become the next Juan Valdez, and we won’t be in the market for a donkey.
I wonder if cats could ever be trained to carry those bags to market … Definitely not Zoom, but Emme might do it. This would be more Zoom’s style.