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Brian Brennan – “Brief Encounters” in Facts & Opinions

BrianB-03E square web Brian Brennan, a journalist and author currently living in Calgary, Alberta, was previously featured on my promotion blog, Reading Recommendations in Nov. 2013. When I read Brian’s memoir, Leaving Dublin, I was fascinated by the numerous stories he told of meeting and interviewing various celebrities of stage and screen for a column he wrote at the time for the Calgary Herald. I thought there could be value in resurrecting these original columns and repurposing them as new pieces, so I made the suggestion to Brian and was delighted when he wrote this blog post explaining the genesis of his new Brief Encounters column in the online journalism magazine, Facts & Opinions. Brian is a founding feature writer with the magazine and his profile of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the first original feature in the journal’s inaugural issue, won Runner-up, Best Feature Article, in the 2014 Professional Writers Association of Canada Awards. (This is a very interesting magazine, available only online by subscription, that has been able to sustain itself, so far, without advertising revenue. So, if you are interested in reading quality non-fiction journalism, you may want to consider subscribing.)

Now the very good news Brian has permitted me to share with you here is that he will eventually be gathering all of his original interview pieces together and publishing them in book form! Congratulations, Brian!

Reading Recommendations – a wrap-up for 2013

It’s been just over a month since I began posting to a new blogsite, Reading Recommendations, where I ask authors to reply to a list of questions, to tell us a bit about themselves and their work, and ask that they in turn recommend an author or book they are reading. I’m very pleased with the response I received from authors – some known to me, some recommended to me, and others who contacted me out of the blue – and have been happy to give all of them some promotion on this site. I thought that, since I was taking a break from this blog over the holiday season, it might be interesting to recap what’s been happening over there on Reading Recommendations, just in case you readers of this main blogsite have not yet gone over there to check it out. I’ve created some handy-dandy lists for you with links to all the authors. I’m hoping this will be of help to those of you who are seeking out your next great read!

For those who read according to an author’s nationality …

Canadians (A = Alberta author): Michael Fay, Mike Martin, Inge Bremer-Truman (A), Brian Brennan (A), Lisa Bowes (A), John Gilchrist (A), Lockard Young, Jerry Auld (A), Jacqueline Guest (A), Jo Dibblee (A)

US Authors: Armand Rosamilia, Tim Baker, Melanie Neale

UK Authors: Mitzi Szereto, Bridget Whelan, Maria Savva

And here is a list of genres …

Fiction:
Armand Rosamilia (Horror)
Tim Baker (Thriller/Suspense)
Michal Fay (Literary Fiction/Longform Short Story)
Mike Martin (Mystery)
Inge Bremer-Truman (Coming-of-age Novel)
Mitzi Szereto (Erotica)
Jerry Auld (Mountain Short Stories)
Maria Savva (Dark Fiction/Short Stories)

Non-Fiction:
Brian Brennan (Autobiography)
John Gilchrist (Restaurant Reviews)
Bridget Whelan (Writing Instruction)
Jo Dibblee (Memoir)
Melanie Neale (Memoir)

Children and Teens:
Lisa Bowes (Picture Book)
Lockard Young (Middle Grade Fiction)
Jacqueline Guest (Teen Fiction)

And a list of the authors/books each featured author has recommended …

Tim Baker’s Unfinished Business and Mark Tufo’s Zombie Fallout 7
Greg Isle’s Black Cross
Bruce Hunter’s In the Bear’s House
Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda
Fran Kimmel’s The Shore Girl
Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day
Lisa Wheeler’s Dino Baseball
Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project
Will Ferguson’s 419
Jaclyn Aurore’s Standing Up
Jennifer Bogart’s Remember Newvember
Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game
Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses
Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two-Birds
Lois Lowry’s The Giver
Andrew Peters’s Blues Detective series and Joe Soap
Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Cecelia M. Fernandez’s Leaving Little Havana

For 2014, I have already heard from four Canadian authors (all Albertans!), and one author each from the US and UK, so I’m excited to continue bringing you even more Reading Recommendations in the months to come!

If you are a published author (self or traditional, in print or eBook format) and would like to be featured on the Reading Recommendations site in 2014, please read the About Page on the site and contact me.

And if you are a Reader or an Author and have not yet subscribed to Reading Recommendations – what are you waiting for???

Reading Recommendations – 7 Authors Listed!

And many more to come!

If you haven’t yet checked out the site since I first announced its inception, you may want to mosey on over to Reading Recommendations and find out about some terrific authors and their books. There are now seven authors listed and many more queued up for posting on the site in the coming weeks. You may read now about Armand Rosamilia, Tim Baker, J. Michael Fay, Mike Martin, Inge Bremer-Trueman, Brian Brennan and Lisa Bowes. There’s already something here for everyone: Horror, mysteries, coming-of-age fiction suitable for teens and adults, short stories, a picture book for children, and an autobiography. There are print books and eBooks listed by American as well as Canadian authors, and each author has provided us with links where their books may be purchased. You’ll also read about the authors’ own reading recommendations!

Coming up – watch for more fiction for adults, a just-published eBook (the first from a brand new ePublisher!), a restaurant review guide for Calgary and area, and erotica as well, all written by Canadian and UK authors. As I said earlier, there will be something here for everyone! So please, subscribe to the Reading Recommendations site and receive notice every time I post a new listing. You never know what new author you will stumble across on there …

And, Authors, please remember that you too may be listed on this new promotion site. Just read the About Page for information on how to submit your name for consideration.

Dear Writer … it’s not all about you, ya know!

I’m reblogging this post from Aug. 16th, 2013, because it seems to be time to repeat the message. I’ll also be posting a new list of five more authors I will be promoting over the next while. Here’s a link to the first five!

A few weeks ago, I completed a sentence that had been posted by a writing-related Page on Facebook: What I like most about writing is …

I answered with, “when a reader enjoys what I’ve written,” because that’s why we all write in the first place. Right? So readers will read, and be affected by, what we’ve written. The bonus comes when they tell us this is the case. If that’s not why we write then we might as well just maintain locked journals and diaries. Or burn everything we write.

I was the first to reply to this, so it wasn’t until I went back to the Page a day later that I noticed mine was the only comment that took readers into consideration. For the rest of the people posting – and there were very many! – it was all about them.

When I write The End.

When my writing goes well for the day.

When I sell a lot of copies.

You get the picture. It scares me that so many writers are that self-centred they can’t see the real value to writing anything is to move, to entertain, to persuade, to get a reaction, and just have their writing read. (And it doesn’t matter here whether the reader actually purchased a copy, downloaded it for free, or borrowed your book from the library – as long as they’re reading. We’re not talking about making big bucks from writing and that that should be the reason we write, because I think everyone realizes there’s very little money to be made from writing books. And, if you don’t realize that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell to you … )

I know the vast majority of those who posted in reply to that original sentence will become published authors, or most likely will become self-published authors. I’m a self-published author. Unfortunately, most of those commentors will become the brand of self-published author we’ve all come to know and despise – The Self-Promoting Self-Published Author You know the ones – they spam you and mention their book, and only their book, every chance they get, and wonder why no one is buying. They never seem to wonder why no one is reading; they’re only interested in the money they’re not making.

So we end up with articles like this by Michael Kozlowski on GoodEReader: Self-Published Authors Are Destroying Literature. ALL self-published authors are painted with the same brush, because too many are making nuisances of themselves. I have stopped following and friending any author who only talks about themselves and their own book in social media. I will not follow anyone whose Twitter bio is only about their own book and not about any of the benefits they can offer to me – like, that they’re a READER, or a librarian, or a bookseller or someone else with a vested interest in books in general.

Sure, I want to know you’re a writer, but I also want to know that you read and will promote books by other authors. I will be more inclined to look at your website, in that case, check out what you’ve written, and – here’s the clincher … Help you to promote that book of yours by telling my friends about it, if I enjoy reading what you’ve written.

Now we’ve come full circle as to why readers’ enjoyment in our writing should be of the utmost importance to all writers and authors. If readers like what they read they will share it with their friends. The very best promotion anyone can ever ask for is word-of-mouth, because it means our readers are endorsing us and want to share our work with their friends, and it’s not just us blowing our own horns all the time. Word-of-mouth is also the most flattering form of promotion, far better than any review in a newspaper most new readers will never see. And it gets rid of any perceived need to self-promote, ad nauseum.

This word-of-mouth business doesn’t just happen overnight, either, so I suggest that, along with restraint, writers and authors need to learn to be patient. I first published my eBook in Feb. 2012 and the print edition in June of that year, and I’m still finding new readers who haven’t previously heard of me or my book. But I’ve been quietly making connections here and there and one thing has been leading to another, so I’m very pleased with the readership base I’ve developed, and how many of those people have asked when the next book will be available. I keep writing, and I continue to publish the work of other writers and help them promote their work. And I’ve tried to do it in a way that, I hope, has been helpful to other writers/authors and their readers by not making it all about me and my book.

I’ve recently “met” online a couple of other self-published authors. (I read and enjoyed their books, wrote reviews, and heard back from them both. We’ve made a connection and are now discussing promoting and promotion and I believe some good things are going to be coming out of this that will benefit all of us.) I’ve made the suggestion to one of these authors that, if every writer/author out there were to help five others promote their work (so for every tweet about their own book they would tweet five times about five different authors) this would be a wonderful world! You must have read something recently that you want to talk about to everyone you know. Maybe you’ve discovered a new writer whose book you just couldn’t put down, or perhaps you have a writer friend who is struggling to get the word out, because they just don’t have as many friends on Facebook as you do. It could also be an established author whose work you admire. Even established authors still need promotion, after all.

So I’m putting my money where my typing fingers are and am proposing to begin promoting five other authors myself. This was my business, after all, when I ran Alberta Books Canada. One of the authors I promoted then said that if I could find new readers for his writing he would be happy, so that became my mandate – finding new readers. At that time, I was working to promote many authors, primarily to libraries, and the authors paid me for displaying their books at conferences. What I propose now is to promote books by authors because it’s a good thing to do! If I promote these authors now, somewhere down the line someone else will promote my book. And all of this promotion will be done for free with no expectation of receiving anything in return. After all, what goes around, comes around. That’s Karma, man!

Please join me! (Readers, you too can get in on this idea …) If you know of a deserving book, tell your friends about it. Write a review, mention in your status update, Tweet about it. (As Tim Baker said in a recent blog post, Write a Review — Independent Authors Everywhere Will Thank You) Do that for five authors for a while. Then change over to another five authors. And continue. Your friends will be grateful for the reading recommendations. The authors will be grateful for the promotion.

And … it won’t be all about you any longer, so your friends will begin to return.

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Clearwater by Kim McCullough – an accomplished debut novel!

Kim McCullough has published her first novel, Clearwater, with Coteau Books of Regina!

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I met Kim a number of years ago at the first Fernie Writers’ Conference I attended and we have been friends since that time. I have read pieces of this novel while it was still a work in progress and have heard Kim read from it on a couple of occasions, so I have followed her progress with great anticipation – not only her progress with completing the novel but in finding a home, a publisher, who would be most suitable and do a good job of publishing Clearwater. I had the great pleasure of reading this as an eBook recently and can’t wait to get my hands on the final printed copy.

Kim has already received a glowing advance review and Joseph Boyden has said of McCullough and Clearwater: “McCullough’s an emerging writer Canadians should be keeping an eye on” and “such clarity and grace that the reader doesn’t so much enter these familiar yet foreign worlds as slips into them.”

Calgary and Regina readers are fortunate! Clearwater will be launched in both cities over the next couple of weeks.

Calgary Launch – Tues. Oct. 8 at Shelf Life Books

Regina Launch – Oct. 17 at The Artful Dodger

Attend if you can and help Kim celebrate the publication of her new novel. More importantly, buy a copy (or borrow it from the library) and read Clearwater. I highly recommend it!

I will be there in spirit, Kim! Best of luck with this book!

Dear Writer … it’s not all about you, ya know!

A few weeks ago, I completed a sentence that had been posted by a writing-related Page on Facebook: What I like most about writing is …

I answered with, “when a reader enjoys what I’ve written,” because that’s why we all write in the first place. Right? So readers will read, and be affected by, what we’ve written. The bonus comes when they tell us this is the case. If that’s not why we write then we might as well just maintain locked journals and diaries. Or burn everything we write.

I was the first to reply to this, so it wasn’t until I went back to the Page a day later that I noticed mine was the only comment that took readers into consideration. For the rest of the people posting – and there were very many! – it was all about them.

When I write The End.

When my writing goes well for the day.

When I sell a lot of copies.

You get the picture. It scares me that so many writers are that self-centred they can’t see the real value to writing anything is to move, to entertain, to persuade, to get a reaction, and just have their writing read. (And it doesn’t matter here whether the reader actually purchased a copy, downloaded it for free, or borrowed your book from the library – as long as they’re reading. We’re not talking about making big bucks from writing and that that should be the reason we write, because I think everyone realizes there’s very little money to be made from writing books. And, if you don’t realize that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell to you … )

I know the vast majority of those who posted in reply to that original sentence will become published authors, or most likely will become self-published authors. I’m a self-published author. Unfortunately, most of those commentors will become the brand of self-published author we’ve all come to know and despise – The Self-Promoting Self-Published Author You know the ones – they spam you and mention their book, and only their book, every chance they get, and wonder why no one is buying. They never seem to wonder why no one is reading; they’re only interested in the money they’re not making.

So we end up with articles like this by Michael Kozlowski on GoodEReader: Self-Published Authors Are Destroying Literature. ALL self-published authors are painted with the same brush, because too many are making nuisances of themselves. I have stopped following and friending any author who only talks about themselves and their own book in social media. I will not follow anyone whose Twitter bio is only about their own book and not about any of the benefits they can offer to me – like, that they’re a READER, or a librarian, or a bookseller or someone else with a vested interest in books in general.

Sure, I want to know you’re a writer, but I also want to know that you read and will promote books by other authors. I will be more inclined to look at your website, in that case, check out what you’ve written, and – here’s the clincher … Help you to promote that book of yours by telling my friends about it, if I enjoy reading what you’ve written.

Now we’ve come full circle as to why readers’ enjoyment in our writing should be of the utmost importance to all writers and authors. If readers like what they read they will share it with their friends. The very best promotion anyone can ever ask for is word-of-mouth, because it means our readers are endorsing us and want to share our work with their friends, and it’s not just us blowing our own horns all the time. Word-of-mouth is also the most flattering form of promotion, far better than any review in a newspaper most new readers will never see. And it gets rid of any perceived need to self-promote, ad nauseum.

This word-of-mouth business doesn’t just happen overnight, either, so I suggest that, along with restraint, writers and authors need to learn to be patient. I first published my eBook in Feb. 2012 and the print edition in June of that year, and I’m still finding new readers who haven’t previously heard of me or my book. But I’ve been quietly making connections here and there and one thing has been leading to another, so I’m very pleased with the readership base I’ve developed, and how many of those people have asked when the next book will be available. I keep writing, and I continue to publish the work of other writers and help them promote their work. And I’ve tried to do it in a way that, I hope, has been helpful to other writers/authors and their readers by not making it all about me and my book.

I’ve recently “met” online a couple of other self-published authors. (I read and enjoyed their books, wrote reviews, and heard back from them both. We’ve made a connection and are now discussing promoting and promotion and I believe some good things are going to be coming out of this that will benefit all of us.) I’ve made the suggestion to one of these authors that, if every writer/author out there were to help five others promote their work (so for every tweet about their own book they would tweet five times about five different authors) this would be a wonderful world! You must have read something recently that you want to talk about to everyone you know. Maybe you’ve discovered a new writer whose book you just couldn’t put down, or perhaps you have a writer friend who is struggling to get the word out, because they just don’t have as many friends on Facebook as you do. It could also be an established author whose work you admire. Even established authors still need promotion, after all.

So I’m putting my money where my typing fingers are and am proposing to begin promoting five other authors myself. This was my business, after all, when I ran Alberta Books Canada. One of the authors I promoted then said that if I could find new readers for his writing he would be happy, so that became my mandate – finding new readers. At that time, I was working to promote many authors, primarily to libraries, and the authors paid me for displaying their books at conferences. What I propose now is to promote books by authors because it’s a good thing to do! If I promote these authors now, somewhere down the line someone else will promote my book. And all of this promotion will be done for free with no expectation of receiving anything in return. After all, what goes around, comes around. That’s Karma, man!

Please join me! (Readers, you too can get in on this idea …) If you know of a deserving book, tell your friends about it. Write a review, mention in your status update, Tweet about it. (As Tim Baker said in a recent blog post, Write a Review — Independent Authors Everywhere Will Thank You) Do that for five authors for a while. Then change over to another five authors. And continue. Your friends will be grateful for the reading recommendations. The authors will be grateful for the promotion.

And … it won’t be all about you any longer, so your friends will begin to return.

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On editing and writing and agents

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On Editing
From Jeff Goins Writer: Why Writers Can’t Edit Their Own Work
From wordserve water cooler: Editing Tips by henrymclaughlin

On Writing
From terribleminds: 25 Things to Know About Your Story’s Stakes
If you’re looking for a way to write really popular, commercial fiction, here’s a cheat sheet of rules that all the movies seem to follow … that is, if you don’t mind your story sounds like those written by everyone else. From Slate: The Save the Cat! beat sheet
From C. Hope Clark: Why Do You Write? AND Make Yourself Good
From The Writing Corp: How To Write Well
From wordserve watercooler: What Does Your Hero Yearn For? by henrymclaughlin
From IndieReader: 8 Moments When You Swear You’ll Never Write Again by jleff
From Aerogramme Writers’ Studio: 23 Tips From Famous Writers for New and Emerging Authors

On Agents
From Books & Such: Let Your Agent Be the Bad Guy by Rachelle Gardner AND Query Letters: Why request? Why reject? by Rachel Kent
From Rachelle Gardner: How to Impress an Agent

And a wonderful short story written by Calgary writer Betty Jane Hegerat for your weekend reading pleasure, and to celebrate the impending birth of a little princess or prince … The Queen is Coming. Enjoy!

And now, a word or two (and a few videos) from my friends …

I have spread out this week’s offering of interesting links over three posts – because there were so many good articles, videos, and posts I wanted to share with you and it was too much to post them all together. I’ve already posted Parts 1 & 2, and here is Part 3, comprised of links to a number of friends’ sites, either people I know or, at least, have met. Please read what they have to say and consider subscribing to their blogs and sites. Enjoy!

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From my good friend and Alberta Author, Betty Jane Hegerat, comes Family Recipes.

Ken McGoogan, who blurbed the back cover of my novel, offers information about a one-week intensive writing workshop this summer in Toronto: Would you take a writing workshop with this man?

My long time Caribbean friend, Gwenith Whitford (who also graduated from Queen’s!), lives on, and writes about, the island of Dominica in her blog, Ti Dominik Tales. Recently, she talked of Teaching ESL on the Nature Island: Class One – Dominica’s Environment

From Hazel Hutchins, an award-winning Alberta Author of children’s books, there’s a newly designed website.

My good friends at The University of Alberta Press have maintained an informative blog for quite a while, titled There’s a Hole in the Bucket. In this post, they report on the recent Alberta Book Awards Gala held in Edmonton and include a list of the winners as well as a slide show of the festivities!

Another Alberta Author who maintains an excellent blog is Thomas Wharton. Tom often writes about what it means to be a writer, how he writes, as well as what he writes. In this post, he gives us a visual version of A writer’s journey

And … LOOK OUT! Eugene Stickland – playwright, publisher, teacher, bon-vivant, and man-about-Calgary – warns us of The Long-awaited Return of Mr. Grumpypants!

Someone I had the great opportunity to meet is Billy Collins, former United States Poet Laureate. I was a member of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Steering Committee that invited him to Calgary in 2012. Bob Chelmick, host of CKUA’s The Road Home regularly plays recordings of Collins reading his poetry. So when I heard Ballistics the other day I knew I had to share it with you. Then the poem Forgetfulness was played as well, and it seemed like a good idea to include that, while I was at it. You can never have enough Billy Collins …

And finally, from a Bequia “friend” I have yet to meet in person, here’s a post on the relatively new blog written by Jay Yurkiewicz linking to an article about a friend of Jay’s who “gives back globally.” I will be writing more about this concept in the near future.

I have recently figured out how to make videos using my new camera and have set up a YouTube channel so that I may post these online to share with fans and followers. No cat videos … yet, but I will not promise there won’t be any cat videos in the future. For now, you’ll have to make do with three videos of Admiralty Bay. All are available to view on this blog post. I hope they will give you a brief taste of Bequia, especially those of you who have read my novel but have not yet visited the island. Yes, this place really does exist!

Have you recently discovered any interesting articles or blogs dealing with the topics on this blog? (Writing, Editing, Publishing, Promotion, eBooks, Bookselling) Please post a link in the comments section, and tell us why you think it’s important.

Blogs, articles, information, videos, etc. – the weekly offering …

From rea tarvydas: A Writer/Professional – Calgary author!

Two more articles by Lisa McGonigle, author of Snowdrift

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and the inspiration for my recent blog post, Home and a sense of belongingNo Direction Home and Steadfast and True: Fernie Friends Reunited

On Writing
From wordserve water cooler: Get Thee to a Conference, Writer! by jandunlap
From The Writing Corp: Writing in the Real World by lindaricke
From The Writing Corp: People Like You by alicorndreams
From Writer Unboxed: When to Hold Em’ and When to Fold Em’: Knowing If Your Manuscript is Worth Fighting For by Heather Reid
From The Writing Corp: It’s Okay to Fail by Rowan

On Publishing
From The Shatzkin Files: The three forces that are shaping 21st century book publishing: scale, verticalization, and atomization

On Promotion
From 30-Day Book: Why I’m Totally Okay With Giving My Book Away Free by Dana Sitar
From Seth Godin: Frequency, repetition and the power of saying it more than once
From GalleyCat: How Indie Authors Can Work Together by Jason Boog
From Writer Unboxed: Hacks for Hacks: How to PWN Twitter by Bill Ferris

On eBooks and ePublishing
From Nathan Bransford: Who Owns E-book Rights From Old Publishing Contracts?

On Readers and Reading
From We Grow Media: Writers: Focus on Reader Discovery, Not Book Discoverability
From Publishing Perspectives: What Does “Post-Digital” Book Discovery Look Like?
From LeadersWest: How social media changed the dynamic between authors and readers by Joanne Clancy

On Blogs and Blogging
From Michael Hyatt: 3 Blogging Mistakes That Are Killing Your Traffic (video) and Headlines That Grab Readers by the Eyeballs and Suck Them into Your Message
From The Writing Corp: What We All Forget by Nesher Ehrman

Of library displays and author promotions …

Many of you know that I have been taking a hiatus from my author impresario business, Alberta Books Canada, while I write, promote my own novel, and try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

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I’m currently back in Calgary, Alberta, for a bit of a visit (because I had made a commitment long ago to give a presentation at a Calgary library – and I’ll be attending my high school’s reunion in Toronto!), but I plan to return to Bequia at the end of May. I wasn’t sure if anything would come up for me while I was in Canada, as far as a paying job or situation were concerned, but I decided to keep an open eye and mind and listen for opportunity to knock.

That hasn’t happened yet during these past two weeks, but I have returned to rethinking the whole Alberta Books Canada thing and would like to throw out some ideas to get feedback on how I might be able to reorganize my promotion business.

There are four conferences I know of being held in Alberta during September and October. I have attended all of these conferences in past years and set up displays of books at each for the benefit of librarians and readers in general. These were informational displays only. I’d be willing to come back to Canada and set up this kind of display once again, and possibly offer the service outside of Alberta (in Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the Kootenays in BC), if I knew there would be enough support. I’d also, in this case, be willing to display books by PRAIRIE and KOOTENAY authors and publishers, and not just Albertan. I’ll be sending out an email to my current list of authors and publishers who displayed their books with me previously, just to see what kind of response I receive. But I realize that many authors who have never displayed their books with me may also be interested in this opportunity. If that’s you, and you would like to find out more about this promotion, please send me an email: susanmtoy (at) gmail.com. There is a possibility I will be able to “display” eBooks as well, so even if you don’t have a print-published book, this type of display may work for you, as well. Once I receive your inquiry, I will send you the information you’ll need to decide if this kind of promotion will work for you.

And, for those of you who have displayed books with me previously, would you mind making comments here as to what you thought of this kind of promotion and suggestions as to how it may be improved? Thanks for any and all comments.

I would even consider an alternative business name, rather than limiting myself to Alberta Books Canada. Does anyone have a great alternative suggesting the prairies and the mountains?

If I were to attend conferences once again, I would also consider setting up separate promotions and events to highlight prairie-province/Kootenay authors and publishers – literary salons, reader conferences, virtual conferences (which I could run from Bequia, now that I think of it!), and author auditions for book club members to attend (to help them decide which books to read), as well as finding paying reading gigs for authors. There is also the possibility that I might sell books at these various venues – although I would prefer to bring in a local bookstore to sell for us where this is possible.

So, lots of ideas churning in my head at the moment. (Not a big surprise there to some of you.) Thanks for any help you can offer here. And now, to make up my mind, for once and for all …