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Authors I’m Promoting – the first 5

Last week I wrote an impassioned blog post pleading with all writers to get over themselves. In Dear Writer … it’s not all about you, ya know!, I suggested that promoting yourself is not what is going to get you and your books ahead, but finding others to spread the word-of-mouth message will.

So today’s post fulfills my promise for the “what goes around” part of the Karma circle, and I am listing here Five Authors whose work I will be promoting for the next while. Readers, please do consider reading books written by these authors I suggest. They’re all great writers and I’m sure you’ll enjoy any – and, I hope, many! – of their books. If you’ve never heard of these writers before (only one is a brand-spanking-newly published author) then you are in for a treat!

Blue Guitar Ann Ireland
Ann won the Seal First Novel Award for A Certain Mr. Takahashi in 1985 and she has since published three novels, the most recent being The Blue Guitar this year. She also teaches creative writing courses online through Ryerson University, Toronto. I first knew of Ann from when I was a bookseller and she won the Award, but then I studied with her over past years in a few of her writing courses. She’s currently promoting The Blue Guitar, and her publisher, Dundurn Press, is reissuing an earlier novel, The Instructor, so all four of Ann’s novels are available in print editions and also as eBooks. You may learn more about Ann and her books here on her website.

9781459705470 David A. Poulsen
I first met Dave in the early 90s when I was a sales rep for Red Deer Press and they published Dave’s novel, Don’t Fence Me In. Great book! Very funny! But I’m afraid it may be unavailable now as I know Dave had fewer than 10 copies left last fall. Fortunately, he has continued to write and publish since that time. Most of his books are intended for a younger audience and are primarily of interest to teens and children. Some of the teen books, however, will also be of interest to adult readers. In particular, his latest, Old Man, works great as a crossover book. This novel was recently published by Dundurn Press and is available in both print and eBook editions. You may find out more about David A. Poulsen here at his website. (Dave also holds the distinction of being the only professional rodeo announcer among all the writers I’ve ever met!)

9578bbded2160d948054c2931686a3a9 W.K. Blais
I discovered W.K. Blais’s novel, School of the Assassins, a couple of weeks ago when it was offered as a free download on Amazon. The story sounded interesting and, while I don’t read a lot of thrillers myself, Dennis and our neighbour both do, so I thought they might enjoy reading this particular eBook. I picked it up first, though, and I could not put it down! Not only is the story intriguing and the characters well-drawn, but also the writing is perfect. I was hard-pressed to find any typos let alone any editing issues with this book. This is a top-notch thriller that stands right alongside anything by all of the big-name (mostly male) thriller writers. I even had a bit of a tiff with Dennis over this book, because I was on the third-last page, he had called me to dinner twice, and I could not stop reading until I was completely finished – it was that good! (He came close to apologizing for being angry with me after he finished reading the book and admitted it really was that good.) While Blais is new to me as a writer (she’s American and now lives in California), she has previously published two other novels that are still available in print. And she’s working on a sequel to School of the Assassins. You may read more about W.K. Blais and her books here on her website. School of the Assassins is self-published and only available as an eBook.

home001004 Tim Baker
I first met Tim Baker on Facebook when he began posting information about the new novel, Unfinished Business, he was releasing as an eBook and in a print edition. It was the cover that attracted me! Tim used a FlipBook to create a sampler of his new book and I thought that was such a great promotion idea I began creating samplers, too, for my own novel and the new IslandShorts stories I was publishing. So I purchased a copy of his eBook online and read it. (After Dennis read it first then tried to tell me the entire story before I could get to it myself, he was that impressed by it. Nothing worse than a spoiler, eh?) The storyline is very original, I believe, and it’s set in Flagler Beach, FL, where Tim lives now, so I could identify with that similar tropical beach setting. Since I first discovered Tim, I’ve been an avid correspondent with him on Facebook (I’m not stalking you, Tim … Honest!) and have been following his blog. He believes in supporting other artists and authors and he writes about writing, publishing, books etc., on a regular basis. Tim has also recently begun co-hosting a radio program, The Castaways, broadcast online on Friday evenings on Flagler Beach Radio. The hosts discuss writing, authors, books, artists and provide a great source of information and material for discussion for anyone in the artistic community. Plus they seem to have a lot of fun and they play great music, too! You may read more about Tim Baker here at his website. And the good news is … Tim has six other novels I haven’t yet read! (Tim Baker is self-published.)

large_198 Kim McCullough
Last, but definitely not least, is our not-quite-yet-published author, my friend Kim McCullough, who lives in Calgary, Alberta. I’ve known Kim since we met in a writing workshop at the Fernie Writers’ Conference in 2009. I have read various pieces from her new novel over the years, but have not yet had the chance to read the final edited ready-for-print version. Am really looking forward to the release of this book! I do know enough about Kim and her writing to be able to say, unequivocally, that this will be a very good book! Clearwater is being published in Sept. by Coteau Books of Regina. You may read more about Kim McCullough here on her website. This is an author to watch!

I’ll be sharing and Tweeting about all five of these Authors on social media whenever I can over the coming weeks. Watch for my updates about them and their work on Facebook and Twitter.

Okay, Writers, now it’s your turn! I challenge every one of you to do the same – to write a blog post similar to this and promote five different authors who you believe deserve attention from your friends and other readers. Let’s start this promotion-ball rolling, shall we? Let’s see how long we can keep this type of promotion going. (If you do write a blog post, please feel free to post a link to it in the comments section below.)

Thanks for playing!


The weekly roundup of blogs, etc., for your consideration …


From Ann Ireland: An excerpt from a new novel!

On Writers Reading
From HuffPost Books: 10 Tips for Writers Reading in Public by Randy Susan Meyers

On Writing
From We Grow Media: Should Writers Take More Risks?
From Carrie Mumford: When Are You a Writer?
From Joel Goldman: The Dark Side of Social Media – Crimes, Confessions and Cops

On eBooks and Self-Publishing
From GoodeReader: The Overwhelming Majority of Self-Published eBooks are Terrible and Self-Published Authors Are Destroying Literature both written by by Michael Kozlowski

On Promotion
From Writer Unboxed: How to Stay Noticed by Sarah Callender
From Seth Godin: The thermostat and the frying pan

On Reading and Libraries
From HuffPost Books: Shocking Confessions of a Recovering Book Snob by Jeanette Solomon
From Book Patrol: Living with and sharing 35,000 books
From The Guardian: James Joyce’s ‘last undiscovered’ collection to be published
From Seth Godin: “I get it”
From BOOKRIOT: From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books by Jeff O’Neal

For Hungry Book Nerds
From Flavorwire: 10 Literary Restaurants for Hungry Book Nerds Around the World


This week’s selection of blog posts, articles, videos, and words of wisdom …

A word from Captain Mal/Richard Castle on reading …


And a word or more on teaching writing from my own very exceptionally good writing instructor, Ann Ireland … who I should have asked to edit that last line for me before I posted. Don’t forget about Ann’s latest novel, The Blue Guitar, available in print and eBook formats.

Here’s a new site offering blogging about books, a place to list what you’re reading/have read, and a new book community to become involved in … booklikes

From Seth Godin, No Signal on getting the word out, and You Should Buy the Book on buying books and sharing them.

On Writing
From The Writing Corp: On Following the Trends
From Notes From the Perilous Realm by Thomas Wharton: Focus

On Self-Publishing
From Anne R. Allen’s Blog: How NOT to Self-Publish: 12 Things for New Indies to Avoid

From The Australian: The losing game of writing books to win by Helen Garner

And, what the heck! Here’s that fabulous music video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity created in space by Commander Chris Hadfield, who has done more for science and space and space travel than anyone else – ever! You’ve probably already viewed it, but this is well worth watching again and again and again …

Blogs, articles, reviews, videos, inspiration, and a boot in the seat of the pants!

From Islam Abudaoud


From The Atlantic Wire
What Kind of Book Reader Are you?

From Off the Shelf Book Promotions
How to Build a Great Relationship With Your Local Bookstore

From Anne R. Allen’s Blog
Self-Editing 101 – 13 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Opening Chapter

From Masters in English
100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

From HuffPost Books
Omission, Insanity, and Half-Truths: Unreliable Narrators in Literature

From Kill Zone
What My Cat Has Taught Me About Writing

A review of Lisa McGonigle’s Snowdrift (and a recipe!) by Darcie Friesen Hossack, author of Mennonites Don’t Dance From Ski Bum to PhD

From Good eReader
The Digital Book Club – Long Neglected by Major eBook Companies

From Seth Godin
Hooked on Hacking Life

From Open Book Toronto
At the Desk: Ann Ireland

Some humour from GalleyCat
Performance Enhancing Drugs of the Literary World

From MetaFilter
The 100 best mystery novels of all time

From Glenn Dixon, a book trailer promoting his soon-to-be-released
Tripping the World Fantastic: a journey through the music of our planet