My apologies for the lag in blog postings. I’ve been researching and writing my next book–yay!–which will be released by Second Story Press in early fall 2013. I feel so good being in writing mode, but there is this deadline looming over my head, adding some time pressure to my life.
I may be a bit lackadaisical about blogging over the next few months. Multi-tasking while writing a book is not my forte. It’s one of those all-consuming projects that demands full attention and makes for lots of late nights. Currently, my home office is filled with stacks of library books from two different libraries–the public library and the university library.
Tomorrow, however, I’m taking a day off to attend The Writers’ Union of Canada workshop “How to Be Your Own Publicist” by Ann Douglas, Elizabeth Ruth, and Kelly Duffin. It will be so valuable to learn about social networking and blogging and all that through these talented and accomplished women. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Ann Douglas who I first met when I was a children’s book editor working in-house in Toronto. Ann is the creator of the blog Having-a-baby.com and is well-known for The Mother of All Books series. I’ll have to report back as to which local writers attend the workshop.
I have some homework to prepare for the workshop, which I haven’t even looked at yet. For now, it’s back to my research!
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Women Doing Literary Things (WDLT) is a website that features posts by women in the literary world. It was launched on International Women’s Day in March 2011. A new post—and new voice—is added each week.
Kingston Young Adult novelist Y.S. Lee told me about this compelling website, and I thought it would be fun to get involved. It’s been really interesting reading the essays by women authors, poets, novelists, librarians, and journalists. Niranjana (Nina) Iyer, who is a Canadian freelance writer, came up with this fantastic idea and maintains the website. I love the way her site brings together women from so many different fields within publishing, and diverse geographical regions as well. It’s a real coming together of women’s voices. I find it so rewarding to share stories and experiences; it’s so reaffirming. All the talented contributors have a passion for reading and writing. I strongly encourage you scroll through and read the other fantastic pieces. There is a lot of food for thought in the eloquent, engaging, and often provocative essays.
You can find my submission here on the Women Doing Literary Things website. It was just posted yesterday!
You can also find the same piece on She Writes at this link.
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If you are a writer, or are involved in publishing industry, and would like to be featured on the site, you can get in touch with Nina Iyer through the WDLT website here.
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