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About quillsandqueries

My editing experience includes a wide variety of books, articles, and commentary in both fiction and non-fiction. I work with authors of novels and short stories, students preparing for their dissertations, and corporate clients who publish in the financial and education sectors.

Brave New Publishing World — Whither Shalt Thou Publish? Part II

While it’s worth trying to get the attention of big publishers, it’s a long, tough haul and there are certainly no guarantees. This is not to say that you should give up on the dream — many authors have succeeded despite multiple rejections — but remember that you do have other options and, believe or not, those other options might be better for you. Continue reading

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Brave New Publishing World — Whither Shalt Thou Publish? Part I

Congratulations! You’ve written a book. So … now what? Getting that book published is going to be tough. Big publishers are likely to reject new authors or drop authors who don’t sell large numbers of books, while small publishers can … Continue reading

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Brave New Publishing World — Where Have All the Authors Gone?

Previously, Ira Nayman took us on a little tour of the more unexpected side of online publishing — who was doing it and why. Contrary to some commonly held opinions, writers who put their stories online are not a gaggle of no-talent hacks but may be established writers looking to cut out the middlemen or simply seek feedback from readers and fellow writers. Now, more authors than ever are self-publishing or working with small and mid-sized publishers. But what drove them away from large-scale traditional publishing in the first place? Continue reading

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Brave New Publishing World — Intro

Last year, a conversation with an author got me thinking about the publishing industry in general and the Canadian industry specifically. Why are so many Canadian authors stuck in the small-fish pond — is it just the general difficulty of … Continue reading

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Type While the Idea is Hot — Or At Least Lukewarm and Fermented

I like to write. Editing is a great career, but writing has been a wonderful hobby and sometime escape. Nonetheless, I go through long periods where I don’t write at all or can’t finish a paragraph before give up on what I have concluded is a defective story, essay, or poem. In fact, I don’t publish blog articles half as often as I should because I’m ridiculously critical of my own writing. (Sound familiar?) However, I’ve decided to pick up the pen once more. Continue reading

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Tangled Web: The World of Online Publishing

Granted, it’s tough to make a living in the arts … but there’s no reason why that should be. So why do so many brilliant writers of fiction and non-fiction alike struggle to pull themselves out of the shadows? Is this just a general artistic malaise or is there something peculiarly Canadian going on — or going wrong — here? Continue reading

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Sumer is Acomin’ In

Back in May, I attended A Dark Night of Canadian Fantasy, a reading put on by five talented local authors, where I met Nicole Chardenet. Nicole is a transplant from the United States, but I’d say she fits in pretty … Continue reading

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Write Away: Why I Put Pen to Paper (Er, Fingers to Keyboard)

The concept is simple: answer these four questions and tag three writers to do the same. Writing about writing (“second order writing”) is a great way make yourself write something, and the “hopping” encourages others to do the same Continue reading

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Genre Wars: My Final Word (For Now)

Earlier, I discussed how genres allow people to categorize stories so that they can narrow down the list of books they want to read, movies they want to watch, etc. However, people like nice, tidy, delineated categories with sharply defined borders, and these simply do not capture or reflect the tremendous range of tales that the human imagination can concoct.Genres are not the hermetically sealed glass boxes we want to think they are; rather, they are permeable membranes that hold a lot of stuff together while allowing certain types things to flow in and out of their borders. Continue reading

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Geeks and Glory at Ad Astra 2014

Normally, I’m not one to hang out at conventions because, well, I expect them to be noisy, crowded places and I don’t generally like noisy, crowded places. But after hearing a great deal about Ad Astra from writers, editors, and SF fans, I decided to dive in and spend some time checking out the goo Continue reading

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