Self-Publishing – It’s Not As Easy As It Looks

It may not be easy but it is worth it. Before the advent of the e-book, self-publishing was for the author who wanted a few copies for friends and family members, vanity publishing. Then along comes the e-book and publishing was changed forever. Now, anyone with a computer and a manuscript can publish their book for FREE. Just push a button and your story is out there on Amazon or B&N or Kobo or any of the others. And, you can even publish a paperback version for free. [...]

Self-Publishing – Reflections of a rookie

Nearly a year ago, around the middle of February, I sat out to write down a few memories. For years, my husband and I have joked about the things we've done, the experiences we've shared and the characters that have floated in and out of our lives. Many of whom became family, and others only a phone call away. We've worn many hats, lived in several states, owned biker bars, ran stock cars, driven eighteen wheelers OTR and surrounded ourselves with a plethora of unique individuals. Mostly bikers, [...]

My Book – A Case Study | Age is not a limitation

I am 78 years old, and my love of writing began over 30 years ago, as I sat quietly each morning, asking God to teach me what He wanted me to learn from His Word – the Bible. Day by day He began to highlight a certain verse, or a passage or a chapter from His word, and impressed on my mind a thought about it. I began by writing down those thoughts, and as this continued I began to get the impression that others could learn from [...]

Case Study: Beautiful Toronto

For those who don’t know me, and I realize that’s probably most of you, I am a middle aged mother of three teenage boys, who also happens to be a singer-songwriter. Some might think that being the mother of three teenage boys would provide plenty of fodder for songwriting, but that would not be accurate in my case.  I don’t write about my sons, or my location, or my dog, or anything about my day to day life. I write love songs. I write heart wrenching, gut punching, [...]

Self-editing – The Bane of a Writer’s Existence

Self-editing is a double-edged sword that will certainly test not only the mettle, but the integrity of an author on many levels. To self-edit your own work, you must be prepared to be your own best and worst critic. That means reading your work over and over to the point where you can see the words dancing in your head when you are doing things not related to your editing. When that happens, you will see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the otherwise that you feel [...]

Editors and Their Importance

You are well on your way to completing the first draft of your manuscript. You may even have it completed. Now, you ask yourself, “Do I really need an editor? After all, I wrote it and I know what it’s supposed to say.” Did you know it is nearly impossible to catch all of your own mistakes? Yup. Just because your brain knew what you meant to say, doesn't mean it’s actually what made it to the page. That means you need some outside editing help. But what [...]

How to Finally Admit that You are a Writer

If you’re reading this you’re probably an author, or at least you want to be. I bet you have wondered how you get there. How do you go from wanting to be a writer to being an author with your name on the cover of a book? How do you get to wear one of those t-shirts that says “Ask Me About My Book – Published Author.”  Don’t you need to know what you’re doing? Don’t you need a college education? Don’t you need a history of writing [...]

How To Self Publish From Someone Who’s Been Through It

For those of us who have already self published a book or three, we had our reasons for doing so. For those of you thinking of going this route, you may have the same reasons: you don't want to wait that long to hear back from a traditional publisher, you don't know where to begin, or if you're like me, you aren't happy with your current publisher. There are several reasons why you may to go the self publishing route, and whatever your reason, it's worth it in [...]

MY JOURNEY IN WRITING – A City Without Walls

As long as I have been able to write, I have always imagined becoming a famous writer one day. I fell in love with the written word and in the places that the stories took me. I published my first work in a literary magazine while in high school, but it wasn't until 2009 that I finally held my first book in my hands. My books are of a Spiritual nature and I believe were inspired by God. I knew that I wasn't writing in order to get [...]

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

After graduating from high school I went directly to a job in the newsroom of the Vancouver Sun, one of the city’s big daily newspapers.  It was a dream come true. "I wanted to be a crime reporter" and the thrill of being accepted as a copy runner (that is, an apprentice reporter, nowadays called an ‘intern’ which back then meant someone studying to be a doctor). I was the only girl ‘copy-boy’ working with one or two other young fellows who had the same dreams and aspirations as [...]