Thursday, May 23, 2019

literary agency

WordServe Literary is an American literary agency representing books suitable for the general market, as well as those suitable for the Christian market.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

IAG president, Shirley Dodding's, new book

The following message is from our Interior Authors Group president, Shirley Dodding. Thanks, Shirley. 

My new book is called DANCING WITH THE STRIPES.  My husband
Paul, created the cover, and my seventeen year old granddaughter completed the 
editing. I am very proud of this book, and I know others will enjoy it as well. It is
currently available on Amazon. ca or Indigo under my full name Shirley Ellen
Dodding, or the book title above.

      Alyssa, at twenty-one, loses both her parents in a car crash, and her gran
pays for her to have a fourteen day cruise.  To ward off depression and to 
hopefully find love and a new life, Alyssa takes the trip, but everything goes
wrong.  Undisciplined children on the ship, make her trip a nightmare. Before 
she can stop it she is thrown into the brig.  Who will save her, the detective 
named Clive or the F.B.I?  Who will save the ship?  

three writing opportunities

  1. Toronto-based Outpost Magazine invites submissions of adventure-travel articles.




  1. Harlequin Presents/ M&B Modern are looking for new authors. You can submit your first chapter between Wednesday 15th May and Sunday 2nd June 2019, and get a response by Friday 14th June 2019.

The Harlequin Presents/ M&B Modern blitz will be open for submissions from Wednesday 15th May – Sunday 2nd June 2019.

  • Send a cover letter that introduces you and your book and includes any publishing credits, first chapter and synopsis only – ytou don't need to have completed the full manuscript.
  • If they like your voice, they'll invite you to submit further chapters and work with you on developing your story to its full potential. Please note that requests for additional chapters are not a guarantee of publication. 
  • Only one entry per person.
  • All submissions will get editorial feedback by Friday 14th June 2019.

More info at

3. "PRISM International is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world." Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays right before or right after publication. Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys First North American rights. No reprints. Responds within 1-6 months. Pays $40 per page of poetry, $30 per page of prose. More info at

Thursday, May 16, 2019

structuring your writing & developing your author platform

Good article here on structuring your writing:

What's an author platform? How can it help you sell your book? Good article here:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Poet George Bowering at Library June 25

The following message is from IAG member Barbara Balle. Thanks, Barbara.

George Bowering has quite some credentials; appointed the first Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate in 2002, he is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of BC and he has published an inordinate amount of novels, poetry, etc.

I have one of his poetry books "Sticks & Stones" as well as his work in several collections of Canadian poets..

He will talk at the Downtown Kamloops Library on Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. To register for a seat contact the Library at 250-372-5145 or on-line at or at

Monday, May 13, 2019

seeking a family-story writer & a speech-writer

The following message is from Leslie Brochu. If you're interested in either of these writing opportunities, please e-mail . Thanks.

Hi there, I am seeking a writer. Vesta Giles suggested that I contact you to seek a writer for our family story. It is a story of terminal illness, miraculous experimental medical treatment and recovery. 

I am also wondering if some of your members are experienced speech writers?

Thank you   Leslie Brochu,          



Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thanks, Dana, & looking forward to Gwynne's talk June 12

Big thanks to Dana Ramstedt for her good presentation on book-formatting. Author Gwynne Hunt will speak at our next meeting, June 12 at 6:30 PM in the Games Room of North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood. Here's a bit about Gwynne:
I have recently had a book published by Silver Bow Publishing, Unlocking the Tin Box. I am looking for writer's groups and/or events where I can do a reader's theatre or storytelling performance with stories from my book. Of course my goal is to sell my books but I enjoy sharing the creative journey with others.
I went searching for my dad-the real person by looking though his old tin box, telling his stories and mine. Growing up very poor in Vancouver and other parts of B.C. I bring in a lot of colour and local history. The journey ended when I did dna and found out he was not my biological dad and I was not English at all but a Viking!
I live in Port Alberni and would like to find places off the Island to promote my work. I was born in Kamloops and write a bit about my early years there 1949. If you go to Amazon you can read the first two chapters for free. [Here's the link to Gwynne's book: ]
I have written, directed and produced over 30 plays. I've produced many Fringe Festivals. I have published four magazines and three books, and been included in many anthologies and chapbooks. I designed and taught a Creative & Freelance Writing course and taught it through adult education at the University of the Fraser valley for ten years. I consider myself a working writer and offering advice and tips is what I do.