Thursday, September 29, 2016

your book: how many copies?

Apparently the average self-published book sells 200 copies during its lifetime. The average traditionally published book sells 1000. Of course we authors try to do better than that if we can. In Canada a book that sells 5000 copies is often deemed a bestseller. In the United States the number is several times that.


Regarding printing: Digital printing [using high-powered laser or inkjet printers] is generally appropriate for books with a print run of fewer than 3000. For those with a print run of 3000 or more, offset printing is generally the technology of choice.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS in The Whimsy Store, Saskatoon

My novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS is in The Whimsy Store, 417 - 33rd Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here I am with Chantel [left] in this interesting store. They specialize in things made by Saskatchewan folks. Other interesting places near by.

Monday, September 19, 2016

CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS is in Rosthern, Saskatchewan

My 1940s Saskatchewan Mennonite novel CONSIDER THE SUNFLOWERS is now available in Rosthern, Saskatchewan--at the Station Arts Centre. You can have tea or lunch while you're there & browse through their beautiful gallery & gift shop.

Station Arts Centre
701 Railway Avenue
P.O. Box 1078
Rosthern, SK S0K 3R0
306 232 5332


Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Open on event nights

Other Rosthern attractions include: Mennonite Heritage Museum, Rosthern Clothes Basket (an MCC thrift shop), several restaurants, & the nearby Seager Wheeler Farm. Rosthern is about halfway between Saskatoon & Prince Albert, at the junction of highways 11 & 312.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

many writing & poetry contests, no entry fees

Enter poetry and writing contests at FanStory.   Enter all of these contests (and many more) for a one time membership fee.  Cash prizes with no entry fee. You'll also get feedback for everything you write. More Information


Writing Contests


Four Line Poem
Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything.
Deadline is Today! - Still time to enter! Sep 12th


Antonym Poetry Contest
Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym (opposite meaning) of the word on the first line.
Deadline In 4 Days. Sep 16th


Paranormal Flash Fiction
In this flash fiction contest we are challenging writers to write a flash fiction piece that is between 500 and 800 words on the topic provided. The topic is 'paranormal'.
Deadline Sep 21st


3 Line Poem
Write a three-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest.
Deadline Sep 26th


Acrostic Poetry Contest
Write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement.
Deadline Oct 1st


A character can make a story. Write a story that based on the scene pictured in this announcement.
Deadline Oct 5th


Faith Poetry Contest
The theme for this poetry contest is 'faith'. We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.
Deadline Oct 11th


Palindrome Poetry
A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So 'Madam' is a palindrome.For a palindrome poem you incorporate it into your poem but do so with the sentences. See an example in the announcement.
Deadline Oct 18th


Lune Poetry Contest
A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example.
Deadline Oct 24th


Newbie 5-7-5
Write a poem that has three lines and follows a specific syllables count. View an example in the announcement.
Deadline Oct 31st


Halloween Poetry Contest
For our Halloween poetry contest we are looking for poems that somehow capture the fun, horror or excitement of this time of the year.
Deadline Oct 31st


Halloween Horror
Write a horror or thriller story for our Halloween writing contest. The story can have a Halloween theme or you can use your imagination to create a story that will put your readers on edge.
Deadline Oct 31st


Share A Story In A Poem
In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement.
Deadline Nov 5th


Haiku Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines?
Deadline Nov 11th


Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet.
Deadline Nov 17th


What If?
For this contest you are presented with a &quotwhat if" for your character. What if your character woke up in a cell.
Deadline Nov 22nd


Free Verse Poetry Contest
Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement.
Deadline Nov 27th


Blank Verse Poetry Contest
Write a blank verse poem for this contest. A blank verse poem is written without rhymes. It does have a set metrical pattern. See the details in the announcement.
Deadline Dec 2nd


Etheree Poetry
The Etheree poem has 10 lines with a specific syllable count.
Deadline Dec 8th


Quinzaine Poetry
A quinzaine is a 3 line poem that only has fifteen syllables.
Deadline Dec 14th


Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours.
Deadline Dec 20th


Non-Fiction Writing Contest
We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction. It can be spiritual, political, or funny. Creative approaches welcomed.
Deadline Dec 28th


ABC Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example.
Deadline Jan 3rd


Cinquain Poetry
Write an 'Cinquain' poem for this contest. A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem.
Deadline Jan 9th


2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllable. The subject can be anything.
Deadline Jan 13th


Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here?
Deadline Jan 17th


5-7-5 Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything.
Deadline Jan 24th


Newbie Writing Contest
For our New Arrival 'This Sentence Starts The Story' contest we challenge you to write a story that starts with this sentence: 'Hell found me.'
Deadline Jan 28th


Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure.
Deadline Feb 2nd


Share Your Story
A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life. But you can write about life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Write a piece of your life!
Deadline Feb 7th


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest.
Deadline Feb 12th


Tanka Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry with a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example.
Deadline Feb 16th



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Friday, September 9, 2016

getting great book reviews frugally

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moral dilemmas make stories better

I don’t entirely agree with the following article. Don’t think authors always need to make key characters such strong people or give them such major conflicts. Depends on the kind of story one is writing. On the other hand, there’s food for thought here: .