Sunday, September 29, 2013

historical nonfiction & historical biography: Chronos

A publisher called Chronos is open to queries and submissions regarding historical nonfiction and historical biography: http://www.writing.ie/resources/writing-history-chronos-books-want-to-see-it/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

conference for writers ages 9-21: Richmond, BC, Oct. 19, 2013

Are you a writer age 9-21, or do you know one?  This looks like a good conference especially for that group: http://laurathomascommunications.com/conference/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kamloops tourism & the proposed Ajax mine

Date: September 29, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm  to  3:30 pm

The City of Kamloops has invested heavily in recreation and sport infrastructure in the name of the City’s Tournament Capital Program.

The question of the day is whether the proposed AJAX mine is compatible – or in conflict with – a vision established years ago for what Kamloops may become, and if the proposed mine will ‘undermine’ what many who live in Kamloops view as an ideal place to live.  The purpose of the presentation is to add to the current debate about Kamloops’ future.  Join Dr. Rob Hood and Dr. John Hull, Faculty Members in Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), as they address this question.  Presentation takes place in TRU’s Alumni Theatre (Clocktower).

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

agents seeking clients

These agents are currently looking for clients.

1. Andy Ross of The Andy Ross Agency


Narrative nonfiction, science, journalism, history, current events, and fiction. “I like stories about real people in the real world. No vampires and trolls.”

2. Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary [new agent]

YA with a strong voice (realistic or high-concept), works of narrative non-fiction and pop culture/pop psychology, literary fiction, and contemporary commercial women's fiction.

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

choosing names for fictional characters: Elizabeth Sims

Good post here on picking names for your fictional people: http://thompsonkelly.wordpress.com/tag/elizabeth-sims/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

telling the world about your forthcoming book: Yael Politis

Wondering how to tell the world about your forthcoming book, self-published or published through traditional channels? My online novelist friend Yael Politis gives great info on her blog. She’s so thorough and explains things so well. Here’s her post on book review blogs: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/book-review-blogs/ and here’s the one on pre-publications reviews in magazines and the like: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/pre-publication-reviews/

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hazel Rowley biography contest

Interesting biography-related contest here: http://biographersinternational.org/rowley-prize-for-best-proposal-for-first-biography-to-be-awarded-at-compleat-biographer-conference/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2 publishers open to submissions

Willow Creek Press publishes 25 titles per year. This press specializes in nature, outdoor, and sporting books--high-quality nonfiction titles. Prospective authors should submit a chapter-by-chapter outline and sample chapters via mail. BlazeVOX [Books] publishes poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, with an emphasis on poetry. Prospective authors can submit via e-mail or an online contact form. I don’t have the links handy, but your search engine can probably find them for you if you’re interested.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

book cover design

Good post here  on cover design for self-published [and other] books: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/cover-design/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

finishing & revising your novel, etc.

Good info here on finishing your novel, revising it, handling the various elements within it like copyright page, etc. http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/my-blog/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

McIntyre joins Figure 1 Publishing

Scott McIntyre, founder and former CEO of Douglas & McIntyre, has joined Figure 1 Publishing. Figure 1 was formed in February by three D&M executives after the Canadian independent filed for bankruptcy. At Figure 1, McIntyre will work on business strategy and business development, as well as title acquisition.

“This is a huge boon for us,” said Chris Labonté, publisher of Figure 1 and one of the three Figure 1 cofounders. “Scott has a brilliant brain for publishing.” Figure 1 publishes illustrated books—art & architecture, food & wine, lifestyle, illustrated history, children’s—as well as business books and corporate history. It will launch its inaugural list of nine titles this fall.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

'New Adult' fiction opportunity: Wattpad, Harlequin

Wattpad, Harlequin Sponsor ‘New Adult’ Writing Contest

Sep 17, 2013

Wattpad, an online writing community, is teaming up with Harlequin to represent the New Adult category as a cosponsor of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest. Writers from around the world can upload a first chapter of their book to the Wattpad site and a team of judges will pick four submissions and each one will get a publishing deal with Harlequin.

Wattpad is soliciting material in the New Adult category for Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest. New Adult is a newly popular category aimed at readers 18-25 years old and generally adds more mature themes (from sexuality to broader life decisions) to the Young Adult category. The contest opens September 23 and the deadline for submissions is October 28. Contestants should submit their first chapter (maximum 5,000 words) and a 100-word description that details the book’s concept, plot, characters, conflict, and setting. For more info, go to http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

distributing self-published books: Yael Politis

Novelist Yael Politis has good stuff here on distributing self-published books, along with pros and cons of self-publishing: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/distributors-aggregators/. If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy it and paste it into your search engine.

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

agents, what & who: courtesy of Molly Nickell

Good stuff here on literary agents and what they do. Also info on several agents currently open to submissions: http://www.getpublishednow.biz/agents.html

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

self-publishing & budgeting: Yael Politis

Here’s a good post on self-publishing & budgeting by one of my online novelist friends, Yael Politis: http://yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/make-a-budget/

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

opportunity for reviewers: CatholicFiction.net

Here's an interesting message from Arthur Powers, editor of CatholicFiction.net:

 

Posted by: "Arthur Powers" arthur_g_powers@yahoo.com

    Date: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:25 am ((PDT))

 

CatholicFiction.net is badly in need of additional contemporary book reviewers.  All of our regular reviewers are fully "booked" and we have about fifteen books that need to be reviewed.

 

If you - or anyone you know - would be interested in reviewing, please let me know. 

 

Here's how it works.  A potential reviewer can contact me directly and/or go onto our site - www.CatholicFiction.net - go to the tab "Our Reviewers," click on the box "Become A Reviewer," and follow the instructions. 

 

If you contact me directly (which is probably the easier path), tell me what kinds of books you like to review and whether you prefer print copies or Kindle. 

 

Note that I handle contemporary reviews - books written since about 2000 - if you want to review classics, it is best to go through the site. 

 

Based on your interest, I will invite you to review a book.  If you agree, a copy of the book will be sent to you.  There is usually no time line for reviewing - i.e., if you take two or three months (or even longer) to finish the review, that's not a problem.  

 

We are all volunteers - the site can't afford to pay reviewers - but it is a fun way to read some books, think about them, express one's opinion, and get into print.  As a reviewer, your name, picture, bio, and website (if you so choose) are posted and linked on the CatholicFiction.net site. 

 

Please think about it and pass the word along to others who may be interested.  Thanks!  Arthur 

 

Editor of http://www.catholicfiction.net/

 

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

agents open to writing for kids and others

Some literary agents open to submissions. You can probably find them and/or their agencies on the Internet by searching on appropriate names.

 

1 & 2. Jodell Sadler and Loretta Caravette of Sadler-Caravette Children's Literary

Jodell is interested in YA, MG [middle grade] (especially funny), fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish. Loretta specializes in MG fiction and early readers, and will focus on film rights management.

3. Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Literary and commercial fiction, mystery/suspense, narrative nonfiction, travel or adventure memoir

4. Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary

Science fiction, fantasy, YA and middle grade of all genres, and romance.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"strange" literary fiction opportunity: Cease, Cows

 Cease, Cows invite submissions of short “strange” literary fiction: magic realism, slipstream, apocalyptic, etc. One of their categories is for works of 500 words or less. Another category is for fiction of 500 to 1500 words. They also invite prose poetry. No entry fee and no payment, but if they choose to publish your piece you'd have a credit to put on your curriculum vitae. More information at: http://ceasecows.com/submissions/

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

writing opportunity, 1500 words or less: Miniature Magazine

Miniature Magazine is open to submissions of many kinds of writing. All pieces must be 1500 words or less. They're also open to artwork. No entry fee and no payment, but if they choose to publish your piece you'd have a credit to put on your curriculum vitae. Current deadline November 4. More information at: http://www.miniaturemag.com/Contribute

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

short story opportunity: On the Premises magazine

Message from On the Premises mag:

 

If you'd like to try getting paid for your fiction, why not consider us? Since 2006, On The Premises magazine has aimed to promote newer and/or relatively unknown writers who can write creative, compelling stories told in effective, uncluttered, and evocative prose. We've never charged a reading fee or publication fee, and we pay between $40 and $180 for short stories that fit each issue's broad story premise. We publish stories in nearly every genre (literary/realist, mystery, light/dark fantasy, light/hard sci-fi, slipstream) aimed at adults or older teens (no children's fiction).

 

The premise of our 21st contest is INSTRUCTIONS. A set of instructions, or just one instruction, must be an important element of your story. The instruction(s) can be written, spoken, or transmitted in any other way you can make believable.

 

You may be asking yourself: Do the instructions have to be followed correctly? Do they have to be understood? Do they have to be... and what about... and what if...

 

All of that is up to you.

 

Any genre except children's fiction, exploitative sex, or over-the-top gross-out horror is fine. We will also never accept parodies of another author's specific fictional character(s) or world(s). No exceptions!

 

You can find details and instructions for submitting your story at http://www.onthepremises.com/current_contest.html. To be informed when new contests are launched, subscribe to our free, short, monthly newsletter.

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.