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Making Time: Making Randomness & #SSCLUBBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
When 2020 began, I’d been off most social media for about twenty-two days. My decision wasn’t deliberate. In fact, it was reactive. The night before I went offline, I read a short story: “Innards” ...
January 15, 2020
The Craft of Reading: How Reading 260 Books This Year Made Me a Better WriterBy A.H. Reaume
I was making a care package for a writer friend recently and wanted to include a book in it.“What have you been dying to read?” I asked her before heading out to the bookstore.“Fever Dream by Samanta ...
January 10, 2020
“It Happened to a Friend of a Friend of Mine:” What I Learned from Serialized HorrorBy Natasha Ramoutar
You’ve heard this tale before. It’s the one about the hook hand, a lone accessory on the car door of an unsuspecting couple. Or better yet, it’s the call that the babysitter finds out is coming ...
January 07, 2020
Book Therapy: Teva Harrison’s Not One of These Poems Is About YouBy Stacey May Fowles
“I am careless in my griefSlip on gravel, send it tumbling down the cliff face.I am careful in my grief.Keep the precious rocks safeAs I climb.”—Teva Harrison, A Pocket Full of Stones There are ...
January 06, 2020
The Need for More Non-Traditional Mentorship in Canadian PublishingBy Chelene Knight
When I was in school, the act of reading books was just that, reading books. I wasn’t categorizing them. I wasn’t thinking about publishing, editors, marketability, or whether or not a book was considered ...
December 23, 2019
How You Get Paid Writing Children’s Books or: Math is Fun!By Naseem Hrab
One question I rarely get asked is how you get paid when you write and/or illustrate children’s books. I know people have a lot of questions regarding how much they might get paid, but how does the ...
December 19, 2019
The Great Kingston Bake OffBy Nancy Jo Cullen
December! The end of the year! The end of a doozy of a decade! Bring on the next few weeks of excess, acid reflux and the superhuman effort to not compare my own work and efforts to anyone else’s as ...
December 17, 2019
How to Make and Keep Writing ResolutionsBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Resolutions. I’ve made them. You’ve made them. We’ve broken them the next day, the next week, a few months into the new year. We’ve even forgotten about them. A resolution involves making a decision ...
December 12, 2019
Book Therapy: Christy Ann Conlin’s WatermarkBy Stacey May Fowles
“It can always be worse.”-Christy Ann Conlin, Watermark When my grandmother’s memory started to go, she would occasionally become belligerent. The sweet woman I had grown up knowing, the one ...
December 11, 2019
A note to future book creators from a friendly book publicistBy Cindy Ma
It has recently come to my attention that not everybody is familiar with what a book publicist does. On paper, a book publicist’s main responsibilities include, but are not limited to securing earned ...