Tuesday, April 25, 2017

You’re Invited to a Book Launch

Max is back – Again

A Family Matter is Chris Laing's third novel in this post-WWII mystery series featuring Max Dexter and Isabel O’Brien.

Max’s mother returns to Hamilton after an absence of twenty-some years. Max is not anxious to meet with her – why should he be after she’d abandoned him as a child? But a bigger question looms: is she involved in an internal mob war now heating up and about to explode?

Everyone is invited to the book launch
Sunday, May 7, 2017
2–4 p.m
Bryan Prince Bookseller,
1060 King Street West, Hamilton

We hope you can join us!
Chris Laing

If you can't make the book launch, A Family Matter is available through Chapters / Indigo here. and the two other Max Dexter mysteries, A deadly Venture and A Private Man, plus Chris's short story collection, West End Kid: Tales from the Forties, are available here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Creative Writing Classes offered this summer ~ Introductory to Advanced

Welcome to Creative Writing
8 weeks of discovering your creative side
Tuesday afternoons, 1 – 3 p.m.
 July 4 – August 22, 2017
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to all kinds of creative writing. We’ll visit short story writing and children’s writing, writing in first person and in third person, and writing just for fun. You’ll get a shot of inspiration every week and an assignment to keep you going till the next class. Best of all, this class will provide a zero-pressure, totally safe setting, where your words will grow and flower.
Note: For a pair of reviews of Brian’s introductory creative writing classes, see here, and see other reviews here.
Fee:  $159.29 plus 13% hst = 180
Number of attendees strictly limited.
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Next Step in Creative Writing
Eight weeks towards becoming a better writer
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
July 5 – August 23, 2017
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing will challenge you to take a step up in your writing. Over the eight weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in four pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.
In addition to learning how to critique your own writing and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that your greatest growth as a writer comes from critiquing other people’s work and form seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write. This is the course you want if you're ready to seriously improve your writing. 
Check out two reviews of the Next Step course hereAnd see more reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
Fee: $167.26 + 13% hst = 189.  
To reserve your spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
Eight special weeks with a group of special writers
Wednesday afternoons, 12:15 – 2:45 p.m.
April 5 – June 21      
Appleby United Church, 4407 Spruce Ave, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.
The Extreme course is for experienced writers; people who have been working on their craft for a while, who have some experience in the art of giving truly helpful critiques, and who are working on their own projects. During course, you’ll be asked to bring in six pieces of your writing for detailed feedback. All your pieces may be from the same work, such as a novel in progress, or they may be stand alone pieces. You bring whatever you want to work on.  In addition to learning how to critique your own work and receiving constructive suggestions about your writing, you’ll discover that the greatest benefits come from seeing how your classmates approach and critique a piece of writing and how they write and re-write.
Fee:  $167.26 plus 13% hst = 189
To reserve your spot now, email: 
brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Instructor Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada's most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John.But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here


See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wanted: Ride to Algonquin, Plus congratulations to Barbara, Dave, Amy and Jane for getting published and to Dianne for a her nomination for an Aurora Award!

Wanted: Ride share to the Algonquin in June Writing Retreat
Hi, 
I want to go to the writing retreat, but don’t drive. If anyone’s going from somewhere in the London area, I’d love to go with you. I’ll split the gas money, of course, and provide good company on the way up and back.
You haven’t heard about the retreat? Check out the details here.
If you can help, please contact me at: pat.mysterywriter@gmail.com
I’d really appreciate it.
Yours,
Patricia (Pat) Brown


Congratulations!
Hi, Brian.
I just received a confirmation letter from Prairie Fire for my short story that will be published in their spring anthology. And they pay! Cool! And I submitted my first picture book manuscript to Owlkids Books and have one more close to completion to submit.
Barbara Baker
For information on submitting to Prairie Fire, see here.
For information on submitting to Owlkids Books, see here.

Hello, Brian.
Watch out for my story “Elevator Games” on CommuterLit.
Cheers
Dave
You can read “Elevator Games” here. Find links to all of Dave’s stories on CommuterLit here.  
For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.

Good morning, Brian.
The Harvesters has been nominated for an Aurora award – a truly wonderful honour from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. (You can check out the nominations here.)
The eureka moment for this sci-fi novel occurred while attending one of your seminars for help with another book, for which I will always be grateful.
See you at your next seminar!
Dianne Waye
(writing as J. D. Waye)
You can buy The Harvesters and Dianne’s other books at MuseItUp Publishing here.

Hello, Brian.
I have been meaning to write you for a couple of reasons. The first, is to thank you for Quick Brown Fox and to let you know that I achieved one of my goals this year through your site. I learned of Alanna Rusnak's new Blank Spaces Magazine and was able to get my first piece (ever!) of flash fiction published!
I wanted to thank you for the work you do helping people like me find their footing in what can be a challenging industry to navigate. As a beginner writer, I find the links and resources on your website very useful.
Thanks very much. Have a great day!
Amy Holodinsky
For information about submitting to Blank Spaces, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Just wanted you to know that one of my stories was accepted by the Globe & Mail “Facts & Arguments.” You can “Uh-oh. Did I kill my son’s hamster?” here.
And thanks for your help with my query letter for my book. I've just had an agent ask for the full manuscript.
See you soon,
Jane Bedard
For information about submitting a “Facts & Arguments: essay to the Globe & Mail, see here.

See Brian Henry’s schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

One Canadian and ten UK publishers seeking kid lit – Picture Books to Young Adult – that don't require an agent, including at least one that wants narrative verse

Kids Can Press
25 Dockside Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 0B5
Kids Can Press seeks picture books and nonfiction manuscripts for children, as well as chapter books for ages 7–10. They do not accept young adult fiction or fantasy novels.
Yasemin Uçar is a Senior Editor at Kids Can Press. Yasemin has been a children’s book editor for close to twenty years. She worked at Scholastic Canada before moving to London, UK, in 2001, where she worked as a Senior Editor at Piccadilly Press. In 2006, she moved back to Toronto and worked as a freelance editor for a number of years before joining Kids Can Press in 2012.
Yasemin has worked with many popular and award-winning authors and illustrators, including internationally bestselling author Louise Rennison author of Angus Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging and other Georgia Nicolson books), Ashley Spires, Barbara Coloroso and Caroline Adderson.
Full submission guidelines here. Illustrator guidelines here.

Note: Yasemin Uçar  will be one of the guest speaker at the “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop on Saturday, May 13, in Caledon (see here). “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshops are also offered Saturday, May 27, in St. Catharines, with Anne Shone, senior editor, Scholastic Books (see here) and Saturday, July 29, in Collingwood, with literary agent Monica Pacheco (see here).

Andersen Press is a specialist children's publisher. They publish picture books (500–1000 words), juvenile fiction (3,000–5,000 words), and older fiction up to 75,000 words. 
Submit a synopsis and the first three chapters by mail.
Full submission guidelines here.

Buster Books is the children’s imprint of independent publisher Michael O’Mara Books.
“Our list includes sumptuous colouring books – from the pocket-sized I Heart Colouring series, to The Book of Beasts, a stunning, fully-foiled hardback with information about mythical monsters as well as images to colour.
“We always seek to bring a new twist to established genres – check out The Colossal Creature Count, an epic creature-counting challenge, or Colourtronic, a colour-by-numbers activity book that produces unexpectedly striking results. There’s Dress Up Taylor Swift, which offers stylish stickers and Painty Prints which needs inky fingerprints to complete charming pictures. Kids are even encouraged to Destroy This Book in the Name of Science, a book full of fun, interactive science projects.”
~ Philippa Wingate, Publishing Director, Buster Books
Submissions of fiction and nonfiction ideas are welcome from authors, compilers and illustrators. No picture book or poetry submissions.
Submit a synopsis and sample text by email to: enquiries@mombooks.com
Full submission guidelines here.

David Fickling Books: For nearly twelve years DFB was run as an imprint – first as part of Scholastic, then of Random House. Now they are an independent business, DFB Storyhouse. They publish 12–20 titles a year. But while they are always open to submissions from agents, they are open to submissions directly from authors only occasionally.
Full submission guidelines here.

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They publish books in two main areas: nonfiction works for adults that draw on the work of Rudolf Steiner or that would be of interest to the Steiner-Waldorf community, and Scottish themed books for children ages 2–15, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young teens.
Full submission guidelines here.

Quatro Kids is part of Quartro Books, which publishes a wide assortment of nonfiction books. The Kids division publishes picture books, multicultural books, picture books and information books.
Full submission guidelines here.


Hogs Back Books is a small publishing house that publishes picture books for kids up to 10 years old, both fiction and nonfiction. Hogs Back welcomes texts directly from authors and from literary agents. They are also always on the lookout for illustrators who can produce original ideas and beautifully executed work to bring their stories to life.
Submit a complete manuscript by mail. Guidelines here.


Little Tiger Group is a small publisher that has has been publishing children’s books for over 25 years. At this time only its Stripes Publishing imprint is accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Stripes publishes fiction for children aged 6–12 years and for teenagers. 
Submit a covering letter, one page synopsis and 1,000-word extract to: editorial@stripespublishing.co.uk
Full submission guidelines here.
All three Little Tiger imprints (Little Tiger, Stripes, and Caterpillar) are looking for illustrators. Full guidelines here.

Mantra Lingua specializes in dual language resources for bilingual children and parents 
and for the multi-lingual classroom
. They make books and other resources in 66 languages. They are always looking for translators, illustrators, writers and creators.
Full guidelines here.

Maverick Children’s Books is a new children’s book publisher, established in 2009, that’s growing rapidly, with 36 books scheduled to be published in 2017. It accepts unsolicited submissions.
Picture Books: maximum 650 words, stories in either rhyme or prose (but no poetry) and they prefer quirky. Full guidelines here.
Junior Books for ages 7 – 10 years, 6,000 – 18,000 words. Again, they are looking for something a little quirky (“Sweet stories about fluffy kittens and lost puppies are just not our thing – sorry”), and something with series potential is a bonus. Full guidelines here.
They are also looking for illustrators. Guidelines here.

Mogzilla is currently looking for  historical stories for readers aged 6–15.
Query Mogzilla at:  info@mogzilla.co.uk and provide details of your proposal 
Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry offers a full range of classes from beginner to advanced. Mostly, the spring session classes have already started, but there are still openings in one course:
Writing Personal Stories, Thursday afternoons, April 27 – June 15, Burlington Details here.
Details of all classes offered this spring here.

And don't miss the June in Algonquin Writing Retreat,  Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 or Monday, June 5, at Arowhon Pines Resort. Details here.
Other upcoming workshops include: “You can write great dialogue,” Saturday, June 10 in Guelph, with author Hannah McKinnon, (see here) and Saturday, July 22, in London (see here) and “How to Write Great Characters,” Saturday, June 17 in Burlington (see here).

For more information or to reserve a spot in any Saturday workshop or weekly course, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.