Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published

Hi, Brian!
Exciting news! The anthology of “chilling holiday tales for the black-hearted” titled O Horrid Night! which includes my very own piece, A Ghost Story,” is now available for pre-order from Amazon.ca here. The price is great, too: $0.00 for the Kindle edition or just $18.73 for the paperback.
O Horrid Night! is also on Goodreads and my name is there in the listing as a writer! Check it out here.
Finally, I wanted to let you know that at last I have my website up and running. It has a (very) short bio and some excerpts of my work.
All the best,
Corinne Clark

Hi, Brian.
I'm happily passing along the news that two of my pieces are getting some visibility soon. CommuterLit ran my story “Attitude,” and The Globe & Mail published a piece called “Dad’s Workshop” in its daily "Facts and Arguments" space.
All good for the resume!
Regards,
Dave
Read “Attitude” on CommuterLit here, and see links to all eight stories Dave’s published on CommuterLit here. For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here.
I’ve reposted Dave’s essay originally published in the Globe & Mail on Quick Brown Fox here. For information on submitting a “Facts & Arguments” essay to the Globe & Mail, see here.

Yay, Mary!
Hi, Brian.
I’ve posted on Facebook and Twitter but in case anyone missed it (can’t have that!), you can find  a link to my latest 50-word story here.
It’s a humorous story this time. Please click the “like” button if you do like it – obviously don’t if you dislike it – the site counts the clicks but that’s it (unlike FB which tells who clicked).
And for anyone I told about being a semi-finalist in the John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award – well, boo. I didn’t make it to the final three. Better luck next time I guess!
Mary Steer
For information on submitting to 50-Word Stories, see here.
To see who won the $2,000 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award and the runners-up, see here, and for information on submitting a story to the Galbraith Awards, see here.

Dear Brian,
I'm excited to tell you that my YA novel Passport Control will be coming out with Merit Press, NY (Editor Jackie Mitchard).
I just signed the other day and I'm thrilled. The book should be out within a year in hard copy and digital and I'll be sure to keep you updated.
All best to you and, yes, I am a fan of Leonard Cohen z'l as well.
Gila
Author of King of the Class Amazon Kindle
Check out a review of King of the Class here.

Writer to Writer
A Burlington critique group is looking for new members. If you write children's stories – Picture Books to Young Adult – and are interested in joining our group, please contact Dianne Matich at: Dianne@diannematich.com

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Seven great gifts to put on your wish list or to get for a writer you love

Seven great gifts for the writer in your life
1) A weekend writing retreat at the luxurious Arowhon Pines Resort in Algonquin Park – get two, one for you and one for your spouse, sibling or best friend, because this is going to be a wonderful weekend. See here.

2) A manuscript critique: Your spouse has spent a couple years writing a manuscript, and now she’s pretty sure it still needs work, but doesn’t know how to proceed. Time to give it over to a professional for a critique. Brian will explain what’s working, what’s not, and how to fix it.

3) For a smaller investment, get a gift certificate for a short consult. Maybe the love of your life has a picture book manuscript, a short story, or an opening chapter that needs professional critiquing. Or maybe they're working on a query letter – odds are they'd love to have a professional rewrite that query and make it irresistible. Or maybe they’d just like to have a chat about their career. These are all things that can be done in about an hour and are ideal candidates for a consult.

See details of manuscript critiques and consults here

4) For a great stocking stuffer, give a gift certificate for a Saturday workshop. See what’s coming soon here or just give a certificate for them to hang on to until that special workshop they’re looking for comes around.

5) Or get them The 2017 Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar. See here

6) For a more substantial present, get a gift certificate for a weekly course. See details of classes starting in the new year here.

7) Or you might just give one of these presents to yourself. It’s a good time of year to consider what you want. Have you been thinking about writing? Well, it’s time to start! So give yourself that most important gift – which happens to be entirely free  space and time to get your creative self in gear.

P.S. Check out 66 more gifts for writers 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, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

You're invited to three book launches, for Night Noises by Lisa Beere, on Dec 3, for Cloud Messenger by Karen Trollope-Kumar on Dec 4, and for Savannah Escapade by Sheila Gale on Dec 15

Hi, Brian.
Very happy to announce I have entered the world of children's literature with a flourish!
The folks at Crimson Cloak Publishing like my writing style and as a result my first children's book, 
Night Noises, has just been released in Ebook and soft cover!
For those in the National Capital Region, I hope you will join me at my book launch:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dovercourt Recreation Centre, upstairs
411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, Ontario
Night Noises is about Sam, who has trouble getting to sleep because of all the sounds he hears. The story demonstrates how Sam's family comes together to show he is loved; and with that, his sister Junie's brainstorm to give Sam her teddy bear helps him finally get to sleep!
A great story for children aged 47 who might be anxious about the dark, settling into a new home or preparing for their first sleep away adventure!
Please join us and feel free to forward this email!
Thanks very much!
Lisa Beere
Note: If you miss Lisa's book launch, you can buy Night Noises through Lisa's page at Crimson Cloak publishing here


Hi, Brian.
I took one of your writing courses some years ago and got some great insights about my manuscript about my years as a doctor in India. My book Cloud Messenger is finally published! I went with Friesen Press, a self-publishing company – they did a good job.
I want to invite everyone to my book launch:
Sunday, Dec 4
3 pm
First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton (Map here)
Thanks a lot.
Karen Trollope-Kumar

If you miss the launch, you can still check out Cloud Messenger and buy a copy here

Dear Brian,
The day has finally arrived! Savannah Escapade, the third book of the Dottie Flowers series, is about to be launched, and you are invited to attend. The details are attached.
In this book, Dottie Flowers, a businesswoman with a penchant for fine wines, opera, and Harley Davidson motor bikes, flies to Savannah to find Fred Fortune, her former lover, has gone missing. She and her friend Mabel Scattergood discover Fred has been kidnapped by a ruthless crime syndicate who are using him as a bargaining chip to get his brother Rick to pay them the money he owes.
Dottie meets Ernest Palmertree on a Ghost Tour. Ernest, a dedicated vegan, tries to woo her by sending gifts to her hotel. Dottie tries to discourage him, but when Ernest finds a sleeping bag, toothbrush and Fred’s medallion in one of the houses he’s renovating, she enlists his help to find Fred.
Things really start heating up when Mabel disappears. Gripping and fast paced, and spiced with ghostly apparitions, Halloween costumes, and a truckload of squealing pigs,  Savannah Escapade will keep you entertained right to the last page.
The launch is …
Thursday, December 15, 2016
2 – 4 p.m.
Oakville Public Library Auditorium
120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
 Delicious refreshments, courtesy of SGC Catering. 
Please RSVP at sheila.gale8@gmail.com by Thursday, December 8 (sooner, if possible).
We look forward to seeing you at the launch!
Sincerely,
Sheila and Ted
P.S. To all the readers of Quick Brown Fox: I've always been a keen advocate of Brian's workshops and writing courses. Because of his enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge, I persevered, wrote my books and got them published.  Thanks, Brian!
Note:  If you can’t make the launch, you can still purchase copies of copies Savannah Escapade and also of Books 1 and 2 in the series at Sheila’s website 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, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Three markets paying $150 - $500 for a story, a poetry contest and a call for submissions

The Faerie of Central Park
by Bruce Graw
from TANSTAAFL Press
Tanstaafl Press – Short story submissions wanted for Enter the Rebirth anthology.
Pays 1–8 cents per word
Stories must be less than 8000 words. Stories considered for Enter the Rebirth must be stories about the world coming back to a new stability after any type of apocalypse.
Questions / submissions: submissions@tanstaaflpress.com
Deadline: 15 December 2016. Full submission guidelines here.


Wicked Run Press seeks novella-length addiction-themed horror fiction
Pays $500 per story
The intoxication from a pint of vodka, the electric buzz from snorting cocaine, the warm embrace from shooting heroin – drinking and drugging provides the height of human experience. It’s the promise of heaven on earth, but the hell that follows is a constant hunger, a cold emptiness. The craving to get high is a yearning not unlike that of any other blood-thirsty monster. The best way to tell these truths of addiction is through a story, and dark truths such as these need a piece of horror to do them justice.
“It’s with great enthusiasm that I invite submissions to an addiction-themed horror anthology with an expected spring/summer 2017 publication date. Garden of Fiends is the working title. Submissions should be from 16,000 to 25,0000 words. The publisher will have one title in the anthology, and from 3 to 4 additional works will be included.
Send submissions to: wickedrunpress@gmail.com  
Deadline: 1 January 2017. Details here.


Beverly Akerman's story "Pie"
appears in Gemini Magazine
Hi, Brian.
Gemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its seventh annual Poetry Competitions. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2017 issue of Gemini. Open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length: prose, rhyming, free verse, ballads, sonnets, haiku The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems.
Deadline: January 3, 2017. Full submission guidelines here.
Coming in a few weeks: results of Gemini’s eighth annual Flash Fiction Contest. 
Peace, 
David Bright, Editor

Fiyah Magazine: Speculative fiction  and poetry wanted for “Spilling Tea” issue.
Fiyah is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora.
Pays $150 per story, $50 per poem
Questions and submissions to: submissions@fiyahlitmag.com
Deadline: 1 January 2017 Full submission guidelines here.


The Fieldstone Review, the University of Saskatchewan's online literary journal, is now accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and reviews for its 2017 issue. The Fieldstone Review welcomes original, previously unpublished work of quality in a variety of styles and genres.
Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017. Full submission guidelines here.

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

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New literary agent Elizabeth Copps of Maria Carvainis Agency seeks MG and YA fiction, plus a wide range of adult fiction

Bestselling romance author Sandra Brown
and her agent Maria Carvainis
Maria Carvainis Agency
Rockefeller Center
1270 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2915
New York, NY 10020

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Elizabeth Copps is a relatively new agent at the Maria Carvainis Agency who's actively building her list of authors. Elizabeth migrated from Florida to start her career with Maria Carvainis Agency as an intern in 2010. In 2011 she signed on with the agency as a full-time assistant, and two years later was promoted to Associate Agent. 

Elizabeth Copps
“For me,” says Elizabeth, “the very best books are timeless, thought-provoking, and discussion-spurring. I want to see characters who burst off the page and elicit some sort of emotional response in their readers. There are only so many settings and themes to expound on, but every single person is different which means there are limitless combinations of character traits a writer can play with. That’s pretty amazing. 

"The King said it best regarding what it means to create a complex character: ‘Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do―to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.’”

Elizabeth represents a wide range of genres from Middle Grade and Young Adult to adult contemporary fiction (think Maria Semple or Stephen King) and literary fiction, mystery, psychological thrillers, woman’s fiction, historical fiction, and horror, plus select nonfiction projects. She’s equally a fan of hilarious stories and of dark, gritty, and sinister reads.

Check out more information about Elizabeth and what she’s looking for at her LinkedIn page here.

Query Elizabeth at: mca@mariacarvainisagency.com
Include a synopsis of the work and the first five to ten pages.  Full submission guidelines here.

Kelley Armstrong
Brian Henry has a number of outstanding workshops coming up soon: Writing Your Life and Other Personal Stories, Saturday, Dec 3, in Oakville (see here), How to Get Published, Saturday, Jan 28, 2017, in Toronto with Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy agency (see here), and How to Write a Bestseller, Saturday, Feb 18, in Guelph, with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong (see here). 

And come the new year, Brian will offer a full slate of classes (details of all six here): 

Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 26 – March 30, Burlington Details here.
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday mornings, Feb 9 – March 30, Oakville. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 18 - March 22, Burlington. Details here.
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, Jan 19 – March 23, Georgetown. Details here.
Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 28, Burlington. Details here.
Extreme Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons,Jan 25 – March 15, Burlington
See details of all six courses here.
To reserve a spot, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Other workshops coming in the new year include: How to Build Your Story, Saturday, Feb 4, in Mississauga (see here) and Saturday, Feb 11, in Caledon at the Bolton library (see here) and Writing and Revising, Saturday, Feb 25, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, March 4, in London (see here).

To register of for more information for any of the above, emailbrianhenry@sympatico.ca 
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

Brian Henry
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.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Build Your Story workshop: Saturday, Feb 4, in Mississauga, and Saturday, Feb 11, in Caledon

How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Offered in two locales:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Unity Church, 3075 Ridegeway Drive, Unit 8, Mississauga, Ontario (Map here)
And
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Albion-Bolton Branch, Caledon Public Library, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing.

Workshop leader 
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 Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors. 
See reviews of Brian's classes and workshops here.

Fee for Mississauga: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 paid in advance by mail or Interac
or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 if you wait to pay at the door
To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Fee for Caledon: 43.36 + 13% hst = 49 + $6 for pizza lunch = $55 paid in advance by mail or in person or 46.90 + 13% hst = 53 + $6 for pizza lunch = $59 if you wait to pay at the door

To pay in advance, make your cheque out to the Caledon Public Library and mail it to:
Attention:  Laura Nolloth, Caledon Public Library, Albion Bolton Branch, 150 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON, L7E 1E3
Or you can pay in advance in person at any Caledon Library branch. (Branch locations here.)
To reserve a spot now, email: programs@caledon.library.on.ca

See Brian’s full 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, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.