Friday, March 22, 2019

Signature Editions publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama

Sea Over Bow by Linda Kenyon, published
by Signature Editions. More here.

Signature Editions
P.O. Box 206, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB

Signature Editions is a literary press with an eclectic list of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Originally named Nuage Editions, the press was formed in Montreal in 1986 as a 16-person publishing collective. But for the past sixteen years, the press has operated as a sole proprietorship run by Karen Haughian and has published six to nine titles a year. In 1997, after eleven years of operation in Montreal, the press moved to Winnipeg and in the year 2000 was renamed Signature Editions.
Signature Editions is a literary press and publish primarily poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction work with literary merit – by Canadian authors. It does not publish children's books, romance novels, or self-help books.
The Cat Vanishes, a mystery novel by
Louise Carson, published by Signature
While they do many first books, almost without exception, their authors have already seen their work in print elsewhere and are not novice writers.
“If your work has never been published before, start sending your poetry, short stories or excerpts to literary magazines, most of which will accept unpublished authors. When you've got some other publications under your belt, we'll look at your manuscript.”
Signature Editions does not accept submissions by fax or e-mail. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama manuscripts should be submitted by mail to:
Signature Editions
P.O. Box 206, RPO Corydon
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S7
Submit the full manuscript or a sample (5 stories or chapters, 25 poems, or approximately 50 pages). Also include a synopsis of the work, and curriculum vitae specifying previous publications, as well as copies of reviews from previous publications. For drama submissions, please include copies of reviews from professional productions of your play.  Full submission guidelines here.

Literary agent Meg Wheeler
of Westwood Creative Artists
If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the How to Get Published workshop Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see  here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon: You Can Write Great Dialogue, Saturday, March 30, in Burlington (see here), Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, Saturday, April 6, in Alliston (see here), and Writing Your Life, with guest speaker Ross Pennie, Saturday, April 13, in Guelph (see here). 
In May, two Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops are coming up, both with guest speaker Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto, the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. A full range of classes starts in April: 
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing,  Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.
Oakville Central Library: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 16 – June 25. First readings emailed  April 9. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings. First readings emailed April 10. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings. First readings emailed April 10.Details here.
     See details of all 6 courses here.

And later in the spring, come enjoy the most sublime writing experience of all…
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3, 2019: four days in the luxurious isolation of Arowhon Pines Resort to get down to some real creative growth. Details here. 

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca
Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. 
For a listing of twenty-one American & Canadian publishers accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} see here.
For a listing of one Canadian and eight British publishers  and book publishers, accepting unagented manuscripts for children and young adults {and other things} see here.
For most recent postings of publishers of Kid Lit {and other sorts of books}, see here {and scroll down}.
For all posting of book publishers, see here {and scroll down}.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Introductory Creative Writing classes starting soon, offered Thursday afternoons in Burlington & Friday afternoons in Toronto

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of discovering your creative side
Offered in two locations:
Thursday afternoons,12:45 – 2:45
April 18 – June 20 (No class May 30)
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Road,  Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave,  Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)

This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment  – or perhaps get back into writing, no matter how long you've been away from it. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. 
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.

Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, 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 weekly courses, weekend retreats, and Saturday workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule here including Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

New book: Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing by Linda Kenyon


Hello, Brian.
I’d like to subscribe to your blog. My sister Sandy Kenyon attended one of your workshops and I can’t get her to stop raving about it.
I live on a sailboat so I’m everywhere, but my address of convenience is Guelph, Ontario. 
I wrote a book about my travels, Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing, and it was published by Signature Editions on October 31. It’s really very good. You should read it. :-)

Looking forward to following your blog. It takes a lot to impress Sandy. 

Linda Kenyon
Somewhere off Grand Bahama

Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing by Linda Kenyon
Linda Kenyon
Prepare to be swept away!
There are few truly wild places left in the world. The middle of the North Atlantic is one of them. It’s not a place I ever expected to find myself.
Just a few years before I crossed the ocean in a 43-foot sailboat, my marriage of 25 years had ended badly. I bought myself a tiny condo in an old schoolhouse in Waterloo, found a comfortable armchair at a second-hand store, and settled in with my books. Never again, I told myself. I would never put myself in the way of another broken heart.
Then I met Chris and somehow, let him talk me into going out sailing with him in Georgian Bay. Before I knew it, I had decided to quit my job, sell everything I owned, and move onto the boat with him. We sailed around in the Great Lakes while I learned the ropes—literally. Two years later we were getting ready to set out on our first ocean crossing, from Antigua to the Azores, a passage of roughly 2,300 miles.

Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing tells the story of that journey. The middle of the ocean is a place to test yourself, certainly, but it’s also a place to think, and dream, and try make sense of your life. I’m not the same person I was when I set out.

Praise for Sea Over Bow
“More than a taut, well-told, and at times harrowing tale of a 26-day ocean passage, this is also a captivating story of family, self, and love lost and found. Kenyon swept me along from first page to last.” — Ann Vanderhoof, author of An Embarrassment of Mangoes
Sea Over Bow is a charming and insightful look at the storms we have all survived, whether on the ocean or not, exploring the possibilities of how we might have both safety and freedom at the same time.” —Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications
“From basking in warm Caribbean breezes and cruising the exotic Mediterranean to weathering tense storms at sea, Linda Kenyon has captured both the excitement and trepidation of embarking on a big voyage and the dangers of crossing an unforgiving ocean in a small boat. Seamlessly woven into this epic sailing journey is the moving story of the author’s past trials and life journey. — Paul & Sheryl Shard, creators of the sailing adventure TV series Distant Shores
“Linda Kenyon’s Sea Over Bow is a gorgeous, lyrical and funny account of blue water sailing.” –Kevin Patterson, author of The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea


Sea Over Bow is available from Indigo/Chapters here, from Amazon.ca here, and from Amazo.com here.
Visit Linda at  lindakenyon.ca

For information about submitting to Signature Editions, see here.


See Brian Henry’s schedule hereincluding 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. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Starting soon: Introductory, Intensive creative writing & Writing Personal Stories

Welcome to Creative Writing
Nine weeks of discovering your creative side
Offered in two locations:
Thursday afternoons,12:45 – 2:45
April 18 – June 20 (No class May 30)
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Friday afternoons, 1:15 – 3:15
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
This is your chance to take up writing in a warm, supportive environment. This course will open the door to writing short stories and writing dialogue, writing in first person and writing in third person, writing just for fun and writing all kinds of things. 
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.
Fee:  $176.11 plus 13% hst = $199
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Writing Personal Stories
9 weeks of sharing and writing
Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
April 18 – June 20, 2019 (No class May 30)
Oakville Central Library, Auditorium, 120 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario (Map here.)
If you've ever considered writing your personal stories, this course is for you. We’ll look at memoirs, travel writing, personal essays, family history ~ personal stories of all kinds. Plus, of course, we’ll work on creativity and writing technique and have fun doing it. 
Whether you want to write a book or just get your thoughts down on paper, this weekly course will get you going. We'll reveal the tricks and conventions of telling true stories, and we’ll show you how to use the techniques of the novel to recount actual events. Weekly writing exercises and friendly feedback from the instructor will help you move forward on this writing adventure. Whether you want to write for your family and friends or for a wider public, don't miss this course.
Fee: $167.26 plus 13% hst = $189
To reserve your spot, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Intensive Creative Writing
Ten weeks towards becoming a better writer
Offered in three locations:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.
April 16 – June 25; no class June 4
First readings emailed April 9
St. Elizabeth's Anglican Church, 5324 Bromley Rd, Burlington, Ontario (Map here.)
And
Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.
April 17 – June 19
First reading emailed April 10
St. Alban's Church, 537 Main Street, Georgetown, Ontario (in the village of Glen Williams (Map here.)
And
Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:30
April 26 – June 28 (No class May 31)
First reading emailed April 9
Glenview Church, Bethlehem Room, 1 Glenview Ave, Toronto, Ontario (Map here.)
Intensive Creative Writing isn't for beginners; it's for people who have been writing for a while or who have done a course or two before and are working on their own projects. Over the ten weeks of classes, you’ll be asked to bring in five 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. 
Besides critiquing pieces, the instructor will give short lectures addressing the needs of the group, and 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. This is a challenging course, but extremely rewarding.
Fee: $184.96 + 13% hst = $209
To reserve your spot, 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. Brian is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published. 
Read a review of Brian's various courses and workshops here (and scroll down).

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Cambridge, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Seven agents at Ayesha Pande Literary seek adult and YA fiction and nonfiction

Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell,
represented by Ayesha Pande agency
Ayesha Pande Literary 
128 West 132 Street
New York, NY 10027

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Ayesha Pande Literary is a New York based boutique literary agency with seven agents, all accepting new authors, and a small and eclectic roster of clients. They are especially passionate about discovering and nurturing talented new voices. New authors might be most especially interested in these agents:

Serene Hakim joined Ayesha Pande Literary in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Agent in February 2019. Previously, she worked at Laura Gross Literary Agency in Boston. Serene holds an M.A. in French to English translation from NYU and a B.A. in French and Women’s Studies from the University of Kansas. 
Born to Lebanese immigrants in the Midwest, she grew up straddling cultures and languages and still feels like a third culture kid. When she’s not reading, she can usually be found trying a new recipe while simultaneously balancing a toddler on her hip.
Serene loves to read a variety of genres but is particularly drawn to fiction with strong female voices, both YA and adult fiction and nonfiction with international themes, and LGBTQ and feminist issues. She is always on the lookout for great YA sci-fi and fantasy, realistic YA, and anything that gives voice to those whose voices are underrepresented and/or marginalized. She is especially interested in stories dealing with the Middle East and the variety of immigrant experiences out there. Specifically, she’s looking for writing that explores the different meanings of identity, home, family and parenthood/motherhood.
Query Serene through the agency’s submissions page here.

Stephany Evans put a toe in the publishing waters at Simon & Schuster Audio when audio publishing was just beginning to be “a thing.” Now, for more than twenty-five years, Stephany has represented nonfiction writers in the areas of health and wellness, spirituality, lifestyle, food and drink, and sustainability, running and fitness, memoir and narrative nonfiction. 
She also represents a range of women’s fiction, from literary to upmarket commercial, to romance, as well as crime fiction (mysteries, thrillers), and the occasional literary or commercial novel not aimed at a female market. She is looking for fine, accomplished writing, whether the work is by a first time or established author.
She loves to be told a great story!
Stephany is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), the RWA, the MWA and the Agents Round Table (ART). She has served as ghostwriter on seven published books in the categories of memoir and spirituality.
Query Stephany through the agency’s submissions page here.

Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Vintage Books. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. 
Anjali has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer and Brigid Pasulka. 
As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or nonfiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, literary thrillers, memoirs, YA literature and graphic novels. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Query Anjali through the agency’s submissions page here.

Theresa Soon-Young Park has a M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Production from Long Island University. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s JimĂ©nez-Porter Writers’ House, which inspired her decision to pursue a career in publishing. Before working at Ayesha Pande Literary, Theresa interned at Columbia University Press and Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners. 
Theresa's literary diet includes everything from epic poems to popular fiction. She has a special place in her heart for children’s and young adult books, especially those introducing much-needed diverse and inclusive voices. She’s still holding on to her battered copy of Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard.
Query Theresa through the agency’s submissions page here.

The Beauty of the Moment by YA author
Tanaz Bhathena launched on Feb 26.
More here.
If you’re interested in writing for a young audience, we have two Writing for Children and for Young Adults workshops coming up, both with guest speaker Erin O'Connor, senior editor, Scholastic Books. On Saturday, May 5, in Toronto the workshop will also feature young adult author Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (see here), and on Saturday, May 11, in Brampton the workshop will feature young adult author Tanaz Bhathena (see here).
For updated listings of Kid Lit weekly classes and Saturday workshops, see here (and scroll down).

If you’re interested in getting published, soon or somewhere down the road, don’t miss the upcoming How to Get Published workshop Saturday, June 8, in Waterloo with literary agent Meg Wheeler (see here). 
For updated listings of How to Get Published workshops see here (and scroll down). 

And don’t miss these other great workshops coming soon:  You Can Write Great Dialogue, Saturday, March 30, in Burlington (see here), Secrets of Writing a Page-turner, Saturday, April 6, in Alliston (see here), and Writing Your Life, with guest speaker Ross Pennie, Saturday, April 13, in Guelph (see here). 

But the best way to grow as a writer may be with a weekly course. A full range of classes starts in April: 
Burlington: Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, April 18 – June 20. Details here.
Toronto: Welcome to Creative Writing, Friday afternoons, April 26 – June 28. Details here.
Oakville Central Library: Writing Personal Stories, Thursday evenings, April 18 – June 27 Details here.
Burlington: Intensive Creative Writing, Tuesday afternoons, April 16 – June 25. First readings emailed April 9. Details here.
Georgetown: Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings. First readings emailed April 10. Details here.
Toronto: Intensive Creative Writing, Friday mornings. First readings emailed April 10. Details here.
     See details of all 6 courses here.

And later in the spring, come enjoy the most sublime writing experience of all…
Algonquin Writing Retreat, Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3, 2019: four days in the luxurious isolation of Arowhon Pines Resort to get down to some real creative growth. Details here. 

To reserve a spot in any upcoming weekly course, weekend retreat, or Saturday workshop, email Brian at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Read reviews of Brian’s courses, retreats, and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding Saturday writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, New Tecumseth, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Navigation tips: Always check out the Labels underneath a post; they’ll lead you to various distinct collections of postings. If you're searching for more interviews with literary agents or a literary agent who represents a particular type of book, check out this post.