Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Love Letters and Writer to Writer

Kimberly Whalen with JJ Salem, author of Tan Lines
at pre-launch cocktail party in the Hamptons
Hello, Brian.
Kimberly Whalen of Trident Media Group had requested to see my full manuscript of Black Dragon’s Bride (which you’ll recall from our Wed evening course). Well after reading it she told me that she "really enjoyed it," but... 

There always seems to be a but. Anyway, she wondered if I would consider tweaking my heroine Isobel because she thought she came across as a "bit off-putting."

We exchanged a few emails, with the result that my summer project is to work on that. She seems to think everything else is fine, so I'll see what happens once I've sent it to her again. I will keep you posted.

All the best,
Christine Scardicchio

For information about submitting to Trident Media Group, see here.

Miss Flint meets the Great Kweskin 
by Don Sawyer, 
from Chestnut Publishing

Hi, Brian.
I queried my high/low manuscript to Chestnut Publishing and received very a positive response! Keep your fingers crossed :-)
Thank you for your help, I couldn't have done this without your expertise.

For information about submitting to Chestnut Publishing, see here.

Dear Brian,
I loved how you talked about "what if" ideas in your “How to Write a Bestseller” workshop. When the organization where I volunteered faced closure because of embezzlement, I thought, "what if..." The result was “Escape,” my second published short story on CommuterLit.com.

Thank you for all your contest and regular submission announcements. My entries into Marco Polo’s 100x100 and 100x500 contests will be published later this year. Canadian Stories magazine has accepted one of my short stories and I’ve just entered their photo story contest. I had no idea how to get anything published until I started following your site!

I’m looking forward to your “How to Make Yourself Write” workshop in Peterborough this August (details here). If you ever decide to offer your “Writing and Revising” workshop in Peterborough, please let me know. Otherwise, I may have to consider a trip to Brampton on Sept 15 to participate.  (Details of Brampton workshop here.)

Nancy Boyce
Read Nancy’s story here. For information on submitting to CommuterLit, see here. For information on submitting to Canadian Stories, see here.

Lighthouse in Kincardine. Next time you 
take a day trip, why not write a story 
about it and get paid, too?
Hi, Brian.
How are you and your family? You may remember that my daughter, Alexandra, and I attended the Owen Sound writing workshop. Alexandra has continued to write and is published this summer in the Southwestern Daytripper. She won a contest (at age 13) to write about her home town and she wrote a very tourist friendly article mentioning many of the attractions in Kincardine. (page 55, if you have time to check it out)

I think I told you she was writing a novel and she finished this spring so she is carrying on the writing tradition.
Take care,
Carla McLaughlin

Read Alexandra's story here. For information on submitting to Daytripper, the travel magazine for southwestern Ontario, see here.

Writer to Writer

Hi, Brian.
Ray Hurst and I sat at the same table at your workshop in Milton on July 21. We discovered that we are both from Waterloo and we’ve started a writing group. Anyone who is interested in joining us should email me at beverley@cunninghamcommunications.ca

This will be a group that meets in person somewhere around Waterloo (not an online group).
Thanks so much, Brian!
Beverley & Ray

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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