Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Deux Voiliers Publishing ~ a writers collective looking to publish new Canadian novelists

Deux Voiliers Publishing {DVP} is an initiative of Ian Thomas Shaw, who writes under the nom de plume Con Cú (owl in Vietnamese). Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Organized as an informal writers-plus collective, Deux Voiliers is a new generation publisher. We seek to match and surpass traditional publishers in producing high quality works of fiction accessible to readers everywhere. The art of creating new works of fiction is our driving force. 

DVP loves public libraries. They are fabulous institutions for nurturing the imagination and creativity of future generations. So if you see a great book in our collection, don't just buy it for yourself but recommend it to your local public library for the benefit of other readers.

Deux Voiliers is named after a painting by Quebec artist, Sacha Barrette. The painting depicts two sailboats (deux voiliers in French) crossing turbulent water. The first sailboat cuts through the rough waters to ease the path of the second. The painting reflects how in life, one person often clears the obstacles for another and underscores the collective spirit of our micropress.

DVP is looking to publish a few very good first-time Canadian novelists in 2014. Before submitting a manuscript, please bear in mind that DVP is more of a writers-plus collective than a traditional small press. While all profits on book sales are passed back to the authors, the authors are expected to volunteer their time to evaluate new submissions, copy-edit, proofread and promote the work of other DVP authors.

Non-author associates are also welcome to join on a volunteer basis, i.e. copy editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, book reviewers (we have two associated book review web sites), search-engine optimizers, web designers, social media specialists, etc. We seek to optimize creative fun for everyone!

Please note that although we are a very small general fiction publisher, our editorial selection process is quite tough. We will evaluate each submission for its quality, the potential of the author and how it fits with other DVP titles.

When new writers show promise but still require significant editorial assistance, we will work with these writers not only to enable them to up their game but also to gain the exposure needed for their subsequent works to be picked up by larger trade publishers. In this way, we hope to make lasting contributions to the success of the authors' careers.

Deux Voiliers Publishing is also committed to promoting other emerging Canadian authors by organizing innovative collective book readings, reviewing their novels, and advertising events in Canada's literary community.  If you would like to benefit from any of these activities, feel free to contact us.

We do not publish poetry, vampire-werewolf-zombie fiction or commercial erotica.

Submissions: Email a copy of the full manuscript to deuxvoiliers@gmail.com
“If you wish to write a synopsis, that is fine. However, we will commit to reading at least the first two chapters of any submission.”

P.S. Be sure to check out their website; it's beautifully designed: http://www.deuxvoilierspublishing.com/  

Carly Watters
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published" workshops in Ottawa on June 22 with literary agent Maria Vicente (see here), and in Oakville on Sept 27 with literary agent Carly Watters (see here).

And Brian will lead a "Writing for Children & for Young Adults" workshop on May 31 in Burlington (see here).

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. You can check out all three courses Brian will be offering this summer here

He'll be offering 
“Writing your life & other personal stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (see here), “Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings (see here) and “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons (see here). 

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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