Saturday, May 31, 2014

Love letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published

Literary agent Martha Magor Webb
of Anne McDermid and Assosiates
Hi, Brian.
Just have to share that I received a request for the manuscript of my novel Coyote Wedding from Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency. All credit goes to your fine suggestions for my query letter. Will keep you posted and a million thanks,
Sohan Koonar
Note: I helped Sohan with his query at a “How to Get Published” workshop. These workshops always include a query letter clinic, and I’ve got two of them coming up: 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). – Brian

Dear Brian,
Just yesterday I submitted my new novel to my agent in Toronto. Let's hope he likes it!
It's always such a waiting game. It is an entirely different novel from my last one (no satire, nothing futuristic) and takes place between Ottawa and Israel, but mostly in Israel of the early 1990s. 
Best wishes,
Gila Green
Read a review of Gila’s first novel, King of the Class, here.

Hi, Brian.
The second novel in my Max Dexter Mystery series, A Deadly Venture, will be published this Fall by Seraphim Editions.
I do appreciate your ongoing support, Brian.
Chris Laing
For information on submitting to Seraphim Editions, see here. For a review of Chris’s first novel, A Private Man, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Got some great news today, after class. My short story “Waiting” has been accepted for publication in CommuterLit’s second print anthology – wowzers – how exciting!
See you next week in class,

Hi, Brian.
I've sure had a good run lately. I received an email from Commuterlit yesterday. They informed me that my story “Serena's Journey Home” was accepted for the second CommuterLit anthology. So happy to be in both their books. Wonderful.
Phyllis Humby

Author Diane Simpson
Hi, Brian.
I am thrilled to tell you, and anyone else I come across, that my short story, "Listing Larry" has been accepted by commuterlit!  It will be up next week along with a bio and picture, two very intimidating things to post. If you have the space please mention my story. 
I also wanted to mention that I recently attended the seminar on query letters.  It opened my third eye!  It increased my understanding and gave me the confidence to pitch with personality. 
 You rock.
Diane Simpson, officially published.
Note: You can read Diane's story, Listing Larry, here. 
For information about submitting to CommuterLit, see here, and to read about their new contest, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Thanks for your latest newsletter, always filled with lots of good stuff for writers.
The second in my Loyalist trilogy, The Loyalist’s Luck, is due out in the fall. Meanwhile I am excited and pleased to announce that I have been awarded a Pay it Forward Award from the Writers Community of Durham Region, of which I am a member.
Living my dream has brought me wonderful success as a speaker. The historical and Loyalist aspects of my books are attractive to many groups and I’m enjoying a kind and friendly reception. To date I’ve done over thirty presentations. So much fun.
Thanks for your part in getting me started in that extreme editing course in Oakville.
All the best,
Elaine Cougler 

Author Sandra Ziemniak
Hi, Brian.
I just wanted to let you know that my story, “When There's a Puzzle in the Checkers Box,” was short-listed for The Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition!  They’re submitting the story on my behalf to three magazines for possible publication. I have my fingers crossed.
Thanks for all your help in the past,
Sandra Ziemniak
You'll have to wait to read Sandra's winning short story, but you can check out her review of Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus here.
For information about the Writers' Union of Canada's short prose competition, see here.

See my schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, 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. – Brian

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