Thursday, October 10, 2019

Congratulations to Lena, Liz, Andrew and Andy! Plus services for writers


Hi, Brian.
I hope you had a great summer!
I'm excited to tell you that the piece that I wrote for your Writing Personal Stories class, "Masochistic Jockeys" has just been published by Penmen Review! I'm thrilled about it.
I wanted to thank you for your wonderful class. It really motivated me to write, but best of all, it helped me find my voice.
I'm writing more pieces like this and hope to put them together in a collected works. I'm also just finishing up a Middle Grade fantasy manuscript, so I've been very busy writing. I'm hoping to send out to agents over the next few months and will definitely be attending some more of your classes soon.
All the best,
You can read Liz’s very funny essay Masochistic Jockeys at the Penman Review here or you can read it on Quick Brown Fox {with way better images} here.
The next Writing Personal Stories course starts in January – details here, or for information about all upcoming writing class, introductory to intensive, see here.

Hi, Brian.
Great to see you at the How to Get Published workshop in Barrie and to have the opportunity to pitch my query letter to Meg Wheeler.
As I mentioned on Saturday, back in April I placed second in the Toronto Star short fiction contest with a piece that was originally a chapter from a Women’s Fiction novel I’d been working on for years. (And which you and the Burlington gang helped me with in so many ways! Please send my best wishes to the Wednesday afternoon class. They may recall these characters!)
You can read my winning story, “North of Us,” here.
Thanks for all the encouragement.
Lena Scholman
For information about the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and five other places to send your short fiction, see here.
For information about upcoming writing classes see hereand for information about the next How to Get Published workshop, {on November 23 in Niagara-on-the-Lake with literary agent Stephanie Winter}, see here.

Hi, Brian.
EVENT Magazine just bought two of my poems, and am in negotiations with Brick Books and Grey Borders for my novel. I love what you do.
You're a cornerstone for all us aspiring author.
Be well,
Andrew Lafleche
Editor-in-Chief of Gravitas
For information about submitting to EVENT Magazine, and 5 other places to send your short prose and poetry, see here; for info about submitting to Grey Borders, see here; and for information about submitting to Brick Books, see here.  

Hi, Brian.
I recently attended one of your “Find an Agent” seminars {actually called How to Get Published}. It was excellent. I'm still searching for an agent, but I do have a publisher for my first novel, Bay of Blood, the opening book in the North Noir series.
I found that publisher {Black Opal Books} last year thanks to a post on Quick Brown Fox. Thank you! BTW, I tell everyone I know that QBF is the best Canadian publishing site/blog. Bar none.
If you could post my author site/blog link, I'd appreciate it greatly:
Readers can get a free Bay of Blood PDF teaser here
Thanks kindly,
Andy Potter
PS: The book is doing well. I was on CBC Radio One talking about it and my North Noir detective series. I recently got an excellent blurb from a Governor General’s Award Winner, Steven Heighton: “Bay of Blood is a vivid page-turner of a procedural – and one that promises more from both its writer, A.M. Potter, and its feisty protagonist, Sergeant Eva Naslund.”
Bay of Blood is available through many online sites. You can find links to them on Andy’s web page here.
For information about the next How to Get Published workshop, {on November 23 in Niagara-on-the-Lake with literary agent Stephanie Winter}, see here.

Writer to Writer
Hi, Brian.
I hope you’re doing well!
I run a marketing agency and we are now offering marketing services specifically for authors, such as manuscript typesetting, book cover design, head shots and digital marketing. 
Our website is 
and our contact email for inquiries is 
Thank you,
Courteney MacNeil

Hey, everyone.  If you’ve had a story (or a book!) published, if you’ve won or placed in a writing contest, if you’ve gotten yourself an agent, or if you have any other news, send me an email so I can share your success. And be sure to let know if you're looking for a writers' group or beta readers; a notice in Quick Brown Fox, will help you find them. Email me at

See Brian’s schedule here, including 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. 

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