Sunday, March 17, 2024

Kudos to Natalie, Nella, Denisha, Barbara, and Jeff ~ for getting short pieces published, landing an agent, and on the upcoming publication of your new novel

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. As writers, we’re all in this together, and your good news gives us all a boost. 

Also, 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. 

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Hi, Brian.

The dopamine/rewards center of my brain is VERY excited to share with you that I’ve just signed a contract with a literary agent. Officially, as of yesterday, T.E. Bean is represented by Katharine Sands at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in Manhattan. 

My novel, THE INFINITE MATTER OF KAT WATBURN, which I workshopped with you online and at two in-person retreats before having you assess the first draft, has found its champion! No. More. Bloody. Querying.

Thank you so much for helping me get here, Brian. The role you play in supporting authors cannot be overstated. My gratitude for all you do is infinite.

Jeff Renton (T.E. Bean)

Note: We have a writing retreat coming up in just three weeks at the historic Sherwood Inn, in Muskoka. Details here.

For information about submitting to Katharine Sands and other agents at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, see here.


Hello, Brian.

On February 6th, The Globe and Mail printed my essay in their First Person section. It's a look back at my high school girl's hockey team and how I brought the team picture back to life. Here's the link for it here.

And then Reader’s Digest Our Canada magazine printed my story about my 90-year-old dad and another ski day with him. I've attached the article below, which will appear in the March issue. It is such a shame Reader's Digest is closing their doors. Apparently, readership is more online these days versus in print. They have been a wonderful platform for many writers to get their stories out to Canadians.

In closing, I have been working my way through edits on my fiction novel, and on November 1, 2025 BWL Publishing will release my third book, Jillian of Banff X O. If you haven't yet read Summer of Lies (available here) or its sequel What About Me? (here), you have time to catch up with Jilllian's tales before release date.

I hope you are still climbing walls and enjoying the crazy weather Mother Nature throws at us. Take care.

Barbara Wackerle Baker

For information on submitting a First Person essay to the Globe and Mail {and a few other great places to submit}, see here.  

And here's a video of me climbing a wall. (This is from a year ago; I'm better at it now :-).... 


Hi, Brian.

I wanted to share my news, Amazing Stories has accepted my story, “Duck Duck Duck.” I cannot deny that there is something very cool about having a story in the same magazine that published some of the SciFi greats such as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ursula Le Guin and Isaac Asimiov to name a few.

Thanks for your support,


For information on submitting to Amazing Stories {and a few other great places to submit}, see here



I am pleased to let you know that my story from class, “The Quiet One,” has been accepted for inclusion in the 40th Anniversary Anthology of the AICW (Association of Italian-Canadian Writers).

I really appreciate the guidance you have offered over all these years.

Nella Cotrupi


Hi, Brian.

I signed up on your new Substack page (here) for your postings to show up in my inbox. Great feature! 

Things have been going well after taking your courses/workshops. A poem of mine was published in a poetry journal back in December and I recently won second in the Flash Fiction Magazine contest. There's even a Live Zoom event I get to participate in later this month. 

I don’t know if you remember, but you and I had a session where you edited this piece (my husband gave me a gift certificate). It's a light story about elderly Mr. Lau, a retired, grumpy man who has a difficult visit at the dentist's and ends up escaping before the dentist examines him further.

You had some good things to say about it, I made the changes you suggested as well as a few of my own, including giving the character a first name (Edwin) and changing the title of the story from "A Good Day for Mr. Lau" to "A Necessary Rebellion." 

I'm very excited about it and wanted to thank you for your help. 

Thanks Brian!

Natalie J. Chan

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