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Canadian Authors’ Association November Meeting


Writers Helping Writers

From the Canadian Authors’ Association in Orillia:
It’s less than one week until our November branch meeting featuring Craig Pyette, senior editor at Random House/Penguin Canada.
He will be talking about the only rule that matters when it comes to getting published.  There will also be a question period which means you get the opportunity to pick the brain of an editor, not something that happens very often so don’t miss it!
Tell your friends, family, neighbours about this great opportunity.
Thursday, November 27th at 121 Mississaga St. East.
Doors open at 6pm, meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Toronto International Book Fair Nov. 13 – 16, 2014

From the Prez:

Dear BWC:
The Toronto International Book Fair is running Thursday November 13 To Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Cost is incredibly reasonable at $15 for all 3 days with an amazing lineup of authors. Workshops run around $45.
Too many authors to list but they include: Kelly Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpey Kid),  Dave Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Andrew Pyper, Anne Rice and Peter Robinson.
You can order tickets on line.
I will bring the 4 page program with me tonight but check out the excellent website
Visit the Book Fair website for more info and view the attached schedule below to see the events.

‘How to Get Published’ Workshop


The Barrie Writers’ Club and Brain Henry are offering a ‘How to Get Published’ workshop on Saturday May 4, 2013 at Grace United Community Church. Here’s the info from Brian Henry:

The Barrie Writers’ Club presents…

“How to Get Published”

~ An editor and an agent tell all  ~

Saturday, May 4
~ Space still available ~
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grace United Church, 350 Grove Street East, Barrie (Map here.)

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published author, this workshop is for you.
We’ll cover everything from getting started to getting an agent, from getting your short
pieces published to finding a book publisher, from writing a query letter to writing what
the publishers want. Bring your questions. Come and get ready to be published!

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing teacher for
more than 25 years. He has helped many of his students get their first book published and
launch their careers as authors.

Guest speaker Olga Filina is an associate agent at The Rights Factory. TRF is a boutique
agency that deals in intellectual property rights for entertainment products, including
books, comics & graphic novels, film, television, and video games. As an international
agency, TRF licenses rights in every territory. TRF works directly with publishers,
producers, studios, game developers and other rights-buyers in all territories, occasionally
in conjunction with local representatives.  TRF has six literary agents, all looking for
authors. More on The Rights Factory here and here.

A graduate of Humber’s Creative Book Publishing Program, Olga Filina spent over a
decade as a sales manager and book buyer for both national and independent book store
chains and two years as a literary assistant at The Cooke Agency.

While Olga will read anything that may set her book clubs on fire, she gravitates towards
commercial and historical fiction, great genre fiction in the area of romance and mystery,
nonfiction in the field of business, wellness, lifestyle and memoir and young adult and
middle grade novels with memorable characters. In her spare time, Olga sits on library
boards, organizes literary festivals and runs more book clubs than she can count.

Special Option: Participants are invited to bring a draft of a query letter you might use
to interest an agent or publisher in your book. You don’t need to bring anything, but if you
do, 3 copies could be helpful.

Fee: $38.94 + 13% hst = $44 paid in advance
or $42.48 + 13% hst = $48 if you wait to pay at the door

To register, please make out a cheque to Brian Henry and mail it to:

Brian Henry, 110 Reiner Road, Toronto, ON M3H 2L6

Or if you do on-line banking, you can pay by e-transfer.

       To reserve a spot now,

Note: Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency was originally booked as the
guest speaker for this workshop but had to withdraw due to other commitments.