Monthly Archives: August 2009

On the Mend

I finally went out tonight. I went to the Hollywood to see the Noel Coward adaptation, Easy Virtue. It was light, very funny and very entertaining and I’m glad I went. Normally at this time of night I am all drugged up and almost asleep, so I must be on the mend. My ribs are sore, but my shoulder is killing me. I still can’t be touched, but as soon as I can, I will go and get manipulated…

That’s my update.

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GuideGecko International Writing Contest Launches

Winner Receives Trip to Frankfurt Book Fair and Jump-Start into Travel Writing Career

Singapore, August 19, 2009 – GuideGecko, the innovative publishing platform and travel bookstore for travel, lifestyle and entertainment guides today launches its first international writing contest in conjunction with the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany. From now to September 24, authors from all over the world can submit their own travel, lifestyle or entertainment guides, and the winning titles will be showcased on the fair. The top prize is a personal trip to the fair in October 2009.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for any writer to meet renowned publishers, pitch story ideas, and expose their titles to over 300,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists. Hall 3, where the winning titles will be displayed, is probably the most lively hall on the whole fair – bringing great exposure to the author and the books that are on display. This is a once-in-lifetime chance for authors to gain recognition and exposure in the publishing industry”, says Daniel Quadt, Founder and Managing Director of GuideGecko.

The contest is open to everybody, from casual writers to bloggers and established authors. Topics can span from anything and everything under the sun, as long as they are travel, lifestyle or entertainment related. With no page limit, the authors have the freedom and flexibility to write their own guides the way they want. Submissions can be new titles as well as existing titles previously published on GuideGecko or elsewhere.

Upon submission, the guides will be published instantly and listed on GuideGecko’s front page where they receive maximum visibility. Customers and viewers can choose to vote for and even order these guides immediately. Participation in the contest is free and the authors will receive full royalties and retain the copyrights of their guides published on

The winners of the ‘GuideGecko Writing Contest’ will be decided through online voting which starts immediately. The first prize is a personal trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair for the winning author. In addition, the top 3 titles will be showcased on the fair. Other prizes include a selection of Lonely Planet travel guides and subscriptions to travel magazines.

Closing date is 24 September 2009 and prize winners will be announced on 25 September 2009. For more information and to enter the contest, please visit

About GuideGecko

GuideGecko is the innovative publishing platform and travel bookstore for travel, lifestyle and entertainment guides. GuideGecko currently offers more than 2200 guides on 169 countries and 270 cities and regions around the world. All well-known series are available, including Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Insight Guides, along with a large variety of less conventional titles such as Hedonist’s Guides and Trailblazer, amongst many others.

GuideGecko invites casual writers, bloggers and established authors to publish and sell their own guides on GuideGecko makes such guides available as PDF downloads and as printed books/booklets. Publishing is free and authors earn 50-75% on every copy sold. Become a writer and get published on GuideGecko!

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Canadian Book Camp 2009

A little while ago, I blogged about how excited I was to be invited to run a week-long workshop for teens at the Canadian Book Camp beginning next Monday and running through to Friday August 14.

I had really hoped that in spite of my cracked ribs, I would be able to fulfill this commitment, but yesterday I had not choice to make the decision to step down as one of the 2009 teen workshop leaders. It was especially difficult because I was told that some of the students and requested they specifically enroll in my workshop.

When my first book came out, I didn’t have any idea that I would be invited into schools to do readings and eventually run writing workshops. Over the past eight years, this has become something that I have come to really treasure and enjoy. I have seen unbelievable talent and enthusiasm in so many teens all across Canada. Making the decision to turn down this amazing opportunity was not easy and I wish all of the campers a week filled with literary wonder. If possible, I hope to drop in one morning to meet some of you and listen to one of the amazing keynote speakers.

It’s taking forever for my ribs and shoulder to heal. I am stuck in a limbo between boredom and pain while feeling grateful that I did not end up with a far worse injury. Today, for the first time, I managed to walk a whole block – my destination, it won’t surprise you, the library at the end of the street. I didn’t take out a book, as I’m in the middle of (and loving) Ludmila’s Broken English by DBC Peirre. I have also finished book three in the Twilight Series and didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two. Bella is starting to get on my nerves. I mean, isn’t it important to retain some of oneself in a relationship? Come on, Bella. Let’s hope you smarten up in the next installment.

I digress. I also missed our suite101 beach picnic this week…arg and the food and company is so great.



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Help to Protect Your Local Libraries

I was not aware that the BC government was planning to cut library funding until I received this email in my inbox. Please sign the online petition.

The provincial government is considering cutting their contribution towards public libraries in BC. We get the money from local municipalities, but 10% of the total budget of FVRL comes from the Province of BC, an integral part of what we need to deliver
library services in communities large and small. Libraries give taxpayers a huge “bang for their buck”, they deliver a wide variety of services in all communities, many that mean freedom of access to information, and many programs that are centred around literacy. Please read the public area of the website, and consider signing an online petition to protect the services coming from your local library, that make your community a better place to live for all of us and forward this to those in your email address book.

Stop BC Library Cuts

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