Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

Promote Your Book Effectively – Workshop Giveaway Kamloops, Victoria, Prince George

Would you like to learn how to promote your book more effectively?
Do you have an out of print book that you own the rights to and would like to see back in print?
Do you dream about self publishing your book to supplement your income?

Live Your Dream Workshops teach you how to do all of those things, and THEY’RE GIVING AWAY A SPOT AT ALL 6 OF THEIR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS! To enter the contest for your area, or to register for a workshop, visit their website at http://www.liveyourdreamworkshops.com. For Kamloops – the deadline to enter the contest is Friday April 16th, so don’t miss out!

The workshops are facilitated by Crystal Stranaghan, who has worked as a publisher, editor, book designer, publishing consultant and creative writing mentor on more than 50 book projects of all kinds, and Jared Hunt, who is an experienced writer, editor, creative writing mentor, game designer, publishing consultant and an expert in new publishing technologies.

Kamloops: Self Publishing For Profit (April 24), Book Marketing Mixology (April 25)
Victoria: Self Publishing For Profit (May 22), Book Marketing Mixology (May 23)
Prince George: Self Publishing For Profit (June 5), Book Marketing Mixology (June 6)

Visit http://www.jaredhunt.Dream Workshops or call toll free 1-877-261-7901 for more information.

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Canada Council Turns Me Down Again! My Heart Breaks

I am writing this blog post to share my pain with other writers and my shame…yes, shame. Once again, I have been turned down for a Canada Council Grant. This time, I was asking for a travel grant because I am going to spend three weeks at at writer’ retreat in Quebec (I will blog all the details once I am closer to the date).

I don’t know how to get a grant from CC. I send in all the documentation, all the award nominations and successes, reviews, project outlines, references, expense reports – every thing they ask for – I give and more. And yet, I can’t even get travel money, and I’ve never been succesful in getting money to work on my books…It is so frustrating and humiliating. That is why I want to share this with other writers. In my workshops, I always tell emerging artists to accept rejection with grace and move on. I quote Samuel Beckett’s “Ever tried? Ever Failed? Try harder. Fail better.”

Here is the message I always get – and I always cry 😦

Grant Application Result
Decision Unsuccessful

The assessment committee for the program, has recently completed its deliberations. We regret to inform you that your application was not successful. Committee members were asked to review and evaluate each application and to make grant recommendations based on the assessment criteria published in the program application guidelines. Because of the limited funds available, the assessment committee’s decisions had to be made in an extremely competitive context. All committee decisions are final.

It’s not always easy to “Practice What you Preach.”
I will accept this rejection with grace…

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