Friday, April 6, 2012

Do book trailers really help sell books?

My latest post for Commonwealth Writers is on the subject of book trailers.

Happy Easter/Passover/Spring!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Year of the Dragon is also Year of the Short Story

Happy 2012! My latest Commonwealth Writers post is now up, and is all about the short story.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Short list of short story competitions

Since the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize deadline was November 30th, my latest post includes a list of several other English language short story contests which offer sizable prizes and are open to unpublished international writers.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Latest post is about Reading

My latest Commonwealth Writers online writer in residence post is up.  I'm hoping someone leaves a question and/or comment under it that will help spark the next one (struggling to come up with a decent topic!)...

Also, a reminder: there is now just over a week left to submit to the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize (deadline is November 30, 2011). Check the guidelines carefully - all Commonwealth citizens are eligible to apply, even if they are currently living outside of the Commonwealth!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New post as Writer-In-Residence

My first proper post as online Writer-in-Residence for the Commonwealth Writers went up today.

In other news, today is/was apparently National Sandwich Day in the United States (due to it being the birthday of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Commonweath Writers relaunch

The revamped Commonwealth Writers has just relaunched with a brand new website.

It's not only jam-packed with information but is designed to be interactive and to provide resources for fiction writers all over the world, acting as a kind of online community.

I'm excited to be a small part of it as their first online writer-in-residence and will be posting regularly over the coming weeks...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Put A Bird On It

This has been up for a month or so, but yet again I'm going to claim it's better late than never...

I was delighted to find my book on a fab list put together by the fab new-ish literary website Canadian Bookshelf. The list is entitled Put A Bird On It and showcases the (incredible) number of books that have birds on their covers, if not also in their titles. It also features the funny clip of the same name from the TV series Portlandia.

In other news I "won" the 2nd Montreal Literary Death Match, if gaining the sympathy vote for only have one discernible talent (a British accent) counts as winning. Mind you the final round did require certain specific skills and, at long last, all those years I spent in school playing netball (a sport nobody in North America seems to have heard of) paid off! It was a great turnout and a really fun night - the other readers, judges and jet-setting host/LDM creator Todd Zuniga were all amazing and everyone got a free copy of Maisonneuve since it was also the magazine's fall launch. The Montreal blog Midnight Poutine did a write-up here.