Nanowrimo challenged me

NaNoWriMo Challenged Me

BY SUSAN CALDER School trained me to begin new projects in September or January, after summer and holiday breaks. I’ve started all of my novels during these months. By the time National Novel Writing Month comes along in November I’m usually into a first, second, or third draft and don’t need NaNoWriMo to cheer me …

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Attending in person writing conventions

Attending an In-Person Writing Convention in Today’s World

In September my friend Pam and I flew to Minneapolis to attend Bouchercon World Mystery Convention’s first on-site event in three years. I sat on a panel and handed out my author cards, but the main purpose of our trip was to present Calgary’s bid to host Bouchercon 2026. Tourism Calgary recruited Pam and me to co-chair the venture.

Return to In-Person Writing Events

The fall book promotion season is almost here. Will events be largely online, as they’ve been for the past two and half years of this pandemic? Or are people eager to return to in-person festivals and conventions? My guess is both.

How to Plan a Memorable Book Launch

PLANNING a Memorable Book Launch

Planning the Book Launch In my last article, WHY Host a Book Launch Party, I outlined all the reasons why you should host one. In this article I'll be discussing the steps to planning a memorable book launch. When my first novel was released, I hosted my book launch at a local independent bookstore. I …

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Get Ready for Your Next Writers’ Conference

If you’re thinking of attending a convention, conference, or festival next year, now’s the time to start your research. It’s best to register as soon as you can to get Early Bird rates and heads-up emails about opportunities at the event.