From The Publisher: Rekindling Your Creative Flame

I write new articles every week. After sticking to that publishing schedule for four months, I find myself judging everything I have created. I have days when I’m convinced that I’m out of decent ideas. This is nothing new. I have had numerous periods where I felt as if I didn’t have two brain cells to rub together, nothing useful or relevant to say, what I do write is crap, and … why bother? Perhaps this has happened to you, too? How to survive the potholes on your creative journey? Please follow to the full article here!

Around The Web: Canadian KidLit on Youtube, Ableism in Publishing & Banned Books

Hello again, readers! This week’s roundup of internet content includes a first look at a new YouTube channel dedicated to Canadian Children’s books, some library backgrounds for your video chats, a look at publishing’s ableism problem, and some news about banning books. Bibliovideo The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has a new YouTube channel! Named Bibliovido, the channel will focus on Canadian books for young people. Check out their preview video for an idea of what to expect from this new endeavour. Video Chat Backgrounds Many of us have been connecting through video calls during the last few weeks. If you’re looking to spice up your calls, or if you just want to hide your usual backgroun

Around The Web: Virginia Woolf, Charity Auctions and Kids Books Explaining the World

Welcome back, readers! This week we’ll jump right in. For your entertainment, I present: the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf, a charity auction to support comic book stores, some advice for reading poetry, and a look at children’s preference for books that explain the world. Virginia Woolf’s Voice If you ever wondered what the voice of Virginia Woolf sounded like, you’re in luck. Lit Hub shared a rare recording of the prolific writer. The recording, presumed the only surviving audio of Woolf, comes from a 1937 BBC Radio broadcast of a talk titled “Craftsmanship.” #Creators4Comics Stranger Things by Gwenda Bond As you’re likely aware, many stores are facing challenges thanks to phy

From The Publisher: Creating In Spite Of Self-Doubt

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash It’s the saboteur within and it can torpedo our dreams. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath The Gifts of Creative People Creative people see possibilities, value complexity and have the gift of innovation. They can bend their glorious imaginations to envisioning new things or ideas. Often sitting a little (or a lot) outside of the mainstream, they have a different lens through which they experience the world. At their best, creatives see possibilities everywhere and enjoy experimenting with concepts and perspectives. What they love most is bringing those ideas into form, whether it’s a book

From The Publisher: How to Write a Headline

Make the reader’s first impression count with a crisp and evocative headline. A strong headline makes the difference between a handful of article or blog reads or your piece going viral. It can mean the difference between engaging a loyal following of readers or sinking into obscurity. Your headline markets your story and tells the reader what to expect. It provides context, helping your reader decide if your article or post is worth reading. In short, your headline tells your reader what the story is and why it matters to them now. In as succinct a manner as possible the headline must answer the following questions: What’s this article or story about? Why is this relevant to me? What will I

Around The Web: Jane Austen, Virtual Book Clubs, Comics and Poetry Prize

Hello again, readers! As we head in to a long weekend (does it feel like a weekend anymore? What even is time?), I’m back to share some reading material with you. This week, I have a look at why we turn to Jane Austen in times of trouble, an article on book clubs during Covid-19, some comics, and an update on the Griffin Poetry prize. Reading Jane Austen In Troubled Times Jane Austen has barely been out of print, and her books have seen folks through wars and now pandemic. Electric Lit asks why it seems we keep turning back to Austen in times of trouble and what it is that’s so enduring about her stories. Book Clubs During Covid-19 As isolation and physical distancing has ramped up, so too h

Around The Web: Indie Bookstores, Books Accessibility, and Comfort Activities.

Welcome back, readers! We’ve finally made it through March and that feels like an accomplishment right now, so take some time to celebrate the new month. I for one, am writing from my home office where the sun is shining through the window and a book awaits my attention. Though a lot is changing, I’m still sharing content from across the web. This week, a way to support indie bookstores with your audiobook purchases, a look at how COVID-19 is challenging accessibility in Canadian literature, some poetry prompts, and some things to do if you can’t read right now. Libro In Canada Independent bookstores across the country have had to close their doors, but audiobooks may offer a chance for stor

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