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Report on Literary Weekend…

September 27, 2012

Well I’m back to the grindstone but feeling relaxed and regenerated after a wonderful long weekend. The drive to Saskatoon took five hours and my companion, Linda, kindly drove all the way (although I did volunteer). For those of you who do not know, I live on the Albertan prairies, which, as the name suggests, are flat. As an expat, I sorely miss the rolling hillsides of England. So you can image my delight in seeing undulations in the landscape as we travelled toward Saskatchewan. Of course nothing matches the English countryside but it was a real treat to see hills.

We arrived early evening and after registering at the hotel, went in search of supper. We found a great Chili’s restaurant and afterwards at the hotel indulged in uninterrupted writing – bliss. On the Saturday we attended a conference hosted by PWAC (Professional Writers Association of Canada).

Connect, Celebrate, & Collaborate

Date: September 22, 2012
Location: The Refinery, 607 & 609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon, SK

This was a very informative day where we networked and gained some valuable insights. Linda and I have come up with a game plan for her publishing company, Dream Write Publishing, advertising campaign. So we are both pumped. Not to end the day too quickly we happened upon a great Italian restaurant so had to partake of the fine pasta with a glass of good red, of course.

Sunday was The Word on the Street event and we drove downtown to set up beside the library. Rows of white canopies with dark blue covered tables welcomed us. It didn’t take long to have all the books displayed and I had one corner for Rumble to sit ‘guarding’ his books. I loved to see the reaction of children and adults alike when they noticed my little monster. With lots of cuddles and pats on the head and a candy for a treat, I found everyone intrigued at the Rumble coloring competition.

I also had postcards for my e-book, The Rython Kingdom’s front cover on display with the Smashwords link on the back –

The weather was kind with lots of sunshine and with Linda and Tammy, whose book was launched we had a great day conversing with some very interesting people. At day’s end we were tired after packing up the boxes of books so indulged in a quick fast food meal in the hotel. Having plenty of time to check out we slept late before our trip home. I managed to sew a couple of Rumble hand puppets on the road, which got a few looks from other travellers but it did help the five-hour drive pass quicker.

How far have you traveled for your book sales?

Literary Weekend…

September 20, 2012

I’m almost jumping up and down with excitement as I count down the hours until I head off with my dear friend, Linda, to Saskatoon.  We will surely enjoy the scenery as we drive and can look forward to staying in a nice hotel for the weekend. On Saturday 22nd September, we are attending a seminar entitled –Connect, Celebrate, & Collaborate hosted by P.W.A.C. (Professional Writers Association of Canada). Armed with pen and notebook, I’m sure to be scribbling furiously.

On the Sunday we will be part of the Word on the Street event. Linda’s publishing company, Dream Write Publishing, will be launching a Saskatoon author’s first novel as well as selling numerous other books in her catalogue. It will be a day full of literature and literary interests and people, something for all the family. If you go to the web site you can get all the information:

We have decided, instead of rushing back on the Sunday night, we will do some sightseeing and travel back home at a leisurely pace. How civilized a weekend you will agree.

So what are your plans for this weekend – do you have a Word on the Street event near you?

Words on the Street

What’s On The Street?

The second annual The Word On The Street festival will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on 23rd Street East between 3 and 4 Avenue, on 4th Avneue between 23rd and 24th Street and in the Frances Morrison Library from 11 am to 5 pm.  There will be over 30 author readings and performances.  Authors to be added to the site in June.  The on-site market place will have over 40 exhibitors including booksellers, retailers, publishers, authors and associations.  There will also be children’s activities and food concessions on site to create the festival atmosphere.  The event is FREE for all and is an all-ages event.  Bring a picnic lunch or grab a snack on site and enjoy the day.  Everyone is welcome and all events are FREE!

Come and meet me and my publisher – Dream Write Publishing…we would love to chat.

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