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kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 7:37pm

We've just added a new author and agent to our line-up for this year. Let me introduce you!


This is Sharlene Martin.

She is the Founder of Martin Literary Management, a nonfiction agency located in Seattle. She specializes in highly commercial nonfiction genres including memoirs, prescriptive (how to) parenting, health, business (entrepreneurial driven) true crime, celebrity related books and pop culture.

She is the co-author of the upcoming Writer’s Digest book: Publish Your Nonfiction Book: Strategies for Learning the Industry, Selling Your Book, and Building a Successful Career.

You can find out more at her website, here:


kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 1:47pm

Okay...we've had Room Sharing, Ride sharing...

and now, Ferry Sharing!

[Unlike Fairies or even Faeries -- BC Ferries are made for sharing!]


If you are looking for a ride from Tswwassen Ferry, why not share your info here? We've got a bunch of Islanders coming -- share the gas, save the fare and save the air!

Leave your contact info in the comments -- and let's share that ferry*!


*No actual fairies were involved in the writing of this psa.



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kcdyer, Friday October 16, 2009 - 11:31pm
Sean Cranbury, plugged in social media guy runs a live radio show called 'Books on the Radio'. The show runs live Wednesdays on CJSF 90.1 FM.   Past shows are available as podcasts on his site. And this week, he's put up an interview he did with me regarding the conference this year.   Check it out HERE.   We sat in the sun on Commercial Drive last week and watched the world go by as we chatted.      Enjoy!   ~kc also blogging as leftwriter sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @siwc2009
kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 9:47pm


Sharing the link love on this Turkey Day...

 Kamloops This Week Hearts Diana Gabaldon and mentions sending writers our way.

SF writer and wunderkind John Scalzi stops taunting the tauntable for long enough to laud SiWC success story Janice Hardy's new series. [and  she hearts SiWC along the way...!

In other news...

have you got your antennae yet?



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kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 10:47am
Tags: alien turkey
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kcdyer, Saturday October 10, 2009 - 8:29pm

This week we're continuing with our series of presenter introductions, combining old friends who are returning to us with new faces to the SiWC experience.

Today's newbie is Annabel Lyon.

Annabel is the author of work in quite a variety of genres, but this year has really been her chance to shine. She's just found her name on the shortlist for the Giller Prize, as well as the Writers Trust awards, so we are very excited to have her join us.

If you check out the presenter page on our site, you'll find that Annabel is the author of Oxygen (short stories), The Best Thing for You (novellas), and All-Season Edie (juvenile novel).

Her first novel for adults,...

kcdyer, Friday October 9, 2009 - 6:45pm


We've talked about this wonderful new website before, but now our own Don McQuinn's endeavour is up and running, and they've got their first newsletter out.

I've had a peek and it is loaded with information. You can learn the basics about available  webinars, how to apply for Advanced Classes, and a look at upcoming speakers [including SiWC 2009 presenter, author Terry Brooks].  Be sure to check out the website at or to email for more information.

Even better, come to the conference and talk to Don McQuinn about his new endeavour in person!



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kcdyer, Thursday October 8, 2009 - 11:27pm
We said they were coming....And here they are!  



SiWC 2009 is being invaded by Little Green Men! Friday night, Michael Slade is bringing his 'Shock Theatre' LIVE radio plays back to SiWC . And, in honour of the upcoming Night of All Souls, and the subsequent celebration of Hallowe'en, this year's entry will be a reimagining of the famous Hallowe'en broadcast of WAR OF THE WORLDS.

But those are not the little green men of which I speak [or...type.] Last year at the conference, we had a special celebration in the form of a Masque. To keep things fresh, instead of a Masque this year, we are planning to celebrate Slade's little green men by bringing in aliens of the writerly kind.

Our challenge to YOU, dear attendees, is to dress up on Friday...

kcdyer, Monday October 5, 2009 - 3:30pm

Long-term friend of the conference Janet Oakley has had another of her stories published.






She writes: "As promised, I found out about PUTTING THINGS AWAY, shortlisted last fall [ in the SiWC 2008 contest -- ed.]. It will be published in December 2009 in A CUP OF COMFORT FOR GRIEVING HEARTS, with shipping to the stores in November. ... DRYWALL IN THE TIME OF GRIEF (winner non-fiction 2006) was published in their Classic Addition two years ago. It was one of three selected to be put into the expanded version of the original series. The book is apparently one of their best sellers."

Congratulations, Janet! We are SO proud of you. Your story should emerge right after the conference, but this is a head's up for all...

kcdyer, Sunday October 4, 2009 - 8:26pm
          Jan Markley is a joyous SiWC success story. You can read all about her history of getting published on her blog, but a great place to start is THIS POST.   Jan's new book DEAD FROG ON THE PORCH, is published by Gumboot books and will be available in October.   Congratulations on your new Dead Frog, Jan! We heart you, too!             ~kc   also blogging as leftwriter   sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @SiWC2009