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kcdyer, Saturday September 27, 2008 - 8:30am

 

The Word is hitting the streets tomorrow with events right across Canada. Here in the Lower Mainland you'll find a gorgeous fall day, with tons of books, magazines and words of every description on the streets around the main branch of the Vancouver library.

For me, WOTS marks the true beginning of fall -- all the author events, book launches and fun with the written word really commences with this celebration of all things literary.

Your humble (but intrepid) blogger goes on tour to the Kootenays starting tomorrow, but first I'll be down getting a taste of...

kcdyer, Thursday September 25, 2008 - 9:01pm

 

 

We sent out the latest newsletter last night and this morning. Did you get your copy? If not, better sign up for our e-newsletter! You can find the sign-up here.

 

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

kcdyer, Tuesday September 23, 2008 - 4:47pm

Keep an eye on your email box -- tomorrow is one month to SiWC 2008, and the latest newsletter will be winging your way!

 

A couple of new and exciting notes --

First, long-time friend of the conference (and Non-Fiction contest judge!) Lois Peterson's new book MEETING MISS 405 is now OUT! This is Lois's first book, and she is a proud new mother. You can reach her to pass on congratulations here: Lois Peterson

 

Secondly, I just read in Publisher's Lunch that SiWC 2007 presenters Michael Bourret and Lauren Abramo have both received promotions with Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Here's the clip:...

kcdyer, Friday September 19, 2008 - 1:08pm
Tags: glossary, terms
  You know, I've been in this writing business awhile, and occasionally I forget and bandy terms about that, shockingly, not everyone may have heard yet.   So this post is by way of apology for those sins.   I hate jargon, and I really hate cliches. But knowing the right term for something -- that's a whole different story.   So without further ado, here's a list of some of the terms that might help you, especailly if you are coming to SiWC for the first time this year. If I miss something, let me know in the comments and I'll amend the post and add it in. Here goes!   Agent -- literary agents act as the intermediary for the author with publishers   Book Fair -- our Saturday evening book signing event, where all...
kcdyer, Thursday September 18, 2008 - 4:41pm
I am very excited to announce something completely new for SiWC this year. We will be offering FREE pitch practicing sessions so you have a chance to perfect your pitch before firing it at your favourite agent, editor or publisher.     Author and long-time friend of the conference Beverly Boissery will be available for you to practise with on Friday and Saturday, all day. She will be sitting at a table in the Fraser Room, and will be taking appointments from the very first morning of the conference. If you'd like to have someone impartial and experienced to evaluate what you have to say and perhaps give you a few tips on the best way to say it, Bev is your woman!     We'll have a sign set up directing...
kcdyer, Tuesday September 16, 2008 - 12:59pm

 

I believe I neglected to mention that at our upcoming Masque, costumes are not mandatory...but are welcome. 

It's the last Saturday before Hallowe'en, and if you'd like to dress up...go for it!

We are calling for a Literary Theme...which is wonderful, since every costume worth wearing has to be inspired by a book or a character...yes?

Give it some thought, and join in with the spirit of the evening!

 

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter 

 

 

kcdyer, Monday September 15, 2008 - 9:28pm

 

As a follow-up to the September 12th post on sharing a room, here's a means for those of you who are looking for a ride to connect with each other. Have room to spare in your car? Need a lift to or from the conference?

Just leave a post in the comment section below with your email, and magic will happen...I guarantee it!

(As with almost all things SiWC, the honour system applies here. We are not vetting your choices, so yer hitchin' at yer own risk!)

 

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

kcdyer, Sunday September 14, 2008 - 8:08pm
Tags: thank you, stats

Every once in a while, it behooves me to take a peek at the stats behind this, and the various other blog/websites in which I dabble. (This occurs, strangely enough, when I am procrastinating over some other big job [koff...line edit...koff] that is due by the end of the week.)

 

Anyway...I just had a peek at this here blog's wee stats page, and was QUITE blown away by the fact that we have, in the past day, just passed the 100,000th page view. Since June, as a matter of fact... and are now steering toward the heady heights of 102,000.

 To this, I can only say...

 

to all our dear readers. We love sharing the ether with you!

 

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter...

kcdyer, Sunday September 14, 2008 - 4:20pm

 

As usual, my buddy Michael Slade is up to No Good. 

This time, he's planning a Most Eventful evening for all Night Owls  after 9 pm on the Friday night of the conference. He's recruited some pretty amazing cast members to help him stage two very special...very creepy radio plays.

 The cast?

Slade himself, along with fellow best-selling authors

Diana Gabaldon

Jack Whyte, and

Anne Perry

Using all his devilish charm and wit, he'...

kcdyer, Saturday September 13, 2008 - 10:15am

We are trying to locate contest entrant Stephanie Chong. We have a Vancouver address for Stephanie but no email.

Stephanie -- if you are out there, and you or one of your friends reads this,  can you please drop me a line at kcdyer@siwc.ca ?

Thanks!

 

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

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