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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!



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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!)



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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!



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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 ?




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kcdyer, Saturday September 13, 2008 - 9:40am
Tags: volunteers


Seems we've had a little problem with Camille's, (our volunteer coordinator) email address.

 If you would like to volunteer for the conference in any capacity, please email me at and I will make sure Camille gets your message!

Or...leave a comment on this post and we'll get back to you right away.



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kcdyer, Friday September 12, 2008 - 10:21pm




SiWC is all about connecting -- connecting with old friends, other writers, industry personnel.

The focus of this post, however, is to connect people interested in sharing space. I've had a number of requests from registering 'singletons' -- folks who are coming to the conference by themselves and are looking to share the expense of a hotel room.

If you are one of those people, add your name and contact number to the comments section below this post. If other folks contact us about this, we'll send them all here -- and you can take the initiative to find yourself a suitable room mate for the conference.

But remember -- CAVEAT EMPTOR! We're just providing the place for connections here -- we're not screening the entries....

kcdyer, Thursday September 11, 2008 - 3:04pm




For the first time ever, SiWC is being held on the last weekend before Hallowe'en.

To celebrate, we will be offering a selection of Very Special Night Owl  events. Today I'm going to talk about our Saturday Evening Masque.

Here's the scoop. 

First of all, costumes are OPTIONAL. You do NOT have to wear a costume, if that is not your thing. Masks, however...are not.

Saturday evening, beginning shortly after our Book Fair and Author Signing, will be the night of the Mysterious Masque. In order to attend any of the evening's festivities, you will be required to purchase a mask. We'll be selling plain, black masks -- and a few more colourful ones, too -- at the door (and throughout the course of the conference...