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Digital Literacy: What It Is and Why It Matters!

Sep 20, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

You may think of literacy as solely having to do with reading and writing skills. However, there’s another type of literacy we should all be aware of:...


Review of Kiss My Asterisk: A Feisty Guide to Punctuation and Grammar

Sep 12, 2023 - Melissa MacAulay

Going only by the title and back blurb, my very first impression of Kiss My Asterisk by Jenny Baranick (Skyhorse, 2014) was that I am its ideal reader...


Celebrating International Literacy Day on Friday, September 8!

Sep 06, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

International Literacy Day is approaching, so we thought it would be a good time to delve into this important observation and how you can celebrate!  ...


What’s Going on With Literary Events in Ontario?

Aug 29, 2023 - Michael Bedford

With September closing in, the crunch of the leaves and the smell of pumpkin spice bring with them a slew of literary events for writers, editors, and...


6 Faulty Writing Habits to Avoid

Editing  /  Writing  /  Usage
Aug 23, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

There’s never a bad time to refresh your writing skills, and now is as good a time as ever (especially if you’re finding yourself with some extra time...


Everyday Proofreading and Punctuation Marks: Their Meaning and How They Are Used

Aug 15, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Pretty much everyone uses punctuation marks in their day-to-day life, whether it’s in texts, emails, professional communications, business writing, le...


Your Book's Copyright Page: What You Need to Know

Aug 02, 2023 - Michael Bedford

Self-publishing opportunities allow authors to reach their audiences on their own schedules and through their own publishing initiatives. An important...


What’s On This Summer: Live Theatre in the Golden Horseshoe

Aug 01, 2023 - Michael Bedford

The Stratford and Shaw Festivals’ 2023 seasons are both well underway and providing some excellent options for summer theatregoers. Soulpepper Theatre...


8 Great Tips on How to Market Your Book if You’re an Introvert

Jul 26, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

If you’re an introverted author, putting yourself out there in order to market your book can be incredibly intimidating. Self-promotion might feel unc...


Social Media for Authors: When—and How—to Start Building Your Presence

Jul 18, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

If you’re an author (new or more experienced!) then you probably know the importance of having an author platform. If you’re a self-publishing author,...


You Need Permission to Reprint That! What Authors Need to Know About Copyright Clearances

Jul 05, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo & Beth McAuley

Anyone writing a manuscript—be it a book, a journal article, a blog, a newsletter—has to understand only one thing about wanting to reprint material t...


Summer Brainteasers! 6 Word Games for Writers and Editors

Jun 28, 2023 - Michael Bedford

Summer is here, and sunny days filled with poolside lounging, relaxing on the dock, or even just enjoying a nice drink on the deck, are ahead! However...


Getting “Back to Basics” with Editing Rules

Jun 21, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

As you can imagine, there are a lot of rules to remember when it comes to editing: rules for punctuation, sentence structure, capitalization, word usa...


Editorial Professional Development Opportunities: The 2023 Edition

Editing  /  Writing  /  Event
Jun 14, 2023 - Michael Bedford

Summer is just around the corner, and in addition to higher temperatures and long-awaited vacation time, many editorial professionals are looking forw...


4 Ways to Become More Involved in the Writing Community

Jun 07, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Writing can mean spending a lot of time on your own, but that doesn’t mean a writer’s life should be a solitary one! There are lots of ways you can ge...


The Publishing Plan: What It Is, and How to Create One

May 31, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

What is a publishing plan? Honestly, a publishing plan is exactly what it sounds like! It involves scheduling and planning for the writing and publish...


Segues: A Handy Technique for Writing Transitions

Writing  /  Usage
May 24, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Segues are an important part of writing in any genre, and knowing how to use segues well can be the difference between a successful or not-so-successf...


The Synopsis: The Best Editing Tool You’ve Never Tried

May 09, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

A synopsis—what is it, really? Well, to put it simply, a synopsis is a brief overview of your larger work. For a nonfiction manuscript, a synopsis cou...


5 Tips on How to Stay Focused on Writing as the Weather Improves

May 03, 2023 - Michael Bedford

In southern Ontario, where I live, winter tends to be long and cold, and spring tends to be chilly and wet—find some more of my thoughts on Canadian w...


6 Independent Bookstores to Visit on Canadian Independent Bookstore Day: This Saturday, April 29!

Apr 26, 2023 - Michael Bedford

The Canadian Independent Booksellers Association is dedicated to creating a collective voice for independent booksellers in Canada. Its vision is to h...


Working with an Editor: Figuring Out What It Might Cost

Apr 19, 2023 - Michael Bedford

Authors preparing to submit their manuscripts for publication in today’s market often find that the process presents more challenges than they anticip...


Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Editor: Advice from a Freelancer

Apr 11, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

It’s the most stressful time of the year! That’s right, it’s tax season. For small businesses, at best, taxes are a real drag to do, and at worst, the...


Attention New Authors! Here Are 10 Publishers Accepting Submissions

Apr 05, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

Independent Canadian publishers help define the Canadian literary scene. In 2019, we published the first listing of 5 such publishers for emerging aut...


5 Tips to Finding the Right Publisher for Your Manuscript

Mar 28, 2023 - Lesley-Anne Longo

When you’ve got a finished manuscript (or a great book idea that’s just itching for a proposal) and you’re looking to find a publisher, it can be a mo...


From Book to Screen: 4 Great Film Adaptations of 4 Great Novels

Mar 21, 2023 - Michael Bedford

With another Oscar season over, there are movie recommendations galore. Everything Everywhere All at Once claimed some significant wins at the 2023 Ac...