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Spring/Summer 2020 Webinar Series

 

For our Spring/Summer 2020 series, we are delighted to partner with SF Canada to bring you the following five webinars. In light of the impact of COVID-19 on our community of writers across Canada, Canadian Authors and SF Canada have jointly decided to offer this series at no charge to all writers, whether or not they are members of either organization.

 

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Simon Rose

Examine the art of writing for children and young adults. Explore research, planning, pacing your story, developing characters, connecting with the reader, choosing settings, the role of adults in children’s stories, and more.

After attending this session, participants will be able to understand the fundamentals of writing for children and young adults, how to turn your ideas into stories, understand the need for outlines, planning, editing, and revision, understand the importance of research, create great beginnings and pace your story, and be able to research ways in which to submit your work to publishers.

Presenter: Simon Rose
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

Cost: This series is free due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community; space is limited.

About the Presenter

Simon Rose is a Calgary author of sixteen novels, eight guides for writers, and more than 100 nonfiction books for children and young adults. Simon served as the Writer-in Residence with the Canadian Authors Association and is a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors. Simon also provides services for writers, including editing, coaching, and ghostwriting and offers programs for schools. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and Chinook Learning Services and offers online workshops and courses for children and adults.

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

 

 

Leveraging Your IP and Maximizing Income in a Digital World

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Writers have never had more options than ever in the history of publishing. The digital marketplace has expanded opportunities for print books, eBooks, and audiobooks. But navigating the vast oceans of opportunity, determining what path is best for each particular writing project, and avoiding the treacherous seas, uncharted waters, and the industry sharks that swim these waters preying on the hopes and dreams of authors can be tricky.

This overview of the platforms, the players, and the alternatives available for writers to be able to maximize their readership and their opportunities for multiple streams of revenue will provide you with the background you need to keep from drowning and to chart your own unique course as an author.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will:

  • Understand the plethora of choices available to them within traditional publishing and self-publishing/indie-publishing
  • Be aware of a number of free services available to them for licensing/selling their work or taking a more DIY and indie publishing approach
  • Realize that there is no single path for any writer, or any specific writing project, and the benefits of applying a hybrid approach
  • Know where to get started publishing their work in print, eBook and audiobook, and how to make decisions on the choices that exist for listing their work on the major book platforms for retail and library markets
  • Have an understanding of what to look out for in order to spot the scheming demons masquerading as “publishers” or “self-publishing support”
  • Be inspired to look for new ways to maximize their opportunities for growing their readership and their streams of writing revenue

Presenter: Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Author, Editor, and Book Nerd; Stark Publishing
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

Cost: This series is free due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community; space is limited.

About the Presenter

Mark Leslie Lefebvre had his first story published in 1992, the same year he began in the book industry. A former President of the Canadian Booksellers Association, Mark is a current Professional Advisor to Sheridan College’s Degree program in Writing & Publishing, the founder of Kobo Writing Life, Kobo’s DIY platform for writers and a freelance publishing consultant.

Mark has more than twenty full length fiction and non-fiction books available via both traditional and self-publishing, his writing has been translated to Italian and Spanish, and his eBooks have sold in more than 82 countries.

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

 

 

 

Going Solo: Self-Publishing Tips and Tricks for Those First Starting Out

Krista D. Ball

This guide to self-publishing one’s work combines an up-to-date guide with tried-and-tested advice on publishing your work and finding your audience. This webinar will cover both the basics (cover design, harnessing digital retailers, editing, and formatting guidance), along with practical advice on social media, increasing visibility, and the basics of mailing lists.

Presenter: Krista D. Ball
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic +
Type: Informational

Cost: This series is free due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community; space is limited.

About the Presenter

Krista D. Ball is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada where she learned how to use a chainsaw, chop wood, and make raspberry jam. After obtaining a B.A. in British History from Mount Allison University, Krista moved to Edmonton, Alberta where she currently lives.

Like any good writer, Krista has had an eclectic array of jobs throughout her life, including strawberry picker, pub bathroom cleaner, oil spill cleaner upper, and soup kitchen coordinator. These days, Krista can be found causing trouble on Reddit when she’s not writing in her very messy, cat-filled office.

 

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

Characterization and Character-driven Conflicts

Ron Friedman

Conflicts have stood at the heart of storytelling since the dawn of Humankind. Learn how the latest discoveries in brain science and human behaviour can help you grow three dimensional characters motivated by different world views in complex societies that confront each other a in a believable manner. Eliminate the BS factor. Make your conflicts shine.

During this webinar, you will learn a simple psychological model that can help you as a writer to understand human behaviour and utilize this model in your writing to create reliable characters that readers can relate to and understand their motives.

You will also learn a few philosophical worldviews and how to combine those views with the above model to spark believable character driven conflicts.

Then we will analyze several characters from known stories and see how this model applies.

Presenter: Ron S. Friedman

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

Cost: This series is free due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community; space is limited.

About the Presenter

Ron S. Friedman is an award-winning science fiction author from Calgary. His novel, Typhoon Time, is an Amazon.ca #1 Best Seller in Time-Travel; his collection, Escape Velocity, is a Calgary Herald #1 Best Seller, and his story, Game Not Over, is a Best Short Fiction finalist in the 2016 Aurora Awards, Canada’s premier Science-Fiction and Fantasy awards.

Ron’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Neo-Opsis, Polar Borealis, Enigma Front and in other magazines and anthologies. Ron co-edited three anthologies and he received ten Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.

Originally from Israel, Ron is living with his loving wife and two children in Calgary, Alberta. Ron is currently working on his second novel.

 

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

 

 Can’t attend on that particular date? No problem — as long as you’re registered, we’ll send you a link to the recording within 48 hours of the live webinar.

 

How to Build Worlds Without Boring Your Reader

You can’t write fantasy or science fiction without creating a new world, whether you’re imagining a new planet or reinventing the minotaur. How much research should you do? Often writers fall into the trap of too little research, risking the ire of readers and critics–or overwhelming them with pages of “As you know, Bob,” which risks putting readers and critics to sleep.

This webinar will focus on tips for efficient research and how to write your world in a way that entertains your readers, which makes writing more fun for you. As a result of attending this session, you will have a better understanding of how to:

  • streamline your research (i.e., delve into real or virtual shelves without getting stuck there)
  • improve your information flow and avoid overwhelming your reader with details

Presenter: Melissa Yi (Yuan-Innes), MD author of speculative fiction and mysteries
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

Cost: This series is free due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community; space is limited.

 

About the Presenter

Melissa Yuan-Innes immediately fell in love with fairy tales, and one day, she started writing them. She was a Writers of the Future winner in her final year of medical school and went on to publish in Nature, the Aurora-winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017. She writes the Hope Sze medical mysteries under the pseudonym Melissa Yi, for which she has been recognized by CBC’s The Current, The Next Chapter’s Mystery Panel, and The Globe and Mail. She enjoys eating, laughing, and playing with her kids.

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

 

 Can’t attend on that particular date? No problem — as long as you’re registered, we’ll send you a link to the recording within 48 hours of the live webinar.

 

More Webinars Below

What Is a Webinar?

Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation or seminar that is transmitted over the internet using video conferencing software. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or your phone (tablets are also doable, but computers offer the best experience). Your device should have audio capability, either through built-in speakers or a headset. Your device should have audio capability, either through built-in speakers or a headset. Don’t worry about the video part – participants are not visible during the webinar.

A key feature of a live webinar is its interactive elements: the ability to give, receive and discuss information and/or ask questions in real time. Linking to a previously recorded webinar allows you to watch and listen to the session at your leisure — you can even pause the recording whenever you like.

During our webinars, all participants are muted to avoid sound interference, but you can answer polls as well as ask questions using the chat feature. After the webinar, you will receive a link to the recording and any handouts the presenter may have prepared for the session.

Feel free to contact us at apurcell@canadianauthors.org or 705-955-0716 if you have any questions or concerns about the webinar experience.

Please keep in mind that all presentation slides and handouts, if applicable, are the property of the guest presenters, and they may not be used for any purpose beyond personal education. 

 

We are always looking for new webinar topics! If you are an engaging presenter with expertise to share with writers, let’s talk! Send an email with a brief pitch to apurcell (at) canadianauthors.org.

 

Available Past Webinars

Missed some of our past webinars? No problem! We have made a selection of our past webinar recordings available for non-members and affiliates, as well as to our members. Check them out and register for any or all of the six webinars listed below. Once you’ve registered and paid, we’ll send you a link to the webinar recording. Afterwards, you will have access to a copy of the presentation slides.

 

The End Is Just the Beginning

Lynn Duncan

Congratulations! After months (years?) of diligent effort, you have finally completed your manuscript. You celebrate briefly before it sinks in—you have no idea what to do next. Should you hire an editor? Should you approach an agent? How do you find a publisher? What is hybrid publishing anyway? And how much is all of this going to cost?

This workshop will provide an overview of the publishing process and a suggested process to follow to navigate it successfully. Participants will leave with information that will help them chart the path that is right for them.

 

Presenter: Lynn Duncan
Date of Original Webinar: Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

Cost: This webinar was part of a series available at no charge due to COVID-19’s impact on the writing community

About the Presenter

In 2010, Lynn founded Vivalogue Publishing with business partner Kilmeny Denny. Drawing upon Lynn’s many years of business and sales experience and Kilmeny’s background in journalism and editing, Vivalogue helps self-published authors achieve creative and financial success. As part of its commitment to the self-publishing community, Vivalogue founded and continues to administer The Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Vivalogue also partnered with Heritage House Publishing to develop and launch their young adult imprint, Wandering Fox Books. This experience inspired Lynn and Kilmeny to found their own trade-publishing company, Tidewater Press, in 2017. Now with five titles in print, and four more scheduled for release in 2020, Tidewater Press publishes real and imagined stories of identity and belonging.

 

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org

 

 

Developing Voice in Your Manuscript

One of the most important skills for a writer to have is the ability to craft clear and strong voices in their manuscript. Sounding inauthentic or unrealistic can be the difference between a pass or an offer of representation. In this webinar, we’ll target common mishaps and approach creating strong narratives on three levels: dialogue, prose, and characters.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will gain valuable tips and expert advice on writing realistic and engaging dialogue that is both informative and essential.

You’ll leave the webinar with the tools to self-edit your characters in order to render more believable and captivating voices.

Presenter: Stephanie Winter
Date of Original Webinar: March 18, 2020
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

RATES
Members: Free (members must be logged in to their account and register via the Members Only webinar access page at https://canadianauthors.org/national/webinar-access/ to get the member rate)

Non-members: $36 + HST  **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

About Stephanie Winter
Stephanie is an associate agent at P.S. Literary. She first joined the agency as an intern before becoming the agency’s relations assistant. Stephanie is a dedicated bookseller who holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto in English Literature and a M.A. in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. She is actively looking for diverse and inclusive voices in fiction and nonfiction spaces who make new worlds and perspectives come alive. Stephanie particularly appreciates strong characters who bend stereotypes, genders, and more.

Register for Developing Voice in Your Manuscript

 

Can’t attend on that particular date? No problem — as long as you’re registered, we’ll send you a link to the recording within 48 hours of the live webinar.

 

Taxes for Writers: Keeping CRA happy while doing what you love

Taxes will always be an important part of running a business, and the earlier you learn the basics, the fewer headaches you’ll have down the road. Everyone wants to do the right thing when it comes to taxes, but not everyone knows what the right thing is. That goes double for self-employed or freelance earners, who have more choices and responsibilities when it comes to taxes than regular employees do — and seemingly less information available. With the tips in this webinar you can keep yourself out of hot water. That means more time and mind space to devote to your writing!

Led by the owner of Personal Tax Advisors, this down-to-earth and ‘plain speak’ webinar will cover:

  • GST/HST: How it works and why, when, and how to register
  • Business-use-of-home expenses: What’s eligible and what’s not
  • Other eligible expenses
  • Record keeping and tracking your expenses
  • What to do about out of country publishers and sales

Presenter: Sunny Widerman
Date of Original Webinar: February 12, 2020
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: Basic and Intermediate
Type: Informational

RATES
Members: Free (members must be logged in to their account and register via the Members Only webinar access page at https://canadianauthors.org/national/webinar-access/ to get the member rate)

Non-members: $36 + HST (use registration button below)  **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

About Sunny Widerman
Sunny Widerman has been a tax preparer and advisor since 2002, with a growing clientele of freelancers, business owners and professionals. Through her firm Personal Tax Advisors, Sunny specializes in helping clients take control of their tax planning by explaining the tax issues that affect them. She focuses on a gentle, non-threatening approach to financial issues and clear, jargon-free language.

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Fanship: A Community of Creators and Fans United by the Love of Reading

Whether you’re a published author, an aspiring writer, or an avid reader, you’ll definitely want to learn more about Fanship and why you should get involved. Join us to get a sneak peak at this exciting new initiative soon to be launched by Access Copyright and Prescient Innovations.

So what is Fanship? Fanship will be a new digital community for readers and writers who are united by a love of literature — a community where recommending great books has its rewards. Fanship will be a word-of-mouth e-book retailer where book lovers can recommend books to friends and family, and authors and publishers will have a direct line of sight into how this online buzz translates into sales. Authors will also be able to see how their readers’ e-book recommendations drive sales for their works.

(Watch this short 75-second video if you want to learn a bit more about Fanship.)

 

Presenter: Sapan Narang
Date of Original Webinar: December 11, 2019
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: All levels
Type: Informational
Price: FREE

 

About Sapan Narang

Sapan Narang is Access Copyright’s Chief Innovation Officer. In this role he leads Access Copyright’s work in exploring new, diverse revenue models to benefit creators and rightsholders. He also leads Access Copyright’s innovation lab, Prescient, a leader in the use of exponential technologies that are changing the compensation paradigm for creators, rightsholders and audiences. He holds an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University and an undergraduate degree in engineering.

 

This webinar has already been held. If you missed it and wish to have access to the recording, please contact us at admin(at)canadianauthors.org 

 

Take the Fear Out of Formatting: How to successfully prepare your e-book for publishing

Are you eager to publish an e-book but baffled on where to begin? Successfully publishing an e-book starts with formatting, which is nothing to be afraid of.

In this webinar, author and e-book consultant Matthew Bin will provide step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a manuscript for e-book publication. You will learn how to create a professional-looking and correctly formatted e-book that is compatible with all major e-publishing platforms, using only Microsoft Word and free tools available to everyone.

Not a computer whiz? No worries. To get the most out of this practical webinar, participants should simply be comfortable using an Internet browser (such as Microsoft Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari) and be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Word.

 

About Matthew Bin

Matthew is a published author and owner of Calamus Consulting, a communications company that provides professional e-book services to authors. Matthew has published over 50 titles on Amazon and other e-book platforms and has learned how to navigate the e-book publishing process easily and efficiently.

 

Originally held December 13, 2017

RATES

Members: Free to all members in good standing

Note: Members must register by logging in to their member account and clicking on the registration button in the Members Only section under Webinar Access

Non-members: $36 + HST  **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

**A promo code is required for affiliates. If you are a member of one of CAA’s Affiliated Partners, you qualify for this special discount. Contact us at admin (at) canadianauthors.org or call 416 975 1756 or 705 955 0716 for details and the promo code.

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Go Global: Taking your self-publishing to the next level with Kobo Writing Life

 

In this webinar, Kobo Writing Life’s Christine Munroe will share everything you need to know about self-publishing with KWL. Are you just getting started? Already self-publishing but looking for strategies to reach more readers? This will be the perfect learning opportunity for you! Christine will share insights about the benefits of publishing to multiple retailers, how to ensure you’re putting your most professional foot forward with each book, and how KWL can help you reach readers in 190 countries.

 

About Christine Munroe

Christine Munroe is the Senior Manager of Author Performance at Rakuten Kobo Inc., where she helps authors and small publishers succeed on Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life. She brings a decade of industry experience, including as a literary agent and foreign book scout, to her work as a digital and self-publishing expert.

Originally held November 21, 2017

 

RATES

Members: Free to all members in good standing

Note: Members must register by logging in to their member account and clicking on the registration button in the Members Only section under Webinar Access

Non-Members: $36 + HST  **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

**A promo code is required for affiliates. If you are a member of one of CAA’s Affiliated Partners, you qualify for this special discount. Contact us at admin (at) canadianauthors.org or call 416 975 1756 or 705 955 0716 for details and the promo code.

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How to Land That Literary Agent!

Are you an author with a manuscript you’re using as a doorstop? Or perhaps you have your own company and a wonderful story or idea but no idea what to do with it. Or you’re an artist and illustrator with a picture book thinking… what now?!

That’s where Megan Beadle comes in: This workshop will teach you the techniques of writing the perfect query letter.

 

YOU WILL LEARN

  • The do’s and don’ts of writing a query letter
  • What makes a submission stand out among thousands of others in the slush pile
  • What an editor or agent looks for in a literary novel, a genre book, a non-fiction pitch, or a picture book pitch and does it differ? Psst… YES!
  • What the number one complaint about submissions is according to a survey of thousands of agents and editors in North America
  • What the benefits of getting an agent and publishing traditionally are
  • The number one most important secret when reaching out to agents
  • And last, but not least, how to get that agent and book deal!

About Megan Beadle

Megan Beadle is the founder of the Beadle Literary Agency, a boutique agency in Toronto with a growing list of authors. With a background in book sales, a publishing degree from Ryerson University, and a passion for stories and editorial, she is uniquely situated within the industry.

After working at the Canadian Manda Group for three years selling books for publishers such as the Hachette Book Group, Abrams Books, Sterling Publishing, the Literary Press Group (a conglomerate of Canadian Publishers), Diamond Book Distributors, Independent Publishers Group, and more, she started combining her editorial work and connecting authors with publishers by using her contacts. It quickly became clear that being an agent was not just a passion, but a talent.

To learn more about being an agent, Megan set up a learning program where she shadowed agents around the world to learn from them: David Camus at the Anna Jarota Agency in France, Andrew Leonie of the Leonie agency in London, and all of the wonderful agents at the McDermid Agency in Toronto, all taught her what they look for in an author. She’s looking forward to sharing what she knows with you!

 

Originally held June 7, 2017

RATES

Members: Free to all members in good standing

Note: Members must register by logging in to their member account and clicking on the registration button in the Members Only section under Webinar Access

Non-Members: $36 + HST  **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

**A promo code is required for affiliates. If you are a member of one of CAA’s Affiliated Partners, you qualify for this special discount. Contact us at admin (at) canadianauthors.org or call 416 975 1756 or 705 955 0716 for details and the promo code.

 

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Write Better Dialogue

Dialogue is a critical component of fiction and nonfiction writing. What people say—and how they say it—can engage your readers or turn them off completely. Join Matthew Bin for a tour of the techniques and mechanics of good dialogue.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the mechanics of punctuation and paragraphs, understand the nuances of subtext and voice, and discover the always effective “Law and Order dialogue technique”. Let Matthew, author of three published books and numerous short stories and articles, show you how to make your dialogue natural and compelling.

About Matthew Bin

Matthew is a published author and owner of Calamus Consulting, a communications company that provides professional e-book services to authors. Matthew has published over 50 titles on Amazon and other e-book platforms and has learned how to navigate the e-book publishing process easily and efficiently.

 

Originally held December 6, 2016

RATES

Members: Free to all members in good standing

Note: Members must register by logging in to their member account and clicking on the registration button in the Members Only section under Webinar Access

Non-Members: $36 + HST   **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

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Social Media for Authors

In this session, Frances Caballo will review the elements of an ideal social media profile. She’ll look at successful examples, review what authors should never do, share examples of poor and correct messaging, and discuss best practices. Whether you’re new to social media or have been using it a while, Frances promises that you’ll learn how to improve your online branding after attending this webinar.

About Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com. She’s written several books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads, Avoid Social Media Time Suck, and Twitter Just for Writers. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writer conferences.

 

Originally held June 2, 2016

RATES

Members: Free to all members in good standing

Note: Members must register by logging in to their member account and clicking on the registration button in the Members Only section under Webinar Access

Non-Members: $36 + HST   **SPECIAL RATE: $10 + HST**

 

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