Ready to ramp up your writing career? Our professional development webinars are packed with valuable information.

 

 

 

Fall 2019 Webinar Series

 

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: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ET)
Length: 90 minutes (including Q&A)
Level: All levels
Type: Informational
Member price: Free (members must be logged in to register to get the member rate)
Affiliate & Non-member price: $20 + HST

 

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.

Registration for affiliates and non-members opens October 16, 2019

 

Watch this space! We’re planning and scheduling the next set of webinars. In the meantime, feel free to purchase access any of the past webinar recordings listed further on this page (available at no cost to members in good standing).

 

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.

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 five 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.

 


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

Affiliates**: $20 + 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

Affiliates**: $20 + 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

Affiliates**: $20 + 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

Affiliates**: $20 + 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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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

Affiliates**: $20 + 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 call 416 975 1756 or 705 955 0716 for details and the promo code.

 

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