Are you a self-published author?

The CAA National membership committee recently made changes which might make it easier for you to qualify for professional designation. Your self-published work would qualify if it meets 4 of the 6 following criteria.

The work:

  1. Must be edited by an editor qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of editor).
  2. Must have a minimum level of net income of $500 within the past two years (net income after the deduction of costs for printing, distribution, editing, design, publicity, and promotion; provide income and royalty statements).
  3. Minimum number of 250 units sold within the past two years (provide statement of units sold).
  4. Must be registered (ISBN, ASIN, or other).
  5. Cover must be designed by a designer qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of the designer).
  6. Interior of the work must be designed by a designer qualified by professional qualifications or experience (provide the name, contact, and qualifications of the designer).

The self-published work may be combined with work from other categories:

  • Book Author – Trade or Commercial Publisher, minimum of 25,000 words, except for children’s books
  • Poet – minimum of 500 lines
  • Periodical or Journal Writer – minimum of 25,000 words in articles or short stories
  • Newspaper Writer or Columnist – minimum of 20,000 words total
  • Scriptwriter – radio, television or theatre scripts totaling a minimum of three hours playing time
  • Writing instructor – minimum of 50 hours teaching time, and this must be combined with another category
  • Artist – minimum of 50 illustrations published
  • Photographer – minimum of 50 photographs published
  • Cartoonist – minimum of 50 cartoons published
  • Translator – minimum requirements are the same as for the writing category from which the translations were made
  • Technical Writer – minimum of 25,000 words
  • Trade or In-House Periodical Writer/Editor – full-time position
CAA Fred Kerner Book Award

Ahmad Danny Ramadan
THE CLOTHESLINE SWING, Nightwood Editions
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, won Independent Publisher Book Award for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction, was named among the Best Books of 2017 by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. It was longlisted for Canada Reads 2018 and shortlisted for the Evergreen Award 2018.

About the Award
The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year.
Fred Kerner was a devoted and longtime CAA member. An Honorary President of the association until his passing in 2011 at 90, Fred was an author, journalist, editor, teacher, and mentor. He wrote more than twelve books and also wrote for magazines, radio and TV, and he gave unstintingly of his time to assist emerging writers.