I am thrilled to be joining hubby, Mark Cameron, on stage at his upcoming workshop, Anatomy of a Book Tour. In this 90-minute BC Federation of Writers workshop, Mark and I will share stories about the 39-day BC book tour that we undertook this summer (2016) with our two children in a 19-foot camper van. The
I feel blessed in several ways as I try to navigate the turbid waters of writing and publishing. I have access to research through books, dictionaries, or using the library as a resource of resources to learn what I need to learn. If I need more help, I can go to school and take courses
I was invited out to an open mic at the library this week. I steeled myself for the journey. I have a completed first draft of a non-fiction book in my possession. Was I ready to hang it out there in the wind? Sure, you only live once, I told myself. So I gave it a
A friend emailed me with some deep thoughts about editing a few months ago. He is a busy guy and he was in the middle of a very busy time in his life when he sent it. I’m not sure if I was more impressed by what he said or by the fact that he
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I still have the journals I wrote in grade school and the essays that were well-graded in high school. It was a thrill to have my work read aloud by the teacher — the ultimate compliment — even though there were marks deducted for handing it
No. Not like that. I am still in my marriage. 100%. What I mean is stepping out from the shadow. There is a part of me that feels more comfortable when Mark is in the spotlight and I’m hiding behind him. I’ve spent much of my life hiding like that. It’s not a bad thing.
I slept later than I hoped I would. The trick when this happens is to NOT CHECK EMAIL before I leave the house. But sometimes I ignore my own advice. Yesterday was one of those mornings when I thought I would just take a quick peek at what might lay in wait for me when
It’s been a fun month! We’ve been relaxing into selling books while continuing to research and learn more about the publishing industry, preparing for the holidays, getting caught up on so many things that had been left behind, seeing friends, watching movies, reading, AND we’ve spent time writing. Mark is well into his second fiction
Today’s the day! The last post in this series! And Mark’s book is for real! The past couple of weeks have been a blur. We ordered bookmarks, chose a printer, placed the print order, delivered press releases, confirmed a reading at Gibsons Public Library, hosted a small pre-launch party for Mark, and prepared Mark’s website and our
Ready for beta readers in August of 2014, Mark held his breath and pressed ‘send’ on what we felt must be the final draft, once again, save typos. One friend provided immediate feedback, bringing welcome relief. Then we waited. And waited. More feedback began to trickle in around October, and Mark was still collecting input in December.