WESTBANK WRITERS' GROUP
Ideas from Blair Jean
After selling 500 copies of my book, “Clearwater Memoirs” sales slowed considerably. So I had to find new target markets.
The Writers Group may want to see my latest ploy. I have started posting a story each Saturday morning on the Facebook site I initiated in 2015, “A History of Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta.” Lately, I having been posting selected stories to this site, Saturday mornings only, to attract more buyers of my books. I am getting good results. If the members are interested, have them check it out, Facebook: “A History of Fort McMurray and Northeastern Alberta.” Other people post there as well so they may have to scroll down to find more of mine.
From Geneva Ensign
1. Your name, first & last (initial if you wish)
2. Title of article
3. Name of magazine
4. List the number of magazine, if there is one
5. Date of publication
6. What page(s) article is on
Bibliography for Books
1. Your name: first & last (initial if you wish)
2. Title of book
3. City where published
5. Date published
WRITERS’ GROUP – WESTBANK LIBRARY
- Ralph Carlson – [email protected] in charge of local artists’ guild. Some people would illustrate for little money; some are very good
- Kettle Valley Graphics – Peter & Mary Weeks. 250-763-4431.
- Red Sand Creative - Jill Veitch and Sandy McGee
2. BOOK BINDERY:
- BC Bindery – Robert White, owner. 250-862-5109. www.bcbindery.com Services: perfect binding, hard cover, coiling, lamination, restoration & rebinding.
3. BOOK DISTRIBUTERS:
- Sand Hill Book Distributers, Kelowna – Nancy Wise, will market & distribute books
4. BOOK SIGNING LOCATIONS:
- Chapters, Indigo
5. COMPUTER PROGRAMS:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking – speech recognition software
6. COMPUTER SPECIALISTS:
- Kate Eales – www.computercarekelowna.com 250-764-7043 $65 per hour
- Dan Perrett, ACE Computer Sales & Services – 3228 McGinnis Rd, Westbank 250-979-8522
- INI Business Services – Peachland 1-888-843-4441
7. DIGITAL SPECIALISTS:
- Navigator Multimedia Inc. – Sarah Bauer – [email protected]
- Perry Ritthaler – Creston, BC E-book author & writing coach offers a variety of books & services for authors on his website www.digitalmindcoach.net
- Norma Hill – Professional editor, workshop facilitator, member of Penticton Writers & Publishers. www.penwriters.com [email protected] FEES: one hour free for new clients; quick, once over editing $25; regular editing $30. Workshops in West Kelowna - $10 per person, per hour, travel time & handouts included. Minimum of 5 persons. If less, $30/hour travel time plus the $10 per person
- Sharron Simpson – Manhattan Beach Publishing. “I do editing for a fee and am happy to share my contacts and any expertise I have gleaned while publishing the three books [email protected]
- Doreen Martens – [email protected] Rate: $30 per hour or if preferred a fixed amount per project, depending on the size of the book and scope of the editing required. Authors she works with are usually self-publishing and format their books themselves (for 30 book and/or print) or send manuscript to someone with formatting expertise.
- Darcy Nybo – owner of “Always Write”. Writer, editor, proofreader [email protected]
Name Location E-Mail Website or Blog
Hill Penticton [email protected]
Alex McGilvery Kamloops [email protected]
Erin Linn McMullan Tofino [email protected]
James Osborne Vernon [email protected]
Donna Squires Kamloops [email protected]
Blazej Szpakowicz Kamloops [email protected]
10. ISBN NUMBERS:
Library and Archives Canada, Government of Canada, Published Heritage Branch. [email protected] 819-994-6872 or 1-866-578-7777
- UBR Services Printing & Copies – Bob and Ursula Rymarchuk Winfield www.ubrservices.ca
- Effective Printing – 4421 1st Street, Peachland www.EffectivePrinting.com 250-767-3085 ask for Julie Tait
- Gail Cowie – UPS Store, West Kelowna. Will prepare manuscripts, make booklets, coil binding, posters, business cards 250-768-2012 [email protected]
12. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS:
- Amber Rathjen – photographer [email protected]
- Anthes Photography – Neil & Mary Anthes www.anthesphotography.com
- First Choice Books – Victoria, BC www.firstchoicebooks.ca Talk to publishing consultants: Patrick O’Connor and/or Melanie Perkins
14. SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANTS:
15. WRITING GROUPS: BC Interior Writers’ Groups, plus links to BC Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island groups and Canada-wide groups and organizations
- DAWSON CREEK
o Northern Writers Ink
Meet monthly – contact for times; Kiwanis Enterprise Centre
o Interior Authors’ Group
Meet 2nd Wednesday each month except July and August, 6:30 pm at North Shore Community Centre, 730 Cottonwood Avenue, North Kamloops, BC, V2B 8M6 Blog: https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Interior-Authors-Group-175372529330245/
Contact: Elma Schemenauer, [email protected]
o Kamloops Society for the Written Arts
o Kelowna Word guild (Christian writers):
Meet third Wednesday each month
Contact: Jane Rozek [email protected]
o Kelowna Writers’ Group
Meet first Tuesday each month at Kelowna Library, 6 to 8 pm
Contact: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1353553561326285
o Write On! Kelowna
Contact Terresa Augustine. Message her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/terresa.augustine or search for WriteOn! Kelowna Writers Group Facebook page, coming soon
Newly established group as of January 2019 for aspiring and published writers who want to learn and share with each other. Group limited to 8 participants to allow time for writing exercises, craft lesson, sharing and feedback
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 pm (rotating locations i.e., private residence, wineries, etc.) with a short business/planning meeting each quarter.
- LAC LA HACHE
o Contact Maureen Foss [email protected]
o Uphill Writing Group
Meet month, rotating households
Contact Brian Deon [email protected]
- OKANAGAN FALLS
o South Okanagan Scribes (SOS)
Open group for drop ins and public, teens and up. Bring something short (300 to 400 words) to share if you like, or just bring a cup of tea, sit back and listen
Meet at Okanagan Falls Library 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 pm
Contact Faye Arcan [email protected] for dates and times
Facebook group https://www.facebook .com/groups/2041584439501050/
o Oliver Scribblers
Meet 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oliver Library on Station Street
Contact Jessica Murphy 250-498-2813 [email protected]
o The O’s Own Writers
Group closed down at present
o Okanagan-South Writers’ League (OWL)
Meet third Wednesday of September, November, January, March, May for large group networking from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Shatford Centre (location will change after May 2019)
Sub-groups: They have a variety of sub-groups with specific goals/genres/etc. these have included: mastermind groups, a non-fiction writers group, a weekly summer drop-in group, children’s writers, etc.
o OWL Creative Non-Fiction Group
Meet last Monday of each month, 7 to 9 pm at Beth’s home
Contact Beth Gleason [email protected]
o OWL Feedback for Writers
Guaranteed to improve your WIP in a lively and supportive atmosphere. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome
Meet 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month at 9:30 am to noon at the Craft Corner Kitchen, 557 Main St, Penticton
3 terms per year: Jan-Mar, Apr-June, and Sep-Dec
Contact facilitator Julie H. Ferguson 604-469-1319 [email protected]
Please apply to facilitator to see if space is available
Facilitator’s website www.beaconlit.com
Also check out OWL Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/5199453788213898/
o Kidlit Critique Group
Meet at Cowor, 129 Nanaimo West. Date and time TBA (new Group)
Contact Diane Jones cell 1-604-908-2525 [email protected]
o Comedy and Song Writing Group
Meeting TBA (new group)
Contact Lynn Greene 250-493-6955 [email protected]
o Writing Out Loud
A group where beginning writers experience the benefits of journaling and sharing their writing
Contact Mary Kiviste 250-492-4305 ext 3244 [email protected]
o Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival (OVWF)
Annual writers’ conference. Unfortunately, this event will no longer be happening due to changes in availability of the venue. Meanwhile looking into possibility of writers’ retreats at the Chute Lake Lodge just north of Penticton and Naramata.
Contact Norma J Hill [email protected] for updated information
o STEPS Creative Writing for Youth
Started as a series of youth workshops
Continues as a Facebook page with writing information and events of interest to teen writers https://www.facebook.com/groups/1216336771813453/
New youth workshops or a “youth writers’ club” may be developed soon
Contact Norma J Hill 250-490—0336 [email protected]
o Aggie’s Authors
Penticton radio talk show on Peach City Radio C-FUZ, featuring local authors, editors and publishers
Contact Aggie Stevens [email protected]
- PRINCE GEORGE
o Writers’ Lab (formerly Scribblers (Unanimous):
Meet 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 7pm, Bob Harkins (Main) branch of Prince George Public Library, Keith Gordon room
Contact Amy Dhanjal 250-563-9251, Communications Coordinator, Prince George Public Library [email protected]
o Northern Scribblers Online:
Contact Bee Wolf Ray https://www.earthmatrix.net/scribblers
- SALMON ARM
o Shuswap Writers Group:
Meet first and third Wednesdays each month from September to May, 11 am to 1 pm in boardroom at Piccadilly Mall Shopping Centre, Salmon Arm
o Word on the Lake Writers Festival:
Annual conference in mid-May, sponsored by Shuswap Association of Writers (SAW) www.shuswapassociation ofwriters.ca Three day writers’ festival in mid-May
Contact Kay Johnston 250-832-3028 [email protected]
o Writers Nook Group:
Meet 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month September to May 10:00am-Noon at Okanagan Regional Library South Shuswap Branch, #1-2425 Golf Course Drive, Blind Bay Market, Blind Bay, V0E 1H2
Contact Shirley DeKelver 250-803-5242 [email protected]
o Smithers Writers Group: no longer meeting
o Happy Scriveners:
Meet at Summerland Library on alternate Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm
This is a group for pleasure writers. They do light critiquing (maybe), but are more of a share-your-writing sort of group
Contact Elizabeth Bartosinski 250-496-3476 [email protected]
o Write for the Summer Youth Camp (formerly BC Youth Writers’ Camp)
Held each July in Summerland BC (formerly in Penticton)
Contact Chelsey Baron, director
o Terrace Public Library Writing Group:
Contact Jess Dafoe at the Terrace Public Library 250-638-8177 [email protected]
o Unraveling North:
Meet once a month
Contact Katherine Bell [email protected]
o Vernon Critique Group
Meet third Saturday each month from 10am-Noon at Triumph Coffee. Pre-meeting coffee and social time at 9am
Contact Angelika Offenwanger [email protected]
A group of fiction writers offering critique and feedback on each other’s work. Everyone welcome to drop in for social time, new members for the critique part are welcome, but prior registration is necessary as members email out pieces to be critiqued ahead of time, which are then discussed at the meeting.
- WEST KELOWNA
o Westbank Writers’ Group:
- ONLINE (FACEBOOK) BC WRITERS’ GROUPS:
o The Writing Well Mastermind Writer’s Group
An online Facebook Group with members world-wide. Offers online courses, writing contests and a spring retreat in Sooke, BC
Admin: Darcy Nybo [email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/groups/The Writing Well/
o B.C. Writers, Authors, & Editors:
Online Facebook group with members province-wide
Admins: Jodie Renner and Norma Hill
- LOWER MAINLAND, SUNSHINE COAST, VANCOUVER ISLAND AND GULF ISLAND GROUPS:
16. OTHER WRITERS’, PUBLISHERS’ GROUPS (on Facebook and/or websites):
o Writers West https://www.facebook.com/groups/149237651777529/
o Federation of BC Writers https://www.bcwriters.ca/
o Canadian Writers Events https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106203092819035/
o Native American/First Nations Literature https://www.facebook.com/groups/6408304195/
o Red Tuque Books:
BC distributor for Indie books
(Note: Red Tuque Books is under new management as of Feb 1/19; Greg Salisbury [email protected] 250-746-9989
Friends of Red Tuque Books
Okanagan NaNoWriMo Group
Canada Writes (CBC group for Canadian writers)
Canadian Writers Events
o Poets Corner Reading Series
A reading series for poets and poetry fans alike. Provides a platform for both emerging and established poets to showcase their work. Their events take place on the third Wednesday of every month. Massy Books in the heart of Vancouver is their host.
o Canadian Creative Writers and Writers’ Programs
o Native Americans/First Nations Literature
o Theytus Books (First Nations publisher – Penticton BC)
o The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
o Association of Canadian Publishers
17. A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF CANADIAN WRITERS’ GROUPS/ORGANIZATIONS:
*If you have suggestions (or corrections) to add to Resource List, please contact us.
What I Learned from the Printers:
UBR Services, Bob & Ursula Rymarchuk; [email protected];
9618 B Bottom Wood Lake Road, Winfield, BC
By Mel Kazinoff with input from Michael Jensen and Geneva Ensign
Printer’s Recommendation: Manuscript: create in Word; font #12; apply early for ISBN number
1. Decide on book size. 9X6 is popular. 8.5X5.5 is more economical since one can get 4 pages from an 11x17. With 9x6 one can only get two. Also, book can be 5x7. Printer emphasized that they can accommodate a book to be almost any size, depending on what the author wants book to look like.
2. Decide on paper quality. Get printers advice on this one. 20 lb paper is sufficient unless colour photos are included, then 24 lb is needed to prevent colour bleeding through the paper. 24 lb costs 1 cent more per page
3. Format computer pages to size chosen. See “page layout” then “size”.
4. It’s best not to go over 400 pages with a soft cover in a perfect binding; the ideal is between 70 and 290 pages.
5. When including photos, place photos where you want the on the page. For memoirs, the suggested number of photos could be one every four or five pages.
6. Go through document and
a. Number pages. Preference is that number appears bottom and center.
b. Make .5 inch margins all around unless you are using headers. If headers are used then increase top marking to make it look right.
c. Start new chapters on right (odd number) pages. This is not necessary, but an accepted convention.
d. Add blank pages to create point c above.
e. Realign all page breaks if you have already used them. If not then put them in now.
f. Add any headers
7. Create opening pages as a separate file. This includes all or any of the following (not necessarily in this order): title page, dedication, acknowledgements, disclaimers, ISBN number, prologue table of contents.
8. Number opening pages differently from main book. Often roman numerals are used.
9. It is suggested that the whole book be broken into separate files of about 20 pages per file. This is so that later editing changes don’t affect the entire manuscript. Remember that if you do this, then the first page of each new file must start numbering as a follow on from the previous file. I’m not sure about this since other issues are created which may be worse than the original problems.
10. All submissions to the printer, other than the cover, once complete, must be converted to a PDF file.
11. Thoroughly check PDF file(s) and make sure nothing has changed from your original WORD file.
12. If changes need to be made, then go back to the original WORD file, make corrections and then create new PDF(s).
13. Cover – cover consists of three parts
a. Front – artwork, book title and author’s name.
b. Back – synopsis of story, short bio of author and ISBN number
c. Spine – book title and author’s name
d. If you are able to design this yourself, if not then find an artist to create the design.
14. The three parts of the cover should be same colour. This makes it easier to assemble and look good. The more difficulties you create, the more time is involved and the higher the cost.
15. Decide on the finished appearance of the cover. There are many options. Discuss this with the printer.
16. Decide on what type of binding you want: perfect binding, coil or hard cover. The binding of the book will be given to BC Bindery, price of binding included in the printer’s price estimate.
17. You are now ready to give the manuscript to the printer. Get a price estimate; it will vary according to how many books are required, size, paper quality, etc. a minimum of 50 will give you a better price than a lesser number of books. The more books ordered the lower the price. Hope for a “proof” within a week
18. Check proof thoroughly and, if good, give the OK to go ahead.
19. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done and smile.
Back up your work on a regular basis. Keep as many backup copies as you feel most comfortable with. It is a good idea to keep one copy on-line. E-mail it to yourself or store it off your computer. Use Google Docs or something similar.
Geneva and Michael visited BC Bindery, located at 1920 Kent Road; phone number 250-862-5109; owners Jim and son, Robert. Highly recommended.
o Hard covers, which need to be sewn together, cost $15 per book – just for the binding. Title and author’s name can be stamped on front cover in gold, silver or black lettering.
o Perfect binding costs for 100 books soft cover is $2.48 per book, plus a setup fee of $35. If ordering 50 books, the cost is $2.64 per book.
o Can also do coil binding; i.e., cookbooks and restoration of old books
Written by Mel Kazinoff with input from Michael Jensen and Geneva Ensign – January 2019