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Library Talk: Teen Programming at the Toronto Public Library

By |March 27th, 2017|

Canada's Largest Library Fosters Creativity & Innovation in Local Youth Helena Dong, Senior Youth Services Specialist at the Toronto Public Library, highlights some of the most popular, creative, and innovative programs the library offers for local Toronto youth. From musical instrument lending to digital innovation labs to their own publication featuring youth writing, Canada’s largest library [...]

Rotary Short Story Contest Offers Prize of $500

By |March 20th, 2017|

Submit Your Original Short Story for a Chance to Present at the Stratford Writers Festival! Call for Submissions! The Rotary Club of Stratford has launched a short story contest and is calling for your submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 1500-2500 words. This contest is open to ANY genre! The winners will be announced during the [...]

Publicity Tips for Publishers: Expanding into the North American Market

By |March 6th, 2017|

5 Tips for Building & Engaging with a North American Audience As a publisher, it’s natural to want your titles to reach as wide of an audience as possible, as it creates more opportunities for both your company and your authors. While sales are often the main force behind global expansion, other reasons a publisher may [...]

Library Talk: Self-Publishing at the Library!

By |February 27th, 2017|

Stratford Public Library Introduces New Self-E Publishing Platform Stacey Lapp, Digital Access Librarian at the Stratford Public Library, discusses the various tools the library offers to help writers self-publish and promote their writing. Not only are these programs incredibly easy to use, they do a lot of the hard work for you! The best part [...]

#CanLitPit Becomes 3rd Highest Trend on Twitter

By |February 21st, 2017|

A Summary of #CanLitPit on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Canadian writers showed up in droves to participate in the second #CanLitPit Twitter pitch event! With a number of participating publishers and industry organizations such as Word on the Street Toronto, MB Writers' Guild, Vancouver Writers Festival, and U of T [...]

Publicity Tips for Publishers: Book Reviews and New Authors

By |February 20th, 2017|

5 Tips to Build Advance Reviews for Emerging Authors You’ve read their manuscript. The contract has been signed. The design and editorial processes are completed. As a publisher, you’re now ready to start the marketing process. But what if some (if not all) of your titles are from emerging authors? Gaining publicity and coverage for these [...]

Publicity Tips for Publishers: Creating a Marketing Plan for the Book Series on your Title List

By |February 13th, 2017|

5 Tips for Publishers Marketing a Book Series Sequels, trilogies, sagas… many authors find they cannot tell their story with just one novel, and opt to write a series of books instead. The good news for publishers is that there are several advantages to marketing a book series, as much of the groundwork is laid out [...]

Library Talk: The Future of Ontario’s Libraries

By |February 6th, 2017|

Why A Visit to Your Local Ontario Library will Get You Thinking This month, Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of the Ontario Library Association, addresses the changes many libraries are making across Ontario to better serve and reflect their communities. We encourage all Ontario-based authors and publishers to stay informed on programs and services offered by [...]

#CanLitPit Twitter Pitch Event Reminders

By |February 1st, 2017|

Everything You Need to Know Before Pitch Day! We’re only a few short days away from #CanLitPit taking over Twitter on Wednesday, February 8, 2017! Over the past few weeks, we have had quite a number of great questions regarding everything from how to participate to self-published authors. In this post, we’ve provided an overview [...]

#CanLitPit Pitch Workshop

By |February 1st, 2017|

Learn How to Craft Engaging and Thought-Provoking Pitches With #CanLitPit one week away, it’s time to write and refine your pitches! Creating an engaging and thought-provoking pitch while following the #CanLitPit guidelines will be a challenge. However, the entire team at DigiWriting and participating #CanLitPit publishers and literary agents know that Canadian writers are up [...]

Introducing the “Library Talk” Series

By |January 30th, 2017|

A Partnership Between DigiWriting and OLA to Highlight Ontario Libraries When was the last time you were at a library? Was it to borrow a book? To find a quiet place to study? Or perhaps you were taking part in an afterschool program. Regardless, we bet you discovered something interesting about your local library while [...]

Social Media for Authors: Selling Your Titles Through Social Media

By |January 23rd, 2017|

5 Tips to Sell Your Books Via Social Media in 2017 In 2017, most authors and publishers will need to come to terms with the following fact: It will become more difficult than ever to get attention for your books on social media. With the biggest channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) swamped with authors [...]