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Event Review: Vancouver Writers Fest 2018: “Lives Off-Road” with Three Fearless Women

Written by Nancy Tinari; copy edited by Adrienne Munro

On Friday, October 19, I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Writers Festival on Granville Island. I’ve attended sessions there for many years now, and I invariably find the panels of writers inspiring and thought-provoking.

This year was no exception. In this article, I’m writing about an event entitled “Lives Off-Road,” featuring writers Kate Harris, Jan Redford, and Joanna Streetly, with moderator Amanda Lewis. (Lewis is the editorial director of Page Two Strategies, a company that helps writers with all aspects of producing self-published non-fiction books.)

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March 15, 2017: Trends in Book Publishing

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7:00 pm (program begins at 7:30 pm)
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members and student affiliates, $10 for non-members, and $5 for non-member students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

It has been almost four years since Editors BC hosted a panel discussion about the latest developments in book publishing. Since then, self-publishing, digital publishing, and other forces have continued to reshape this publishing sector. At our March meeting, industry expert Trena White will offer insights into the latest trends in book publishing and the prospects for making a living in this field.

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Meet the Instructor: Trena White

Written by Carl Rosenberg; copy edited by Meagan Kus

Trena White

On Saturday, February 25, Editors BC will present Trena White, who will give a three-hour workshop on editing non-fiction book proposals. In this session, participants will learn how to help authors assemble book proposals that will open doors with agents and publishers.

Trena White is co-founder of Page Two, a Vancouver-based publishing agency specializing in non-fiction books, and an associate agent of Transatlantic Agency. Before launching Page Two, Trena was publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, and a non-fiction editor at McClelland & Stewart. She is an adjunct professor in publishing at SFU.

Carl Rosenberg, a volunteer on Editors BC’s communications and social media committee, spoke to Trena about her advice on book proposals.

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February 25, 2017: Editing Non-Fiction Book Proposals

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $105 for Editors Canada members ($85 early bird), $170 for non-members ($150 early bird), and $70 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes February 17; early-bird rates are in effect through February 3.

A thorough book proposal is required for most non-fiction authors to land a deal with a publisher or representation by a literary agent. In this three-hour session, you will learn how to shape a non-fiction book proposal that will open doors. You’ll discover each of the elements required (from competitive title analysis to author bio, chapter summaries, and more) and how to make them stand out. You will learn about common editorial issues with non-fiction book proposals and how to help position a book for the marketplace. Visit the registration page for more details.

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