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Comment by Cate Warren on September 10, 2015 at 9:15am

Hi, Isobel! My apologies on my slow reply time. I walked out the door for Ottawa right after sending you a hello--and I ate lunch in a Gatineau park, so I was even in Quebec for a brief spell yesterday (how's that for appropriate destinations in a Canadian group?!).

Thank you for asking about my novel. Alas, it has been shelved indefinitely. In my utter greenness, I didn't consider word count when writing it, and focused only on making it the best I could on my own. Turns out it's too big, so there's no point in trying to query it--I cannot afford to hire a professional editor. With all of the industry research I was doing, I began to feel like no one wanted my book before they'd ever seen it, which is rough when you work alone and are trying to believe in yourself instead of giving in to that fraud/hack mindset. I write literary, and publishing houses don't seem to be interested in literary work from anyone but the established writers. I needed to put that book away and move on to the next thing to keep me from getting mired in frustration and disappointment.

Have you got any irons in the fire besides your image/illustration collecting? That sounds like a great project in and of itself. Do you know the book Far Out isn't Far Enough by Tomi Ungerer? If not, the book is comprised of parts of his journal from adjusting to life in rural Nova Scotia after being a New Yorker, and his own illustrations of his life then. It's beautiful and brutal, like our glorious east coast. When I read that book, and spent so much time taking in and enjoying those illustrations, I wished that more writers would be brave enough to include photos or art to compliment their prose. What a wonderful idea for your poetry!

Comment by Isobel cunningham on September 9, 2015 at 5:06am
Hello Cate. You had a post last year about a new novel. Now is that going? Yes, we are practically next door in Canadian terms
Comment by Cate Warren on September 9, 2015 at 5:02am

Welcome, Isobel!

I'm about two hours upriver from you (I'm assuming you're in Montreal), in the Thousand Islands. We're practically neighbours! Greetings! Great to have you in the mix!

Comment by Isobel cunningham on September 9, 2015 at 4:31am
Any action from Canadian writers? Currently sending out my poetry book for self publishing and looking around Montreal for suitable images as illustrations. Hope to hear from other Canadian writers
Comment by Katherine J. Barrett on February 15, 2015 at 1:59pm

Hello Canadian SheWriters, The Winter 2015 issue of Understorey Magazine is now live. We publish literary writing and visual art about motherhood (defined broadly). Our Spring 2015 issue will be titled "Extraordinary: Mothering through Physical, Mental, and Social Challenges." Submissions are open!

Comment by Judy Feather Stone on January 7, 2015 at 11:32am

Hello fellow Canadian authors / writers. I am a new recruit here and taking time to get oriented to the rules and members. Check out my profile. Three years ago my first novel was published by Omnific Publishing. Currently, Forbidden is getting a thorough polishing. I hope to have it published by this time next year.

I'd like to connect with authors / writers who write suspense thrillers, with a touch of romance. As well, I enjoy providing support to writers just getting started. Marketing is my greatest challenge. I search for people who have advice that can make that challenge a bit easier and productive. My blog is: Romance Under Fire

Blessings to all.

Comment by V. Lynne Murray on November 21, 2014 at 2:22am

Coming out today my new e short story "Huntin'" a paranormal action thriller. 

Comment by Cate Warren on October 21, 2014 at 8:24am

Hello everyone! I'm new to this group, and just joined She Writes this past summer. I'm a novelist from the Thousand Islands region of eastern Ontario, working up the nerve to try to publish my first novel after five years of intensive work. Joining a group of women writers seemed like a warm and safe place to exit the writing bunker, particularly as I'm new to the world of social networking. I've posted a bit about myself in the above Introductions thread in case you're wondering "Who is this chick?" Looking forward to meeting you, and thrilled to be among my fellow countryfolk! 

Comment by Deborah Armstrong on October 8, 2014 at 8:01am

Dropping by She Writes to check on my fellow Canadians. I hope everyone is doing well. Anything to celebrate? My third book, Love's Games, came out in September. 

Comment by Kristen on August 19, 2014 at 8:48am

So totally excited about my new website and new home for my blog! To celebrate this milestones, from August 10-September 9, I am hosting a powerful blog series on my website called Liminal Spaces: Women's Stories of Transition - with some inspiriting guest posts throughout the month! Check it out here.


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