Goodbye to 2019

Beautiful post! I have felt the same!

Being in Nature

I was going to link this post to the ‘favourite photo of the year’ challenge that many people are doing right now but then I realised I don’t really have a favourite photo for this year.   For me 2019 has often been  moody and introverted.   My photos have reflected that.

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For a while, mid year, I felt quite haunted.     I had a strong sense of something ending – certainty perhaps –   the outer world in political chaos – climate change warnings becoming more and more dire – horrific documentaries on TV of the plastic waste clogging the oceans…   ghosts from the past whispered to me in my sleep and sent me out on strange photographic adventures through old cemeteries and across lonely windswept hilltops.

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Then there were times of confusion where I wasn’t sure just what I was meant to be doing with my life or even where I…

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A-R International: Susan M. Toy

Glad you did yourself Susan. Enjoyed your books tremendously. Since I live on Bequia I can say you did an excellent job of capturing the island and it’s quirks!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

This promotion post is dedicated to the memory of my sister, Betty Bridgman, an avid reader all her life, an enthusiastic supporter of my writing and publishing career, and one of my biggest fans.

Susan M. Toy
Authors-Readers International

Photo credit: Monique de St-Croix

I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I am also an author and publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, seeking out new readers, and assisting them in making wise career decisions.

I championed Alberta authors in particular, singing their praises throughout the province and online to the rest of the world, and displayed books for authors and publishers at Alberta library conferences. I continue…

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A-R International: Tim Baker

Nice Susan!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Tim Baker
Authors-Readers International


Let me begin by saying I hate writing bios about myself. I’ve had to do it a few times since I became an author, and it doesn’t get any easier.

It would be nice if I had somebody else to write it for me, but sadly I can’t afford such luxuries yet. I suppose I could have written it in the third person, talking about myself as if I were not me…but I am me so I just couldn’t do it.

Anyway, I was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island. I’m old enough to remember Get Smart, The Flintstones and Hogan’s Heroes when they were on in prime-time. I moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 2006 and I love it here. Before I moved, my older brother suggested I visit Florida in August to make sure I could handle the heat. I told him…

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How To Market Your Book In 2020

Great tips!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Ronita Mohan | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksHere’s another post from Ronita Mohan, one of this blog’s favorite guest bloggers. Book marketing is like building on quicksand: just when you think you know what’s what, everything changes. Thankfully, Ronita shares here some tips about the book marketing trends for the new year.

Ronita is a content marketer at Venngage, the online infographic and design platform. She is an avid reader with an interest in mystery fiction, history, graphic novels, marketing, and diversity. Twitter: @Venngage

How To Market Your Book In 2020

Book marketing in 2020 | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksPhoto by Jamie Street on Unsplash

The marketing world is in constant flux, and book marketing ends up being impacted by these changing trends.

In 2020, certain aspects of book marketing will remain the same. For example, social media and networking will be just as important as they’ve always been.

But you also need to know about the new ways you can use the digital…

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A-R International: Felicity Harley

Hope my readers will repost on their sites – thanks!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Felicity Harley
Authors-Readers International


Felicity Harley has been a published writer all her life. She has also pursued a professional career as a non-profit administrator. In order to supplement her interest in publishing and writing, she served for twenty years on the board of Curbstone Press, an internationally recognized indie publishing house, where she was part of a team that made decisions on manuscript development and publication.
In 2013 her work was published in the anthology, Gathered Light – On the Poetry of Joni Mitchell, alongside writers such as Wally Lamb, Kim Addonizio, Fred Wah (Poet Laureate of Canada), Larry Klein, Susan Deer Cloud, Cornelius Eady, and others.
In celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on behalf of Poets for Human Rights, Felicity was the winner of the 2013 Anita McAndrews Award.
In 2014 she was commissioned by HartBeat…

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A-R International: Brian Brennan

Wow what a project Susan and so generous!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Brian Brennan
Authors-Readers International

Brian Brennan is the author of sixteen best-selling books, most about the social history and colourful personalities of Canada’s past.

Born, raised, and educated in Dublin, Ireland, he has called Canada home for the past 50 years. Since 1974, he has lived and worked in Calgary, where he spent 25 years as a staff columnist and features writer with the Calgary Herald. Before that, he toured Canada as a professional musician and worked as a radio news announcer in Prince George, British Columbia.

Brennan has won numerous awards for his journalism, including two Western Magazine Gold Awards, the national Hollobon Award for medical reporting, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada Features Writing Award for a profile of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.

He has also won awards for his books, including the first Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Romancing the Rockies, and…

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A-R International: Alice Major

I’ll enjoy checking her out more carefully.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Alice Major
Authors-Readers International

Alice Major has published eleven collections of poetry, two novels for young adults and an award-winning collection of essays about poetry and science. She came to Edmonton the long way round. She grew up in Dumbarton, Scotland – a small town on the banks of the Clyde, not far from Glasgow. Her family came to Canada when she was eight, and she grew up in Toronto before coming west to work as a reporter on The Williams Lake Tribune in British Columbia. Alice Major has lived in Edmonton, Alberta since 1981.

Alice has been an active supporter of the arts and writing community:

First poet laureate for the City of Edmonton (2005-7)
Past president of the League of Canadian Poets,
Past president of the Writers Guild of Alberta,
Past chair of the Edmonton Arts Council.
Founder, Edmonton Poetry Festival

Alice reads her work frequently at many…

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A-R International: David A. Poulsen

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

David Poulsen
Authors-Readers International


David A. Poulsen has been a rodeo competitor and rodeo clown, rock singer, high school football coach, stage and film actor, documentary television writer and host, and college English instructor. Since retiring from rodeo competition – he admits to being a not-very-good bareback rider and later an accident-prone rodeo clown, David Poulsen has taken up residence in announcers’ stands across North America. The results have been tremendously positive both for David and audiences who have listened to his knowledgeable and enthusiastic commentary for the more than twenty-six years.
With 1500 performances to his credit, the likable Alberta native has appeared at many of the major rodeos and bull riding events in Canada, among them the Canadian Finals Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, and the PCB Bull Riding Finals. Equally at home in front of a TV camera, he has been seen on CTV Wide…

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