Taking Care of Business returns, offering 4 professional development sessions for a single low price. Whether you attend just one session or all four, you’ll get tips for literary success from industry insiders, benefit from behind-the-scenes de-mystification of the topics under discussion, and have the chance to ask your own questions during each session’s 30-minute Q&A.
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(Oct 20, 7pm)
In this dynamic session, you’ll learn tons of strategies for promoting your books while building relationships and having fun. Find out how to get the word out about upcoming and already-published titles, solicit reviews and blurbs, and develop a dedicated readership.
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a multi-passionate author of two traditionally-published books of history and one picture book and the editor of a critically acclaimed collection of personal essays. She has been a freelance writer, ghostwriter, editor, coach, book publicist, and grant writer. She geeked out as the Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton, froze her tail off as writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and is now writing a bit of everything while juggling two small kids, a crazy dog, and her new gardening habit outside of Halifax. Her forthcoming picture book, Freddie the Flyer, is co-authored with pioneering Gwich’in pilot Freddie Carmichael and illustrated by Inuvialuit artist Audrea Wulf. It will come out in fall of 2023.
Sal Sawler is the award-winning author of four books, including three books for children. Be Prepared: The Frankie MacDonald Guide to Life, the Weather, and Everything won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and appeared on the reading list for the prestigious Forest of Reading Awards. Their first book, 100 Things You Don’t Know About Nova Scotia, quickly became a Canadian bestseller, while their second book, 100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada for Kids, earned a place on the reading list for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Awards. Their debut picture book, When the Ocean Came to Town, will be published by Nimbus Publishing in 2023. In addition to their books, Sawler has also written countless articles for magazines, newspapers, and websites, and has earned two Silver Atlantic Journalism Awards. They are also the marketing manager at Conundrum Press, an independent graphic novel publisher based in Canada, and the editor for Conundrum Press’s new young adult imprint, EMANATA. They live in Halifax with their partner and two children.
(Oct 27, 7pm)
(Nov 3, 7pm)
(Nov 10, 7pm)
Recommended experience level: This edition of Taking Care of Business addresses topics most relevant to established and professional authors, but new and emerging writers are welcome to attend (About recommended experience levels)
Session dates: Thursdays, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, & Nov 10, 2022 (7:00pm to 8:30pm each session)
Non-member price: $104 (includes 2022 General Membership in WFNS)
2022 member price: $39