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Book Review: Hustle by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler

(Rodale Books, 2016)
Hustle

By Deepi Harish

Most people talk about their dreams, yet few people do anything to achieve them. From start to finish, Hustle is a burst of inspiration to “do something. Do something that moves you. Do something that excites or energizes you. Don’t talk about it. Don’t dream it. Don’t plan it. Don’t plan to plan it,” say authors Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler. All three authors are entrepreneurs who come from immigrant families and faced plenty of ups and downs as they experimented with their career choices. Now they are considered the top startup consultants in the United States today.

The phrase “Hustle Generation” refers to people who have gone from dreamers to doers, and it is a common thread throughout the book. Examples of self-made millionaires include John Paul DeJoria, the man behind Patrón Tequila, and Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Several other examples are sprinkled throughout the chapters. (more…)

The Word On The Street Toronto festival confirms printed books and literacy never go out of style

Word On The Street

Photo by Deepi Harish

By Deepi Harish

After a decade of calling Queen’s Park home to The Word On The Street Toronto Book & Magazine Festival, organizers have moved the festival to the Harbourfront Centre.

In 2014, the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) announced its new partnership with The Word On The Street Toronto. The Harbourfront Centre has always hosted the IFOA, and with the Queens Quay Revitalization project underway, it made sense to combine two of Canada’s biggest literary festivals. The combination of the festivals at the Harbourfront Centre allows for the use of both outdoor and indoor spaces to create a more enticing and creative exhibitor marketplace for the public.

“At IFOA we have spent decades as a hub for the Canadian and international literary communities, and we are now excited to become even more engaged with the vibrant community of readers and writers here in Toronto,” IFOA Director Geoffrey E. Taylor said at the time.

Returning for the twenty-seventh time, the 2016 Word On The Street Toronto has grown in size and popularity, with more workshops, readings, panel discussions, tents, stages, sponsors, and partners than in previous years.

With more than 200 publishing houses, 70 art organizations, 30 magazine publishers, 20 literacy groups, hundreds of authors, and thousands of discounted books, this festival can get overwhelming — in a good way. (more…)

Six handy (and free!) mobile apps for editors

By Deepi Harish

No matter what type of mobile device you have, there is a virtual app store you can get lost in: Windows Marketplace, Blackberry App World, Android Marketplace, and Google Play, to name a few; and, of course, the mother of them all, the Apple App Store. With over one million apps in the Apple App Store alone, you may be wondering how many might have something to offer us bootstrapped writers, bloggers, and editors. The answer is many!

Below are some great mobile tools that content creators and editors can benefit from. And best of all, they’re free.

LooseStitchLooseStitch (iPhone, or any desktop) is a collaborative text editing tool. It allows users to stitch together ideas and outlines from anything like to-do lists or site maps. How it works: 1) Create your outline, 2) Collaborate with friends and get feedback, and 3) Export your work onto your blog. Anyone who loves to use outlines for stories or novels can really get into LooseStitch.


File Explorer (Android) is designed to let you quickly and easily manage all content on your phone or tablet. A file manager provides a convenient way for writers to create, edit, rename, copy, delete, and modify files and folders. However, with File Explorer you can do all that and manage a file with optional media, networking, cloud (accessing your files remotely, from anywhere, the way Dropbox and Google Drive do), and root capabilities (to overcome limitations that a phone carrier puts on some devices—similar to “jailbreaking” a phone, but in a legal way). You can even open up new windows that can be viewed in split screen for easy file comparison.


Poetreat (iPhone) is for all you poets out there. This app is a poetry editor that suggest rhymes as you write. If you’re writing a haiku, Poetreat also comes with a syllable count for each line. Once you are ready, you can easily share your poems on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Daily Grind: Toronto café The Croissant Tree

The Daily Grind is an ongoing mini-feature that highlights the best cafés in Toronto for freelance editors looking for a caffeine fix and a temporary office away from home.

By Deepi Harish

The Croissant Tree is a spacious, non-crowded coffee shop that allows customers to work without distractions. They serve up a variety of coffees, from dark to light roasts, flavoured coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos. They even serve alcohol, folks! For food, the Croissant Tree offers made-to-order sandwiches, breakfast, and baked goods, which of course include croissants—popular choices are the chocolate and almond ones. The unique feature about this spot is the fireplace located adjacent to the handsome, chocolate brown sofas. It’s great because customers have a variety of seating options, from simple wooden tables and chairs to a few round and square high tables to bar stools and bench-style seating. Above the fireplace, CP24 plays on mute all day. They also have a sizeable wrap-around patio, which starts on Church Street and spills onto Charles Street and is lovely in the summer.

Wi-Fi network name: croissanttree
Number of tables: 15
Number of power outlets: 16. They also have computers lined against one wall for customers to work from.
625 Church St., open Mon.–Fri. 7:30 AM–7 PM, Sat.–Sun. 8:30 AM–6 PM
(Additional locations at 111 Peter St. and 60 Yonge St.)

Deepi Harish is a freelance editor and digital marketing communications consultant. She is an EAC member who loves to find delicious spots in the city.