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Reporting back on new directions in self-publishing: A summary of challenges, opportunities and resources

Editors Toronto paired with PWAC Toronto Chapter to present a panel on self-publishing. The following post is from the PWAC Toronto Chapter blog,  Networds. Thanks to editor Suzanne Bowness for giving BoldFace permission to share the post.

by Suzanne Bowness

PWAC Toronto chapter president Karen Luttrell introduces the panel

If you’re one of the unfortunate PWAC members who couldn’t make it to the self-publishing panel held on March 27, which was co-organized by PWAC Toronto Chapter and Editors Toronto, you’re in luck: I took notes for you. It’s not quite the same as being there, but here are a few tips and images to give you a flavour of the event.

If there were a quote to summarize the evening, perhaps it was one of the first to be projected on the big screen in the University of Toronto (U of T) lecture hall, where we all gathered:

“Self-publishing used to be a scar; now it’s a tattoo.”

That’s from Greg Cope White, author of The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Journey through Boot Camp to Manhood. I forgot to take a picture, but the quote still sticks in my mind days later.

Helpful slide of panellists’ names!

If the evening had a theme, it was how much has changed in the world of self-publishing, even in the last five years. Seriously, most panellists said those exact words or similar.

Hosted by the Creative Writing program at the School of Continuing Studies, U of T, the panel consisted of four industry pros, who all did a great job of dividing this big topic into digestible sections, providing a helpful mix of new information and personal anecdotes, which allowed their talks to flow together nicely. You can read the panellists’ biographies here, in our original post advertising the event. (more…)

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: A bookstore crawl


November 19, 2016
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Editors Toronto and Professional Writers Association of Canada, Toronto chapter members are invited to browse, buy, share, and talk about books, while also learning about how bookstores operate in today’s marketplace. On Saturday, November 19, beginning at 1 p.m., we will visit four independent, specialty bookstores in downtown Toronto. At each store, staff will meet with our group to share insights and answer questions about the store’s offerings and operations. Then we’ll have ample time to talk, to shop, and to talk shop before moving on.

Travel between the stores will be by TTC and on foot. The stores on our itinerary will be confirmed closer to the date.

The bookstore crawl will be run as the monthly program meeting for November.
The cost to participate is $5. To register, please click here.

Half-day workshop for freelance editors and writers

Half-day workshop for freelance editors and writers

The Daily Grind: Toronto café Pâtisserie La Cigogne

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.

PatisserieBy Jennifer D. Foster

Pâtisserie La Cigogne (cigogne is French for stork), at the southeast corner of the Danforth and Monarch Park Avenue, reminds me of the cafés and their sumptuous treats from my incredible vacation in Southern France. Spacious, cheerful, and full of goodies handcrafted by owner and award-winning French master pastry chef Thierry Schmitt, the café is an artisanal sweet-lover’s delight. Traditional Alsatian breads, baguettes, and brioche loaves ($2.90 to $7.25), pastries ($2.05 to $3.20), truffles ($13.50/half-dozen), petit fours ($26/dozen), and cakes, pies, tarts, and flans ($5.75/slice; up to $51 whole) are all baked fresh daily. Need a wedding or special-event cake? Look no further. Baguette sandwiches ($7.30), tourtières ($9.49/slice; $35/nine-inch tourtière), quiches ($9.49/slice; $29/nine-inch quiche), and all-day breakfast and brunch ($4.95 to $8.95) are also standard fare. An impressive selection of coffees and teas ranges from $2 to $3.80 each.

Clientele include weary local shoppers, neighbourhood regulars, and even community groups, such as the PWAC Danforth Success Group. The latter is a subgroup of the PWAC Toronto branch, of which I’m a member. It meets for lunch monthly to commiserate on the business of freelancing. Café-goers can’t seem to get enough of the bottomless house coffee ($2), melt-in-your-mouth rainbow-coloured macarons ($10.95 for six), or imported candies and other, often seasonal, French delicacies. Added bonus? Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 3 PM, Pâtisserie La Cigogne offers a yummy 12-inch tarte flambée for $11.49. Bon appétit!

Wi-Fi network name: PLC
Number of tables: 15
Number of power outlets: Four
1419 Danforth Ave., open Mon.–Thurs. 7:30 AM–7 PM, Fri. 7:30 AM–8 PM, Sat. 8 AM–8 PM, Sun. 8 AM–7 PM
(Additional location at 1626 Bayview Ave.)

Jennifer D. Foster is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor, specializing in fiction/non-fiction, custom publishing, magazines, and marketing and communications. 

This article was copy edited by Sadie Scapillato.