On April 15, 2012, I set out on a mission. I was feeling discouraged by the lack of feedback in the world of writing. We live in a fast-paced culture where editors are often too busy to include us in their editing process, and in which readers often consume without providing any response, whether they are tight on time or just don’t think of it. So, I set out to provide feedback to other writers for 52 weeks. What did I learn?
Some days I sit down to work and I’m distracted by the piles of papers on my desk – invoices, notes from interviews, brochures from travels and Post-It notes of all colours. Books from a random array of topics have accumulated from research for various projects, leaving just enough room for my laptop. Inspired to make some changes, I called on the services of Margarita Ibbott of Downshifting: Professional Organizing Solutions in London, Ontario, to help me work my way out of my mess.
Last night I attended a fascinating panel discussion at The Communitea Cafe in Canmore about the state of Canada’s book and magazine industry. The panel, moderated by the Globe and Mail’s Ian Brown, included Jackie Flanagan, founder of albertaviews; Lynn Coady and Curtis Gillespie, founders and editors of Eighteen Bridges; and Anne Collins, publisher extraordinaire […]