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July 1 is Canada’s National Day, and today’s blog post is dedicated to everything Canadian. The Canadian government is supporting and fostering literature, writers and publishers, even ISBN’s are FREE in Canada!
There is a huge list of government grants and support for writers and publishers. The Canada Council for the Arts offers a range of benefits for professional Canadian writers, collectives and publishers.  In addition to providing support for the creation, translation, publication and promotion of Canadian literature, the “Writing and Publishing Section” funds among others for example author residencies, literary readings and festivals, as well as new areas of activity such as rap poetry, storytelling and electronic literature.

Just one of many provincial benefits for publishers is the Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit, offering  generous tax deductions.

Good news for Canadian authors and publishers: the ISBN application process is simple and free of charge – but only if you are living in Canada and your publishing company is registered in Canada.

What Every Writer Needs to Know About Copyright. Register your manuscript or articles online to the Copyright Office, Canadian Intellectual Property Office Web site (fee Can $50).

Mobile media and cloud computing emerged over the past years and enabled the e-book market to rapidly expand worldwide. These are just a few of the numerous possibilities to submit e-books in and to Canada:

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“You must get an agent!” is an advice that aspiring authors hear and read everywhere. Is it really true? Not for Canadian writers! Beacon Literary Services owner Julie Ferguson says: ”Publishing statistics in Canada demonstrate that it is simply a misconception caused by American influence. In Canada, only ten percent of books are agented. Aspiring and established authors here successfully submit the majority (10,000) of the titles published every year directly to editors.”  Julie Ferguson wrote a great blog post for Canadian authors, explaining in detail how publishing “north of 49th parallel” works, with a link to, featuring listings and contact information for several important literary agents and agencies in Canada.

Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and “The Banff Centre”, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

Writing for airline magazines, such as enRoute represents a real opportunity for freelance writers. Travel pieces are a staple of in-flights, yet airline publications also offer articles on technology, business, sports, and food, as well as lifestyle trends. Find as much of the articles online. Or try to get hard copies. Since in-flights are not sold on newsstands, request a copy from the magazine’s publisher and ask traveling friends for their help.


Canada Day in Ottawa

Authors are smart and able to start their own publishing business, REAL publishing, not POD and not Vanity Publishing: Finding and getting quotes or referrals for an editor, a book lay-out company or book designer, cover artist, e-book formatting company and a printer is not difficult.
Setting up their own company can be done online – in minutes.

English is English! – No! Not at all! Canada and America are two countries separated by a common language – this is how George Bernard Shaw’s statement could be converted. Many American (and other) readers are surprised to learn that there are huge differences in spelling between English-speaking countries. A book, written and published in Canada, needs almost to be “translated” into American English and vice versa.
ACCESS Copyright
A study found that 80% of all copies made on copy machines are from books! As a Writer and first-time publisher, back in Europe in the early 1980′s, I was thrilled to receive a copy-royalty cheque for $180.00 from VG WORT.
Later I found out that the same system works well in Canada under the name ACCESS COPYRIGHT. One of the benefits of being a small publisher or trade-published writer in Canada! However you must have set up a small business in Canada, if you are not with an established (not Vanity) publisher ACCESS COPYRIGHT explains on their website.

BERTON HOUSE Writers’ Retreat, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play-writing, journalism — are all encouraged to apply for Canada’s most northern Writers’ Retreat.  The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time, and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. Travel costs to and from Dawson will also be covered! The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House.
Applications may be submitted by mail or email to:
Berton House Writers’ Retreat,  c/o The Writers’ Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1

A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The competition to be a writer-in-residency during the 2014-15 season is now open. An online application form is available.  The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2013.


Canada Day celebrations July 1, in front of the Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario. Image courtesy NCC.

Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island (BC).

The modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.

The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, and participate in Museum winter programming.  A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.

Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9. Deadline is January 31, 2014. For further information contact


Writers Guild

Professional Writers Association of Canada

Canadian Writers Union

Canadian Authors Association and Branches

Crime Writers of Canada



RCMP-officers-on-horse, courtesy NCC


Surrey Intl. Writers Conference Oct 25-27, 2013 Surrey, BC

Guelph, Ontario Writers Conference

Writers Conference Orillia, Ontario

Ontario Writers Conference Ajax, Ontario

compiled by Can Authors

Past and present writers, including poetsnovelistschildren’s writersessayists, and scholars. compiled in a Wikipedia article.

Canadian authors receive approx. $10 Million per year/ in average $600, and up to $3,500 The Canada Council for the Arts distributes annual payments to Canadian authors through the Public Lending Right (PLR) Program as compensation for the free public access to their books in Canadian public libraries. Canada is one of 29 countries with an active public lending right payment program.  Well, not bad to be a writer in Canada! Happy Canada Day!

Read also:  35 things Canadians say that Americans don’t understand



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How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs for Airlines



– Airliner Dock


Making money with your first book is not very likely – at least not right away. From the second or third book on it gets easier, but still it might take years – if ever – until you can make a living as an author.
Don’t get discouraged, there are lots of niches were you can earn faster money with your writing, compared to books: Writing for magazines. Especially airline magazines represent real opportunity for freelance writers. Despite contractions in the airline industry, in-flight magazines still attract many readers, and they are mostly written by freelancers.

Airline magazines
The best thing about writing for in-flight magazines is that each one is different. Some of them – such
as Sky for Delta Airlines – feature restaurant reviews, fiction stories, regular columns and technology
articles in addition to a cornucopia of other topics. Other inflight magazines are focused primarily on
travel, with in-depth articles on interesting destinations.

Bored at 36,000 feet
The readership of the in-flight magazine tends to be larger than those of regular consumer
magazines. Take for example just the Los Angeles to Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok, Delhi and many
other flights on Singapore Airlines, with an immense number of passengers on every flight and the
number of daily flights going out from Los Angeles. There are potentially hundreds of thousands of
travelers reading your article every month.

However almost 50 passenger airlines fly in the U.S. alone — many are smaller regional and
commuter airlines — and they all have magazines on their planes. Southwest alone, claims 3.4
million readers per month of their in-flight magazine. Add to that the airlines in English-speaking
countries such as Canada, the UK / Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa – and the fact, that most
in-flight magazines worldwide are published in two languages, preferable in English as well. The in-flight magazine market is global. You need not limit yourself to North American publications.

Know the magazine inside out
Travel pieces are a staple of in-flights, yet airline publications also offer articles on technology,
business, sports, and food, as well as lifestyle trends. Find as much of the articles online. Or try to
get hard copies. Since in-flights are not sold on newsstands, request a copy from the magazine’s
publisher and ask traveling friends for their help

Know your audience
The trick to writing for in-flight magazines is knowing the target audience. The vast majority of
readers are frequent flyers – travelers and wealthy vacationers. They are also savvy about technology and business trends, as well as travel and leisure pursuits. Writing for in-flight magazine readers requires to cater to a well-educated, travel-savvy audience. These free magazines should reflect their interests: Profiles of successful business leaders, great restaurant trends, management and entrepreneur tips, descriptions of new gadgets for business people or travelers,etc. If you have experience in a particular facet of business that can be applied to travelers, turn that to your advantage.

Pay higher rates
Compared to consumer magazine publishers, in-flight magazines tend to pay a higher rate for freelancers. Excellent writers might earn up to $3.000 for a three page feature with photographs. Rates typically vary between $0.70 – $1.00 per word. Also, you’ll almost never get your name put with the article, at least you have it in your portfolio with – no proof you actually wrote it.

Learn how to break into this market
Airline magazines’ web sites don’t make the guidelines easy to find. You often have to dig deep into
their website. The common misperception is that this market is nearly impossible to break into. And,
in fact, if you’re only thinking about writing for the magazines in the seat pockets on United, Delta,
Continental, Northwest, American, and US Airways — and you’re just starting out freelance writing — you could find yourself a bit frustrated. In-flight magazines are not always very accepting of beginning writers. While they’re designed to appeal to all travelers, they do tend to cater to a more upscale market, and as such they demand top-notch writing and credentials. Writers with a limited portfolio will probably not be welcomed into the features section with open arms.

Some Tips before you query:

  • The aspiring freelance author must know and understand the magazine before querying. Read the magazine, their web sites often have archived copies to download, get to know their style.
  • Learn about the airlines’ customer demographics and include in your pitch why your story will appeal to them. Demographics can be found under the “advertising” section of the magazine’s web site.
  • Only propose stories on destinations served by the airline you are pitching
  • Pitch “evergreen” stories, or stories that allow for the magazines’ long lead times.
  • Start writing a travel blog with side topics, similar to those in airline magazines to see what it is like to write short pieces for an international audience.
  • Mention it, if you have high-quality accompanying photos in TIFF.
  • Check out the magazine’s editorial calendar, usually found under the “advertising” section on the web site.
  • In-flights receive many queries for travel pieces. It may be easier for a newcomer to break in by pitching an article on a business or service topic.
  • Pitch a specific column. You’ll be more likely to get an assignment if your pitch matches the magazine’s format . Many of the web sites list the specific departments for which the editors solicit submissions.
  • Keep your story short. Most pieces are 800 words or less; “features” usually run under 2,500 words.
  • Keep your articles positive, not challenging. In-flight magazines want to keep their readers relaxed and entertained.

In-flight magazine resources:

Air Canada

British Airways

Cathay Pacific



SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines)

Hana Hou! (Hawaiian Airlines)

Cision Navigator lists the top-ten in-flight magazines by circulation:

A comprehensive list of 101 in-flight magazines from AirArabia to Wizz Air (many with links directly to
the magazine’s web site)

The in-flight magazine market is competitive, although not impossible to crack. Even if you don’t have a long list of publication credits or an impressive resume, you can still break into the in-flight market. Important: Do your research — both about your topic and the publication you are pitching, rely on your particular expertise about a place or subject matter, and produce insightful copy, aimed at a sophisticated audience of frequent travelers.




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