Archives | 2017

August 09, 2017

Identifying Your Writing Style

Category: Books Blog

There’s no right way to write but there are, generally speaking, two main ways to approach writing: as a plotter or as a pantser (as in ‘by the seat of your pants’). More recently, George R. R. Martin alternately named them architects and gardeners. According to Martin, “Architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many […]

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August 03, 2017

Book Pedaler

Category: Books Blog

As Vancouver grows, it is getting more and more challenging to get around by car at certain times of day. In the last few years, our mayor has pushed through the addition of more and more biking lanes across the city. Now city biking is much safer and can be a more efficient method to […]

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August 02, 2017

How to Start a Writing Group

Category: Books Blog

At first glance, writing seems like a solitary act. Just mention the word “writer” and most people will envision a lone artist, sitting at their desk, toiling over a manuscript for months on end. And although most writers do spend a lot of time on their own, the truth is that writing is rooted in […]

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July 25, 2017

4 Reasons to Get Professional Book Cover Design

Category: Books Blog

Paper books are efficient and elegant. They’re easy to store, simply constructed, and use space well. The format of bound pages wrapped in a protective cover has been working since somewhere around the second century! Anything that’s been around that long must have some enduring benefits. Now, with the arrival of eBooks and online bookstores, […]

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July 20, 2017

How to Get Great Book Reviews

Category: Books Blog

  As savvy writers know, getting a positive review from a respected source like Kirkus can do wonders for a book’s sales and credibility. In today’s blog post we interview expert Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie at Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Indie curates self-published titles to help consumers and industry influencers (publishers, agents, film producers, librarians, booksellers) discover […]

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July 13, 2017

Anaheim Workshop 2017

Category: Yearbooks Blog

Summer. Vacations and Sun Shiny days. Long drives to the beach. New friendships that will last a lifetime. Yearbook Workshops…. WAIT… We had you until Yearbook Workshops, right? The Friesens team is hosting a summer workshop in Anaheim, California this week from Wednesday to Friday. Advisors and students from various states have descended upon Southern […]

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July 06, 2017

5 Tips to Make Your Kids Book Great

Category: Books Blog

More than one famous author has said that of all the kinds of books out there, kids books may be the most important. Not only do kids books introduce children to the magic of reading, many studies have demonstrated that children who read more are smarter, have more empathy, and have better outcomes later in life. With so […]

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June 29, 2017

Writing and Publishing. Together at last.

Category: Books Blog

Not so long ago nearly all book publishing was managed by traditional publishing houses. There were numerous benefits to this model, the most important being a focus on quality. Often, this came from a deep love of literature and a passion to create books that could have a positive impact on the world. Over time, […]

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June 20, 2017

End of Year Review

Category: Yearbooks Blog

As school year winds down and the familiar feeling of summer is in the air. It’s a good time to reflect how the year went. Look at your yearbook and take notes on how you would like to change it for next year.   Content Which events did you cover? Which ones should you add […]

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April 10, 2017

Sell More Books With “The Chilton Method”

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You may know Dave Chilton as “the nice venture capitalist” on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den. He built his fortune in the most unusual of ways … through self publishing. While selling millions of books out of his tiny two-person office Dave has been besieged by requests for advice from authors and self publishers […]

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