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August 31, 2017

Writing Prompts: Dive Write In

Writing prompts are like diving boards: a springy platform meant to launch you into a new space. They can be a word, a sentence, an image or an idea and they are a great way to get you writing, even if you don’t have a book you’re working on. But writing prompts can do more […]

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August 24, 2017

New Equipment!

HEIDELBERG XL75 INSTALLED AND  RUNNING! Heidelberg has competed installation and training of the new cover press. While this press is smaller than its predecessor, at twenty-nine inches it comes fitted with the latest in technology designed to meet our needs for short-run cover production. It is a five-colour plus aqueous coating configuration. The press comes […]

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August 17, 2017

What Binding style do I use?

Binding Styles Binding is the art of putting pages together and attaching them to a cover. Simple as it may seem, there are many different types of binding, and many steps are required in the binding process. Friesens has a full line of binding equipment all in our stateof- the-art facilities. BINDING STYLES  

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August 16, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Your Beta Readers

You may have heard the term ‘beta readers’, but what exactly are they and why are they so important? If you, the author, are the ‘alpha’, then beta readers are the next set of eyes on your manuscript. This can be scary. What if they don’t like it? The truth is, early drafts are clunky. […]

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August 10, 2017

Sell More Books With “The Chilton Method”

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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August 09, 2017

Identifying Your Writing Style

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

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

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

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

  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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