AELAQ Panel: Books on the Air

The CBC is one of Canada’s most trusted sources for cultural reporting, and having a book covered on CBC radio or can give a huge boost to writers and publishers. In this seminar, two seasoned CBC producers and editors will speak to their visions for the CBC’s book-related programming– what gets books noticed? What makes a great story for radio? What do producers look for when choosing books to feature, on the air or online? Join us for a lively panel discussion and Q&A.  Read more

AELAQ Spring Events: Kerry Clare on the state of the literary blog and BookNet Canada on the best digital marketing tools

Join the AELAQ for two seminars on Friday May 27, 2016! The events are free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served!
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Introduction to BiblioShare with Tim Middleton of BookNet Canada. Come learn how BiblioShare and CataList can streamline your current processes for marketing and selling books. Increase the reach and quality of your metadata with BilblioShare, and discover how easy CataList makes it to create and share catalogues, all in one integrated ecosystem of easy-to-use tools.
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Books and Blogs in 2016: Now That the Bubble Has Burst with Kerry Clare. Join the us for an illuminating seminar by Kerry Clare, the thinker and writer behind the much-loved blog Pickle Me This, on the state of the literary blog today.
AELAQ wishes to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) for their financial support, without which this professional development series would not be possible.

How Literary Festivals Work: Programming Demystified for Writers and Publishers

The Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) presents:

How Literary Festivals Work: Programming Demystified for Writers and Publishers            

Sponsored by The Literary Press Group of Canada

Free, February 19, 2016, 4 p.m.                                                                                                           Auditorium, Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, QC, H3X 1X4

Festival appearances can boost a writer’s profile, but to successfully pitch an author, writers and publishers need to understand a literary festival’s programming priorities. Rarely, though, are there opportunities for writers and publishers to discuss festival planning with decision makers.

In this exclusive panel discussion, Vancouver Writers Fest Artistic Director Hal Wake and Blue Metropolis Director of Programming Gregory McCormick will outline what makes a modern, thriving literary festival, and how authors and book publishers fit into their programming. Moderated by Montreal-based writer and editor Christopher DiRaddo, the panelists will discuss their vision as literary festival directors, and also provide tips for how authors can maximize their chances of being invited.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to admin[at] by February 15, 2016.

Panel on book coverage in canada: The State of Book Reviews in Print

Friday May 29th
4pm – Refreshments
4:15 – Presentation
Atwater Library Auditorium: 1200 Atwater Avenue

Featuring Steven Beattie (Quill and Quire), Emily Keeler (National Post), and Ian McGillis (Montreal Gazette). Moderated by Christopher DiRaddo (CBC).

Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec.

Everyone welcome!

Friday May 29th, 4pm at the Atwater Library Auditorium. Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec, featuring Steven Beattie (Q&Q), Emily Keeler (NP), and Ian McGillis (Mtl Gaz).

How To Plan and Promote an Author-driven Book Tour

Monday April 27th, 2015
4pm – Refreshments
4:15 – Presentation
Atwater Library Auditorium: 1200 Atwater Avenue

A successful author-driven book tour increases an author’s visibility while strengthening publisher-retailer-reader relationships. Julia Pohl-Miranda, Editorial and Marketing Manager at Drawn & Quarterly, shares the step-by-step process of planning and promoting a successful author-driven tour, and the lessons she’s learned working on book tours with authors as diverse as Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Guy Delisle, Art Spiegelman, Jillian Tamaki, and Adrian Tomine.

Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec
in partnership with the Quebec Writers’ Federation

Everyone welcome! RSVP to


Everything eBook: the last Professional Development Seminar of the season!

PART 1: Best Practices in eBook Production

Should you work with a subcontractor? Publish web PDF or ePub (or both?) for all your titles? What about the backlist? What about the books you don’t have electronic files for anymore? In the first part of our double eBook seminar we’ll explore these questions and discuss best practices for choosing a business model: Xml-work flow versus working with a subcontractor; choosing specialized conversion services; prices: local v India; when to convert the pdf into web pdf/epub; e-ISBNs; hyperlinks: contents page, notes, and index; quality control of e-books; production of eBooks for art book, and updating eBooks for reprints and new editions.

PART 2: New Trends and Technologies in eBook Sales

As the digital book market matures, opportunities for selling content are expanding, across international borders and into new formats. New e-book subscription services are vying to become the “Netflix for books,” and eBook retailers are popping up across the world as more markets join the digital revolution. New technology is also making it easier for publishers to sell their eBooks directly to customers through their own websites. We will talk about some of the most exciting new services and technologies, and also go over some strategies for making your content more discoverable on retailer sites like Amazon, Apple, and Kobo. 

Our last PD seminar of the season - Double eBook feature: Production and Sales

ELENA GORANESCU has been working as production coordinator and senior communications assistant at McGill-Queen’s University Press for the last 12 years in the production department as Coordinator and Senior Communications Assistant, and been the Production Manager since 2012.

SHANNON CULVER is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada. eBOUND is a non-profit organization that enables independent Canadian publishers to engage in the digital marketplace. Prior to her work at eBOUND, Shannon was Publisher Operations Manager at Kobo, Inc. She completed a Master’s degree in Communication & Culture at Ryerson and York Universities with a focus on digital publishing. Her MA thesis research was concerned with the way that new digital technologies like eBooks, eReaders, and print-on-demand are changing the Canadian publishing industry.