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

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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.

Innovative Digital Pioneer Bob Stein to Speak in Montreal on April 25th

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Innovative Digital Pioneer Bob Stein to present 'Back to the Future: Reading and Writing in the Digital Era' in Montreal on April 25th, 2014. 4pm at the Atwater Library. Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec.

Bob Stein has been engaged with electronic publishing full-time since 1980, when he spent a year researching and writing a paper for Encyclopedia Britannica – “EB and the Intellectual Tools of the Future.” In 1984 he founded The Criterion Collection, a critically acclaimed series of definitive films, which included the first supplementary sections and director commentaries and introduced the letterbox format. He also founded The Voyager Company, which in 1989 published one of the first commercial CD-ROMs, The CD Companion to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In 1992 Voyager published the first electronic books, including Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

In 2004 Stein received a MacArthur Foundation grant to found The Institute for the Future of the Book, a think-and-do tank aimed at exploring and influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression. In 2005 the Institute published the first “networked books,” which were instrumental in the recognition of the important shift to social reading and writing as discourse moves from printed pages to networked screens. In late 2010 Stein founded a new company, SocialBook, Inc. with the ambitious goal of building the first viable post-print publishing platform.


Tips from a literary agent – contracts, legal issues, and publishing ethics


Marilyn Biderman Literary Management is a boutique agency representing authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Owner and agent Marilyn Biderman established the agency in the fall of 2010 after twenty years of experience in book publishing, most recently as Vice President, Rights and Contracts, at McClelland & Stewart Ltd, where she sold internationally the works of many acclaimed and bestselling authors, including Leonard Cohen, Alistair MacLeod, Anne Michaels, and Madeleine Thien. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a member of the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s Publishing Program, and is a frequent guest-lecturer at publishing courses and writers’ seminars.

Marilyn’s international reputation rests on the four pillars of effective agenting: hard work, ethics, technique, and contacts. Her passion is seeing good books published well, and she particularly loves working with authors (début and established) of literary fiction, commercial fiction, narrative and expert non-fiction, and memoir. She brings her high standards to every aspect of her practice: from reading the manuscripts of prospective clients to preparing submission materials, and to advising authors carefully during every step of the publishing process. Marilyn applies her expert knowledge of book publishing contracts, both for traditional print and electronic books, to every negotiation on her clients’ behalf. Frequent, in-depth communication on all issues, including marketing advice and career planning, is a hallmark of the agency’s service. The agency takes on authors, not books, with a long view to developing their careers, both in Canada and abroad.

Publishers’ PD Seminar with Cynthia Good on editorial direction – Jan 15 2014

Join us on Wednesday January 15th at the Atwater Library Auditorium for a presentation of ‘Acquiring Wisdom: Insight for Editorial Direction’ by Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome! RSVP to


Cynthia Good, Director of the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, has been in the publishing industry for thirty-five years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada in the early ‘80’s. There, she was responsible for establishing a publishing program which grew into one of the most successful in Canada. Under her leadership the roster included such writers as John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Stuart McLean, Peter Robinson, Guy Gavriel Kay, Will Ferguson and many others. After twenty years with Penguin, Ms. Good resigned in 2003 when she was president and publisher. Following her years at Penguin, she became fiction-editor-at-large for Walrus Magazine, and consulted for a variety of public and private organizations until conceiving and developing the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College. She continues to consult for publishers and speak widely on the subjects of writing and publishing.

In addition to several academic awards, Ms. Good has received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for outstanding volunteer service. Most recently she has been chosen as one of the 100 Alumni of Influence by University College.

She was awarded an Honorary Degree by Mount Allison University in 2006 and was appointed Trent University Ashley Fellow for the 2007/2008 academic year where she is now Adjunct Professor.

She is currently on the Toronto grant review team for the Trillium Foundation and lives in Toronto.

Tips for selling your books (print and digital)!

Join us on Tuesday December 3rd at the Atwater Library Auditorium for a presentation by Diane Davy, president of Castledale Inc. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome! RSVP to

Join us on Tuesday December 3rd at the Atwater Library Auditorium for a presentation by Diane Davy, president of Castledale Inc. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome! RSVP to

Tuesday December 3rd at the Atwater Library Auditorium. Doors open at 4pm; presentation to begin at 4:15.


Before founding Castledale Inc., Diane Davy worked as an executive in a wide variety of companies, gaining the unique ability to bridge an appreciation of creativity with a solid sense of business. Davy was President of Key Porter Books Ltd., an internationally respected Canadian publisher of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction. She served as President of NextMedia Inc., a marketing and consulting company specializing in television, music and publishing, and was President and Publisher of Greey de Pencier/OWL Books, creators of award winning Canadian children’s books and Publisher of the OWL Group, producers of children’s magazines and television shows.

Davy, wanting to ensure the next generation of cultural leaders can succeed, teaches a course on the Business of Book Publishing as part of the Humber College Creative Book Publishing Program and is an active member of the travelling consultants programs run by both Magazines Canada and the Association of Canadian Publishers. She also serves as part-time Executive Director of WorkInCulture (Cultural Careers Council Ontario:

Diane Davy has served as a member/chair of various industry and not-for-profit boards of directors, including the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario, the Association for the Export of Canadian Books, Magazines Canada, Scientists in School, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre and PEN Canada.

AELAQ is thrilled to feature Diana Davy in its Professional Development Series and 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 the series would not be possible.

Kevin Smokler

AELAQ will be giving away 20 copies of his book!  We will draw names at the end of the talk.

Kevin Smokler


We don’t need to repeat how different publishing is in the 21st century. But we do need to acknowledge that it is different in ways we have not admitted. The reader is now an equal partner in how books get made. That doesn’t mean they help write them, design them or print them. But if publishing used to be “publish it and the readers will come” we do that now at our peril. The motto of 21st century publishing may as well be “Have a reader in mind before acquiring a thing.”

This afternoon, we’ll breakdown the new workflow, responsibilities, approaches and attitudes necessary to publish in the 21st century. We’ll touch upon social media, ebooks and the dreaded Amazon but these are all largely peripheral characters in this story. This afternoon we work from the outside in, following one of your books from the moment it touches a readers hands backwards to the moment of its conception. We’ll see that is not a time for disparagement, fear, or slight adjustments but a time for significant change, a time to change our relationship to readers, forever and for the better.

Kevin Smokler is the author of the forthcoming essay collection “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School” (Prometheus, Feb. 2013.)  Called “a publishing visionary” by the Huffington Post, his writing on the arts and technology has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company and on NPR. He’s the editor of the anthology Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times (Basic Books, June 2005), which was a San Francisco Chronicle notable book of 2005.

As a speaker, Smokler has lectured throughout North America on the arts and their role in contemporary society at The Commonwealth Club of California, The Idea Festival, Book Expo America and universities such as Stanford and Johns Hopkins. He sits on the advisory board of the South by Southwest Interactive Conference where he has been a featured speaker since 2003.

Kevin Smokler has a B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. In American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he lives in San Francisco.

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