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The World of Book Marketing & Promotions
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
11 am PDT / 12 pm MDT, CST / 1 pm CDT / 2 pm EDT / 3 pm ADT / 3:30 pm NDT
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

Registration: $10 for non-members / free for TWUC members

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Writing your book is only half the battle, which is why award-winning author Lindsay Wong is here to share tips that she has picked up on book promotions. Hosted by Jia Qing Wilson-Yang, Lindsay will share her thoughts and experiences with publicists, how social media plays into a marketing strategy, and more! Webinar runs 60 minutes, including a Q&A period.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

Photo of Lindsay Wong

Lindsay Wong is the author of the memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family, which was a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and was defended by Joe Zee on Canada Reads 2019. She has a BFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, and is now based in Vancouver, Canada. My Summer of Love and Misfortune is her first YA novel. Follow her on Twitter @LindsayMWong or on Instagram @LindsayWong.M.

Photo of Jia Qing Wilson-Yang
Photo: Jackson Ezra

Jia Qing Wilson-Yang is a mixed race trans writer living in Toronto. She writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Room MagazineBound to Struggle, and Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths (Ed. Sheila Sampath). Her first novel, Small Beauty (Metonymy Press, 2016), received a Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging LGBTQ Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. She is working on upcoming works of short fiction and a second novel. 

Member Exclusive

Digital Promotions 2.0: Video Engagement
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
12 pm PDT / 1 pm MDT, CST / 2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT / 4 pm ADT / 4:30 pm NDT
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

Registration: Free, open to TWUC members only

> This webinar is exclusively for TWUC members. Click here to access registration (member login required).

Are you still perfecting your pivot to online engagement? Trevor Carolan and Rod McLean will be presenting on the ins and outs of video engagement — online readings, virtual classroom visits, perfecting a Zoomcast, and the likes! Webinar runs 60 minutes, including a Q&A period hosted by Keeley Walter from the Salt Spring Island Public Library.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

Photo of Trevor Carolan
Photo: Mike Wakefield

Trevor Carolan began writing for newspapers at 17 and is a widely-travelled literary journalist, poet, and critic. He has visited more than 50 countries and his books include New World DharmaIn Formless Circumstance, Road PoemsThe Literary StorefrontReturn to Stillness: Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master; and Giving Up Poetry: With Allen Ginsberg at Hollyhock. He served as an elected municipal councillor in North Vancouver following campaigns on behalf of BC Indigenous land claims and watershed conservation issues, and is Professor Emeritus with the School of Land Use and Environmental Change at University of the Fraser Valley near Vancouver. The International Editor of Pacific Rim Review of Books since 2005, his new travel book is Road Trips: Journeys in the Unspoiled World (Mother Tongue). More at www.trevorcarolan.com.

Photo of Rod McLean

Rod McLean is a U.S.- and Canadian-based advertising photographer and content producer living in North Vancouver, BC, with his wife and two young children. Rod specializes in active lifestyle, portrait, and landscape photography. To put it simply: Photographer, Husband, Dad, and Storyteller (with images, of course).

Photo of Keeley Walter

Keeley Walter is an Information Technician at the Salt Spring Island Public Library (SSIPL) where she helps in coordinating events with authors, poets, artists, and local patrons. Due to COVID-19, this now incorporates the domain of online programming. Prior to her work at the SSIPL, Keeley was the playwright-in-residence for the Victoria-based theatre company workingclasstheatre and was a content contributor for the online architecture and design magazine contemporist. Keeley loves exploring the Coast Salish land she is thankful to call home, and hopes to one day publish a book of short stories using the Gulf Islands as her inspiration.

> Past Webinars

  • What is the Pandemic Doing to the Book Trade? with Kate Edwards, hosted by John Degen (September 22, 2020 - member exclusive)
    Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until October 22, 2020 (member login required).

  • What You Need to Know About Your First Book Publication with Waubgeshig Rice, hosted by Nisha Patel (September 15, 2020 - public webinar)
    > Exclusive for TWUC Members: Access a recording of the full webinar for a limited time. If you are a member, click here to access the recording until October 16, 2020 (member login required).

  • Thinking About Your Archives? with LAC Literary Archivist Sarah Hillier, hosted by Kevin Chong (August 11, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • 7 Quick Emotions-Based Strategies to Help Your Writing with Farzana Doctor, hosted by Tanya Boteju (July 25, 2020 - public webinar)
    > Bonus Material: Check out the article "Feeling Too Blah to Write?" by Farzana Doctor, written to accompany this webinar
  • Taxes for Writers with Artbooks' Tova Epp, hosted by Julia Lin (July 8, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • Self-Care for Writers with Chelene Knight, hosted by Jen Sookfong Lee (June 27, 2020 - public webinar)
  • Go Digital or Go Home: Author Promotion in the Social Media Era with Marty Chan, hosted by Anita Daher (June 9, 2020 - member exclusive)
  • Getting Paid Through PLR with John Degen and PLR Program Manager Peter Schneider (May 26, 2020 - public webinar)
  • How to Be Your Own Editor with Farzana Doctor, hosted by John Degen (May 9, 2020 - public webinar)