Archive for May, 2007

Publishing Update: Cover design

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

The publishing ball is currently in iUniverse‘s court. By earning the Editor’s Choice designation, iUniverse gives me free professional art direction for my book cover design. While I’ll certainly consider what they come up with, I really like the cover design already created and submitted to iUniverse by my friend and colleague Steve Palmer at 76Design, the graphic and web design arm of Thornley Fallis.

I’m also trying to decide whether I want to fork out the dough to have the whole manuscript professionally proofread. It’ll add another couple of thousand dollars to the price tag but on the other hand, I really don’t want any typos slipping through. Alternatively, I could try to proofread it myself or have a friend do it. Decisions, decisions.

I also had my twin brother Tim, a solid photographer in his spare time, take another author photo that will appear in the published novel somewhere.

I’ll keep you posted as the journey continues…

TBLP earns iUniverse Editor’s Choice

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

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Well, I’m feeling quite chuffed right now so forgive me if I strain my shoulder patting my own back for just a moment. I was just informed that The Best Laid Plans has been granted the Editor’s Choice designation by an editorial review board at iUniverse. I’m not completely sure what it all means (kind of like the iTunes rankings!) but apparently it’s given to a relatively few books published by iUniverse and is supposed to indicate that the book is well-written, well-structured, and “meets high editorial standards.” According to the letter I received, it’s iUniverse’s way of signalling to booksellers and booklovers that while TBLP is a self-published novel, it is “a first rate book, worthy of anyone’s bookstore attention.” Very gratifying development as we head into the home stretch. Next stop, refining the cover design and copy. I’ll keep you posted.

Travelling Note:

I’ll be out of the country until Monday, May 21st and regrettably will not have internet access where I’m going.

My head swelleth and I doth blush…

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

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Dan York is a friend and fellow social media aficionado from Burlington, Vermont. He’s a regular contributor to For Immediate Release, one of my “must listen” podcasts, related to my day job in the public relations world. Dan writes the very good Disruptive Conversations blog and hosts the Blue Box: Voip Security Podcast related to his day job. Well, he’s also been a loyal listener to TBLP, for which I’m grateful. He’s provided a stream of encouraging comments over the weeks, culminating in this post that appeared last night. Thanks Dan — very kind.

Chapter 19: May 11, 2007

Friday, May 11th, 2007

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This week, the final installment, Chapter 19 including: A massive snow storm brings Ottawa to its knees; the Government House Leader pulls a fast one; the call goes forth for all MPs to brave the storm and make it to the House for the mini-budget vote; Angus and Andre Fontaine share a wild ride to Parliament Hill, with national consequences; Angus writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to [email protected]. Thanks so much for listening. It’s been a thrill for me to podcast my humble novel. Your comments have been very generous and encouraging. I’m grateful.

I will keep blogging as I continue down the road to publishing The Best Laid Plans. At this moment, it seems that the novel will be available online at Amazon and Chapters-Indigo in the summer. I will keep you all posted here on the blog. Thanks again, it’s been a blast.
The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Novelist Mike Tanner “blurbs” TBLP

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I am blessed with good friends and strong supporters. Mike Tanner is an accomplished musician, singer and songwriter, a former member of Canada’s National Field Hockey Team(!), a corporate language trainer, and if that weren’t enough, a great writer to boot. He has published two novels, Acting the Giddy Goat and Resurrection Blues, and a non-fiction book, Flat-Out Rock: Ten Great Bands of the 60s.

I encourage you to check out these great works (better yet, buy them!). Our book club read Acting the Giddy Goat (check out some reviews here) and Mike was good enough to come to our meeting for an evening of great discussion. We also play ball hockey together, and on many a Tuesday night, you’ll find me inadvertantly hacking Mike’s shins as he blows by me.

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Mike has been very good to me as I embarked on my writing sideline. He was always there with words of encouragement and advice, notwithstanding my Tuesday night stick-work. Well, he’s very kindly been listening to this podcast and has provided the following “blurb” that will appear on the back cover of the novel when it’s printed.

“Terry Fallis’ novel has two things that kept me hooked: characters that I cared about and a story that made me want to find out what would happen next. And often, very often, there was a line that made me laugh aloud or think twice–sometimes at the same time.”
Novelist Mike Tanner, author of Acting the Giddy Goat.

Thanks so much Mike.

Chapter 18: May 9, 2007

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

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This week, Chapter 18 including: Environment Canada and the media pay a visit to Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Reaction to the mini-budget rolls in; Debate rages in the House; Angus and Daniel confront UFDs (unidentified flying doughnuts); Daniel and Linsday tour the National Gallery and then are snowed in at the Chateau Laurier; Angus writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to [email protected]. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for the final episode, Chapter 19.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Yep, TBLP now has a Facebook Group

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

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Under the heading of “leap before you look,” I signed up on Facebook yesterday and promptly created a Friends of “The Best Laid Plans” Podcast group. So if you’re a Facebook member, join the group. You can check in on the TBLP’s Facebook page for udpates and conversation. Let’s see where this takes us…

Veteran MP Paddy Torsney delivers TBLP “blurb”

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

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My good friend the Hon. Paddy Torsney, veteran Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary, who will soon be back in the House where she belongs, was kind enough to read TBLP and provide a suitably glowing quotation that I’ll be including on the back cover of the novel. Her acute eye also caught a few little details in the novel I’ll have to tidy up before hitting the press. Paddy spent 13 years representing the Burlington constituency and served the Liberal government in several capacities including a two years stint as chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus.

Here’s what Paddy had to say about TBLP:

“Bravo! This is a wonderful book with a clever and funny storyline. Humour and heart run through these pages. The parliamentary setting and the backroom shenanigans reel you in. Readers will never look at a finance minister the same way again! I can’t wait to buy copies for my friends. I loved it!”

Thanks Pad, I’m grateful.

Publishing Update: Copy Editing

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

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I’ve just received the manuscript back from the iUniverse copy editor and I’m very impressed. Every page is like the one above. Dozens of tiny little formatting and style errors on every page! I can understand now why this part of the process took nearly five weeks. It’s a ton of work. I’m now reviewing each change, (yep, each one) and either approving or rejecting it. I’m finding myself accepting 99 percent of the proposed edits, recognizing that I’m no expert in publishing formating and style. I’m so glad I opted for the copy editing process. It’s well worth the dough, and TBLP will be a better read for it. I have 14 days to process the copy edits before the manuscript is resubmitted and we’re on to layout and cover.

Chapter 17: May 4, 2007

Friday, May 4th, 2007

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This week, Chapter 17 including: The government takes an unexpected hard right turn; Angus tangles with the Speaker and the Sergeant at Arms; a troubling look inside Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Angus and Daniel meet with the workers; Angus writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to [email protected]. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for Chapter 18.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.