Recommendations

New client: Jennifer Carole Lewis

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Book cover, mostly in shades of blue: A woman with whisky-coloured eyes stares at us as a snake dangles beside her. Text reads: Revelations: Book One of the Lalassu, Jennifer Carole Lewis

I met Canadian paranormal romance author Jennifer Carole Lewis at a writers conference in 2017 and found her to be a lovely soul. So, it was a happy surprise to be asked to do a stylistic edit of two of her short stories. Just based on the titles and the few lines I’ve peeked at, they look intriguing.

I’m really looking forward to working with her!

You can learn more about Jennifer, her other short stories, and especially her Lalassu novel series on her website.

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Editing, Recommendations, Writer's cramp

Back from my spring hiatus. Guess what I did?

I received some interesting advice from a professional last year: You’re always working on someone else’s book. What about making time for your own?

Being an author in my own right, I felt that was a fair question. I’d begun a prequel to my first book (Life in the ’Cosm) called The Stealth Lovers, and as this was an origin story about two beloved warriors, Xax and Viv, reader excitement only fuelled my desire to complete the novel. I can thank NaNoWriMo for the push to write about half of the manuscript in November 2017, but I had far to go.

Then my freelance editing job kicked in again in January 2018. I’d completed style edits for A Desert Song (Amy M. Young), Little Yellow Magnet and Life and Lemonade (Jamieson Wolf), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn). All great books, but four manuscripts in three months left me a little frayed around the edges. I needed a breather.

So, I consulted with another client who had no problem with rescheduling to June. That left me with April and May for my head-clearing break.

I coined it my writing-cation. I took April to set (and achieve) a goal of 25,000 words to complete The Stealth Lovers‘ ugly first draft. Then I made it prettier in May and sent it off to beta readers. (The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive with much-valued constructive notes.)

When June 1 came around, I felt refreshed! Funny, it might seem odd that I regrouped from words by writing more words, but penning a novel is very different than editing one. My clients expect a certain kind of perfection from my performance. As an author, especially doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April, all I have to do is get the words down. They don’t have to be pristine; they just have to map the story. And yes, even though there was some self-editing in May, it’s still not the same. I made the beta-reader draft as nice as I could for this stage of the game, but I knew more of a fine-tooth-comb editing would happen after I incorporated their feedback. My deadlines with writing are self-imposed, which also takes the pressure off.

So, I’m really excited about having another book in progress. I hope to submit it to Renaissance in the late summer or early fall. If you’re interested about my life as a writer, please visit my author page!

And what am I doing now? I just started editing The Rabbit Paperweight by Robin Elizabeth, who is a most wonderful and compassionate human. Her book has me riveted so far.

All my authors are massively talented. They make my job such a pleasure. I’m glad I work for them, but I’m also glad that I remembered to work for me, too.

Such is the existence of an author and an editor.

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Books, Editing, Proofreading, Recommendations, Uncategorized

Dcan shout-out: Robin Elizabeth, Author

Robin Elizabeth is an author we’ve read and admired for her series, What Happens in Book Club, so we were thrilled when she hired us to edit her non-fiction, Confessions of a Mad Mooer, Postnatal Depression Sucks.

Providing copy editing and proofreading (or as we said on this project, proofediting) for Mad Mooer inspired us to add editing to the list of services Dynamic Canvas Inc. provides. Thank you, Robin, for lighting this particular fire under us!

Here’s the back blurb. We really encourage you to buy the book. It’s charming, heart-wrenching, and funny as heck.


What happens when a mother says she isn’t okay, and nobody’s listening?

book coverThat’s the situation Sydney mother, Robin, faced after the birth of her identical twin boys. She already had a needy toddler and a husband who worked long hours, but no matter where she turned, her desperate cries for help went unanswered. It wasn’t until her newborn twins ended up in hospital with bronchiolitis that the medical staff realised it was Robin who needed the most care.

The hospital diagnosed her with postnatal depression, or postpartum depression as it is known in the US, and sent her and the boys to a psychiatric hospital. Inside the Psychiatric Mothers and Baby unit Robin finally found her confidence, not only as a parent, but also as a writer and a worthy person in her own right. Her periods returned, too, but she didn’t consider that as much of a blessing.

Confessions of a Mad Mooer is her story, told with warmth, humour, and unflinching honesty. A must read for anyone who has been touched by postnatal or postpartum depression, and a fascinating read for any creative or performing artist who has ever struggled with their own mental health.

Books, Recommendations, Web weaving

Dcan shout-out: Topsy Books!

Splash_TopsyLogoThis week we’re toasting Topsy Books and Livres Topsy, online bookstores that sell picture books and e-books for children, written by Canadian author Joanne Lécuyer.

Here’s what Joanne says about these books:

At Topsy Books, we believe that it’s important for kids to read books that touch upon important life experiences in a way that is imaginative, fun and non-violent. We use fantasy fiction as a backdrop for our stories. We have our characters face challenges and lessons and let them show us a positive way of dealing with them.

We love the colourful drawings, done by a selection of talented illustrators that Joanne hand-picks for her stories. These books are fun for the whole family to read together.

Joanne also does workshops to teach children about writing. Learn about this and more by going to the Topsy Books and Livres Topsy websites.

You can also follow Joanne or Topsy Books on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Recommendations, Web weaving

Dcan shout-out: Alternative Hosting

alternative-hostingThis summer we were thrilled to change host providers for our websites (this one, and Cait Cards‘) and for our client’s websites. We decided to support a local business whose rates were competitive and whose technical support was friendly and quick. They’re Alternative Hosting, located in the west-end of Ottawa. We highly recommend them.

We found the performance of the websites dramatically improved, and the best perk was the free SSL certs. It was great to have the Cait Cards online shop show the lock symbol beside the URL for each page. Alternative Hosting’s SSL certs also seemed to be superior to the ones we’d previously paid for! We want our customers to feel safe buying from us, and to keep coming back. We’re glad we made the switch.

If you want to turn your WordPress website into an online shop, please consider hiring Dynamic Canvas Inc. We will gladly recommend Alternative Hosting as your host provider, if you’ve been thinking of switching or haven’t one yet.