City of Vancouver Book Award call for entries!

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This came from some Vancouver cultural email list I’d never seen before, via Searchgrads. Very important stuff:

Entries being accepted for City of Vancouver Book Award

    • Submissions should be sent to:
      Cultural Services Department,
      City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue,
      Vancouver, BC, V5Y 1V4.

      Couriers should be directed to 555 West 12th Avenue, East Tower, Suite 310, Vancouver.

  • April 16, 2010 – The City of Vancouver is inviting publishers and authors to submit entries for the annual City of Vancouver Book Award.

    Books of any genre that demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s residents, history, or unique character are eligible to apply for the $2,000 award. The winning book must also exhibit excellence in content, illustration, design and/or format.

    Recent past winners include: Lee Henderson for The Man Game; Brad Cran and Gillian Jerome for Hope in Shadows; Michael Kluckner for Vancouver Remembered; and co-winners Jean Barman for Stanley Park’s Secret and James Delgado for Waterfront.

    An independent panel of judges will choose the winner. The shortlist of finalists will be announced in early September, and the award will be presented in October by Mayor Gregor Robertson.

    To be eligible, books must be published in 2009 or 2010 and meet the application criteria. All entries must include: four copies of the book, a $15 submission fee, and a completed entry form. Entry forms and guidelines are available from the Cultural Services Department at 555 West 12th Avenue, East Tower, Suite 310, Vancouver.

    More information and forms are also available on the City’s website at: http://vancouver.ca/bookaward.

    Deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 26, 2010.


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Shebeen Club March Meeting: CSI Shebeen Club!

Vancouver Police Museum morgue by John Biehler

Vancouver Police Museum morgue by John Biehler

Interested in writing crime fiction or mystery novels but feeling unprepared for conveying the fine details of investigation and forensics? Join Chris Mathieson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Museum, as he introduces you to policing and the forensic sciences. Bring your questions, and he’ll do his best to answer them.

The Vancouver Police Museum is an independent non-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to telling the history of lawlessness and law enforcement in Vancouver. It also happens to be housed in Vancouver’s former city morgue and Analyst’s lab. In addition to its many popular programs for children, it also offers adult oriented tours on the history of vice crime (Sins of the City) and has recently announced a workshop series called “Forensics for Adults” that explores topics such as forensic pathology, blood spatter and ballistics.

About our presenter: In addition to being Executive Director of the Police Museum, Chris has also been a blacksmith, a philosopher, a university mascot and a neuroscientist. Mind you, he claims not to be as interesting as that sounds.

Chris Mathieson of the Vancouver Police Museum

Chris Mathieson of the Vancouver Police Museum

The Dirty Deets:

7pm-9pm Monday, March 15th, that’s this coming Monday

The Shebeen, Behind the Irish Heather at 212 Carrall Street in Gastown

$20 buys you dinner and one drink, preregistration is not required but please do bring cash. We have the back corner of the Shebeen reserved for us.

See you then! Surgical masks and latex gloves optional.

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Meeting on Monday!

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Don’t forget, our Shebeen Club meeting this month is Monday the 18th, ie tomorrow, 7pm at the Shebeen, where $20 buys you dinner, a drink, and the best company money can buy.

The decorative and illustrious Sean Cranbury of BooksOnTheRadio is our presenter, and the topic is the controversial New Ideas, Opportunities, Communities: Living with Book Publishing 3.0. He’s even posted a list of recommended readings for keeners (which I’d better at least skim, eh?).

Be there or be … on the unemployment line!

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Not even “Bullyrag?” FMThesaurus

do not do ANYTHING to the animals

do not do ANYTHING to the animals, do not even THINK about it. Especially bullyragging.

Please do not annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize, or ruffle the animals.The SanDiego zoo.

Funny, you’d think “badger” would be exempt.

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Getting Huffy at the HuffPo

MY tips on blogging include ASK FOR MONEY

MY tips on blogging include ASK FOR MONEY

Today we feature a Comment of the Day worthy of being stolen and reposted, again and again (attribution, please, and that means linkie!). It is, of course, my own comment, and it was sparked on Gawker by someone who writes for the Huffington Post complaining that, far from all the hype about “prestige” and “exposure,” writing for the Huffington Post  can’t even get her a temp job.

@mimigoliath: Working for the HuffPo just screams “My stuff has zero market value.” I mean for god’s sake, have some pride.

Okay, sorry. The harshness shouldn’t be directed at you, it should be directed at that protean, malevolent slavedriver who runs the place. The Guardian doesn’t pay Comment is Free contributors either.

These are not literary journals. They are blogs with ads on them, making somebody rich.

Which brings me back to a point I’m constantly repeating. Blogging is writing.
The going rate for a blog post is, thanks to amateurs and wannabes who will do anything for the almighty god “exposure,” $5. Think of them as the blogosphere equivalent of the rich magazine interns who can work for free while Daddy puts them up in his “spare” apartment in NYC, who are waiting either for the big book deal (corresponds to “make a million off Adsense”) or the MRS degree (equivalent to becoming a WP.com mommyblogger, whining about the “DH” who’s never there because he has to be out making millions to support Mommyblogger). Or perhaps they’re the homeschooling, Oprah-watching, self-improving scrap-booking memoiristes of the blogosphere.
The going rate for a professionally written blog post is about $25-50, on a par with copywriting, because that’s what it is. It’s professional writing.
I don’t need to write for the exposure anymore. On any given weekday, I can put my work in front of 17,000 engaged readers, and Quantcast can back me up on that. And I not long ago turned down someone who wanted me to write “for exposure” on her blog that gets 36 hits a day.
We’ve covered the whole concept of Pay the Writer, haven’t we?
Remember, Freelance isn’t free, and if you desperately just want to get exposure, go to any major intersection in Edmonton this time of year and pull your pants down. It’d be less painful than bleeding to death at $5 per post, and you might get a book deal out of it.

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