You have come to the right place if you are an FBCW member looking to market your professional skills, or if you are a person looking for skilled help with your writing project.
Below you’ll find members of the FBCW who offer professional services. If you’d like to browse the general membership directory, please go here. This page was created to ensure that people looking to hire our professional members could find them as quickly and easily as possible. PLEASE GO HERE if you’d like to be added to this professional directory. As you can see, you can be listed under multiple categories.
Editors & Translators
Author, Teacher, Mentor
Editor of Novels & Short Stories
Author, Teacher, Mentor
Designers & Illustrators
Writers For Hire
As a publishing consultant, I help people self-publish their book and do it the best way for their project. I make up a plan for the whole process including marketing. I am the author of three books and have been self-publishing since 1996. I wrote Self Publishing in Canada, which is going into it’s third edition. My partner and I design book interiors and write back cover copy.
I give half day and full day workshops on self-publishing, e-publishing and creative writing. I have been a presenter at several writing events and would love to speak at yours.
Author, Teacher, Mentor
Gail is the internationally bestselling author of The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees, which were both short-listed for the Giller Prize. She has written many other novels including Turtle Valley and The Spawning Grounds, which were again national bestsellers. Gail taught fiction, novel and advanced novel at UBC’s optional residency CW MFA program for nearly a decade and now works with writers around the world through her own online teaching forums.
Gail’s popular four-month online fiction mentorship starts September, January and May. Gail also offers online blue pencil sessions for emerging writers and developmental edits for emerging, self-published or professional writers. She has two-hour virtual “visits” available for writing groups and is regularly invited to present writing workshops across the country.
Gail hosts a summer retreat, the Providence Bay Writers’ Camp on Manitoulin Island, ON. Gail’s October writers’ retreat “The Spawning Grounds” in the Shuswap Thompson region of British Columbia, is timed to coincide with the sockeye run on the Adams River, a natural wonder.
“Gail’s fiction course was the best class I have ever taken. Full stop. Her notes and analysis were invaluable and I still use the creative exercises she shared with us.”
— Elle Wild, #1 bestselling author of Strange Things Done and winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.
“Gail has a firm grasp on what effective mentorship looks like: supportive, challenging, fully engaged. Immediately Gail got to the heart of my novel’s problem and then worked with me to find possible solutions, pushing my craft to a higher level and deepening my understanding of narrative structure. It was nothing short of a shattering breakthrough.”
— Jennifer Manuel, bestselling author of The Heaviness of Things That Float
BRIEFLY, ABOUT ME
I’m a published author, career technical ghost-writer, writing coach, and co-founder of The Creative Academy, an online school that helps writers at all stages on their path to publication.
My novel MOTHER TERESA’S ADVICE FOR JILTED LOVERS won the Chatelaine award for best Mystery/Suspense in Women’s Fiction and was nominated for a Whistler Independent Book Award.
I’m currently working on a non-fiction book, GIRLS WHO GET THEMSELVES IN TROUBLE: THE WTF COMMUNION OF RELIGION AND SEX
*Accountability coaching* – Whether you need a carrot or a stick, I can help you make the commitment to get your butt-in-chair and words-on-page. Check-ins 3 times a week to keep you honest and writing! Details here under JUST HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE! http://www.donnabarker.com/work-with-me/
*Book On Fire course* – Online course with 18 lessons to help you fire up your confidence, commitment and writing community. Over 100 writers have taken the course since November 2017 and many are now sharing their completed manuscripts or – published books! More info here (get it half-price with this link!): https://ccscreativeacademy.com/p/book-on-fire-program-2018?affcode=16426_ldlqrbhw
*Workshop Facilitator* – I have over 20 years of workshop facilitation experience. Always interactive. Always at least 5 laughs – usually
directed at me. My current fave topics are here: http://www.donnabarker.com/book-me/speaking/
*Copy Editor* – My passion is non-fiction, but I’ll catch your misplaced commas, mixed-up spelling, and even fact check whether you\\\’ve guessed or researched how long it would take to walk from one end of Hastings Street to the other on a rainy Friday night, no matter what genre you write. I’ll use whatever style guide you prefer.
*Writer-for-hire* – I’ve been a career writer and ghost-writer for over two decades. I specialize in taking a technical copy and making it clear and engaging for your average reader. I was the health columnist for Shared Vision magazine (RIP), a regular contributor to the Vancouver Foundation Magazine, and have had one-off bylines in several publications. I’ve developed award-winning curriculum and training handbooks, web copy, and business plans (those don’t
win awards but many have “won” loans from a major financial institution) without public credit.
• “Donna is so open and enthusiastic that you come away with energy, ideas, tools and motivation — including the belief that your goals are attainable.” Natasha Pow
• “Thank you again for kicking me in the bum about my book. I was really struggling and now I feel so much better. Seriously, you are a life saver and made something that seemed so overwhelming in my brain, easy to tackle.” Victoria Welsby, TEDx Stanley Park 2018
• “After a single one-on-one discussion with Donna, I realized the only thing standing between me and publishing my novel, Tiger Drive, was validation.” Teri Case
“Easy reading is damned hard writing” (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
I was born in France and became a bilingual writer with experience in digital and print contents: lifestyle, reviews, film industry, travels (Buckettripper.com/author/arnott). I do translations in English/French/English (TV pilots, travel brochures, and more).
I have a B.A. in International Studies and studied with the London School of Journalism.
My company, Cascadia Author Services, is a boutique firm staffed by the finest folks from the traditional publishing industry I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.
If you’re looking for editorial assistance, ghostwriting, cover and interior design, website help, or personalized marketing training, the team at Cascadia is here to serve.
Freelance Writer & Editor
I am a passionate writer and editor who has been published in various literary magazines and edited everything from articles to poetry to full-length novels. I can write website content and magazine or newspaper articles, and love to help others polish their work for submission. I have also facilitated a workshop on poetry editing for the Burnaby Writers Society. Feel free to check out my website for more information!
An experienced copywriter, ghostwriter, and Journalist, Sherry can provide excellent (clean!) copy in any tone for any industry. Skilled in Consulting and Marketing with a strong communications background. She prides herself on producing high-quality, and thoroughly researched copy for clients from all walks of life.
She currently writes for a variety of BC-based trades publications, including Boulevard Central Island Magazine, Inspired Senior Living Magazine & a boutique Real Estate firm. Sherry also works as a ghostwriter & editor, providing the second pair of eyes and polish needed to bring life to an existing draft needed for whether for websites, brochures, or correspondence.
Keith is an excited mentor to new and emerging screenwriters and playwrights, He has been an ongoing juror for Theatre BC’s National Play-writing Competition. He has worked at the top levels of live professional theatre in Canada, including a season at The Stratford Festival, Ontario. He has also taught Theatre, English and English Literature at high schools here and in the U.K. He has been a commissioned screenwriter and story developer for U.K. production company, Centre Media. Keith’s co-written ‘claustrophobic thriller’ feature film, TRUNK, premiered at the Victoria International Film Festival and is now with international distributor IndustryWorks. His second co-written claustrophobic thriller, CONTAINER, is in development in Los Angeles, scheduled for
production in 2018. His sitcom series, CON JOBS, was optioned to UK’s Green Bay Media, and he was a series writer on TIME EXPOSURES for Chek TV. His stage play, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CANARY GIRLS, premiered at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, U.K.
I’m a retired academic, my energies and interests now directed towards poetry. My poems have appeared in three chapbooks, and in numerous anthologies and journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Freefall, Room, Prairie Fire, and Literary Review of Canada. In 2017 I was also one of Vancouver’s Poetry in Transit poets.
My poetry collection, Thin Air of the Knowable, was published by Brick Books in 2017, and is currently long-listed for the Gerald Lampert Memorial award and the Raymond Souster Memorial award.
I enjoy Victoria’s lively poetry community, and a regular with Planet Earth Poetry’s regular events. I am happy to give readings or join panels or discussions with other poetry lovers.
Training & Implementation for Social Media, WordPress, Blogs, Newsletters, and More
Bakerview Consulting was created to provide honest, ethical and patient guidance to authors and bloggers who are just starting out. Barb brings almost 20 years of teaching and technical training to the world of blogs and authors. She’s great at taking highly technical subjects and making them understandable to beginners. Barb loves to teach and is happiest when she gets to play with WordPress and the world of blogs.
I have been a blogger since 2008 and have been a book blogger since mid-2010. My book blog is Sugarbeat’s Books. I have 15 years of teaching and technical training experience. I love to read, and I love where technology is going with respect to books! I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours tutoring authors. It’s something that I enjoy doing as I combines my favorite things – books and technology!
I believe that authors need a social media platform to succeed in today’s ever-changing world of selling books. Authors should be allowed to be an author, and not expected to be a technology expert. Your social media platform doesn’t need to be complicated, difficult or time-consuming. Let me help you work with technology!
I offer a free phone consultation to discuss your needs. Please see my services page for a price breakdown.
I can simply do what is required to get your social media platform up and running, or I can teach you how to do the work yourself.
Poems published in literary journals and anthologies across Canada, in the USA and England. Shortlisted for Arvon Prize in London, runner up for Rattle Prize in Los Angeles, winner of Descant Winston Collins prize and shortlisted by Canada Writes, Arc, Antigonish Review, Fiddlehead, CV2, Freefall and Room. Awarded the Timothy Findlay scholarship for fiction by Humber College and included in Best Canadian Poetry, 2008. Graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC O in 2010. Presenter at Centrum, Pt. Townsend Writer’s Conference, WA, Spoke Festival, Vernon, BC and lecturer in creative writing at UBC O, Kelowna, BC.
“Mountain Scribe provides writing, editing, proofreading, and indexing services. Listed below are our core specialties, but we are able to produce material to meet any of your needs. Whether you want someone to do the whole job for you, or just need an experienced proofreader to check things over, Mountain Scribe Writing Services can help.
Print & Online Manuals, Indexes, Business Documents, Newsletters, Marketing Copywriting, Web content, E-learning Course content
- In the work Christine has produced for me, she has demonstrated impressive project management, a focus on the needs of the client and the user, and the ability to deliver a high quality product. What most impresses me about Christine is the dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm with which she approaches the craft of technical writing.
Jeff H, TELUS Mobility
- Christine is a smart, talented technical writer with excellent project and time management skills. She is also a dedicated and caring person that would be an asset to any team.
Angela R,TELUS Mobility
- Christine’s ability to filter key points from our conversation and quickly understand the required detail is demonstrated through her delivery of a quality document on time, every time.
Jason B, Rogers Wireless
Novelist & Workshop Presenter
I’m a novelist (author of two novels: The Best Soldier’s Wife and Power Failures) who enjoys helping people find new and creative approaches to writing their stories and novels. I’ve run a number of half-day workshops for writers at all stages of their careers.
I’ve also written shorter pieces for WordWorks and other publications and worked as a CBC researcher and broadcaster.
I live in Victoria, BC, where I attend our quarterly Meet & Greets as one of the area reps for the Federation of BC Writers, and where I occasionally lead a Literary Walking Tour of Downtown Victoria to introduce locals and visitors to the city’s literary history, right up to the present.
I’m the author of a self-published book, The Chocolate Pilgrim: A Journey to Self-discovery and Transformation on the Camino de Santiago. I do public presentations on topics related to my book. Contact me for details and possibilities. I also support writers who have powerful stories to tell, but tell themselves they can’t write. I do this in writing workshops, retreats
and one-on-one coaching programs. What sets me apart is the way I nurture the inner world of each writer, while also facilitating the development of technical expertise with the written word. Contact me for details.
Writer, Arts Marketing, Workshop Presenter
Former US award-winning Nanaimo radio host/producer and global Rhythm’a’ning jazz podcast host Kerilie McDowall is a writer and music critic contributor for the American jazz magazine DownBeat. McDowall is a music specialist and as a former live radio host, producer/on-air engineer, she listened to thousands of creative, jazz and art music Canadian music recordings during her 17 years in the industry. As a radio and podcast host, McDowall interviewed Canada’s elite jazz and creative music artists including JUNO winners and Order of Canada recipients.
McDowall started playing the violin at age 8, then later played the guitar professionally in high school in Toronto and also performed playing folk, rock, classical, pop, blues, reggae, and R&B guitar. A professional jazz guitarist and music composer in the 90’s in Vancouver, McDowall is a York University Bachelor of Fine Arts music graduate. Her area of study was New Music composition and classical and jazz guitar performance.
Currently, McDowall hosts as a volunteer on SHAW TV Nanaimo’s Community Producers, and The Show, she also currently directs SHAW TV’s Coast Connections. McDowall has judged the JUNO Awards for the past two years, judged the 65thannual DownBeat Critics Poll and sits on the 2018 Polaris Music Prize jury.
McDowall wrote the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s newsletter Chordial Notes in past years. As a freelance writer she has written for the Canadian Antique Phonograph Society, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Festival Nanaimo, Crimson Coast Dance Society, Nanaimo Magazine, Nanaimo’s Bethlehem Centre and for others in the Nanaimo and Victoria area. McDowall runs workshops for arts organizations.
With her Nanaimo business, she conducted PR, media liaison and writing work for top jazz musicians like Dan Brubeck, Mike Allen, Marianne Trudel with Ingrid Jensen, Monik Nordine and others. McDowall has produced Nanaimo jazz and art music concerts with Dan Brubeck, (son of US piano legend Dave Brubeck) France’s award-winning pianist Benoit Delbecq, the island’s Roger Baird and Vancouver premier jazz saxophonist Mike Allen.
As a Personal Historian with extensive writing and storytelling experience, I help clients turn their stories into engaging memoirs or family histories. Preserving the past for the benefit of both present and future generations is one of my passions. I’ve been a professional writer for two decades. In addition to client memoirs, my portfolio includes four trade-published juvenile novels, short stories, newspaper and magazine columns, essays, and training manuals for the forest industry. My first novel, When the Curtain Rises, was translated into Norwegian and Swedish, and
short-listed for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. All four of my novels have received commendation in the CCBC’s annual Best Books for Kids & Teens guide. While I love the written word, I am also a devoted oral storyteller. Since 2010 I’ve been sharing original stories in schools, libraries, churches, coffee houses, retirement homes, concerts and festivals. I have an extensive repertoire, but my signature genre is well-researched history with a magic-realist twist. I am available for multi-session workshops on memoir writing, and half or full-day workshops on storytelling, public speaking, or the creative process.
Rachel’s stories are a reflection of her grace, gentleness, humor, and compassion. They draw the listener into enchanting places filled with rich and real characters.
A warm, passionate storyteller, Rachel’s wonder tales weave history, myth, and magic into spellbinding tellings. Do yourself a great big favor and sit and listen to Rachel, anywhere, anytime.
Voice and Performance Skills Workshop
Part One: (40 minutes) Through a proven set of simple, enjoyable exercises, you’ll learn to relax, develop your voice and increase your power of projection.
This workshop will present the primary and most important lesson from a full series of exercises for helping you to become a more dynamic and relaxed speaker.
Posture and diaphragm control are the basic elements for projection. In this forty-minute session, you will learn the secret of relaxation and triple the power of your delivery. You will also be given handouts for further work at home. Part Two will focus on how to read your written words in an engaging way to transform your poetry/book reading into an event (or poem) to be remembered. The workshop will present many different strategies and practical advice on: selecting the best poems/stories to read out loud, breaking through nerves/anxiety and knowing/targeting your audience, There will be an opportunity for everyone to practice, and share their readings with the group.
From Memoir to Novel involves hands on exercises in writing scenes from personal experience and translating them into story material. This workshop will help you with your own fiction or nonfiction novel. The Secrets of Selling Your Story: How to persuade a publisher to publish your book. Convince readers to select it. Learn the secrets of Synopsis, Elevator Speech & Query Letter.
The Secrets of Selling Your Story: How to persuade a publisher to publish your book. Convince readers to select it. Learn the secrets of Synopsis, Elevator Speech & Query Letter.
What is a Synopsis? Learn the steps to prepare for that all-important meeting with a publisher or agent. What will he or she be looking for in you – the author? Learn what will be expected of you once your manuscript is accepted. Learn who and what to avoid.
You too can Write Poetry Helping novices and experienced poets alike discover the excitement of writing poetry from everyday experiences.
Creating Chapbooks Chapbooks are a legitimate form of publication. Whether you intend to print and assemble your own chapbook or prepare a manuscript for a commercial printer, I invite you to learn from my own experience in producing eight different chapbooks – from the regular 8 ½” X 5 ½” B & W to the 10″ X 8″ glossy illustrated children’s book, to an affordable 5″ X 4″ coil-bound booklet to get the best deal from a printer company. In this hands-on workshop you will discover how to plan your pages, format left facing and right facing pages and insert colour illustrations, photographs, and promotional material. You will also discover how to obtain an ISBN number and sales barcode.
Learn how to produce an attractive booklet of your own poetry; “Grandma’s War”; “My Years With the R.C.A.F.”; “The Feeding and Training of a Husband”; “Adventures in Acrylics”; “Mexico on a Shoestring”; – that publication you’ve always dreaded as too momentous a task. This workshop will provide you with a mock-up of your own chapbook, ready to go to work with computer, printer, paper-cutter, and stapler.
Publisher, writer, instructor
An explanation of the details writers need to know when using quotations or pictures from others, or when you need to protect your own work.
Taxes for Literary Artists
Overview of the deductions that writers should be entitled to, and tips on filling out the T2125.
What to watch out for in our digital world and still get your name out there safely.
Using Amazon’s CreateSpace (TM) to publish your manuscript in a rapidly changing publishing industry.
Interviewing & Writing
Is there a book in your family’s adventures? Hands-on examples of techniques that you can use to organize the interviews and then writing your notes into a manuscript.
Design your characters within a consistent framework. This interactive workshop will open up your creativity when developing your protagonist, antagonist and extra characters.
Small Business Operations
Choose from a list of topics that I developed and presented at Langara College. Each topic is tailored to your requirements for the length, detail and focus of the workshop.
Generative Poetry Workshop and Retreat Facilitator
I am a published poet ( Hyaena Season, Quattro Books, 2016 and Where the Water Lives, Leaf Press 2012) and an experienced generative poetry writing workshop/ retreat facilitator. In addition to leading more than 90 poetry therapy workshops at an addiction recovery center on Vancouver Island I led six poetry retreats in the United States and Canada in 2016. So far in 2017 I have led two poetry writing workshops/retreats including a ten night retreat in Italy and have four more workshops/retreats scheduled for the rest of the year.
Jodie Renner is a freelance editor with clients all around the world. She specializes in popular fiction, especially fast-paced, suspenseful fiction. Jodie’s editing includes developmental editing for plot and characterization; content editing for clarity, logistics and believability; copy editing for pacing and flow; and proofreading for grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Jodie does all of her editing on-screen, using Microsoft Word and Track Changes, so all changes are clearly visible, and Jodie’s suggestions and comments appear in comment boxes in the margin. All documents are sent back and forth as attachments by email. Read testimonials from Jodie’s clients at www.JodieRennerEditing.com/testimonials. Jodie is also the author of 3 award-winning fiction-writing guides, Writing a Killer Thriller, Fire up Your Fiction, and Captivate Your Readers.
Elma (Martens) Schemenauer has written 77 published books including YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure and the 1940s-era Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers (both published by Borealis Press). Born in Saskatchewan, Elma worked in publishing in Toronto for many years and now lives on a sagebrush-dotted hillside in Kamloops. Elma has spoken to groups including The Writers’ Union of Canada, Federation of BC Writers, The Word Guild, Okanagan Valley Writers Festival, and CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors Illustrators, and Performers). For more information, please see http://elmams.wixsite.com/elma.
As a non-fiction copy editor, I help authors get their books or articles ready to submit for publication, from the rewriting stages at the beginning to the final stages of proofreading and formatting.
I specialize in non-fiction articles and books, memoirs, guides, how-to, and technical reports.
Although it is always ideal to have someone else read your work, it is not always possible due to time and other constraints. My objective is that my clients and students become aware of the issues I point out and learn how to deal with them on their own, so that eventually they can edit their own work with minimal external help.
As an academic editor and translator, I work with students and professors to improve their grant or school applications, project proposals, essays, papers, theses, dissertations, journal articles, book chapters and reports.
I lead workshops in the Amherst Writers’ & Artists (AWA) method of writing workshop facilitation. Currently in Victoria I have 3 hour structured classes on Sundays from 10 to 1, “Building Blocks to Story” and 2 hour open prompted sessions on Monday evenings from 7 to 9. In October 2018 I’ll be hosting a 9 day writing and yoga retreat near Kalamata in Greece.
Walker, Ann Graham
Journalist, Grant Writer, Editor
I am a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation current affairs radio producer – a multi-faceted journalist, who in more recent years has developed special expertise in medical journalism. My work as Atlantic Region staff writer for Canadian publication, The Medical Post, took me to clinical conferences all over North America and beyond, and (now as a freelancer) enables me to write in depth about issues like the difficulties Canada is encountering replacing large cadres of soon-to-retire “baby boomer” doctors, and the dynamic forces currently re-shaping the delivery of our medical services. In addition to my work as a journalist, I am a poet and have had work appear in literary magazines such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Prism International and the Gaspereau Review. I have been published in several poetry anthologies, including Rocksalt – An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Poems from Planet Earth and numerous chap book anthologies editored by Canadian master poet, Patrick Lane. My own poetry chap book, The Puzzle at the End of Love, was published by Leaf Press in 2012.
As a writer, I worked as communications consultant and speech writer to former Nova Scotia Premier, the late Dr John Savage, I’ve written for business magazines (Nova Scotia Open to the World) and was contracted to write a book about Halifax: Halifax, the Smart City. I have successfully written numerous grants for non-profit arts organizations. Currently I co-editing an anthology of poems about newborn infants and finishing a novel that is set in 1950s Peronista Argentina. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Art History and a Master of Arts in Modern European History from the University of California (Davis). My MFA in creative writing from Goddard College’s Port Townsend campus came about much later in life, in 2008.
I am based in beautiful Vancouver Island, in Canada’s far west, but formerly have lived in Nova Scotia, and in various parts of the world – including a childhood spent in the southern hemisphere. I am a hospice volunteer and the President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.
Design and Photography Services
Excellent book design can help you expand sales and marketing opportunities: distinctive covers fit with other books in their category, yet stand out from the crowd; and elegant page layouts make your text shine while satisfying readers and honouhonoringcontent of your text. Book industry professionals and ordinary readers alike will recognize quality when they see and hold your book.
To write a book usually takes time, careful thought, and a lot of hard work. Because your book is a reflection of both you and your text, it makes sense to use the same care you took to write it when choosing how it should be designed.
Don’t let your efforts be wasted on clichéd covers, harsh page layouts, careless typography, or inferior production.
At Kato Design & Photo I interweave my extensive experience in book design and book publishing, photography and visual art—including high-level skills in typography, photography, photo editing, photo research and acquisition—along with my abilities in managing complex projects and meeting deadlines.
I have over ten years’ experience designing book covers and interior page layouts for publishers as well as independent authors: including art books, fiction, non-fiction, corporate celebration books, cookbooks, poetry, drama, children’s, juvenile, and Y/A books, biography, memoir, self-help, and art portfolios.
While honing my skills as a book designer, I worked for over five years in various roles within the book publishing industry, gaining valuable insights into book publishing standards and practices. Thus, I’m well positioned to manage the sometimes complex elements involved in book publishing projects while helping independent or self-publishing authors bring their books to life.
Creating the best possible book usually requires a team effort and involves effective communication, coordination, and time management. I have always loved working collaboratively and find the work I do for book publishers, indie authors and artists to be especially rewarding in this regard. Effective communication and creative energy work beautifully together. I combine them to produce a book you will be proud to own, share, and sell.
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