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So you’ve written a book, now what comes next? Our panel of editors and industry professionals are here to share their advice on editing and submitting your work, and working with an editor. Panelists: Jeff Campbell, Dawn Ius, Brenda Niskala, Robert Runte. Moderator: Kelaine Devine
J.R. Campbell is a Calgary based writer and editor. His short fiction has appeared in Tesseracts 20 Compostela, Rigor Amortis, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories and Fantastical Visions IV. Along with his brother in arms, Charles Prepolec, he has edited the anthologies Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastical Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes’, Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places and, with co-editor Shannon Allen, By the Light of Camelot.
Dawn Ius is the author of Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and Lizzie. When she’s not slaying fictional monsters, she can be found geeking out over things like true love and other fairy tales, Jack Bauer, sports cars, Halloween, and all things that go bump in the night. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Jeff; their giant English Mastiff, Roarke; and their Saint Bernard, Charley.
Brenda Niskala works for SaskBooks, the cultural industry association for book publishers in Saskatchewan, as Executive Director. As a writer, she has published three books and an anthology in the past decade: Wanderlust, (Thistledown 2017, fiction); How to Be a River, (Wild Sage Press, 2012 and 2013, poetry), For the Love of Strangers (Coteau Books, 2010, linked short stories) and Of All the Ways to Die (Quattro, 2009, novella). She has worked as a substantive editor for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scholarly works, was a literary editor for two magazines, and has sat on the board of a literary book publisher. She’s been working for book publishers for twenty-five years.
Robert Runté, PhD, is Senior Editor with Essential Edits (EssentialEdits.ca). He has edited over 35 novels and books for Five Rivers Publishing and various independent authors. Two of the novels by first-time authors he edited were nominated for the Aurora Award, and he contributed the final edit to C.P. Hoff’s A Town Called Forget, which was long-listed for the 2017 Leacock Medal. He has himself authored 15 book chapters, 6 encyclopedia entries, 13 academic journal articles, 12 open source guides, six short stories (two of which were reprinted in “Best of” collections) and countless reviews. He has three Aurora Awards for his speculative fiction criticism and is currently nominated for a fourth Aurora for “Age of Miracles” from the Strangers Among Us anthology. Two of the theses he supervised became published books, and a third won the the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada.