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So you’ve written a book and want to get published—now what? Join us for a panel discussion with editors and publishers about how to submit a manuscript or piece of writing, and what to think about before you submit. Kelsey Attard (Freehand Books), SM Beiko (ChiZine Publications), Robert Runté (Essential Edits), Ryan Smith (Whetstone magazine). Moderator: Kelaine Devine (Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge)
Kelsey Attard is the managing editor of Freehand Books, a literary publisher in Calgary. She has a Master of Publishing degree and is on the board of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta.
S.M. Beiko has been writing and drawing strange, fantastical things since before she can remember. She currently works as a freelance editor, graphic designer, and consultant and is the co-publisher of ChiZine Publications and ChiGraphic. Her first novel, The Lake and the Library, was nominated for the Manitoba Book Award for Best First Book as well as the 2014 Aurora Award. Scion of the Fox is the first book of the Realms of Ancient trilogy. Samantha lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Kelaine Devine is a techno-crafty artist, designer and writer. She merges fibre, drawing, video and media arts into hybrid forms with a long history of working with emerging technologies and social media, from BBS, DDials, early HTML websites, blogs and vlogs. Devine is also a contributor to Sequential Tart, a webzine about the comics industry and a regular guest panellist/critic at fandom conventions including the Calgary Entertainment Expo, Edmonton Entertainment Expo and Geek Girl Con in Seattle. She is an active member of the Alberta media arts community, the Lethbridge arts community and is the Communications Coordinator for the Allied Arts Council. Devine is currently creating a book about lady robots.
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.
Ryan Smith is the former Editor-in-Chief, and a current Submissions Editor for Whetstone Magazine. As Editor-in-Chief Ryan revived the magazine and established the visual format and submission review process that are currently in use. Ryan also writes conceptual poetry that experiment with visual form and subliminal messages.