For my coast-to-coast, behind-the-scenes publishing house tour, I divided the country into four legs based on how the travel time and type would be chunked together. I did the tour on a proverbial shoestring, so I planned to sleep and eat as frugally as possible.
Leg A – British Columbia
Victoria – Brindle and Glass, Friesen Press
Vancouver – Arsenal Pulp Press, Storypanda, Tradewind Books
Leg B – Alberta
Edmonton – University of Alberta Press, NeWest Press, ImaJin Books
Calgary –Freehand Books, Frontenac House
Leg C – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec
Saskatoon – Indie Ink Publications
Regina – Coteau Books
Winnipeg (Altona) – Friesen’s Corporation
Toronto – House of Anansi, HarperCollins CA,Random House Canada, Coach House Books, ECW Press
Montreal – Linda Leith, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal-Contacts
Leg D – The Maritimes
Fredericton – Goose Lane Editions
Halifax (Kentville) – Gaspereau Press, Conundrum Press
Impressive, Erinne. What an appealing project you’ve set yourself. And I trust the schedule puts you in Edmonton for Words in 3D.
Actually the tour is set to run before I start the Creative Book Publishing program at Humber in Toronto. The program runs May-August, but my intention is to come back the weekend of the conference, for sure!
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Where’s Quebec? Montreal has more than a handful of great English language literary publishers. Véhicule, Linda Leith, Drawn & Quarterly. We’re also the home of the Blue Metropolis, one of the largest English language literary festivals. Seriously, you’re missing out on a great story by bypassing Quebec.
I will be going to Quebec, not to worry. A Canadian tour wouldn’t be complete without it!
I’m in the process of contacting QC publishers right now (and just confirming a day and time for Linda Leith, just now, actually!). I had to work outwards-in while planning the stops for the tour to make sure they all fit into the one month, which is why ON/QC looks a little thin right now, but it’s filling up fast!
My schedule puts me in Montreal right at the start of Blue Metropolis, which I am very excited about!
I’m hoping to get a French publisher as well.
That’s great! Hey, I’m the editor of rovararts.com. Contact me when you’re in town and I’ll interview you for our mag. 😉
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Eh! How cool is this! Keep me in the loop so I can follow and help publicize your progress!
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I’m curious as to why you didn’t visit some publishing houses while in Winnipeg? Time constraints, maybe? I’m sure Turnstone, Great Plains, ARP or Signature would’ve loved to have you, though Friesen’s is fairly vital to the Canadian publishing industry in general.
A few factors at play with not being able to visit publishing houses right in Winnipeg. Among them was losing a day by getting stuck in Regina (poor road conditions and spooking myself in a near-accident on the road from Saskatoon). The good news is that I’ve been in touch with some and there will likely be a visit on my road trip back home in late-summer!
I also recognize that I’ve missed Canada’s north as well as Newfoundland — that came down to budget and time constraints.