Attention Canadian book clubs!

There is what looks like a useful and interesting new portal which connects Canadian authors with book clubs across Canada: The Authors Book Club. Founded by writers David Albertyn and Ann Y.J. Choi, The Authors Book Club aims, in its own words, “to create an online community for authors and readers and to promote engagement between them”. The Club also hopes “to be a resource for book clubs in Canada and to connect them with authors”. Worthy goals…

Thoughts on submissions

I used to think of myself as a dream-maker, someone who would champion unknown Canadian authors and give them voice. In some ways I still hold that belief, live by it. But I’ve also come to understand an inherent laziness in so many fellow writers, indeed creators. “Laziness?” you cry. Yes. Laziness. What do I mean by that? How could I dare be so cruel? (insert shrug here) It’s not with a cavalier attitude or…

What has been, and what is yet to come

Reflections on 2019 It has been an eventful year at Five Rivers. We published the last two novels by Dave Duncan, Pillar of Darkness, and the final novel in the King’s Blades series, The Ethical Swordsman. We also released in audiobook the first in that series, The Gilded Chain, skillfully narrated and produced by Austin Vanfleet. It was bittersweet, but also hopeful because Dave’s work lives on. In an irony that follows so many individuals involved in the arts, Dave’s…

So you want to submit to Five Rivers

Read the Guidelines! So you think you’ll try your luck with Five Rivers this year. The first imperative: READ THE GUIDELINES! Yes, I know that was all in caps. It’s in caps because I’m hoping you’ll actually pay attention to those guidelines. You have no idea how many submissions cross my desk, briefly, which demonstrate clearly the author hasn’t bothered to check out Five Rivers’ guidelines. Or if they have, think their work is so…

What’s happening at Five Rivers in 2019

It’s been 11 years since first I launched Five Rivers Publishing. I’ve been proud to publish over 70 books in that time, by some 30 authors. That catalogue has ranged from science fiction and fantasy, historical and mainstream fiction, detective and horror, and non-fiction covering everything from how to write effectively, historical and modern cookery, and investigative research into wrongful convictions. A Common Thread What has been common through all these publications is the championing…