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Susan M. Toy

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I have been a bookseller, an award-winning publishing sales representative, a literacy teacher, and a promoter of fellow authors and their books through my company, Alberta Books Canada. I have written and published one novel (print and eBook) and a novella (eBook) and I am a publisher, under my imprints, IslandCatEditions and IslandShorts. Through Alberta Books Canada, I represented authors directly, helping them find promotion for themselves and their books, sought out new readers, and assisted them in making wise career decisions. I created the writing contest, Coffee Shop Author, have sat on the Board of Directors of the Fernie Writers’ Conference, served as a member of the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program steering committee, and w ...more

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Susan M. Toy Read as much as you can. Read in all genres, fiction and non-fiction and children's books too. Read well-written books and poorly written books, so yo…moreRead as much as you can. Read in all genres, fiction and non-fiction and children's books too. Read well-written books and poorly written books, so you can tell the difference. Then have it clear in your own mind why you want to write, why you want to tell stories. If it's only for your own enjoyment, that's fine. If you want what you write read by others then you owe it to future readers to learn how to write, hone your craft, and seek the advice of professional authors and editors. They will be able to tell you when you are ready to move on to the next step.(less)
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A-R International … Self-Isolating Authors Edition: Part 2

This is the second part of a series in which Authors who I’ve promoted in the Authors-Readers International series tell Readers what they’ve been doing during these past few months of self-isolating … See the introduction to Part 1 for a further explanation. (All links on the authors’ names will take you to their A-RI promotion.)

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Now that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t “bad kids.” They’re just trying to survive bad circumstances.
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History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. —JAMES BALDWIN
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Jarod Kintz
“I wear a helmet when I write, because if you’re doing it right, writing is dangerous.”
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Daniel Hecht
“Only when you are dangerous are you truly equal to the world.”
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“We don't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts.”
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Pema Chödrön
“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
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Sally Happy birthday! :)

message 2: by E.

E. Graziani Hi Susan - glad we found each other on Goodreads, too! E.

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Pablo Padilla Thanks for adding me, will be a pleasure to follow your reviews.

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