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…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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In other words, I’m going to try to stay off the computer and enjoy my personal life more.

It was past time to take a break … I was spending too much time online in general, but getting less and less done. My excuse has always been that, “I need social media to promote my books and those by other authors.” But when I took at long, hard look at this excuse, I realized the promotion there really...

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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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“Only when you are dangerous are you truly equal to the world.”
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“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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message 3: by Sally

Sally Happy birthday! :)

message 2: by E.

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

message 1: by Pablo

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

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