Writing for a Canadian Market

Here are the show notes for the most recent episode of the Christian Publishing Show.

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Readers in other countries read American books. American readers also read books by authors from other countries. For American authors, the most important country to think about and write for is Canada. 

Our guest today is the author of multiple books, including The Herringford and Watts Mysteries, and is a senior associate agent at the William K Jensen Literary Agency. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Rachel McMillan, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show!

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3 Responses to Writing for a Canadian Market

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    Ellen Engbers July 7, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

    Well! I am a proud Canadian and am beyond pleased to be able to listen to a Canadian author and agent from Canada. I earned certifications from the Institute of Children’s Literature (I applied through a brochure mailout from the U.S.) in 1999 and 2003 before everyone needed an agent and queries etc., were sent by mail and included a self addressed envelope.
    Raising our family and pursuing other artistic endeavors filled ensuing years.
    More recently I have done research for Canadian agents and publishers to potentially query and ultimately end up stumped by the limitations (in my limited estimation?).
    I found The Steve Laube Agency by signing up for, The Best Selling Author, Mark Malatesta’s emails and accessing his lists.
    This podcast has opened possibilities for an agent, if not physically closer to home, at least mentally/emotionally closer.
    I am a daughter of Dutch immigrants – a born and raised Calgarian. Calgary, Alberta is a large city of 1.2 million. Twice as large as when I was a teenager…. yeah, an age ago.
    Listening to Rachel McMillan’s descriptions of Canadian readership and our differences was very interesting. I once asked my (then) pastor if he would read my Youth manuscript because he had previously been a policeman. He corrected my use of “officer”. “In Canada,” he explained, “we’re called, Constables.” Who knew? Lol

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    Grace Fox July 8, 2020 at 10:11 am #

    I’m a Canadian who married an American and lived in the States for eleven years. I enjoyed listening to Rachel’s take on the differences between Canadians and Americans. There truly is a difference, and we have to be mindful of them.

    She spoke about our having to go to the States if we wanted to be traditionally published, and I found that to be true. I began my career by attending writers’ conferences there in 1999. Since then, I’ve been published by Harvest House, Guideposts, and First 5 (Proverbs 31). My newest book will be ready for pre-orders in January, published by Rose Publishing/Aspire Press. And I have a great American agent–Steve Laube!

    It’s also sadly true that we have very few brick-and-mortar Christian bookstores left. Their influence in our communities is gone, and that makes it more difficult for us as authors to market our books within those communities.

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    Carolyn Miller July 14, 2020 at 3:04 am #

    I really enjoyed listening to Rachel’s perspective – very similar and familiar for those of us writing in Australia. Thanks for broadening your listeners’ understanding. I can’t wait to see more books from traditional publishers set in places outside the US.

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