Monday, January 15, 2018

Virtual Talk/Presentation - Understanding the Business of Writing & Publishing

On Wednesday January 17, 2018 I will be leading a virtual talk/presentation called Understanding the Business of Writing & Publishing.

The virtual talk, which is free to Canadian Authors Association members (or costs $10 for non-members to attend), is being hosted by the Waterloo-Wellington Branch. (Now local to me since my January move to Waterloo from Hamilton)

The description for the 1.5 hour workshop is below, as is the registration link.

There has never been a better time to be a writer. And whether a person writes fiction or non-fiction, there have never been more opportunities or options for writers in the history of publishing. Join Mark Leslie Lefebvre as he walks through the multitude of options that writers have of getting their work out into the world, outlining the pros and cons of the various choices and strategies for  making the decision that best suits your own goals and desires in the area of writing and publishing.

Bringing more than 25 years of bookselling and publishing experience with him, Lefebvre, who is a former board member of BookNet Canada, former president of the Canadian Booksellers Association, and former Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations at Kobo where he built Kobo Writing Life ( /, will outline the basics, walk through the options and provide a solid perspective about the business of writing and publishing.

Please send fees to http://PayPal.Me/LisaPara - the registration fee for non-members is $10.

Registration Link

Monday, January 08, 2018

Year It Was, What a Beer It Was, It Was

So I recently posted my annual update of my previous year in beer. I use the Untappd app to track and rate the beers that I have in a year. I have been using Untappd since early April in 2013 and have checked in a total of 3,479 unique beers since then.

When explaining Untappd to my friends, I usually describe it like Goodreads for beer.

You can read the FULL post on my Spirits Untapped blog, but here are a few interesting highlights that I have pulled out.

Unique Beer Check-ins: 829
Unique Countries: 7
Unique Venues: 118
Unique Brewery Beers: 407
Top Style: IPA
Top Venues Included: The Winking Judge (no surprise there, our favourite haunt and it was right downstairs from where I used to live), Arabella Beer Park (our new favourite local beer spot to hang out in the KW area)

I have collected a total of 1,848 badges to date. Badges are just a fun virtual reward for checking in a certain number of a type of beer or a number of beers from a particular brewery or checking in beers on special dates.

Also, in 2017 I rated only two beers with a solid 5 out of 5, and they were:

The picture of Liz and I, above, was taken at The Casual Pint (Vista) in Columbia, SC, where we enjoyed the delicious "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" from Catawba.

We also, in the past year, did our very first batch of home-brewed beer, which we called Wicked Dick's Double-Time IPA. It wasn't too bad, especially considering our MacGyver-like techniques, not having had all of the proper equipment for it.

But that, of course, is another story. This one is about beers that were brewed by the professionals and which were consumed and enjoyed.

Year is was, what a beer it was, it was.