Archive | January, 2013

Pitch worthy

24 Jan

Well, I survived my first Pitch Wars. It was great fun reading all of the pitches, and in the end I made requests for what appears to be, three very promising manuscripts. One of which is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan children’s story. Another, a YA steampunk romance. Industry events like this are great, as it allows for new writers to have their work critiqued and assessed by editors + agents without having to do much leg work. It’s lovely for me, because it’s not very often I get to scour a collection of works in one go, and then have the opportunity to place dibs on which pieces I wish to pursue. Now that I have partaken in one, I hope to participate in more down the road. 

Today brought about many lovely surprises. Not just lovely manuscripts, but a slew of other literary goodies. Most were brought to my attention via Twitter. Now that I am tweeting, I wonder how I ever survived without my Twitter account. Every morning I arise to an accessible barrage of literary news and revelations. It’s fantastic!

Like this:

And this:

And this:

Best of all, there was this:





Pitch Wars: Bring it on!

22 Jan

This year I am participating in an industry event dubbed Pitch Wars. It’s where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to polish up their manuscripts and pitches to present to agents. 

I am one of the agents taking part, and I am very much looking forward to reading through all of the pitches tomorrow. The only thing I know for certain, is that the aspiring writers will be presenting the agents with a three sentence pitch + the first 250 of their manuscript. If any of them catch my fancy, I can make a request on said work. 

No matter what the outcome, I imagine it will be a fun event! 

In other news, Canada Reads will soon be upon us. I’ll be attending the February 12th (Day 2) live debate as an audience member, and am very much looking forward to it. I must admit, I am torn between two titles. I think both are worthy of winning, and both have a special place in my heart for various reasons. I will be thrilled if either of them takes the grand title, but will certainly be conflicted if they end up as the last two books duking it out!

If you are in the Toronto area and wish to attend one of the live debates, I believe there are still tickets available. Email, and request a ticket. 



Writers Workshop during the month of February

14 Jan

I am hosting another series of workshops, but this time the workshops are a means for writers to receive feedback from other writers, as well as guidance in how best to promote their work. 

I will be hosting four sessions in Waterloo, Ontario at The Chrysalides House. The sessions will take place on every Sunday (3,10,17,24) in February. Each session will be $30, and writers are more than welcome to attend one or more sessions. I will be limiting the sessions to 6-7 participants. The sessions in Waterloo run from 3-5 pm. 

I will also be hosting sessions in Toronto at 248 Dupont Street on every Saturday during the month of February (2,9,16,23), with the sessions running from 2-4 pm. 

To sign up please contact me at:



Q&A with Barbara Hunt from the Ontario Writers’ Conference

10 Jan

Here is a Q&A I took part in, with regards to the importance of the query for writers when they are seeking representation for their work.

Born Weird, Twitter, and NYC

10 Jan

Born Weird is Andrea Kaufman’s latest title, and in my opinion, his best book to date. I have been following his writing career since 2003, from his first novella All My Friends Are Superheroes to The Tiny Wife which was published in 2010. He has become an international sensation, and if you read BW you will understand what all the hype is about. And so you can imagine just how thrilled I was to wake up this morning to Shakespeare & Co’s post about their new titles in the shop, and BW was the first title they reviewed!


This is one of my top 2013 recommended reads. And if you are reading Andrew for the first time, read Born Weird and then go back and read his entire collection. You will not be disappointed. In fact, I predict AK will quickly be added to your list of most beloved authors.

In other news, I finally joined the ranks and am tweeting. If you wish to follow me on Twitter, I can be found @DCohane. I will do my best to tweet from NYC, where I am  stationed for the next few weeks as I try to get back on track work wise. Come to think of it, joining Twitter seems rather counterproductive in terms of putting my nose to the grindstone…we shall see.