Publishing stories of fascinating Prairie People and Unsung Heroes

Welcome to the blog of Deana Driver - author, editor, and publisher of DriverWorks Ink, a book publishing company based in Saskatchewan. We publish stories of inspiring, fascinating Prairie people and unsung Canadian heroes - written by Prairie authors including Deana Driver. We also publish genres of healing and wellness, humour, children's fiction, and rural poetry. Visit our website to learn more about our books.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trust fund for author's 4 children

Friends at the Regina Leader-Post have graciously set up an education trust fund (accepting donations until May 15 at CIBC branches in Regina) to assist with the post-secondary education of the four children of Ron Petrie, humour columnist and author of Running of the Buffalo - or Ru as he called it (because all famous authors have abbreviated names for their many good works, he joked). Ron passed away in February after a year-long battle with colon cancer. Details of the trust fund are in this Leader-Post story.

We miss Ron every day, but the humour and goodness that he added to the world and the good that will come from this trust fund will live on.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friend or Foe in Publishing?

One of the many things I enjoy about attending Saskatchewan Publishers Group professional development sessions and meetings is the opportunity to interact with other publishers of Saskatchewan and Prairie books. This morning, I was chatting with three other publishers about sales and distribution options for e-books and printed books, accounting software that works best for our industry, and what social media we all use or avoid. And that was just during the coffee break!
Later in the day, I found myself sitting with two other women who – like me – are both running successful or growing book publishing companies. What do we have in common besides our gender and love of books? We each spend part of our time helping authors self-publish their works. We had some pragmatic discussion, sharing our personal stories of how we approach certain issues, how we do certain tasks, and some of the things we would each like to do in our own respective businesses.

I don’t know about other industries, but this kind of honest sharing of secrets, advice and potential pitfalls is commonplace in the book publishing industry – and is actually actively encouraged at every gathering of Saskatchewan Publishers Group members. Instead of sitting back and watching others make the same old mistakes or flail around trying to figure out an increasingly complex industry, there is a willingness - almost an eagerness – to answer each other’s questions and share ideas on marketing, promotion, sales options and more. I know we came home with a ‘To Do’ list for some of the ideas we had which have now gained more focus and momentum because of what we learned from people who might, in other industries, be seen as competitors but who, in the publishing industry, are considered friends who will do what they can to help the industry thrive.

Thank you to our colleagues in the publishing industry in Saskatchewan and Canada. Once again – we’ve learned a lot and are anxious to put some of it into action.

Stay tuned!