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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Liberation Day will soon be here!

May 5th is a national holiday in the Netherlands, celebrating the end of the Nazi occupation of Holland during the Second World War.

Our book The Little Coat: The Bob and Sue Elliott Story, written by Alan J. Buick, tells the true story of one brave Canadian soldier (Bob Elliott) and the little Dutch girl (Sussie Cretier) who met under the most dire of wartime circumstances and made a connection lasting a lifetime. In December 1945, Bob and his troop gave 10-year-old Sue a coat made from a wool Army blanket. Sue cherished that gift and 35 years later, she and Bob reconnected and fell in love. Sue still had her little coat! She brought it to Canada with her and married Bob. Their story is captured in this National Bestseller.

A reader said it best in this email:

"I purchased The Little Coat last fall. I completly LOVED it. We were away at a hockey tournament when I read it, and my daughter Katie frequently looked over at me and saw tears streaming down my face in the hotel room. When I finished the book, I told Katie that she HAD to read it. Coincidentally, Katie had to complete a book report on a Biography, so the timing was perfect. She read the book, and I got to watch her tears. She loved it! She loved it so much that she told her friends about it at school, while they were all complaining about the boring biographies they were reading. She shared it around and two other girls also wrote book reports on it, and completely fell in love with the characters. It is so fabulous. We will definitely be remembering on May 5th."

We are very proud to share Bob and Sue's story for another marvellous Liberation Day celebration!

Cheers, Bob and Sue Elliott! You are our heroes!

Bob and Sue Elliott in the Netherlands, May 2010

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Beauty Around Us

Trade shows are always fascinating experiences for us.

We meet future hopeful authors:  three people came up to us at a recent trade show and asked about how to get published. (One or two of those works might become DriverWorks Ink titles in the future and the third would-be author was pointed in the direction of another great Saskatchewan publisher.)

We meet avid readers who have never seen our titles before: the most common reaction is appreciation for true stories of Prairie people.

We meet readers who have purchased some of our books and want to see what new titles are on our table: Example - A young man pointed at Just a Bunch of Farmers and said, "I've got that book! I like it!" So we responded with - "Then you'll probably like Prairie Pilot." And he quickly replied: "My mom's got that one!"

We meet readers who are looking for Saskatchewan books that were not published by us: we send them to the Saskatchewan Publishers Group's trade show booth if they are at the same show, or connect them as best we can with a place to purchase that book.

We meet genuinely great people who are simply fun to hang out with for part or all of the show (like Sweetpea the Clown below - she's the one in the middle!).

On the long drive home from the Nipawin Trade show, the sun was setting and it was too glorious a sight to let it slip without hauling out the camera and shooting some photos through the car window.


Saskatchewan - We love it!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pobody's Nerfect!

Here are some common mistakes made by inexperienced writers (and some professional ones, too)...
- They randomly change tenses. If you are telling a story that happened in the past, stay in the past. Don't shift to present tense and then shift back again - especially in the same paragraph.
- They put an apostrophe where it doesn't belong. Don't put one in '1970's' or any in 'they were in their '50's'. Use '1970s' and 'in their 50s'.
- They use that instead of which. 'The school which gave me a diploma.' It should be 'school that gave me'.

Read and critically re-read your work before sending it out. I know, I know - that's what editors are for...

Mistakes I commonly make...
- typing the word 'the' incorrectly. Thank you, spellcheck, for correcting my tehs.
- typing Manitoba and Saskathcewan incorrectly - See! there you go! It's always Mantioba in my documents. And Saskatchewan! Why couldn't I live somewhere with less letters - like Iowa or Ohio!
- placing single quotation marks on the wrong side of the punctuation. They belong inside the period, I've been told. Argh!

 Oh, well. Pobody's nerfect!

See Pobody's Nerfect #2.