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Letter from the Publisher

Hello,

My name is Louise Wallace and I am the publisher at a small Canadian house called Playfort Publishing. We publish Canadian content by Canadian authors and specialize in quick-read titles for reluctant readers. Some of our books have already found homes in Canadian libraries, literacy groups, and college ESL programs. We hope that Canadian content is needed in your community and believe that we have some great options that you will enjoy.

To view our catalogue, click here. If you are interested in receiving information from us regarding our current and future titles, please contact us at sales<at>playfortpublishing<dot>com or visit our website. There you will find reviews, free chapters to read, links to buy our books, and information about each of us here at Playfort Publishing.

We really are a friendly bunch, which is why our motto is “Friendly Fiction for All”. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. We love to be social 🙂 We also would love it if you passed on our information to anyone you think would be interested in high interest fiction titles at a lower reading level. And let us know what you think!

Have a great day!

Louise Wallace, MPub

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It’s been awhile

Hello there,

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve posted anything, which is not good blogger etiquette. Sorry. We have had a lot going on around here lately, with an ongoing office renovation, year-end (bookkeeping), handling the other side of our business, and planning for the future. Unfortunately, this blog has been neglected. I am trying to make sure we all make time to put our daily dramas onto paper for your entertainment. Deep breath. Ok. Here we go.

I have been trying to generate some book sales. We have the product. We need the sales. To be honest, this is not my forte. I am not really a salesperson. This is exactly why, even with my knowledge and love of the industry, I could not hack it as a cosmetician. This is why I went to school to be an administrative assistant. I love to organize and create systems, I am good at seeing patterns, spelling and grammar errors jump off the page for me, I can balance a budget, I love spreadsheets and office supplies. I fear rejection. However, since I am the only employee here, someone’s got to do it, right?

No Way Out by Melanie Jackson

So I did a little research and found a bulk email program that would work well for us and started culminating a very large database of public libraries in Canada. I started to contact librarians and have actually gotten some interest. I am really focusing on this right now. Hopefully it helps our cause.

I also spent some time turning No Way Out into an eBook, creating flyers to send out to our librarians and other folks, and spending some more time on our current catalogue. I just have to put all of these things together in the right way and hopefully it turns out.

We are also waiting to hear back from the Canada Council for the Arts about our grant submission. This time last year we already had our answer (which was a no). I am personally getting quite antsy. Everyday I take a walk up to the post office with fingers crossed. Nothing. The things we could accomplish with a grant. I find myself daydreaming about it the way I sometimes imagine how I would divvy up my lottery winnings. I am just trying to stay positive and utilize the force of The Secret. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

Well, I better get back to work. These emails aren’t going to write themselves.

Talk to you later,

Violet

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