What’s New @ Sask Books
- Creative Saskatchewan expands eligibility for grants Creative Saskatchewan, the province’s primary funding agency for the creative industries, announced a recent and significant change to its policies, resulting in increased eligibility for creative producers. From the Creative Saskatchewan media release issued 13 April 2016: “Previously, arts and culture organisations that received operational funding from either the Saskatchewan Arts Board or permitted to apply to Creative Saskatchewan’s grant programs. Effective immediately, that restriction has been lifted.” Creative Saskatchewan grants focus on the commercial viability of proposed projects, the goal of which should be commercial success. This is excellent news for Saskatchewan publishers and for the publishing divisions of organisations that benefit from Arts Board and SaskCulture support. More information is available from Creative Saskatchewan’s blog.
- The Ins and Outs of Rights and Licensing – SaskBooks PD Sessions How to Sell the Rights to Your Books in International Markets with Catherine Mitchell Join Catherine Mitchell in a comprehensive session on how to sell the rights to your books in international markets. Learn what steps to take, what out-of-country publishers may be looking for and what details to negotiate contractually. Catherine Mitchell is a Toronto-based book publishing consultant and rights agent with extensive international experience in translation rights, export sales and distribution, marketing, and public relations. Former Director, Foreign & Special Markets at Tundra Books, the children’s publisher of McClelland & Stewart, she is a graduate of the Banff Publishing Workshop and a past president of IBBY Canada. Active on many industry initiatives, Catherine is co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Cultural Diversity, working to ensure cultural policy is not subject to the constraints of international trade agreements. Sessions are Monday, 21 March 2016 in Saskatoon at Gabriel Dumont Institute; and Tuesday, 22 ...
- Economic Impact Survey – Publishing If you are actively engaged in the publishing industry in Saskatchewan, please fill out Creative Saskatchewan’s Economic Impact Survey. It will take about 20 minutes to complete, and you will need some financial information from the past two years. Your information is confidential and results will only be shown in aggregate. We need as many people as possible engaged in the publishing sector to fill this survey out, so that the breadth of the publishing industry in the province is captured as much as possible. Questions should be directed to Praxis Consulting (contact info available in the survey).
- Saskatchewan Bestsellers 2015 SaskBooks Top 25 Bestselling Books of 2015 Proving that word-of-mouth is still an incredibly effective sales tool, The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List (Parkland Publishing, $19.95) has topped SaskBooks’s list of bestselling books for the fourth year in a row. The significance of Indigenous issues in Saskatchewan is evident in the fact that almost half of the bestselling titles of 2015 are about Aboriginal life, history, and culture. The presence of The Zenimaginarium Garden (DriverWorks Ink, $12.95) and Time After Time (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, $19.95) on the list shows that Saskatchewan has not been slow to get in on the current trend of adult colouring books. DriverWorks Ink and Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing are two leading examples of Saskatchewan’s burgeoning hybrid-publishing model, and collectively hold 10 of the 25 spots on the list. The sale and production of Saskatchewan books contributes $2.25 million to the GDP each year, and SaskBooks is immensely ...
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Dates & Deadlines
- Saskatchewan Book Awards shortlist announcement – February 12
- Spring PD sessions in Saskatoon and Regina – March 22 and 23
- Saskatchewan Book Awards event – April 30
- Publishers Forum and AGM/Conference in Regina – June 17 and 18
- Read Saskatchewan submission deadline Monday 19 September