Getting lots of books into little hands

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Melanie Jeffs, Orca’s Director of Digital Products, talks about a new initiative in Victoria, BC. 1000 X 5 aims to provide books to children under age five. A local mission to promote early literacy: 1000 X 5 One of the great things about working in the book industry is that you get to meet people who are passionate about books, and you get to learn about all cool book-related projects. Earlier this month I got to visit one of the sites of what is now my favorite book project. The project is called 1000 x […]

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Author Feature: Sean Rodman


#TuesdayTalk with Sean Rodman. Sean’s forthcoming novel, Tap Out, launches this April and is part of the Orca Soundings series. Sean, how do you get ‘in the zone’ when it comes to writing? I’ve learned to write anywhere, anytime. I have a little laptop that goes everywhere with me, and a set of good headphones. My first book, Infiltration, was written on the bus during my commute to and from work every day. A compelling plot is a major component of a hi-lo novel. Where do you get your ideas? Ideas are everywhere–the trick is […]

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Author Feature: Gabrielle Prendergast


#TuesdayTalk with Gabrielle Prendergast. Gabrielle’s forthcoming novel, The Frail Days, launches this April and is part of the Orca Limelights series for kids who love the performing arts. Gabrielle, how did you first know you wanted to become a writer? I started my first novel when I was ten (I still have it!). For a long time I thought everyone made up stories the way I do, but now I know that’s not true. Where do you get your story ideas from? A better question would be where DON’T I get my story ideas from? […]

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