Author Shelley Hrdlitschka Talks About Publishing


Join Muskoka Authors Association on Wednesday, March 9 via ZOOM conferencing to hear Author, Shelley Hrdlitschka talk about Publishing. If you’ve tried to get your work published, you already understand the difficult journey you’ve embarked upon. In the 24 years since Shelley’s first book was published the industry has undergone many changes. Getting published went from a process of including a S.A.S.E with every snail-mailed submission to navigating Query Manager. She’ll discuss the emergence of Indie Publishing, building platforms and the mandate for authentic voices.

Hrdlitschka’s mother always gave her kids a choice: help with the chores or read a book. (Clearly she knew the value of reading). Shelley opted to read and she still chooses to read when she should be doing chores. In fact, she’d rather read than do almost anything else.

While teaching elementary school she discovered she had a huge passion for children’s literature. This inspired her to try writing her own books. Hrdlitschka is now the author of eleven novels for teens, two illustrated children’s books and one adult novel.

He Y/A novels explore complex themes such as religious polygamy, teen pregnancy or self abuse. She has received a number of recognitions and awards for them. One was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award, and two were Canadian Library Association honour books. A few have been nominated for Ontario’s White Pine Award and her book, Dancing Naked, was the very first White Pine recipient.  The author’s illustrated books deal with lighter themes, the grizzly bears of Grouse Mountain and a grandmother who celebrates the cultural diversity of her grandchildren. Her co-authored adult novel is written in epistolary form between three friends facing their fears at the start of the pandemic.

Shelley Hrdlitschka currently live in North Vancouver, BC. When she’s not writing (or reading), you’ll find her hiking, snowshoeing, volunteering at a thrift shop or hanging out with the grizzly bears and reindeer at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

More info here:

Zoom Room opens at 6:50 pm; meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

Fee: MAA Members: Free, Non-Members: $20

For more information and to register, visit Muskoka and click on UPCOMING EVENTS or call David Bruce Patterson at 705-801-8074.

After you register for this event, you will be sent a link to the ZOOM event via email.


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