Book Publishers Association of Alberta works with PLSB to build ebook collection for Alberta libraries

IFWITS hit library shelves! The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is working to create a collection of Alberta ebooks for public libraries.  Approximately 1200

Cantook Station LogoThe Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) is working to create a collection of Alberta ebooks for public libraries.  Approximately 1200 ebooks will soon be available to Alberta public library patrons for borrowing. Some of our members have works that are now part of this collection. Congratulations to those included in the collection. The books are available at all public library through the website Visit your local library for more information.

Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) provided funding which made it possible to licence the ebooks for public use and PLSB has also acquired an online platform to host the collection.  Publishers, the BPAA and PLSB worked together to develop innovative licensing terms that, among other things, will allow simultaneous use of books.  Ebooks in the new collection will always be available for immediate use by library patrons.

The new ebook collection should be available for public use by the end of 2016.

Skills: Map Making

At the last IFWA Meeting, we had the pleasure of having Swati Chavda share some knowledge about map making for Fantasy and Science Fiction. Using the book How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando, Swati gave the group several tips for creating their own maps.

Maps can add a layer of reality to your story. Readers may like to refer to the map to add some extra immersion. However, maps shouldn’t be used as a crutch. Your writing should stand on its own. The map should be an extra. 

Maps can be used during your writing process to help you orient to your own story. You can do one after your outline to give you more ideas. You can use it as a world-building exercise, or you can find plot holes and issues by identifying distances and obstacles your characters might encounter. 

Map making is very complex. It should be treated like writing from scratch. Start with basic shapes, build on them on feature and line at a time. Don’t worry about making it perfect at the beginning. Map making, like writing, is a process.

The best starting point is the coastline. Draw a basic shape then add inlets, jagged coastlines, smooth beaches and rivers. After your basic shape is drawn, add mountain ranges, hills, and larger features. Think about your world’s formation. Were mountains formed by tectonic plates, or is there one volcano?

Digital map making can enhance your experience because you can easily make changes as you write your story. There are several free apps, ArtStudio for example, that can be used to create your map. Digital programs will also help you create in layers, which will make deleting elements easier later on. 

For more information, check out How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando.

Enigma Front

Enigma Front Titles

Enigma Front TitlesThe annual short anthology of IFWA members published by Analemma Books has just closed its third call for submissions. This year’s theme, The Monster Within, celebrates and recognizes the upcoming 100 year anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With over 45 stories submitted, the selection team has their work cut out for them as many talented authors contribute their stories with their personal style, genre, and interpretation of the theme.

The anthology will be published over the next several months and launched at the annual When Words Collide Reader Festival. The previous titles, Enigma Front and Enigma Front Burnt, can be found on Amazon or at local booksellers around Calgary and central Alberta. Be sure to check out the previously published talent before the new release!

Aurora Awards

The time has almost arrived for the Aurora Awards in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy! The process will begin next week with nominations opening. The Aurora Awards is a chance for authors and readers to select the best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the past year. To declare your eligibility, or nominate your favourite work, you simply need to be a member of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. 

Aurora awards are open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Through the Aurora Awards, the CSFFA encourages Canadian fans to take an active role in selecting the best of genre fiction and related activities. See the 2016 winners at the CSFFA website.

Aside from being a part of the process, membership gives you the benefit of hundreds of dollars worth of content from today’s best authors in Science Fiction and Fantasy!