local artists

Introducing… Owen Swain and #tourdesketch

I made the announcement in part one of this post, which you can find just below this one, so I will just jump right in with the introduction!

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Owen Swain is a Windsor Ontario artist, illustrator and painter who works in a variety of media, is interested in all manner of subjects while specializing in on-location, observational drawing, sketching and mentoring. He is never without a sketchbook.

His creative impetus is daily observational drawing that moves beyond looking to seeing, from thinking to being and from mere drawing to discovering and developing ones own mark. Owen believes the zen of seeing/drawing has transferable life skills for all.

He is the creator of #tourdesketch an art4all+slow-bicycling culture and heritage experience now held monthly in the city he has come to love through his own daily drawing and cycling. Owen bikes year-round, however during cold weather months #tourdesketch goes bikeless and indoors to draw at some of the city’s location gems.

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#Tourdesketch Windsor will be a colouring book filled with Owen’s sketches and tidbits about the local culture and history of our city. We plan to release this book, December 1st, 2016, just in time for you to pick up a copy for yourself or as a gift for the holidays. If you’re local to Windsor and interested in taking part in a #tourdesketch event, you can find the information you need on Facebook. Owen is an amazing artist, and his sketches will make for great colouring and a wonderful window into Windsor, Ontario.

For more information and updates on this project, please subscribe to this blog, or keep an eye on our new releases page.

Thanks for reading!

And now for something completely different.

Here at Mirror World Publishing, we pride ourselves on outside the box thinking. As a small independent start-up in 2014, no one, least of all us, could have predicted that in less than three years we would grow from three authors with a handful of books to twelve authors with over twenty books between us and a new imprint coming under our banner. Well, you’ll be happy to know we’re not stopping there.

For the past year, I have been actively searching for an event/retail space. I wanted somewhere our books and authors could belong. Somewhere we could hold book launch events, workshops and signings so that our local readers would know where to find us. I knew that on top of everything else I was already doing keeping the gears turning here at Mirror World, I could not do it on my own, so I thought I was stuck.

sho-logoThat’s when I found Sho: Art, Spirit and Performance. I was familiar with Sho through their regular event ‘From the Page to the Stage’ which combines theatre and literature by having actors read short stories by local writers to a captive audience. What I didn’t know until I looked into the organization further is that their mission is specifically to partner with other artists and creative organizations to innovate, collaborate, produce and present art across all creative borders.

Sho is a theatre and a workshop space, but more than that, it’s a collection of like-minded artists who live to collaborate and bring art in all its forms to Windsor. From life drawing classes, to theatre performances, to literary reading nights, they do it all. And what would be more perfect than to have that kind of creative energy and spirit of showmanship helping to bolster our efforts here? I knew I couldn’t do it all myself, but with the help of such a strongly established creative presence in Windsor, I thought I just might have a chance.

And so I joined Sho as an associate member. And wouldn’t you know it, the collaboration began at once. Not only will our next event, Worlds Collide Gala, take place at Sho’s main space 628 Monmouth Rd, Windsor on September 30th, 2016 at 7pm, but I also met with and started working with some fabulously talented people, including artist/entrepreneur Owen Swain.

toudesketchAnd so, I would like to announce our next project. In partnership with Sho: Art, Spirit, and Performance and the amazingly talented Owen Swain of #tourdesketch, we will be producing an adult colouring book titled #Tourdesketch Windsor. Filled with sketches of the sights of our hometown, #tourdesketch Windsor is our way of thinking outside the box and bringing you a glimpse into the world we live in.

It was my intention to tell you all about Owen Swain and the work he’s done with his innovative cycling and sketching events, but I’ve gone on long enough for today. Stay tuned for part two of this announcement by subscribing to this blog or checking back again soon. Next post, I’ll introduce you all to our newest addition to the Mirror World family, Owen Swain, and his upcoming book,  #Tourdesketch Windsor

Thanks for reading!

We’re Hosting and YOU’RE invited!

We’ve got some great events coming up and we hope you can join us! On Thursday September 3rd from 6pm until 9pm Murandy and I will be at the Artspeak Gallery in Windsor (1942 Wyandotte St E) with Sharon Ledwith, Nate Friedman, Elizabeth J.M. Walker and Rita Monette!

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Click here for the facebook event and be sure to share this invite with local friends. The more the merrier!

And, on September 26th from 10am to 5pm we’ll be at the WFCU centre (8787 McHugh St) in Windsor along with 65+ other local authors and artists for the Local Authors and Artists Festival! Please mark the day in your calendar because this will be a local event you don’t want to miss!

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For more information about this event go to http://www.laafestival.wordpress.com or check out the event on Facebook.

Guest Post – Sharon Ledwith’s 6 tips on how Authors can be Artful at an Art Market

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending my first Art Market with my new publisher, Mirror World Publishing. I looked forward with anticipation to the throngs of new readers I would meet there. I had my bucket of candy good to go. I had signed postcards and trading cards lined up across our table. I had my Sharpie® marker at my side, ready to sign the copious amount of books I’d sell. And I had Justine, my trusty publisher by my side to introduce me to the world. Um. Yeah. Cue the crickets. What I found out was Art Markets and Craft Shows are not for the faint of heart and may not be the best venue for authors. However, NEVER underestimate the power of connecting with future readers, and getting the word out about your books and products.Table ready to go

Below are six simple tips I picked up from ‘working it’ on the blacktop during those two days at the local Art Market:

  1. Usually potential customers (a.k.a. readers) are lured to tables when they see books. That’s a no-brainer. Make sure you have an eye-catching banner running across the length of your table and that your books are strategically placed in stands (you can purchase these at any dollar store) and positioned together in the same genres.
  2. Engage readers immediately and ask them what genre they like to read. Then, go for the sweet spot and ask them the names of their favorite authors. Since my publisher had an array of books and authors of different genres splashed across the table, we had a better chance at filling the readers’ literary needs. For example some liked fantasy, others were avid young adult fans, so we steered them toward the appropriate section. FYI – two of the most popular genres were mysteries and historical fiction. I think Justine made a note of that!
  3. Next, ask the reader what book covers hook them. You’d really be surprised at their answers. A group of gray-haired women loved to read blood and guts (still laughing about that), yet my cover for Legend of the Timekeepers—the prequel to my time travel series—scared the hell out of one of them! They ended up buying one of the darkest books we had on stock. *Head desk.*Candy woman
  4. If children or teens are in tow, move to the front of the table and go for the candy. They’re already staring at the jar, so why not offer something that they love! Even adults love candy, so go with your gut and offer them a sweet temptation.
  5. The elemHolding down the fortents of nature can be a loving force or a force to be reckoned with. Be prepared for anything. My publisher brought a drop sheet in case it rained, but when the wind kicked up we had to hold onto the tent for dear life! Thankfully a kind vendor across from our table loaned us a couple of cinder blocks to batten down the hatches!
  6. Finally, never ignore anyone, and always end conversations on a positive note whether they purchase a book or not. Hand them a brochure on your products or a signed postcard along with a smile. You never know. They might just buy your book at later date!

So there you have it! My six tips based on my first experience working at an Art Market. If you’re an author who loves doing the Art Markets or Craft Shows what tips can you add? If you’re a reader—what book covers pop for you? What covers scare you? Would love to read your comments! Cheers!

Sharon Ledwith #1 HeadshotSharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her WEBSITE and BLOG. Look up her AMAZON AUTHOR page for a list of current books. Stay connected on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOOGLE+, and GOODREADS. Check out THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS TIME TRAVEL SERIES Facebook page.

BONUS: Download the free PDF short story The Terrible, Mighty Crystal HERE

Calling all Authors and Artists local to Windsor and the surrounding area!

Mirror World Publishing, in partnership with the Crosstown Players, is proud to present The 2015 Local Authors and Artists Festival. This year’s event will be held Windsor’s WFCU Centre Saturday, September 26th from 10am to 6pm and all our welcome to come out and show their support for local talent.

Registration is now open for authors, visual artists, and musicians. We’re looking for vendors, performers and sponsors. If you would like to be involved, please contact us or find the contact form and application on our website.

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Local Authors and Artists Festival

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Local Authors and Artists Festival will be held in the Fall of 2015

Hello everyone,

Our list of local authors and artists that want to keep up to date with information concerning this festival for 2015 is growing, but we’re still looking to get in touch with people from the Windsor, Essex and surrounding areas who might want to showcase their products and talents at this event. So if you’re not yet on our mailing list, not getting our emails, or just know someone who might want to be kept in the loop, please contact us at info@mirrorworldpublishing.com

We promised to keep you updated, so here’s where we’re at right now. Mirror World Publishing will be running this event in 2015. We will be partnering with The Crosstown Players, a local not-for-profit theatre troupe based out of Windsor. (If you want to know more about them, please click here to go to their website: http://www.crosstownplayers.ca ) We will also be looking to partner with as many sponsors as we can find. If you know anyone who might like to sponsor this event, please have them contact us as well!

Right now, we’re looking into booking a very large room at the WFCU centre for the fall of 2015. As soon as we have a firm date and a location, we will let you know what that is!

As always, we’re happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions and as the date grows closer, we will be looking for volunteers to help us set up and spread the word. For now, if you want to help, please just let every author and artist you can think of know about this great opportunity. Thanks!

Justine and Murandy
http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com
Or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mirrorworldpublishing

(Please note: There has been some talk about another group in Windsor deciding to put on an event as well in 2015 to showcase local authors. We are not in any way affiliated with this event or its organizers. If you want to be kept in formed of LAAF and its progress, please contact us to subscribe to our mailing list, or follow this blog. We promise to keep you up to date on all developments. Thank you.)