Our Newest Team Member

August 17, 2021

We here at Great Plains Publications are delighted to welcome Keith Cadieux as our new Marketing Director.

Keith brings with him a range of experience working with several different arts organizations, writing and publishing experience, and he was a co-editor of an Enfield & Wizenty title: The Shadow Over Portage & Main. We’re excited to add this new member to our successful team and to share with you everything we’ve been working on. Stay tuned for more information on our Fall 2021 titles!

We’re Hiring a Marketing Director!

June 29, 2021

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Job Type: Marketing Director, Part Time
Date Posted: June 29, 2021
Application Deadline: July 19, 2021
Start Date: Flexible

DESCRIPTION

Great Plains Publications is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented and enthusiastic candidate for the position of Marketing Director. The Marketing Director will plan and secure publicity for Great Plains titles while developing and maintaining strong relationships with media and supporting our authors. The ideal candidate has enthusiasm for Canadian publishing, is self motivated and able to coordinate numerous tasks and competing priorities while inspiring and supporting a dedicated team.

Main responsibilities:

  • Plan and secure publicity for assigned titles each publishing season
  • Respond to short notice and day-to-day opportunities to promote Great Plains titles
  • Submit books to appropriate review outlets
  • Submit books to appropriate award juries
  • Create quality press releases and focused media mailing lists for high-profile titles
  • Write promotional copy
  • Negotiate the running of excerpts with media outlets to ensure optimum timing and exposure
  • Gather endorsements and review quotes for each title
  • Develop strong working relationships with authors and field their queries
  • Meet with authors as needed to outline and discuss publicity plans
  • Organize author submissions to national, regional, and local festivals and reading series
  • Attend author events and industry functions and festivals (often in the evening or on weekends), assisting as necessary
  • Plan and execute social media marketing campaigns. 
  • Maintain strong relationships with authors, sales teams and colleagues in the publishing industry
  • Gather title data for catalogue and online listings
  • Work closely with authors and designers on the creation of book covers and jackets
  • Grant applications and reports are due throughout the year. The ability to report detailed statistics and information is essential. 

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or college diploma, or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with design software such as Canva and Adobe programs, Microsoft Office, and Google Workspace
  • Proficiency with WordPress
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Familiar with social media and traditional marketing strategies

Please note that these duties and responsibilities are not exhaustive and that you may be expected to perform other reasonable duties and responsibilities should the need arise. 

This position is currently part time, 18 hours a week with a wage of $18 an hour. While attendance for the weekly staff meeting is necessary, the remainder of the weekly hours can be coordinated to suit the schedule of the individual in this position. 

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to info@greatplains.mb.ca. We thank all interested candidates, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Great Plains is Moving!

June 22, 2021

As of June 22, 2021, Great Plains Publications will be located in Winnipeg’s Lord Roberts neighbourhood. Please note our new mailing address:

320 Rosedale Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3L 1L8

Our contact information is otherwise unchanged. We are forwarding mail from our previous address for a limited time. Orders purchased through our website for pick-up in Winnipeg will be left in the front porch at 320 Rosedale Ave, which is accessible from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. You will receive an email noting when your order is ready.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
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At Great Plains, we celebrate the works of Richard Van Camp, whose book Night Moves was recently released as an audiobook; Errol Ranville’s memoir Run As One; Leonard Flett’s From the Barren Lands; and Sheila North’s forthcoming memoir My Privilege, My Responsibility. We are honoured to share their stories.
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At the same time that we celebrate Indigenous contributions and culture, we also acknowledge that this is a time of national grieving, and that there is still much work to do in dismantling white supremacy in our industry and our community. As a publisher located on Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Métis land, we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. We add our names to the ongoing calls to implement all 94 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. We will be donating 25% of our website sales for the last two weeks of June to Wa-Say Healing Centre in Winnipeg.
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We encourage settlers to learn more about Indigenous history and contemporary Indigenous perspectives through #OwnVoices reads. David Alexander Robertson has compiled a list of books by Indigenous writers about residential schools. For resources and information on taking more direct action, check out the On Canada Project – Settlers Take Action.

Night Moves and Abandoned Manitoba Audiobooks Now Available

June 01, 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Night Moves and Abandoned Manitoba in audiobook format. You can now purchase these reader-favourite Great Plains Publications titles everywhere audiobooks are sold. We are taking steps to ensure our books are accessible to all readers, and the release of these audiobooks bring us one step closer to this goal. Both audiobooks were recorded in Winnipeg at Dacapo Productions, and narrated by Winnipeg-based vocal talent. Purchase the Night Moves audiobook here.

Night Moves and Abandoned Manitoba audiobooks

Night Moves is narrated by Marsha Rasmussen Knight, who is an Ojibwe-Metis professional artist, with her roots in Manitoba’s Interlake. She uses her multi-faceted experience in the arts as an avenue for social justice. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations and agencies, including the Elizabeth Fry Society and Health Canada. As well, she was a Drama Facilitator for seven years working with female-identifying youth who were being sexually exploited. Marsha continues to develop projects with a goal of producing impact documentary films such as food insecurity and Indigenous Food Sovereignty. She also teaches Indigenous Performance at the University of Winnipeg.

“This group of 11 electrifying and sometimes horrifying tales – several revisiting characters from Van Camp’s previous books – teems with violence, shame, desire for revenge, sexuality, the supernatural, and hard-won second chances.”

 Starred Review, Dana Hansen, Quill & Quire

Abandoned Manitoba is narrated by the author, Gordon Goldsborough, who is an aquatic ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and an active member of the Manitoba Historical Society, serving as its President and Head Researcher. His weekly radio series on CBC entitled “Abandoned Manitoba” was the inspiration for two best-selling books, starting with Abandoned Manitoba in 2016. The sequel, More Abandoned Manitoba, won the 2019 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. Purchase the Abandoned Manitoba audiobook here.

How to Find Canadian Books

March 02, 2021

When you’re looking for your next great read, do you seek out books by Canadian authors? If you’re in Manitoba, you might be especially likely to do so. Google search trends show that in the year 2020, Manitoba had the highest proportion of searches for “Canadian books” compared to other provinces. You can see a timeline of this data here

Screenshot from Google trends report on "Canadian books" searches in 2020
Screenshot of Google trend results for “Canadian books” searches in 2020

This data supports what we know as a Manitoba publisher: Manitobans want to read Canadian-authored books. Here are some other ways you can find Canadian books:

  • 49th Shelf: This website by the Association of Canadian Publishers has a fantastic search engine where you can select a category & subcategory according to your interests. From biochemistry, to bullying, to musical instruments, you’re sure to find something that peaks your interest. 
  • CBC Books: Here you’ll find author interviews, preview lists of upcoming titles, and links to radio shows featuring Canadian authors. Many of the books featured on CBC Books are award-nominated titles. 
  • Association of Manitoba Book Publishers: The AMBP represents a group of independent publishers in Manitoba. Every year the association releases a Book Blitz catalogue featuring must-read titles from Manitoba publishers. Check out the 2020 Book Blitz catalogue here

You can also search directly on a publisher’s website. At Great Plains Publications, we exclusively publish Canadian authors and permanent residents of Canada. This May, we’ll be publishing three new titles. Anna, Analyst is a contemporary middle grade book by Patti Edgar about a girl with a graphology obsession and publishes May 1. Next is Errol Ranville’s memoir Run as One on June 15. This is the book to read for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build a music career in Canada. Finally, you can get Thinking Big by Jim Blanchard on June 30. Thinking Big chronicles the history of Winnipeg businesses up to 1939. 

We hope you enjoy your next great Canadian read!

New releases from Great Plains Publications

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

November 10, 2020

Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is here to help you make your gift list and check it twice. We know your gifts this year will be filled with local love! In the guide you’ll find our latest and best books to make your holiday shopping simple. Featuring primarily Manitoba authors, these books will interest folks of all ages.

All Great Plains titles are available directly through our website and at fine booksellers everywhere (check out the low shipping rates from our friends at McNally Robinson.)

Join us at our Outdoor Book Sale!

July 27, 2020

On Sunday, August 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Great Plains Publications is holding an outdoor book sale right on our front porch.

We’re offering a selection of new and backlist titles at discounted prices so you can spend the rest of your summer reading the works of authors from Manitoba and beyond.

If you’ve been waiting for a chance to have Anita Daher sign your copy of You Don’t Have to Die in the End, be sure to visit between 2-4 p.m. Watch the event page (Facebook / Eventbrite) for further details on author visits, book prices, and more. Pre-order your books here.

Please note that only a limited selection of our backlist titles will be sold, so that we can draw focus to the incredible authors who were unable to launch their books in person this spring. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to see you in person!

Spring 2020 update

May 05, 2020

It’s safe to say we’ve finally reached spring in Winnipeg. We hope you’re enjoying the sunny weather with great books to keep you company. Today, we’re bringing you an assortment of positive book-related news.

Coop the Great goes to Germany!

We’re thrilled to announce that German language rights of Coop the Great have been sold to Little Tiger Verlag. This is our first foreign language translation for our Yellow Dog imprint, which launched in 2018.

“We are thrilled to see Coop The Great travelling across the globe. Coop is certainly an underdog, and the story of him overcoming his doubts is wonderful for young readers to experience. Coop is a very good boy!” — Mel Marginet, publisher

“I’m so glad to see Coop, the little dog that could, travelling the world and into the hands of more readers.” — Larry Verstraete, author of Coop the Great

Digital Book Launch

Anita Daher held a livestream launch for her new book, You Don’t Have to Die in the End in partnership with #CanadaPerforms, an initiative of the National Arts Centre. You can watch a video of the launch on Facebook or YouTube.

CBC Radio Features Great Plains Spring Authors

Each of our Spring 2020 authors were featured on Up to Speed with Ismaila Alfa, discussing and reading from their new books. You can listen to the interviews online here:

Summer Camp Reads

Cedar Dance by Monica Nawrocki was included on this Quill & Quire list – Why we need summer camp books now more than ever

Here are some ways you can support authors during the pandemic:

  • Purchase a book from your local independent bookstore.
  • Write a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon
  • Post about the book on your social media pages
  • Share book recommendations with family and friends
  • Follow our spring 2020 authors on social media:

Great Plains Publications wouldn’t be here without your support. Thank you!

COVID-19 Update

March 31, 2020

Great Plains Publications is staying up to date with the recommendations provided by officials during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your health and safety is important to us. Here are the steps we have taken as a company:

As of March 16, all employees of Great Plains Publications have transitioned to working remotely. This ensures we are able to continue serving you while complying with physical distancing guidelines.

The process to submit your manuscripts for consideration is unchanged. Please review our Submit page for details on submissions. 

All of our Spring 2020 book launch events have been postponed indefinitely, however, books are available for purchase as usual, including the new Spring 2020 titles Peculiar Lessons (Lois Braun), Where the Waters Meet (Stéphanie Boulay), You Don’t Have to Die in the End (Anita Daher), and The Automatic Age (GMB Chomichuk). 

Please consider supporting your local indie bookstore, many of which are offering pick-up and delivery options to ensure the safety of you and their staff. McNally Robinson offers next day delivery within Winnipeg and Saskatoon, and low shipping rates within Canada via Canada Post. 

Other ways to support our authors during the pandemic:

We wish you the utmost health, safety, and peace during this trying time. 

Sincerely,

Mel, Catharina, and Sam

3 Questions with Winter Willow Author Deborah-Anne Tunney

January 20, 2020

Winter Willow is Deborah-Anne Tunney’s second book published by Great Plains Publications under the Enfield & Wizenty imprint. Her first, A View from the Lane, was published in 2016. We caught up with her to chat about her writing process, book inspirations, and her advice for aspiring writers.

How did your writing process for Winter Willow differ from The View from the Lane?

For each story in The View from the Lane there is a distinct narrative arc, as there are also various points of view, treatments of time and characters (although many of these characters appear in other stories in the collection). Because the stories are linked, they exist in relation to each other, much how a mosaic, with its distinct stones together create a whole while depending on its parts for clarity.

The novel, Winter Willow, in contrast is fiction on a larger canvas, and therefore the narrative arc is broader, despite there being a series of “fortunes” and “reverse-fortunes” that happens to the protagonist and gives energy to the plot. In short, the novel does not depend on the variety of voices and points of view, but instead draws some of its narrative power from the consistency of voice and time. Each chapter needs to feed the heightened tension demanded by the plot, while also providing a sense of the contained movement that allows it to be exist as a discrete chapter. And so, the challenge for me as the writer was to sustain the vision, that spark that was the impetuses of the work, to keep the writing continually interesting and fresh.

What are some stories you drew inspiration from when writing Winter Willow?

As a young girl I loved the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the idea of the young protagonist alone in a castle exploring, and yet feeling that her true life existed beyond the walls of that palace; this story and others like it held a deep fascination for me. I am reminded also of books I read when I was older, such novels as Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, where we see the protagonist trapped in a mansion which is at its heart a mystery, or Charlotte Bronte’s  Jane Eyre. The form is well known and can even be distinguished in movies such as Sunset Boulevard, where the protagonist is a man, but this shift in power makes it no less compelling. 

What I was attempting to accomplish by using the device of the mysterious mansion was to show how a place and a specific time (or in the case of my novel, a specific season) can be looked back upon as the moment the trajectory of a life is known. To see in that moment the time and place when a character – for lack of a better term – grows up and becomes the person they were meant to be. In this way the mystery extends so that is not merely concerned with revealing the secrets of the house, but also with revealing the way character is defined, and can be altered by experience.

What advice can you provide to emerging CanLit writers who are interested in publishing a novel? 

I would say to such a writer that your aim should not be to get published, but to create something of value that bridges your humanity to that of your reader. Nothing less. As Kafka said, a book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. You should be that ambitious. And if you are successful in this (and also lucky), publishing will be the reward.

That said, I would also tell this writer you need to read, and you need to think while you read how the writer was able to accomplish what they did with only words at their disposal. I’d also suggest they find other writers, people who know the frustrations and the joy of the writing life. This will be your community and a great comfort. You will need them if for no other reason than to know people with whom you can commiserate.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

December 03, 2019

 

Fear not holiday shoppers, our interactive Holiday Gift Guide is here!

 

We developed this guide to showcase some of our favourite regional and national titles for the casual readers, the coffee table book browsers, and the bibliophiles in your life.

 

Click on a title or a book cover to read the book description and reviews. All books are available at online and standalone retailers in Canada and the U.S.