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I finished my revision just in time to get extra busy at my day job! But I am managing to dive back into THE HALFWAY HERO all the same, so I don't mind. :)

But--today's topic! Now that I have a book on the way (and feel like more of an "official" writer), I've started to think about grants. There are quite a few offered in Canada & Ontario. I've heard of at least a couple people getting quite a bit because they wanted to travel to experience a location they were writing about firsthand. I'd love to get even part of a trip to Egypt/Northern Africa funded for THE HALFWAY HERO and its possible sequels.

Before I dive into anything like that, though, it'd be great to hear from others who've given this a shot. If you've applied for grants before, or know about the process, any tips for increasing one's chances of success?



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May. 8th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
I've applied for - and gotten quite a few - grants from here in the UK. The main things I'd suggest are:

a: Tick the boxes. Check out the guidance that comes with the application form and see what they say. Look for the language they use and see what buzz words are currently in.
b: See if you can speak to someone who either works at the organization or has gotten the grant before. They'll know the ins and outs.
c: Professional development. Here they really like that. They don't just want to send you off to Egypt, they want you to develop as a writer.
d: Don't make it sound too nice.
e: Be concrete. Budget everything out, have clear goals. Don't say you want to go to Egypt for research - have specific places in mind.
f: Use the fact you're a writer. Make the application interesting and fun to read - it'll help you stick out.

I don't know if that's any help or not, but good luck.
May. 8th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's very helpful. :)
May. 8th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I looked into some federal and provincial writing grants a while back (with the same thing in mind -- research for my next book) and it seemed like the only way to get them was to already have a book or other works published, as in on the shelves in bookstores as you were applying. So I'd given up on grants for now. But if I'm wrong I'd love to be corrected!
May. 8th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
The one I'm looking at is open to both new writers (nothing or not much published) and "established" writers (at least one book or a certain number of pages of short stories). Unfortunately it's through the Toronto Arts Council so I think it's only open to people living in the city. :(
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Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
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Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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