Monday, March 26, 2012

Long-form journalism venture launched with ebook by writer Russell Smith

An ebook memoir by National Magazine Award winner, novelist and Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith has just been published by the Canadian Writers Group (CWG). Blindsided chronicles Smith's struggle with near blindness that began to overtake him two years ago. The ebook is the first such product by CWG, which heretofore has been an agency on behalf of many of Canada's top ranked freelance writers and authors. 
A larger digital imprint will be launching in the fall, says CWG principal Derek Finkle.
"We believe that ebooks, or more specifically, singles -- reads between 5,000 and 30,000 words -- are a tremendous new platform for our writers....We have commissioned our own original work. This will allow us to get time-sensitive stories out much more quickly than the production schedules of magazines that still carry long-form writing can allow."
A condensed version of the story was published in the April issue of Toronto Life (but is not available online.)
The e-book is available via Kobo  for $1.99.
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