I just got back from an interview with Leonard Lee, founder of Lee Valley Tools. I didn’t know that he grew up on a homestead in Saskatchewan, then worked for the foreign service and THEN founded Lee Valley Tools (which started by selling barrel stoves and now has 850 employees). He and his wife also own Algrove Publishing. He wanted to publish books because, as he says, “There were never enough of them around when I was growing up.” This Saturday, December 15, I’m doing a story for CBC’s In Town and Out about Mr. Lee and his Ottawa Valley “consultants.” The consultants are the people, mostly women, who approach him with product ideas. For example, the world’s best seam ripper!
As the publication date for my first book, Paddlenorth, approaches, people are starting to ask me what I’ve learned thus far in this writing business. So I’ve compiled a list of the top five tips I’ve gleaned from others that have really stuck with me. Click through to read them.
“To truly understand the wonders of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, follow the river that shaped its history”
My first journey to Cambodia had some twists and turns. My mission to follow the sacred rivers of Angkor from their source to their mouth became this feature story for the Globe and Mail.