A Self-Publishing Success Story with Barbara Trendos

The seeds of inspiration to write this book were first planted in Barbara in the 1980s when her father, Albert Wallace, casually shared the contents of an old file folder he had discovered amongst his mother’s belongings after she passed away. It was a treasure trove dating back to World War II: fragile letters that Albert, her only son, had written home while he was a prisoner of war in Hitler’s Germany; official Air Force telegrams and correspondence that variously reported Albert as MISSING, then as a POW, and finally LIBERATED; dog-eared black and white snapshots that begged identification of people, time and place.

Barbara was hooked, and realizing that she knew only the highlights of Albert’s wartime story, naively undertook to fill in the gaps, to what end even she didn’t know. Her research into World War II, 419 squadron and the RCAF, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, Stalag Luft III, prisoners of war  and The Great Escape took on a life of its own. Years later, this book was born.

Join the WCYR to welcome Barbara Trendos as she discusses all the ups and downs of her self-publishing journey. Learn about the challenges she faced marketing a book without the backing of a big-name publisher and how she turned her book into a publishing success.

Note that the Barbara Trendos lecture will take place following the WCYR Annual General Meeting. If you are a WCYR Member and would like to come to the AGM, please register HERE.

Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 18th, 2018, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Newmarket Community Centre. The AGM will be from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.



200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

  • A Self-publishg with Barbara Trendos
    March 18, 2018
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Kim McDougall has been using Scrivener since 2006, when it was still in beta testing. She is an author, fiber artist and photographer who writes dark fantasy fiction. Under her married name, Kim Chatel, she also published 6 books for children. As co-founder of Castelane Inc., Kim has produced over 400 book trailers. Kim is also the meeting coordinator and speaker wrangler for the WCYR.

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