2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday, why not purchase something made by a contributor to the Unpublishables?


Mike Ricca’s a seasoned traveller and photographer, so he knows all about the gadgets and odds and ends that need to be organized in one handy place. He invented the Strapbook to solve all your clutter problems.

Purchase on Amazon for US$17.95.


Raymond’s Brain

I’m a huge fan of Raymond’s picture book Peach Girl. Then I discovered he has a lot of illustrations and products on Redbubble: T-shirts, posters, phone cases, cushions, and more.

Buy Peach Girl at a local bookstore or on Amazon for US$16.78.

Shop Raymond’s Brain on Redbubble.


Oracle Bone by Lydia Kwa

We loved Lydia Kwa’s story “The Right Hand” so much we nominated it for a Pushcart Prize. For your gift giving needs, we recommend her latest novel, Oracle Bone:

In 7th-century China, life is rife with magic, fox spirits, and demons. Xie, the demon lover of the empress Wu Zhao, believes he must possess the oracle bone, which will bestow immortal powers on him. In his way is Qilan, an eccentric Daoist nun, who is training the orphan girl Ling to avenge her parents’ murder.

Buy Oracle Bone at a local bookstore or on Amazon for US$12.16.


Manuscript Consultations by Doretta Lau

Do you or a writer in your life need a jumpstart on a short story or essay? Doretta (yes that’s me, I’m a writer, editor, and journalist who has worked in publishing and media) is offering one-on-one consultations.

  • Notes on the story or essay (up to 25 pages)
  • Thirty minute Skype call
  • Reading list created specifically with the manuscript in mind
  • Tailored advice on writing, publishing, and career goals

If you sign up before December 31, 2017, I’m offering a 10% discount on consultations, which are CDN and US$250 or HK$1950. Email theunpubs@gmail.com for more information.

Get to know my book and my Journey Prize nominated story in this interview by Brad de Roo. You can learn more about my approach to writing and what I can bring to your work.

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