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Author and editor by trade, book publisher by happenstance
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Author and editor by trade, book publisher by happenstance

An experienced, skilled, and versatile writing and publishing professional

Todd Besant has over 35 years experience as a book publisher, editor, writer, arts organization manager, occasional author, and bookseller. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is the Executive Editor of Arbeiter Ring Publishing Ltd. (ARP Books).

He’s been a speaker, panellist, and facilitator at writing and publishing annual general meetings and professional development sessions.

As well, he has served on peer juries for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council and on many book award juries.

Todd graduated from Red River College in Creative Communications (Honours, Journalism). He has an Arts & Culture Management Certificate from The University of Winnipeg.

Professional Services

Publishing Consultant

Project Editor

Grant Writer & Consultant

Financial Management

Freelance Writing

Todd prefers to write about men’s issues, including mental health, aging, sexual health, sex, exercise, diet, work, and relationships.

Demystifying Grant Writing Workshop

This is a grant writing workshop for authors, artists, and other creatives new to applying for grants. Learn more about the workshop here.

Reprints, sub-rights, etc.

For a fee, Todd’s stories are available for reprint or sub-rights options. And he is keen on receiving offers for lucrative, but useful, sinecures.

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Of average vanity

Todd Besant is a publisher, editor, reader, writer, occasional author, introvert, secret blogger, stargazer, freethinker, powerlifter, kitchen dancer, podcast enthusiast, and car singer.

He is overly fond of fine pencils, cool notebooks, pocket knives, waxed canvas shoulder bags, Moscot eyeglasses, coffee, bourbon, flat caps, clothing for shorter men, manipedis, and men’s grooming products–especially pomades, face balms, and under eye treatments. Todd is of average vanity, that is, very.

Todd is taller online, inordinately puzzled, comprehensively skeptical, increasingly alarmed, and as analogue as possible under the circumstances. His creativity is informed and driven by an avalanche of failure. Todd’s favourite words are louche, bare, frowsy, oubliette, chemise, thicket, snug, bristle, mound, abandon, frisson, and restraint.

He is the descendant of colonialist settlers and lives on Turtle Island on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene Peoples, and on the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation, in Winnipeg, MB, an inflexible colonial city mired in the still damp clay bed of a proglacial lake created during the Holocene Glacial Retreat.

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This blog is written and produced on Turtle Island in Winnipeg, MB, on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Inuit, and Dene peoples, and is the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation. All material, unless otherwise noted, Copyright © Todd Besant. All rights reserved. Header photo credit: darkday. on VisualHunt.com
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