How I Got Published: Anthony Bidulka


Anthony Bidulka is the author of two series. The fast paced thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint and the long-running, award-winning mystery series featuring Russell Quant. Among his many awards are:

 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best Men’s Mystery

2012 #1 Fiction Bestseller  McNally Robinson Saskatoon

2011 American Library Association GLBT Round Table Over The Rainbow Top Mystery

2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel Finalist

2010 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller

2009 Saskatchewan Book Award Finalist for Book of the Year Award

Anthony loves to throw a good party, travel, collect art, write, and answer the question: Where the heck is Saskatchewan and why do you live there? He was inducted into the University of Saskatchewan’s Wall of Honour in 2011 and in 2014 was named Citizen of the Year for his community, charitable and professional pursuits in his home city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

How I Got Published

I would wager a hefty amount that if you sat in a room with a dozen published writers and asked the same question, you’d get a dozen different answers. I’m grateful for that because I think it sends a hopeful message to new/beginning writers that there isn’t just one way to make this happen.

In the spring of 1999 I made a drastic career change, leaving my decade-long career as a CPA with an international audit and accounting firm to pursue writing full-time. At the time I hadn’t published so much as a Want Ad or even taken a single writing class. I was pursuing a long-held passion and carving out a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for chasing a dream. I had no idea whether it would last a month or decades. And it really didn’t matter. I just wanted to know that I tried. I knew I’d come to regret it if I didn’t.

Speaking of Want Ads, basically, I got published by answering one. It was probably one of a dozen queries I sent out that day. The only thing that set it apart was that it was in response to an ad placed in the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild newsletter by a freelance editor in Toronto. She was looking to find manuscripts that might appeal to a publisher she’d worked with who she knew was in the market for fresh, unique, Canadian material. Having written Amuse Bouche about a world-travelling, wise-cracking, wine-guzzling, gay, prairie private eye…well, I qualified.

I was the only client the editor took on. We worked on the material until she felt it was ready to present to Insomniac Press. Since then, I have published ten books with Insomniac, living my passion.

Please visit Anthony at, Facebook, Twitter (@abidulka), and YouTube.

32 thoughts on “How I Got Published: Anthony Bidulka

  1. So delighted to see Anthony here, Carol! Great choice! He’s one of my favourite authors.
    Anthony, thank you for sharing your journey to publication. Your story’s very helpful. And thank you for Russell and Adam.


  2. “I had no idea whether it would last a month or decades. And it really didn’t matter. I just wanted to know that I tried. I knew I’d come to regret it if I didn’t.”—These words could have come out of my mouth, so spot on they are to how I feel about writing. Wonderful to see him succeed.


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  4. I love reading these inspirational stories about authors catching a break and making it traditionally. Not to mention, especially Canadian authors! Great post as always Carol! 🙂


  5. Carol: Thank you for tracking Anthony down and getting his always candid comments. He is a distinguished representative of our province and a fun guy to be around.

    If you agree Carol I would like to add a link on my list of blog posts concerning Anthony to this post.

    Now, on Saskatchewan I like so say we are in the middle of everywhere.


  6. Even though I attend the Sydney Writer’s Festival and various author talks and have my blog etc, I have this funny feeling that one day I’ll be sitting on the bus rambling onto a stranger like I so often do and this will be some serious publisher who takes an instant shining to me and I’ll never look back.
    There are obviously much more direct approaches but you also need a bit of luck.


  7. I am diving into your book, “Mourning has Broken,” and just wanted to give a shout out to a passage that hit home…when you say to your father, “When I die, I want to come back as your mother.” You say it, so “he would know what it was like being on the other side.” Amazing…thank you!


  8. An inspiring writing journey, and I can relate to the need to have a crack at writing. Whatever the results, it gives you the opportunity to truly be yourself.
    Anthony, you have me at the ‘wise-cracking, gay private eye’, even though I happily first read it as ‘pirate’. I’m off to read Amuse Bouche. Thanks Carol. 🙂


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