Inspiring Others To Write And Follow Dreams
Mission Statement: Melinda Cochrane: Publications Inc was created to serve others and to teach people how to live their dreams of writing a book. Melinda's company is also dedicated to the telling of our personal stories in order to help others. The passion to do this grew from her father's early death at age 36 from progressive Multiple Sclerosis and the feeling that his story was never told, which gave root to her understanding that books are a lasting legacy to others.
I think one of the hallmarks of a good artist is the understanding of space. A good painter or photographer knows that negative space is every bit as crucial as the subject matter. A good musician understands that the space between notes is just as important, if not more so, then the notes themselves. Each time you listen, your hear something new, some subtle nuance.
Melinda's writing clearly demonstrates that she understands this dynamic. Each time she sends in a new piece, she makes me think. Each time I re-read her pieces, I see something new. I would add that as a publisher who deals with many authors, Melinda is always a pleasure to work with. She is polite and always grateful, something a great many others could learn from!
It's a privilege to have her work grace our pages.
President and CEO. Life As A Humanwww.lifeasahuman.
"Lyrical and deeply evocative, Melinda Cochrane's poetry calls demons to the dance floor and brings the mighty to their knees. She's an Island Poet beautifully captures the spirit of Islandness, in general, and Newfoundland, in particular. She celebrates the struggles of place and people as the very loom on which their inner fibres are woven. This is an intensely human and honest collection that will leave you changed."
Dr. Ellyn Lyle, author and lecturer
University of Prince Edward Island
We provide a service for new writers in any genre who would like to self-publish. We offer ebook publishing packages. For those interested in paperback publishing Melinda Cochrane offers a program to set you up independently. Use the contact form if interested in this package.
Melinda Cochrane is a poet, fiction writer, speaker, and educator. She received the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship for poetry and teaching from the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Her first YA novel, Desperate Freedom, was nominated for best book of the year in 2013 by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. She has published another YA novel called Utterance and two other fiction books, The Train Will Come and Behind the Pen. Her poetry books include She’s an Island Poet and a long poem called My Lips hold the Pink and Red. Melinda also runs a publishing service out of Montreal for aspiring writers, Melinda Cochrane:Publications Inc. Her first company Melinda Cochrane International was founded in 2013, which was the start of her publishing career.
Her work appears in online magazines and blogs such as Life as a Human (regular writer), Erica Diamond, Shannon Grissom’s American Lifestyle Magazine, and Gigaré Lifestyle Magazine. She was the 2012 winner of Malahat Review’s Twitter Monostich Contest and has been longlisted for the Fermoy International Poetry Contest in Ireland. She also has work online in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Red Fez, and Poetry Zoo, as well as United, the online magazine put out by the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers, for whom she held a workshop at their 2018 conference.
Melinda is also a radio blog host, and her podcast Poetry Blast at bshaniradio.com reached number one in week six. She has appeared on Vercay Radio (vercay.com). She was also the host of a show called Melinda Talks, where she interviewed guests such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Rana Dasgupta. Another show called Destiny Mindset interviewed writers and poets worldwide. Melinda was also featured on the March 2018 cover of Vercay Magazine at vercay.com.
She has read in Bournemouth (England), North Carolina, and Montreal’s ‘100 Thousand Poets for Change’, as well as a number of book launches and other events. In Montreal, she spoke at Dawson College’s Anti-Violence Conference in 2011 and at the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre in 2018. She also did a PED talk at McGill University where she spoke to young aspiring teachers. She continues to maintain a busy schedule of speaking engagements and workshops on self-publishing.