Elaine Kenney started her career in communications in 1991 with the release of her self-published book, Elaine Kenney’s Guide to Riding in the Ottawa and Surrounding Area. A second edition came out in 1997; both editions sold over 2,500 copies. She went on to offer seminars on self publishing in both Ottawa and Toronto that featured 13 speakers, professionals who were the best in their field, and who presented every angle of publishing. Her expertise in self publishing garnered her exposure in The Globe and Mail and The Ottawa Citizen, and she has been interviewed on CBC’s National Arts Report. Her career in publishing involved dozens of projects that included manuscript evaluation, concept development, editing, design, printing, distribution, marketing and publicity. Some books were destined for the shelves of Chapters, others were meant as a memoir for family and friends. Testimonials from book clients.
While working in publishing she developed an expertise in publicity and has worked with small businesses, private industry, publishers and community associations. She has arranged 100s of interviews with print, TV and radio outlets. While doing publicity, she built up an excellent rapport with local and Canada-wide media. Testimonials from media people.
Elaine’s Writing Career
Elaine has written a thesis on learning disabilities for an academic audience and a book on riding for the general public, edited entire manuscripts (both fiction and non-fiction), written many brochures and related marketing materials and composed compelling press releases and other press material for a large variety of clients. Her many published articles include stories with a strong human interest angle, people profiles and her two passions – travel and horses. Her great interest in complementary medicine resulted in a ten-part series in The Ottawa Citizen. Testimonials from Editors.
Elaine’s passion for travel inspired her to write about it. She travels whenever she has the chance and loves off-the-beaten-track travel and adventure. She has traveled extensively throughout Canada (has a particular passion for Saskatchewan where she grew up) and Europe. She made a particularly interesting trip to Tunisia with her granddaughter in 2012. In Argentina, she went in search of “The Gaucho.” Wherever her travels take her, she looks for the uniqueness of the destination related to cultural richness, cuisine and landscape.
Her articles have appeared in Fifty-Five Plus, Good Times, The Beaver, CAA Journey Magazine, The Montreal Gazette, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Sun, The Hamilton Spectator, Unbridled, Western People, Western Producer, Canadian Cowboy, Canadian Horseman, Horse Sport, Ontario Farmer, Horse and Country, Show Trail, Pacific Horse, Horses All and Alberta Beef Magazine.
Elaine’s many travel experiences and photos inspired her to offer armchair travel programs that include her anecdotal stories along with history, landscapes, culture, cuisine and architecture.
Personal Interests and Hobbies
Elaine has served on a literacy committee and as a board member with the Friends of the National Library and on the Council on Aging. Hobbies and activities include photography, cross-country skiing, biking and cooking great meals for friends and family. Elaine is an avid reader and always has a book on the go.