Welcome writers! Below is a list of self-publishing companies and resources. The focus is on those located in Victoria, BC, but many international self-publishing companies are also included.
First, before deciding which company to use to self-publish your book, you need to determine which self-publishing path is right for you. There are two paths: You can be very hands-on and manage all tasks yourself. Or you can have one company do everything for a higher cost and less control.
Path 1 – Self-managed: If you are comfortable managing all the tasks necessary to publish and sell your book, this path might be best. This will mean finding and hiring professionals because even if you have many skills, it is best to out-source tasks such as proofreading, editing, and cover design. This may take more time at first, but it is becoming a popular option as many writers want to have full quality control over their book. (You should also ensure you don’t violate libel laws.)
To find specific professionals, see the Pro Help section.
Path 2 – Package-Deal: For those not comfortable with fully managing their book project, then a package-deal might be a better option. This means purchasing all self-publishing services from one company. This path will likely be more costly but may leave more time to focus on book promotion.
However, it is important to do your research before signing any contract: learn about other writers’ experiences, check quality, don’t over-pay, and make sure to avoid the many scams targeting writers. Be sure to read reviews of one large self-publishing company which also owns many smaller companies with different names. In addition, this article describes various problems authors have had with this company. More problems can be found in the comments here.
If you are not sure which is the best path, check with other writers and writing professionals. You can also learn about differences in quality in this helpful article by a self-published author who has tried several different companies.
For deep dive into detail, check Jane Friedman’s book publishing path.
Self-Publishing Companies – Victoria BC
(note: not a complete list)
Art Quality Printing & PUblishing
Big self-publishing companies
IngramSpark – Hardcover, softcover and ebooks
Lulu.com – Hardcover, softcover and ebooks
Barnes & Noble – Print & ebooks
Rapido Books – Short-run, on-demand printing
Blurb.com – High-quality art and photo books
Picaboo.com – Photo books
Peecho.com – Books, magazines, art posters and canvases
Unbound – Crowdfunding for self-publishing
LeanPub – Sliding scale fee and higher royalties
Canadian print book companies
Self-Publishing for Children & Youth
StoryStudio.com is a nonprofit that helps children and youth write and publish their own stories. In addition, they provide free programs in schools.
Creative Writing for Children is a non-profit that also helps children write and publish. Located in Vancouver, BC.
Writers’ Exchange is a nonprofit using volunteers to help children create literacy projects. Located in Vancouver, BC.
Crystal Stranaghan – Speaker and consultant on writing and publishing for children. Located in Vancouver, BC.
StoryTreasures.com – To publish students’ books.
StoryJumper.com – To publish children’s books.
Print-On-Demand (POD) and hybrid publishing
What is Print-On-Demand (POD)? It means to print books a few at a time, as needed. POD became possible with new digital printing processes. With previous printing methods, it only made financial sense to print large numbers of books at once. This was due to the amount of work it took to set-up to print one book. The the price per book came down as the number of books printed increased. For self-publishing writers, this meant big up-front costs. Authors were often left with boxes and boxes of unsold books filling their basement or garage. All this changed with digital printing. Books could be printed in small numbers as orders came in.
When exploring self-publishing options, you may also come across the term “hybrid publishing“. As in traditional publishing, there may be a submission process. But like self-publishing the author helps pay publishing costs. Learn more about the hybrid publishing process here.
Learn how to avoid publishing scams here.
Did you find any of the resources especially helpful? Have an idea for a resource that should be listed? Feel free to send us an email.
Updated October 2018
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