Self-Publishing Companies in Victoria BC & beyond

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Welcome writers! Here you will find a list of self-publishing companies with a focus on those located in Victoria BC. Also listed are resources for print–on-demand, ebooks, and hybrid publishing. If you are interested in self-publishing for children and youth, resources in Victoria and Vancouver are also included.

Self-Publishing – Two Paths
Before deciding on what company to use to self-publish your book, you need to decide how many tasks you wish to manage. You can be very hands-on, or you can have one company handle everything. There are advantages and disadvantages to both paths.
Hands-On (Path 1): If you are comfortable managing your book publishing project this path might be best. This means you hire professionals for specific tasks (e.g. editing, cover design) that you are unable or unwilling to do yourself. This path may take more skill and attention but it is becoming a popular option. This is because many writers feel they want to have full control over the quality of each task. It is much easier to be in full control of your book projects if you are only publishing ebooks. However, it is still best to out-source some tasks such as proofreading and ebook covers. It is wise that you don’t try to do all tasks yourself. To find writing professionals see Pro Help.
Path 2 Package-Deal: If you are not comfortable with fully managing your project, then a package-deal might be the better option. This means you purchase all self-publishing services from one company. Keep in mind this route may be more costly. On the upside, it may save you time and attention as you will not have to juggle many separate tasks. However, it is important to do your research to ensure you purchase quality work and avoid scams.

If you are not sure which is the best path, check with other writers or  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

Self-Publishing Companies – Victoria BC
Printorium Bookworks this company is part of Island Blue Print.
First Choice Books this company is part of Victoria Bindary.
Friesen Press is owned by Friesens Corporation (founded 1923).
TellWell a new company in Victoria.
Promontory Press a small company in North Saanich.
Espresso Book Machine  is a book printing and binding machine at UVIC.
Agio Publishing (Victoria).
Art Ink Print for fine art printing and design.

Self-Publishing for Children & Youth (non-profit)
StoryStudio.com A non-profit helping children and youth write and publish their own stories. Story Studio provides free programs in schools and studios. Published Victoria Imagined: Stories by Local Kids. This story collection was written by grade four and five students in Victoria BC.
Creative Writing for Children A non-profit to help children write and publish. Located in Vancouver BC. 
Writers’ Exchange  Volunteer help children create literacy projects. Most programs end with a publication. This Canadian charity is located in Vancouver.


Canadian Printing Companies (for print books)

Friesens.com (Winnipeg)
Art Book Bindery (Winnipeg)
Houghton Boston Printers (Saskatoon)
Hignell Book Printing  (Winnipeg)
International Web Express (Vancouver) for newspapers, magazines, and much more.


Print-On-Demand (POD) 

What is Print-On-Demand (POD)? It is a way to print books just few at a time as needed (“on demand”). POD was invented when digital printing was invented. Previously, because of the high cost of setting up a regular printing press, it only made financial sense to print large numbers of books. And for writers self-publishing, this meant a big up-front  cost and boxes of books filling their basement or garage. All this changed with digital printing. Books could be printed in small numbers as orders came in. You could argue that many trees were saved with the invention of digital printing, since large numbers of unsold books no longer went to waste. However, now there are many more people printing smaller numbers of books. One of the pioneers of POD was right here in Victoria, Bruce Batchelor former CEO of Trafford Books, who now runs Agio Publishing House.

More print-on-demand companies

CreateSpace for softcover books (part of Amazon).
Lulu.com for softcover & hardcover books & ebooks.
Blurb.com for high quality art books.
Picaboo.com for photobooks
Peecho.com for books, magazines, art posters, canvases (framed & unframed).
StoryTreasures.com for student’s books.
StoryJumper.com for children’s books.

There are many, many more self-publishing companies. Check the charts and reviews listed below if you want to see how they compare.

Publishing Service Index 2016 (TIPM)
Chart of Print-On-Demand companies
Review of Print-On-Demand companies

It is also important to read reviews of one large self-publishing company. This company owns many smaller companies so it can be confusing. Another article about some problems authors have had can be read here. To read about problems by individual authors, read the comments here.


What is Hybrid Publishing? A short explanation is that hybrid publishing is part traditional publisher and part self-publishing company. As in traditional publishing, there may be a submission process. And like self-publishing, the author will help pay for publishing costs. Here is another helpful article to learn how to choose a Hybrid Publishing service.

Go to this page if you want to learn about Ebook Resources

And it is also very important to learn how to avoid publishing scams.

Want to keep up-to-date? Learn about Self-Publishing Trends (2016) here.

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