Welcome Writers! Ready to self-publish your book? You may be asking “What is the next step?” Here’s a collection of self-publishing companies and resources to help you decide what path is best to get your book to print. The focus is on Victoria, BC, plus popular international self-publishing companies.
First, a few questions. Do you want to manage all self-publishing task yourself? Or do you want a package deal where one company takes care of all or most of the tasks? Read below for more information. If you’re still not sure which path is best for you, talk to some writers and writing professionals. And if you want a really deep dive into detail, check Jane Friedman’s book.
Path 1: Do-it-yourself publishing
If you have the skills to manage all necessary tasks to publish and sell your book, this path might be best. However, this does not mean doing everything yourself. What it means is finding skilled professional help for specific tasks such as proofreading, editing, and cover design. This path may take more time at first, but it is becoming a popular option. Many self-publishing writers want to have full quality control over their book. Check the Pro Help section to find help with various tasks.
Also, before publishing, read up on libel laws and make sure you don’t violate them.
Path 2: self-publishing Package
If you are not comfortable with fully managing your book project, a package deal might be a better option. This means you purchase all self-publishing services from one company. Be aware that this path could be more costly, but it may provide more time for you to focus on book promotion and sales.
However, there is one big caveat: Research before signing any contract with any self-publishing company! Check other writers’ experiences. Check print quality. Make sure you are not over-paying. Most of all, be sure you avoid the many scams targeting writers. For example, read a few of these terrible reviews of one large self-publishing company. Additional problems authors had with this company are described here and in comments here. (Note that this company owns many smaller companies under different names.)
Self-Publishing Companies – Victoria BC
These companies offer various self-publishing packages.
Note: not a complete list.
Art Quality Printing & PUblishing
self-publishing companies – International
- Amazon, for ebooks and paperbacks. **Note: There were big changes to Amazon self-publishing services in 2018. Check advice here and CreateSpace changes here.**
- IngramSpark – Hardcover, softcover and ebooks
- Lulu.com – Hardcover, softcover, photo books, 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 with higher author royalties
Canadian print book companies
- Friesens.com (Winnipeg)
- Art Book Bindery (Winnipeg)
- Houghton Boston Printers (Saskatoon)
- Hignell Book Printing (Winnipeg)
- International Web Express (Vancouver) newspapers, magazines, booklets & more.
Self-Publishing for Children & Youth
- StoryStudio.com is a nonprofit in Victoria.
- Creative Writing for Children is a non-profit in Vancouver, BC.
- Writers’ Exchange is a nonprofit in Vancouver, BC.
- Crystal Stranaghan is a consultant on children’s writing and publishing.
- StoryTreasures.com is often used by schools to publish books by students.
- StoryJumper.com is a company for publishing children’s books.
self-publishing comparison charts
What is Print-On-Demand (POD) and hybrid publishing?
Print-On-Demand means printing a few books at a time, as needed, or “on demand”. POD became possible with digital printing. With previous printing methods, it only made financial sense to print large numbers of books. This was due to the amount of time it took to set-up to print. The price per book came down as the number of books printed increased. For self-publishing writers, this had meant big up-front costs. They were often left with 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.
When exploring self-publishing options, you may also come across the term “hybrid publishing“. As in traditional publishing, there may be a submission process. And 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 April 2019
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