Below is a list of traditional publishers in Victoria, BC, and area. If you plan to submit your book idea to them, read their guidelines first – traditional publishers get many submissions, so keep this in mind.
Occasionally self-publishing can open the door to traditional publishing. If a self-published author sells really well, and has quality writing, they might seek and find a large publisher. For instance, Harry Leslie Smith is an inspiring example. Harry wrote his first book when he was 88. Before he was famous, he shared his insights at a 3 Penny Publishing workshop (via Skype). Because his memoirs have such skilled and vivid writing, they are highly recommended. Furthermore, they provide a moving and personal way to learn about social history.
Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey are also two well-known authors whose stories inspire. Both writers self-published best-sellers before getting deals with traditional publishers. Yet despite Hugh Howey’s new success with a traditional publisher, he is still a strong advocate for self-publishing.
“We truly are storytelling animals. The desire to tell and hear stories will never abate. Publishing will just have to fight for their share of that pie. We are currently living in the greatest era in human history for readers and writers. I hope we’re saying the very same thing 10 years from now.” ––Hugh Howey
Publishers (Victoria BC & Area)
Caitlin Press (Halfmoon Bay)
Ekstasis Editions (Victoria)
Frog Hollow Press (Victoria)
Hedgerow Press (North Saanich)
Leaf Press (Lantzville, Vancouver Island)
Mother Tongue (Salt Spring Island)
Orca Book (Victoria)
Royal BC Museum Publications (Victoria)
Touchwood Editions (Victoria)
(Note, this may not be a complete list)
First, the Association of BC Book Publishers of BC is a site that lists all BC publishers. Looking further afield, CanadaBooks.ca is a Canada-wide directory while Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has a wide range of resources for the book arts in Canada. This includes everything from bookbinding to papermaking, wood engraving and book conservation.
Alcuin Society is a Vancouver-based Canadian group of bibliophiles. This group is dedicated to all things book-related: design, collecting, printing, binding, papermaking, calligraphy, and illustration. In addition, they also give book design awards.
Finally, Microcosm Publishing (Portland, Oregon) is a notable “small press with big ideas”.
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