Below is a list of traditional publishers in Victoria, BC (and beyond). In addition, resources related to books and publishing in Canada are also listed. For self-publishing resources, check here.
Note: Be sure to check and follow publisher’s guidelines before submitting your book idea.
Publishers (Victoria BC, & area)
- Touchwood Editions – Focus on food, wine, regional history, art, photography, gardening, pets, home, and quality literary fiction.
- Orca Books – Award-winning children’s books.
- Ekstasis Editions – Literature, poetry, fiction, and criticism.
- Frog Hollow Press – Poetry, chapbooks (currently no submission)
- Heritage House – History, arts, culture, socio-political, natural environment of Western Canada.
- Royal BC Museum Publications – Non-fiction literature about the human and natural history of British Columbia.
- Caitlin Press – Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by mostly BC-based authors.
- Hedgerow Press (Closed in 2017)
- Leaf Press (Poetry only)
- Mother Tongue – Literature (currently no submissions).
- New Society – Books for sustainable ecology and a just society.(Note, this may not be a complete list)
- BC Book Publishing Directory
- Arsenal Pulp Press
- Raincoast Books
- New Star Books
- Oolichan Books
- Sono Nis Press
- Theytus Books
- Talon Books
- Kalamalka Press
- Lazara Press
- Harbour Publishing
- Whitecap Books
- Tidewater Press
- Hancock House
- Cloudscape Comics BC indie comics organization
- Axial Publishing (Philosophy)
- Self-Counsel Press
- B. Allan Mackie (BC) Best-selling books about log-building
- Ash-Tree Press (Ashcroft BC) Collectible award-winning supernatural fiction
Publishing – Canada
- CanadaBooks.ca (Canada-wide list)
- Literary Press Group of Canada
- Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
- J. Gordon Shillingford (Canada)
- Hush Harbour Press (Canada)
- EWC Press (Canada)
publishing – Miscellany
- Alcuin Society Dedicated to the fine art of books
- Meet the Presses Micro, small and independent literary presses
- Jacob Quinlan Books Fine and Private Press specialist
- Barbarian Press (BC) Limited editions private press
- Greenboathouse Press (BC) Letterpress, hand-bound books
- The directory of private presses
- Fine Press Book Association
From Self-publishing to mainstream
Sometimes self-publishing can open the door to traditional or mainstream publishing. (See examples in the Inspirational Quotes section.) Some authors who self-publish and have high sales will be able to attract the attention of traditional publishers. Since book marketing is always a challenge, even for mainstream publishers, anyone with a big readership will have an advantage over those who don’t.
There are writers, however, who take a stand against self-publishing. For example, some note: “if you self-publish your book, you are not going to be writing for a living. You are going to be marketing for a living.”
Self-publishing does force authors to divide their time between creative work and marketing work. Writers who wish to focus solely on writing, may decide the only path for them is to try to find setting a traditional publisher. However, this goal may take a very long time. In addition, there will be many rejections along the way. You need to have a thick skin and tireless commitment.
Once an author finally wins and gets published, even then they may be disappointed. This is because even popular writers have falling incomes. The current publishing environment is the reason that more serious writers are deciding to take the self-publishing route. Read more: How much do authors get paid? (BookRiot 2021)
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Updated January 2022