Here you will find a list of traditional publishers in the Victoria BC and area. Traditional publishers get many submissions, so be sure to carefully read their guidelines before submitting your book proposal to them.
Occasionally a self-published author who does really well will get picked up by a traditional publisher. 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). His memoirs are highly recommended both for their social history and vivid writing.
Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey are two now legendary authors who provide inspiration to every struggling self-publishing fiction writer. Both self-published best-sellers before getting deals with traditional publishers. Hugh Howey is still a big advocate for self-publishing.
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)
Also of interest
Association of BC Book Publishers of BC
CanadaBooks.ca (Canada-wide directory)
Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (Resources for the book arts in Canada including bookbinding, artists’ books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation).
Alcuin Society (Canadian group based in Vancouver comprised of bibliophiles dedicated to all things book-related including publishing, book design and production, bookselling, book buying and collecting, printing, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration. Also has book design awards).
Ash-Tree Press (Ashcroft BC, ugly website but spectacular award-winning supernatural and spooky fiction books that are highly valued by collectors.)
Microcosm Publishing (Portland Oregon, a “small press with big ideas”)
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