Below is a list of traditional publishers in Victoria, BC (and a few others outside of BC). If you are looking for self-publishing resources, check here.
Note: Be sure to check and follow the guidelines of every potential publisher before submitting your book idea.
Publishers (Victoria BC & Area)
Caitlin Press (Halfmoon Bay)
Ekstasis Editions (Victoria)
Frog Hollow Press (Victoria)
Heritage House (Victoria)
Hedgerow Press (North Saanich)
Leaf Press (Lantzville, Vancouver Island)
Mother Tongue (Salt Spring Island)
New Society (Gabriola Island)
Orca Books (Victoria)
Promontory Press (Victoria)
Royal BC Museum Publications (Victoria)
Touchwood Editions (Victoria)
(Note, this may not be a complete list)
Books & publishing miscellany
- BC Book Publishing Directory
- CanadaBooks.ca (Canada-wide list)
- Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild
- Literary Press Group of Canada
- Alcuin Society (Canada-wide)) Dedicated to all aspects of the fine art of books
- Fine Press Book Association (International)
- Ash-Tree Press (BC) Collectible award-winning supernatural fiction
- Barbarian Press (BC) Letterpress books
- Greenboathouse Press (BC) Letterpress, hand-bound books
- Microcosm Publishing (Oregon) “Small press with big ideas”
- Cloudscape Comics (Vancouver) BC indie comics organization
- Axial Publishing (Vancouver) Philosophy books and more
Self-publishing to traditional publisher
If your goal is to be traditionally published, sometimes self-publishing can open the door for authors with high sales and a big social media platform. For example, Harry Leslie Smith wrote and self-published his first book when he was 88-years-old. He had compelling writing and was also very active on social media. In addition, his articles in The Guardian significantly grew his readership. Because of his growing popularity, he was then picked up by publisher Icon Books. Check out his experience of memoir writing and self-publishing that he shared with a 3 Penny Publishing workshop.
Some writers, however, have firmly taken a stand against self-publishing: “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.” It is true that self-publishing spreads your energy both on creating and marketing. For writers who wish to focus solely on writing, setting their sights on finding a traditional publisher might be the right path. But, and this is a big ‘but’, this route may take a long time and may come with many rejections along the way. And traditional publishing has changed in recent years. It is not uncommon for even popular writers to have falling incomes. Many writers decide to take the self-publishing route for these reasons.
Need self-publishing inspiration?
Many examples of successful self-published writers, are on our Inspiring Quotes page. You can also find inspiring and fascinating backstories of well-known authors who have been interviewed on the “Meet the Writers” podcast.
Maybe you have an idea for a resource? Feel free to send an email.
Note: Links and information are for research purposes and do not replace professional advice. Accuracy of third-party websites cannot be verified and links do not indicate endorsement.
Updated August 2019