Self-Publishing Companies (in Victoria BC & beyond)

Self-publishing companies in Victoria BC

If you are new to self-publishing, here’s a collection of self-publishing companies in Victoria, BC and beyond.

before you self-publish – Questions to ask first

When choosing a self-publishing path, ask yourself some key questions:

  • How many self-publishing tasks are you willing to handle yourself?
  • Do you have time to invest in learning new self-publishing tasks?
  • Are you confident about working with PDFs, digital images, and keywords?
  • Can you troubleshoot technical problems as they come up?
  • What kind of support do you have from your family, friends, and contacts?
  • How important is quality control over all steps of self-publishing? This would include control over your covers, editing, and your book’s price.
  • Or does having to learn, build skills, and troubleshoot sound overwhelming?
  • What is a bigger barrier to you: lack of financial means or lack of time?
Choosing a self-publishing path

Generally, if you like having full control over the quality of your book, then independent publishing is the best route for you. This also means being able to learn new skills and troubleshoot, and knowing when to get professional help.

On the other hand, if you are not able to invest time into building your self-publishing skills, then it might be best to seek out a (legit) self-publishing company or book shepherd service. This will be more costly. And you must ensure you don’t get scammed.

Finally, if you’re still not sure which path is best for you, check advice from experienced writers (e.g. Jane Friedman). She also addresses the question of whether to aim to be traditionally published, or to self-publish.

Do-it-yourself Indie publishing

If you feel you can manage all necessary tasks to publish and sell your book, this path will be best. However, DIY doesn’t actually mean doing everything yourself. It means finding skilled help for tasks such as proofreading, editing, and cover design. And knowing which tasks you can do for yourself, and which you can’t. (Tip: don’t try to do your own cover unless you are a skilled graphic designer; this is a key marketing tool, so don’t take a chance with it.) The indie path will take more time in the beginning, but can lead to long-term successful self-publishing. You can also view the author checklist here. Before publishing, also learn about libel laws and make sure you don’t violate them.

Self-publishing packages

If you are not comfortable with fully managing your book project, a package deal might be a better option. This means you purchase all or most of your self-publishing services from one company. You will have higher costs and less control.

NOTE: Research before signing any contract. Check other writers’ experiences with the company. Assess their print quality. Make sure you don’t over-pay. Most of all, be sure you avoid the many scams targeting writers.

Read about one self-published author’s costly learning experience.

Another option is to hire a “book shepherd” ––someone who will manage tasks for you, but offers a personalized service. Research book shepards first. One way to check for a quality service is to find out if they are an Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) partner. (E.g. this company in Ontario offers services similar to a book shepherd and they are an ALLi partner.)

Self-Publishing Companies – Victoria & Vancouver

Note: not a complete list.

Photo & Art Books

Canadian print book companies
Self-Publishing for Children & Youth 
What is Print-On-Demand (POD) and hybrid publishing?

Print-On-Demand means printing just a few books at a time as needed, or “on demand”. POD became possible with the arrival of digital printing. Prior to that, it only made financial sense to print large numbers of books due to the set-up time. For self-publishing writers, this meant big up-front costs and stacks of books waiting to be sold. This all changed with digital printing. Suddenly, small numbers of books could be printed at a reasonable cost.

The term “hybrid publishing” is something you may come across when exploring self-publishing options. Learn more here and check scam warnings here.

Next: Learn about Ebook Resources here.

Updated January 2022

Note: Links and information are for research purposes only. They do not replace professional advice. In addition, accuracy of third-party websites cannot be verified. Links do not indicate endorsement. 

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