Canadian Traditional, Self-Publishing & Hybrid Publishers

Just some of the Publishing Firms I’ve found so far, and most are Canadian based – the majority of which are listed members of the Canadian Publishers Association – however, some may have offices located in other countries. Finding the right method of publishing, or publisher, is like finding a needle in a haystack. Be aware! Not all traditional publishers are the same, and they all have their own methods and procedures for manuscript submissions. I personally, chose to publish with a ‘hybrid’ publisher – Book Baby – because I wanted the control, ownership, and rights to my work, but I also wanted the best royalties available, as well as a distribution channel that reached the world. I got all of that, in one easy to use control dashboard, where I can do anything and everything an author would want or need to do to publish, promote, market, sell, advertise and offer discounts or coupons. I wish you all the best on your journey.

Flanker Press

University of Alberta Press

Formac Publishers

ARP Books

Boulder Publications

Essence Publishing

Signature Editions

Orca Books Canada

Coteau Books

McGraw Hill Educational

Talon Books

Dunburn Publishing

Great Plains Publishing

ECW Press

Breakwater Books

Palimpsest Press

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Brick Books

Book Thug Publishing

Invisible Publishing

Mansfield Press

TouchWood Editions

Arsenal Pulp Press

Ryland Peters & Small

Nimbus Publishing

Caitlin Press Inc

NeWest Press

Second Story Press

Guernica Editions

Douglas & McIntyre

The Porcupine’s Quill

House of Anansi

Heritage House Publishing

Goose Lane Publishing

Anvil Press

Hancock House Publishers

New Star Books

Playwrights Canada Press

Tradewind Books

Fitzhenry & Whiteside 

Austin Macauley Publishers

Pemmican Publications

Thistledown Press

Harper Collins Canada

Between The Lines Publishing

Inanna Publications

Barlow Books

Penguin Random House Canada

J. Gordon Shillingford Publishers

Cormorant Books

Turnstone Press

Coach House Books



Canadian Authors Associations

It is so very important to be involved with your local Author and Writers Associations.  Helpful and experienced professionals are at your disposal.  Getting involved and staying involved is the key to becoming known.  There are many writer’s groups out there, and yes, they are a fantastic resource and support, but you need to be a member of the association that is right for you and your genre.  Get in the know, and get your memberships as soon as possible.  Have I missed one?  Tell me about it, and I’ll update this list.

Professional Writers Association of Canada

Editors Association of Canada

Writers Union of Canada

Writers Guild of Canada

Crime Writers of Canada

Canadian Authors

Speculative Fiction Canada

League of Canadian Poets

Outdoor Writers of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Canadian Writer’s Journal

Writer’s Relief – Submission Service

Writer’s Guild of Alberta Canada

Canadian Literary Agents – Listings

PACLA – Professional Association for Canadian Literary Agents

SOCAN – Music, Rights, Publishers Association

Canadian Urban Libraries Council

LoanStar – Libraries Book Voting System

Online Education – Free & Paid

I research a lot of topics, and I’ve come across a lot of resources.  Many of these institutions offer free online courses – why not take advantage of that?  Getting a Diploma, Certification, or striving forward to gain that PHD?  Here’s your starting point, the begining of a brand new future, a fresh start.  Have you taken courses at any of these institutes?  Let me know what your experience was like.





Open Culture


Open Yale

KHAN Academy


Tufts Open


Video Lectures

Ted Talks

Shodor Sciences


Math &

EdX Open

Liberty Open



Scitable Nature Ed


KutzTown University

Open University

Free Computer Books

Academic Earth

BBC Languages

Justin Guitar


LayersMagazine – Tutorials

Creative Overflow – Imaging


Open Education Database

eCommerce SEO VideoSeries

Learn Adobe Suite

BlueLightningTV – Photoshop Tutorials

Learn Screenwriting with Lynda

Open Culture

Get Social – Essential Networks

As an author, it’s important to be visible to the public as much as possible, and Social Media is the key.  So many tools out there, to get you connected, but also, and more importantly, for your readers to connect with you.  No matter what your genre, there is a Network waiting for you, and with an open mind all of these Networks can provide you with stepping stones to success.  Know of another great Network?  Let me know!

Wikipedia – Social Networks List












Romance IO





Amazon Author Central

AZ Quotes


Author’s Research & Resources

Authors need Resources – that’s a fact.  Finding the right resource can be a total nightmare.  Some of us, as newbie authors, have no idea just how vast and complex the book market and world really is.  Here’s a list of just some of the incredible number of research and resources every author needs to know about.  If you know of a great resource that’s not on my list, please tell me about it.  Every author can be successful if they know the rules of the game, and where to locate those rules.

Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage

Retail Council of Canada

BookNet Canada

CataList Canada

Book Depository


eBound Canada

Canadian Electronic Library

National Library of Canada

Gutenberg Canada – Public Domain

Gutenberg Australia – Public Domain

Gutenberg USA – Public Domain

Many Books – Public Domain

LibriVox – Audio Books – Public Domain

Internet Archives

Wikipedia – Online Research Encyclopedia

JSTOR – Digital Library 

TopShelf Magazine

Askew & Holts – Library Stock

Wikimedia Commons

DuoLit – Best Newbie Author Info

Canadian Writers Union – Contracts

Canadian Writers Union – How-to Guides

Quill & Quire – Hottest Canadian Writers Online Magazine

Glossary of Publishing Terminology

CANSCAIP – Canadian YA Literature Association

Canadian Council for the Arts – Grants

Canadian Encyclopedia – Writers Search

Wikipedia – Public Domain Images Resources

Harvard Law School Library

Creative Commons

British Library

Digital Vatican

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