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



Free & Paid Video Footage Resources

Like books, music, paintings, and photographs, video also falls into the public domain and/or copyright protection.  Please be sure to check and double-check that you have the appropriate license and usage rights prior to downloading and/or using any video for any of your projects.  This list will continue to expand as I find more websites offering free & paid video, so please check back often.  If you know of a great website, please let me know.

Public Domain Review

YouTube & Creative Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikipedia Sound Files

Choral Public Domain Library

Vimeo Creative Commons


Videvo & Videvo’s Stock Footage


Pexels Videos

NASA (SoundCloud) & Usage Guide

National Park Services

Free & Paid Images for Personal & Commercial Use

A time-consuming thing it can be to find the right images for a project, whether that project is a book cover, poster, banner, or a social media header.  This list will expand with time, as I locate more of these websites, so come back often.  Please note that some of these websites may ask you to create an account, and it is probably a good thing that you do.  Read through their Licensing Terms & Conditions to be sure that you have the right to use, manipulate, and/or transform any image prior to downloading and using them.  Do the CYA and stay legal – you’ll save yourself a world of stress if you do.  Best of luck to you in your projects.

Deviant Art


Yale Art Gallery


Travel Coffee Book – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of under Creative Commons License.



NOAA Photo Library


Death To The Stock Photo


GoodFree Photos

US Agriculture Image Gallery

Pexels – Some of the images appearing throughout this website were acquired through the generosity of under Creative Commons License.

New York Public Library


Public Domain Archive

FFCU – Free For Commercial Use



National Gallery of Art

Europeana Collections


WordPress Plugins for Authors

Finding the right WordPress Plugin for the job you need to do can be a trying thing.  Here are just some of the best Plugins I’ve found so far.  When I’m ready to use one of these Plugins, I will update this list so you can see what I’ve done with it and how it’s working for me.  If you are using a Plugin that really works for you, please tell me about it so I can add it to the list.  I do hope you find the right solution to what you’re looking for.

Copyright Proof by Digiprove

WordPress Search – “books”

WordPress – Amazon Book Store

My Book Table by WP Bookstore

Novelist by Nose Graze

Author Showcase by Claire Ryan

Easy Slider by Matthew Ruddy

EasyRotator – Slider Plugin – 

Post Series by Miks Latvis

Organize Series by Darren Ethier

Google Doc Embedder by K Davis & D Lester

Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly

DownloadMonitor by Never5

WPLike2Get by Markus Drubba

Sociable by BlogPlay

Social Warfare by Warfare Plugins

WordPress to Twitter by Joseph Dolson

Twitter Widget Pro by Aaron Campbell

Facebook LikeBox Widget by S A Wu

Facebook Like Box by Vinoj Cardoza

AMP for Mobile Pages by Automattic

WP Customer Reviews by GoWeb Solutions

Revive Old Post – Auto Post to Social Media by Revive Social

Testimonials Widget by Axelerant

Events Manager by Marcus Sykes

All-in-one Event Calendar by Network Inc.

All In One WP Security & Firewall by Tips & Tricks

Subscribe2 by M Robinson & T Lakhani

Web Forms by AWeber

S2 Membership Framework – by WebSharks, Inc

Jetpack by WordPress

MailPoet Newsletters by MailPoet

Yoast SEO by Team Yoast

Glue for Yoast SEO & AMP by Joost de Valk

Contact Form 7 by T Miyoshi

Disqus Comment System by Disqus

Amazon Link by Paul Stuttard

Image Widget by Modern Tribe, Inc.

Video Sidebar Widgets by Denzel Chia

Mail Munch – Grow Your Email List by MailMunch

Google Analytics for WordPress by Monster Insights

Broken Link Checker by J Elsts & V Prelovac

Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic

Smush Image Compression

Search All Plugins by WPMU DEV

Canadian Copyright Act, Registration & Laws

It’s not enough to wing-it, don’t make any guesses here!  You cannot claim innocent to Copyright infringement – it’s a criminal offense – whether you know or don’t know, it is up to you to learn and find out, prior to writing anything about anyone, or their work.  Know how to protect your work, and understand how to prevent a potential lawsuit.  Here are the links to Canadian Copyright Law – the Act & Registration, Q&A, FAQ, and legal advice on all the Do’s and Don’ts.  Do the DIY and the CYA, you won’t regret it in the long term.

Government of Canada – Copyright Act & Registration

Government of Canada – Justice Laws Website Links

Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency

Copyright Clearance Center

Ryerson University of Candian Law – Copyrights – Libraries & Archives & Resources

McGraw-Hill Ryerson of Canadian Law – Canadian Copyright Law

Canadian Copyright Law – Do’s & Don’ts

Canadians BEWARE – Copyrights & NAFTA 

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