Information for Self-Publishers in Canada

As a national professional publishers association, Livres Canada Books is mandated to foster and facilitate the continued growth of Canadian-owned and -controlled publishers’ export sales.

Access to Livres Canada Books’ services is limited to anyone who meets the specific criteria defining a “professional publisher” as set out by the Canada Book Fund. A “professional publisher” is one who is responsible and accountable for the following activities: selection, development and editing of manuscripts; contractual agreements with authors or copyright holders; production and marketing of printed books under the firm’s imprint; and the assumption of the risks associated with these activities.

A professional publisher may participate in Livres Canada Books collective catalogues and benefit from other Livres Canada Books services.

If you are an author or self-publisher looking for assistance, there is a wealth of useful information online. Consult the following websites for helpful tips and advice:

Canadian sites

Canada Border Services (information on export requirements)
Canada Business Network
Export Development Canada
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Writers’ Union of Canada

Other sites, Book Marketing Tips for All Authors
Dan Poynter’s
Independent Book Publishers Association (formerly the Publishers Marketing Association)
Publishing Basics