A guide to publishing your own books – Priority Printing Canada

Next, we recommend you have a professional editor read and evaluate your manuscript. You can find an editor in the Editorsí Association of Canada directory in the library. Editors usually have an area of expertise, you will want someone who specializes in your type of book. A good editor will not change your style but will help polish your manuscript.

Editorsí Association of Canada Prairie Provinces Branch PO Box 12082 Edmonton, AB T5J 3L2

website: www.editors.ca

National Office 502-27 Carlton Street Toronto, ON M5B 1L2

Phone: (416) 975-1379

Fax: (416) 975-1637


Book Registration
You will need an ISBN number and bar code. This number is used to register and track your book. Contact the Canadian ISBN Agency at the National Library of Canada to get your free ISBN number.

National Library of Canada: www.nlc-bnc.ca

Bar codes can be obtained by your printer or through a company that specializes in them.

Canadian ISBN Agency

National Library of Canada 395 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N4

Phone: (819) 994-6872

Fax: (819) 997-7517
E-mail: isbn@nlc-bnc.ca

Another free service to take advantage of is the CIP Program (Cataloguing in Publication). Also through the National Library of Canada, the CIP Program catalogues and publishes data about upcoming books.

CIP Program Acquisitions and Bibliographic Services Branch National Library of Canada 395 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N4

Phone: (819) 994-6881

Fax: (819) 953-0291
E-mail: cip@nlc-bnc.ca


In Canada, a book is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is written. However, registering a copyright, which can be done for $35 through the national Copyright Office, can be useful in the event of a legal dispute.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office Industry Canada 50 Victoria Street Place du Portage, Phase I Hull, PQ, K1A 0C9

Phone: (819) 997-1936

Fax: (819) 953-7620
website: www.strategis.ic.gc.ca


Printing Quality and Costs:
Itís a good idea to start communicating with your printer in the early planning stages of publishing to get some initial estimates. These prices will likely change by the time you are ready to print but you need them to decide on the specifications of your book and develop a marketing strategy. In order to get a quote, you will need to make some decisions about the final product. Lets get startedÖ

Quantity: 500/1000/2000/5000 – these are the most feasible quantities for anything other than specialized history books or yearbooks. Smaller quantities can be printed but are not as economical per unit.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9 or 8.5 x 11 inches. These sizes are not arbitrary, but relate to the best economics derived from the bulk press sheets used by printers.

Number of pages: Although your page count may not yet be accurate, you will need to make some preliminary page calculations.

Stock: The most common papers used for books is 60lb Book for the text and Cornwall Cover C1S 10pt for the cover. A good idea is to take a book you like to the printer and ask what weight of paper was used.

Cover: The cover of your book is very important. Keep in mind that although you canít judge a book by its cover, many people do. If you are going to splurge anywhere, do it on the cover. You need something eye catching and durable. It is also a good idea to protect your cover with at the very least varnish and an even better choice is laminate. Four colour process gives you unlimited possibilities, although with good design, two colours can be just as effective.


Camera ready – This means your material is ready to go directly to the camera department for photographing and needs no additional work. Crisp black hard copy, laser output of at least 300 dots per inch.

Supplied on disc for output – no alteration necessary. You may want to contact your printer to find out if the program you are using is compatible.

Supplied on disc for output – formatting and page layout required. The printer will take your file and format it into a pleasing, easy to read, layout.

Manuscript only – printer to prepare final layout. This can be quite costly and with the availability of desktop publishing programs like PageMaker and QuarkXpress this is one area that you can really save by doing it yourself. Other Preparation: Your printer needs to know if there are color or black and white photos or graphics in your book and how many there will be. It is also helpful to know if reduction, enlargement or cropping is required.

Perfect binding – Most commonly used for trade paperbacks. A great advantage to perfect binding is that the spine is visible when the book is turned in on a bookshelf.

Saddle stitching – Used for magazines, workbooks, colouring books, manuals or reports (under 100 pages).

Plasticoil, Cerlox or Wiro – Very useful for cookbooks or manuals that need to be fully open at a specific page for "hands free" use.


Well, youíve finally pulled all the pieces together and you are ready to hand everything over to your printer. It is important to use a company that specializes in printing books. Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable about the requirements involved in producing a quality book. We are aware of the details necessary to make your book look professionally produced by industry standards. These details can be critical to your success.

Our shop is equipped with the technology necessary to manufacture quality books by the most cost effective methods possible. Because we are focused on a specialized field of printing, we are more likely to offer you sound advice, more reliable service and, generally, better prices than printers who do not specialize in books. Always ask your printer to see samples of books they have produced to check quality of work and binding. Keep in mind that the cheapest job is not always the best job.

When you bring your book to Priority Printing we guarantee complete satisfaction. Delivery generally takes from three to five weeks depending on the project. A deposit of one third of the total cost is required at the time your order is placed, one third when you approve your proofs and the balance when your books are printed.

These steps will assist you in your efforts to achieve a well written, beautifully designed and professionally produced book. We wish you all the success possible in marketing and selling your creation.

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