Ottawa's aspiring authors get new outlet: Full service

On the face of it, self-publishing is easy. In practice, there are many potential pitfalls. And the best way to overcome these potential problems is to put your manuscript in the hands of a full service publishing company such as, which will walk you through every step of the process, assisting you where you need assistance, guiding you where you want to do it yourself, and handling the parts that really should be handled by professionals. In Ottawa, offers opportunities for aspiring authors to network and to obtain assistance on book publishing projects. More information:

Agora Publishing Consortium is a not-for-profit and book publisher, offering an alternative to corporate publishers which tend to publish only commercially viable books while ignoring the importance of topics that affect the survival of the quality-of-life we now enjoy. Agoras main editorial interests are human rights and social justice, including universal public healthcare and economic democracy. These are topics that tend to be self-published, as the easiest and quickest way to get them into print.

It is possible to do it yourself with the help of You can write, edit, design, both interior layout and cover, and format the text in a way that the printer can read with consulting assistance from For an e-book, this is not too difficult, but for a print book there are a number of factors which do not always translate smoothly form your computer to their press.

Through you, the author, retains full control over the creative process. A full service publishing assistant like is better than the many self-serve oriented book self-publishing options like and the newly launched service from Penguin called Book Country. In fact companies like Penguin and Amazon offer very little beyond uploading e-book files for a sometimes hefty fee. Inexperienced authors should also read the fine print very carefully so as not to lose future rights to their work., on the other hand, provides hands-on support to authors for all steps of editing and production up to and including help with distribution which is, as every author will tell you, is the most important part of the entire publishing process. Whether it is an e-book, a self-published print-on-demand book, or even one published by a major publishing house, the onus is on the author to see that the book is promoted and distributed to the intended audience.

Unless you are lucky enough to land a publishing contract on the first try, you will probably consider self-publishing in one form or another. Whether you choose a simple e-book, a print-on-demand (POD) book, or a subsidy publication; whether you do it all yourself, or whether you get help with editing, or cover design, or formatting, the method you choose will depend on the type of book, how fast you want it to be in print, and who your intended audience is.

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