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Intro to Self-Publishing – Publishers Panel at Central Public Library


I’ve been interested in writing since I was in junior high school, even though my grammar and vocabulary isn’t that great. I’ve always wanted to write a novel based on my grandmother’s life during WWII. I have another one which is already in the works. But with no educational background in writing, I have been searching for some night time classes I could take to improve my writing. Unfortunately, I was sick off and on this fall, and missed the courses. Other classes held at other locations were cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. I hope I will be able to enroll one in the spring.

I’m always keen to learn more about the industry. Writing doesn’t just mean you write and sell it. There are many things to consider from whether you are going to self-publish or go with a traditional publisher. Are you going to get your book printed or distributed as a ebook, or both? How do I find an editor? What’s a book coach? Where do I get my cover design done? And so on…

So I was really excited to see that a free event was happening at the Central Library on self publishing on Nov 16, 2013. Several professional self-publishers shared  knowledge, tips and  experiences of self-publishing within the book industry.

The panel included:

  • Brad Stokes and Matt Begg, Publishing Consultants from FriesenPress
  • Michelle A. Demers, Writer, Editor and Independent Publishing Consultant
  • Jo Blackmore, Publisher from Granville Island Publishing
  • Patty Osborne of Vancouver Desktop Publishing Centre
  • Naomi Pauls, Writer, Editor and Independent Publishing Consultant
  • Carol Sill, Personal Book Coach from Alpha Glyph Publications
  • Kathrin Lake, Executive Director of Vancouver School of Writing

I learned quite a lot. I’m so glad I went. I also took my friend who was just starting to take introductory courses to become an editor, so I think she was happy she tagged along too.

I had just taken Kathrin’s one evening workshop on ebook a few days before, so I already knew her. She remembered me too. It’s good to make connections if you’re interested in entering an industry different from your own. You can learn a lot from the experts. Her ebook session, as well as her presentation at the library was very motivational for me.

Kathrin Lake website

Michelle A. Demers seemed to be very informative and detail-oriented. She caught my attention when she mentioned about authors needing to know about copyrights trademarks, laws and the proper way of setting up a book.

Once the discussions were done and the speakers went back to their own booths that were set up throughout the room, I approached her to see if she had the ‘The Global indie Author’ book that contained all the information that she had mentioned earlier. She didn’t have any more copies, but she was very nice in telling me that the library did carry them. My friend and I thought it was very generous of her to offer the book for ‘free’ when she could have made another sale to me by saying I could order it from Amazon or something.

Since the presentation was at the library, it was convenient to borrow the book. I’ve since started reading it and have learned a lot. The book is great! A must have for any author. It’s packed with a  wealth of information, and although you may find the information online or in other books, this book contains it all in one.

It’s so good I’m thinking of getting an ebook version, though without a tablet, it will have to be read on a computer which isn’t too convenient. (yes I know, as a wanna-be writer I can’t believe I am still without a tablet! It will be my Xmas gift to myself this year though LOL)

She writes it in a tone where it’s like she’s directly talking to you without sounding like a textbook, so it’s not boring. She keeps you engaged and interested, and I find myself reading quickly through like novel.

Michelle. A. Demers website

There is an Introduction to Self-Publishing: Author Panel taking place on Dec 7 at the Central Library. Check their website for more info.

Jukebox Printers


Woo hoo! is just right! Excited to receive my own free sample pack from Jukebox!


The woo~ continues with metallic printing on the back of the envelope. Closed with a happy smiley sticker!

idearabbit-jukebox6Open up the envelope and it’s a compartment with different business cards and postcards in the pouch!  Very well packaged! An impressive sample pack!

idearabbit-jukebox5Even includes a nice discount card for your next print order :D

idearabbit-jukebox4Plus, a personalized letter – with again, metallic printing on the side…shiny!

idearabbit-jukebox3Woooo! So many good samples. Good to see a variety!

idearabbit-jukebox2Ah! You can’t see it well, but the pattern is all gold metallic! Very lovely.

idearabbit-jukebox1So it looks like a regular black card. So what right? Wrong! It’s actually suede! It feels fuzzy~! :D

Go check out their website: http://www.jukeboxprint.com and get your prints done at Jukebox today!



So all designers (for print) needs a printer. It’s good to choose one that you can work well with. I went to Clubcard in downtown Vancouver near the Waterfront Station. They had a little sample package, and I also went into the shop to ask more questions with the staff, and got more samples from their clients.

The great thing about their website, is that they list all the prices for the services they provide. There are many options for each one, (Gloss, matte, etc). You can also ask for a quote on special items, such as buttons, or printing on special materials.


Prices are pretty good, and the staff are really friendly. I’ve been really satisfied with their service and products!

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
10am – 6pm PST
Closed on Holidays

608 West Cordova Street
British Columbia
V6B 5A7

Phone (604) 801.6364
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