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Useful Info, Contacts and Internet Links

ISBN & Barcode

If you are planning to sell your book through commercial outlets, you will need to have the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and a barcode on the back cover. The ISBN is a system of numerical identification for books and other works that assigns a unique thirteen digit number to each published title. Publishers, bookstores and libraries use the ISBN to identify publications in order to expedite their handling, retrieval, ordering, inventory control and accounting. ISBN’s are provided free of charge through the Canadian ISBN Agency, Library and Archives of Canada. An ISBN number can be obtained on-line at the following website address:

Printorium Bookworks can generate the bar code for you and drop that on the back cover for you – or e-mail it to your designer.

Cataloguing In Publication

Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) is a free cooperative venture between publishers and libraries which enables books to be catalogued before they are published. This enables publishers to promote their new books by providing booksellers, wholesalers and librarians with advance information they can use to select and purchase books.
The CIP catalogue record is a brief description of a publication. It includes information such as author, title, series title, subject headings, and ISBN and classification numbers used by book buyers, readers and researchers to identify and locate publications. This record is created and arranged according to internationally established standards which make it possible to distribute information about publications throughout the world. For more information on the Cataloguing in Publication program look at the following link to the National Library of Canada website:


Indicate Copyright on all of your work. The format should include the international Copyright symbol, the date of publication or creation (even if you don’t plan to publish it) and the copyright holder’s name.
ie. Copyright © 2010, by Melody Poirier

Canadian Intellectual Property Office website:


Professional Editor’s Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI)

Editors Association of Canada (EAC)


Publicity Mavens
Kim Plumley
Phone: 250.390.9285

Book Marketing

The Book Broads
Angela Crocker; Kimberley Plumley and Peggy Richardson
(media interviews; social media coaching (blog posts, Facebook updates, podcasting); marketing strategy and event planning)
The Book Broads offer practical advice for writers (published or not) to raise their profiles, extend their reach and build their fan base. or

Live Your Dream Workshops

Books, Webinars, E-books covering the following topics.

  • Self Publishing For Profit
  • Book Marketing Mixology
  • Writing for Children
  • Staying Out of the Slush Pile

Book Distributors

Red Tuque Books
Red Tuque Books Inc. provides highly entertaining and informative literature by catering to independent book sellers and library services across Canada.

Website Design

Crystal Stranaghan:  (Building a web presence for authors and illustrators – online course).


Graphic Designers For Book Layout And Cover Design

It is up to you to contact the designers and deal with them directly in terms of pricing, costs, production schedules, etc. They will forward the PDF files directly to us at your instruction. Please mention that you were referred to them by Melody Poirier or Craig Shemilt at Printorium Bookworks in order to ensure that your PDF files get to the right person here at Printorium and can be put into production as soon as possible.


Victoria, B.C.

Desktop Publishing Ltd.
Jim Bisakowski
1040 Brock Avenue
Victoria BC, V9B 3E1
Phone: (250)478-5111


Pink Sheep Media
Sherwin Arnott
Victoria, B.C.
Phone: (250)483-6678


Spica Book Design
Book cover design, book layout, E-book conversion, promotional products.
Iryna Spica
302-575 Vancouver St.
Victoria, B.C., Canada,
Phone: (250) 661-7512


Art Department Design
Victor J. Crapnell
3390 Maplewood Road
Victoria, B.C., V8P 3N2
Phone: 250-381-4290


Dave Henry (member of PEAVI)
Victoria, B.C.
Phone: 250-592-2102


Dana Dahlquist Graphic Design
2194 Ferndale Road, Victoria, B.C., V8N 2Z1
Phone: 250-708-0708 Cell: 250-886-6361


Creative Gravity
Graphic and Communication Design
Carrie-Anne, Victoria, B.C.
Phone: 250-370-9602

Rather Good Design
Amy Rutherford
1235 Johnson Street, Victoria, B.C.
Phone: 250-386-3867

Amino Media
Specializing in book cover design, interior layout, ebook and interactive PDF development.
Nadja Penaluna
Phone: 250-508-4593


Book Tailor
Katherine Melnyk
Duncan, B.C.
Phone: 250-737-1145


Chris Banner
Shawnigan Lake, B.C.
Phone: 250-929-8016


Sparkling Graphics Design
Linda Graceffo
201 – 576 England Avenue
Courtenay, B.C., V9N 2N3
Phone: 250-871-3323
(Complimentary 30 min. consultation)


Lower Mainland

Vancouver Desktop Publishing
Patty Osborne
200 - 341 Water Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1B8
Phone: 604-681-9161


Bill Glasgow
34872 Terrace Court
Abbotsford, B.C.
V2S 5J5
Phone: 604-853-8666


Works Consulting
Robert Dufour
Powell River, B.C.
Phone: 604-485-8381