Getting Published

Getting your manuscript published is time-consuming and can often be a frustrating experience. Finding a publisher who will consider your book idea or look at your manuscript is the first step to becoming a published author. 

If you are asked to submit a manuscript, it is courteous to inform the publisher of any multiple submissions you have made to other publishers. 

Due to a shortage of literary agents in Canada in the past, many writers have chosen self-representation as a means to publishing, or found literary representation outside of Canada. 

  • For general information and a listing of Canadian literary agents, see Literary Agents.
  • For more information, purchase the Writers' How-to publication Author & Literary Agent, which covers the author–agent relationship.

Should you be offered a contract from a publisher, be sure to observe cautions when approving each clause. For more information on contracts:

Remember that copyright should always remain with the creator. Do not assign copyright to your publisher.

Still have questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions about getting published.

Looking for help with your work-in-progress or finished manuscript? Consider a professional evaluation of your work through our Manuscript Evaluation Service