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Cheryl Antao-Xavier

Photo: Lisa Mininni ( 2014

Cheryl Antao-Xavier followed her passion for the written word in a 30-year career in the publishing industry in positions ranging from author, editor, proofreader, desktop design, and publisher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and  has honed skills in writing, editing, and publishing at Ryerson, Toronto. In 2008, she set up In Our Words Inc., a Canadian publishing company, and todate has helped over a hundred authors bring their creative dreams to fruition. To this end, she published a self-help book for writers entitled 'SELF-PUBLISHING--the professional way!.' To contact the author, please write:

Cheryl writes poetry, non-fiction, and kids' books. Her poetry collections are, Dance of the Peacock: a collection of poems, 2008; Bruised but Unbroken: poems, 2017. Her children’s book series entitled Life in Maple Woods, 2014; and SELF-PUBLISHING--the professional way!

She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, and the Heliconian Club. She is the founding chair of the Literary Circles in Streetsville and Courtneypark. She initiated a reading program called 'The Red Bench--a place to read.'



Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Dance of the Peacock: A Collection of Poems. In Our Words Inc., 2008
Bruised but Unbroken: poems. In Our Words Inc., 2011/2017
Life in Maples Woods: The Adventures of Kamal the Two-Humped Camel. In Our Words Inc., 2014
SELF-PUBLISHING--the professional way! 5 steps from RAW MANUSCRIPT to PUBLISHING. In Our Words Inc., 2017
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Presentation Description

Self-publishing the professional way, five steps from raw manuscript to finished book Print-on-demand, from 30 year career professional. Multicultural poetry and children's stories that speak to anti-bullying and confidence-building. Beauty in diversity. Environmental consciousness. 

Presentation Length:
1 hours
Self-Publishing professionally; Multicultural poetry
elemen; middle and high school; post grad
Audience size:
any size
Workshop Description:

Self-publishing--the professional way!

5- steps from raw manuscript to published book.

1. Professional evaluation of manuscript

2. Professional editing

3. Professional design

4. Professional proofreading

5. Print on Demand and global distribution


Textbook available


Northern OAC WITS:
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Two sessions:
One session:
Two sessions:
GST not applicable