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Patricia Anderson

Photo: Patricia Anderson 2010

Vancouver author, editor, and literary consultant Patricia Anderson earned a PhD from UBC, with specialities in history, popular culture, and publishing studies. While living in London, England, she was assistant editor of the Journal of Newspaper and Periodical History, and co-editor of a two-volume reference work on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British publishers. She has written books and articles for both academic and general readers on such topics as the mass media, popular culture, romance, and the history of sexuality.

Listed in Contemporary Authors, International Authors and Writers Who's Who, and Killam Scholars Who's Who, she has received praise from reviewers in the New York Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, A.L.A. Booklist, Library Journal, National Post, San Francisco Review, Times Literary Supplement, and special-interest journals. Her work has also been featured on CTV's Canada AM, CBC TV's Broadcast One Bookmark, BRAVO's Book TV, in the book and lifestyle sections of several newspapers, and on various American and Canadian radio shows.

She has taught the business and history of the book trade in the Writing and Publishing and Master of Publishing programs at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University. Additionally, for ten years she offered her own unique workshop series, The Five Secrets of Getting Published, and for several years served on the editorial boards of the writers' magazine WordWorks and the international journal Media History. She is currently working on an ebook series for authors and editors.

Through her literary consulting business, Helping You Get Published, she prepares emerging book authors for self-publishing, finding traditional publishers, and gaining literary agent representation. Patricia's work and that of her client authors can be viewed on her website,, or YouTube channel,

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When Passion Reigned: Sex and the Victorians. New York: Basic Books, 1995; paperback, 1996.
The Printed Image and the Transformation of Popular Culture, 1790-1860. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1991; paperback, 1994.
British Literary Publishing Houses, 1820-1880. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 106. Detroit and London: Gale Research, 1991.
British Literary Publishing Houses, 1881-1965. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 112. Detroit and London: Gale Research, 1991.
Passion Lost: Public Sex, Private Desire in the 20th Century. Thomas Allen Books of Merit, 2001
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