We’re a new kind of publisher
for authors on a mission.
We create fine non-fiction books for people who have a passion for changing the way we view business, health, or the social and political worlds.
We spread the word about their missions by getting books onto the shelves of bookstores across Canada and the U.S. We help our authors gain visibility in traditional and social media, and via public speaking.
Our team of experienced professionals lead authors through each stage of the publishing process: writing and editing, design, production, sales and distribution, marketing and PR, and printing. We collaborate closely with authors throughout this process to make sure their book reflects their brand.
If you want to create a book that powers your mission, Barlow Books welcomes the opportunity to talk with you.
Books for your Mission. Books for your Brand.
Save Your Mind:
Seven Rules to Avoid Dementia
This practical and informative book says that you can avoid dementia and the loss of control that accompanies this brain disease by following the author’s seven specific rules to exercise the brain and body. From the winner of Canada’s most prestigious science award, The Canada Gairdner Awards this book also offers an authoritative and easy-to-understand explanation of how the brain works and what happens when dementia afflicts it.
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At Barlow Books we offer the same services as a traditional publishing house but without the expensive overhead.
Our publishing model is designed for authors. Authors invest in their book. Fees for our services are paid upfront, and
the authors keep the revenues from their sales. Here is a brief summary of the many services we offer:
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Dr. Antoine Hakim, until recently Director of Neuroscience Research at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and CEO & Scientific Director of the Canadian Stroke Network, draws on 40 years of neurology practice for Save Your Mind. Dr. Hakim was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award.
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Barlow Books had a stellar year for bestselling books in 2017. Our books made it onto several bestselling lists, from amazon to the prestigious Globe and Mail bestseller list. Breakdown: The Inside Story of the […]
For the last few years, I’ve been walking the Bruce Trail with my sister Martha, my partner David, and all kinds of friends. We started in Queenston, ON, at the beginning of the 885-kilometre trail […]
Norman Bacal’s new book, Breakdown: The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, has hit The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list! Congratulations to Norm for writing a compelling book about the sudden collapse of the law […]
I love giving and receiving books for Christmas, but have you ever considered the ultimate book gift? You could give someone you love the chance to write their own book. Now some of you might […]
If you’re thinking of writing a book, you might wonder: Where do I start? My answer might surprise you. Put down your pen, shut down your laptop, and think about the following question: What is […]
When a traditional publisher says no to your book, it’s painful. You’ve worked hard on that book, and you’re convinced that it can change minds and make a real difference in the world. But the […]
I am about to launch my first book, Breakdown at the end of February; working on giving birth to my “baby” with Sarah and her team of professionals has been a wonderful experience. I knew from the moment I first sat down with Sarah that the book was in the right hands. She helped me improve the narrative, asked the probing questions and brought a remarkable enthusiasm to the project.
I come from the world of professional service and I’ve learned to recognize excellence. Every member of the team, from edit through to PR and marketing, have been outstanding and show at every turn that they really care about the project.
My experience with Sarah Scott and Barlow Books was nothing short of incredible. Right from the beginning, from discussing the concept of my second book all the way through every step to launch and sales, Barlow made my journey simple. Sarah provided guidance and leadership when needed, but was also extremely open to my thoughts, concerns, and worries. The team of people who support Barlow are not only incredibly good, but some of the nicest people I could hope to find on this intimate journey of writing my book.
Thank you, Sarah. I am looking forward to book number three.
As a doctor, I know and understand the language of medicine, how to navigate the system and the nuances involved. I advocate for my patient in many ways, both obvious ones such as negotiating MRI times and in not so obvious ones, consulting and collaborating.
As a writer and first time author, I was actually surprised by the world of publishing. I didn’t understand how to navigate or collaborate or interpret this brave new world. I needed a guide and lucky for me, Sarah Scott from Barlow Books was there. She has been my coach, my interpreter, and my teacher in this new dimension. With the team of editors and salespeople, photographers and managers, she has guided me to the finish, publishing my book. I am grateful and have learned so much in this process. Thank you, Sarah.
I am very grateful to Barlow Books for helping me craft and publish my first book, True Family Wealth: Love, Money and an Inspired Life. It has received fabulous reviews and recently the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada listed the book as their top pick for fall reads. This is a great endorsement for Barlow Books and its team of editors, designers and distributors.
Without Sarah Scott and Barlow Books, the Debt-Free Lifestyle would have remained a manuscript sitting on the corner of my desk. Sarah and her team have taken my book from a very rough first draft to a product being sold in bookstores that I am proud to put my name on. Sarah’s guidance, sound advice, and relationships with book buyers were all crucial to this process.
Sarah is very capable of bringing people together who have a variety of skills to complement hers. There are excellent editors, fact checkers, and design people. The print and publication side is superb. You end up with a very professional and polished product, which I value.
At all levels of the organization, Barlow Book Publishing has capable and flexible individuals committed to the success of your book. It’s been my good fortune to work with them on my book.
Writing a first book is a big enough challenge. Trying to publish it in Canada 13,000 km and 12 hours time difference away from our home in Malaysia was even tougher. Barlow Books, and Sarah in particular, cleared the path for us. Her sound advice, her stable of excellent editors, designers, and project managers, delivered us a book we are immensely proud of. I don’t think we could have done it without Sarah, and I have no doubt that even if we could have, it wouldn’t have turned out so well.
Barlow Books was so important in making my book, Kakuma Girls, a success. From the very first day, they supported my efforts and believed in what I am trying to achieve for refugee girls.
From the first meeting to publication day, the Barlow team efficiently steered my book to market. They made a complex process understandable and enjoyable. I recommend their publication model to authors of non-fiction books without reservation.
I highly recommend Barlow Books to anyone who is looking for a first-class publishing house and a high-quality end product … The publisher, Sarah Scott, is the consummate professional, and will help you with creative and effective suggestions and advice for your whole publishing journey. Sarah and her team are all tier-one professionals, from editors to production. They will make your experience a memorable one, and you will be thrilled with the result.
We looked around, but Barlow was the only publisher that was able to help us. They helped us every step of the way. They found an excellent writer for us, who very quickly understood the industry, did the research, and so on. Barlow Books found us an editor, who is a former top-notch international financial journalist. They also gave us complete control from start to finish. We had the final say on everything, from the text to the cover design to the interior layout of the book, and the photographs. Right down to the weight of the paper. That was important to us. We were able, with Barlow’s help, to design a book that is high quality.
I chose Barlow Books to do the book because I wanted the opportunity to be involved in the process myself. Barlow brings something unique to publishing. You’re able to be involved in as much or as little of your project as you want. They bring the best editors, the best marketers, and the best distributors to you.
Since our first call, Barlow Books has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Communication is always strong, deadlines are always met (if not early), and the professionalism is excellent. Writing my first book with Barlow was an enjoyable experience and it is only a matter of time before we work together again.