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Barlow Books - fine books for enterprising authors
Barlow Books - fine books for enterprising authors
Celebrating 10 years of fine books & enterprising authors

We’re a hybrid publisher

You bring your story or idea. We bring our experience.

Top-of-the line editing and design
Access to stores in Canada and the U.S.
Author funds and maintains control

Books for your Brand. Books for your Mission.

Our Books

At Barlow Books we produce quality books for enterprising authors.
We are proud to showcase a selection of some of our more recent titles.

Featured Book

Hold on Tight

A Parent's Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness

by Jan Stewart

Jan Stewart’s book is an intimate account of raising two children with mental illnesses. It describes, from a parent’s point of view, the rollercoaster journey from hope to terror, and back again, as the children go to school and grow up to be young adults with jobs. It has not been easy. Stewart, a corporate executive, tells how she and her husband struggled to raise the children, find the right professional help, schools, jobs, and housing. She talks frankly about the toll it...

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Our Services

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:


One-on-one coaching with our experienced publisher will help you develop and clarify your concept, visualize your idea, and strategically position your work to reach your target audience. Our seasoned editors provide in-depth manuscript evaluations and market needs analysis.

Book Production

We’re a one-stop shop. Our services include writing (for or with you), all levels of editing, proofing, design, artwork, photography, e-book conversion and creation, printing (any quantity), and production management. We will make your book and get it printed.

Marketing & Branding

Our extensive experience and connections will get you noticed. We offer in-depth brand assessments and workshops to strengthen and focus your brand to your target audience. Personalized marketing campaigns include a market needs analysis and PR, media outreach, and social media strategies. We can help you with as much or as little as you like.

Sales & Distribution

At Barlow Books, we can help you get noticed. We distribute to both Canadian and U.S. stores. Our books are sold to retailers throughout North America, including Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Loblaws, Amazon, as well as to independent bookstores and libraries.

Barlow Short Works

This is the age of the little book. Perfect for people who are on the go and looking for a quick read. At 120 pages (20,000 words), it is short enough to be read in one sitting. Great for telling your story, sharing your idea, or promoting your brand.

Our Authors

At Barlow Books we are proud to work with some of the finest new and established writers in Canada, such as our featured author below.

Featured Author

Jan Stewart

Jan Stewart is a highly regarded mental health governance expert and advocate. Her brutally honest memoir Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness describes her emotional roller coaster story parenting two children with multiple, complex mental health disorders. Her mission is to empower and inspire parents to persevere, as well as to better educate their families, friends, healthcare professionals, educators, and employers on the parental perspective. Jan chairs the Board of Directors at Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Canada’s largest autism services provider, and was previously vice chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She spent most of her career as a senior partner with the global executive search firm Egon Zehnder. Jan is a Diamond Life Master in bridge and enjoys fitness, genealogy, and dance.

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I had an idea for a book, and a deep belief that it was necessary to get the real story on wealth out into the world. I kept this idea with me for years and could not get it started. I was referred to Barlow Books by bestselling author Diane Francis. Sarah at Barlow walked me through the process up front, and over the course of a year, I built out my big idea very strongly onto 140 pages, with 6 pages of citations to back me up. The ghostwriters that each came to the project with a specialization at each phase, the researchers, and incredible fact checkers made it all real, and really good. I was coached through every step including how to market it when completed, and what the right title should be for my target audience. I wasn’t rushed, yet the project kept moving along, and it moved along well. I’m very proud of what was created!

Derek Bullen