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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.

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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

Digital Asset Revolution

How Blockchain Is Decentralizing Finance and Disrupting Wall Street

by Alex Tapscott

Business leaders who are new to blockchain can quickly find themselves overwhelmed or bewildered by the innovative digital assets, peer-to-peer marketplaces, and open economic systems that blockchain pioneers are creating. In this book, the authors intend to remedy that. In each chapter, they ask executives and investors to step back and witness the grand transformation underway. Financial services, foundational to all industries and economic activity, is undergoing a big shake-up. Every aspe...


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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:

Consulting

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.

Barlow Books author Alex Tapscott

Featured Author

Alex Tapscott

Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized writer, speaker, investor, and adviser focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society, and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages. His TEDx San Francisco talk, “Blockchain Is Eating Wall Street,” has been viewed over 692,000 times. In 2017, Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, a multimillion-dollar think tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities, and use cases. He also received (with Don Tapscott) the Digital Thinking Award, one of Thinkers50’s Distinguished Achievement Awards. Previously, Alex was an executive at Canaccord Genuity, Canada’s largest independent investment bank. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College (cum laude). He lives in Toronto, Canada.


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Testimonials

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

Sarah and her team at Barlow shepherded me through the process of writing, editing, producing, and publishing my book. I found them to be knowledgeable and professional in their dealings with me. I am very pleased with the final product.

Susan Gibson

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.

Eric Termuende

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.

Lesley Stowe

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.

David Powell

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.

Steve Pinkus

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.

Dr. Karen Pape

The team at Barlow Books did an outstanding job of stepping me through the book publishing process with professionalism and expertise. I would not hesitate to work with them again on my next book.

Lance Mortlock

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.

Clare Morneau

“Barlow Books has reinvented publishing. They enable you as the author to tell your story, guided by their expertise, industry knowledge, and creative resources. We ended up with the book we were passionate to make, and it couldn’t have happened anywhere else. I am grateful.”

Colleen Moorehead

“Professionalism is the word that comes to mind when I think about my dealings with Sarah Scott and her team at Barlow Books. From copy editing, production, and more, I couldn’t be happier with how my book Right Hand Man turned out.”

Phil Lind

The great team at Barlow Books, led by publisher Sarah Scott, helped me to publish my book, Lessons Learned on Bay Street. It was a real success. In the spring of 2021, my book was the top-selling business biography in Canada. That’s a tribute to Barlow’s editorial, design, and production teams. Barlow’s distribution into stores across Canada helped to make this book a winner. Business leaders who want to contribute their stories to the history of Canada can rely on Barlow Books for top-quality work.

Don Johnson

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.

Jim Herrler

It has been a real pleasure, having published with Barlow Books, to have the guidance, support, and commitment of Sarah Scott and her team. Before the book even saw the light of day, I felt totally supported, and this support continued long after my book was published. Sarah and her team continue to work with you, promoting the book, monitoring how well it is doing, and pushing to increase sales. I would publish with them again without hesitation.

Dr. Antoine Hakim

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.

Dr. Paul Garfinkel

In the age of instant communications, webinars, and social media, writing a book is probably one of the slowest and most difficult ways of getting your ideas across. But what an experience! Sarah and her team were superb at guiding and crafting the final product (of which I’m very proud). Many of us have books in us, just waiting to be written. It’s an incredible growth process to bring them out into the light of day.

Michael Dan

I have worked with Sarah for about 8 years. She did a superb job editing my previous book, with Peter Singer, called The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village.
For the past two years, I have come to know her enormous strengths as CEO of Barlow Books. Barlow is publishing my new book, Garment of Destiny. Throughout this period, Sarah has been a wonderful guide, upholding the highest publishing standards. She has gathered around her a hugely talented team. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone considering writing a book.

Dr. Abdallah Daar

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.

Christine Conway

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.

Jim Beqaj

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.

Chris Clarke

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.

Dr. Vivien Brown

“Working with Sarah Scott and her team at Barlow Books has been an exciting and seamless process. I have felt supported, listened to, and challenged to write the best book possible. I know I made the right decision by hiring Barlow Books to help me bring my book to life.”

Laura Beauparlant

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.

Norman Bacal