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In this memoir, one of the most successful investment bankers on Bay Street shares the lessons he learned about business and life in a long and successful career as president of Burns Fry and then as vice-chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns. This book tells the inside story of how Donald K. Johnson led financing transactions involving hundreds of millions of dollars for Canadian and international corporations, deals that involved some of the biggest financial players in the world, such as Warren Buffet. Johnson shows how he applied that deal-making ability to raise millions for charities. And he illustrates his motto, “The sale begins when the customer says no,” with a tale about how he convinced the government to remove the capital gains tax on donations of listed securities. As a longtime practitioner of meditation, Johnson urges readers to choose a career they love, and keep mentally and physically fit on the way up. This book, from an 85-year-old financial wizard born in Lundar, Manitoba, offers sage advice and a big dose of inspiration to readers seeking success in finance, in other businesses, and in life.
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Our publishing model is designed for authors. Authors invest in their book. Fees for our services are paid upfront, and
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A committed philanthropist, Michael Dan is a model of social responsibility and generosity. A former neurosurgeon, he has funded organizations that assist marginalized people in Toronto and helped to create the first privately-endowed research institute in the world geared to the unique health needs of Aboriginal people. His commitment to peace in the Middle East is exemplified by his support for The University of Haifa, the Michael and Amira Dan Professorship in Global Health at The University of Toronto, and the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Michael is a member of the Order of Canada, and holds three honorary degrees.
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Are public libraries really to blame for the troubles of Canadian publishers? In a recent article in The Globe and Mail, Whyte argued that libraries are to blame because they’re loaning books to readers for […]
Barlow Books and Login Canada have announced a new Canadian distribution agreement. Read more here. https://barlowbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WebPage.pdf
If you’re interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, here’s a fresh analysis from author Michael Dan. He uses game theory to make his case that the best solution is mutual cooperation. Check out the review, just […]
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.