We’re a hybrid publisher

You bring your story. 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 Mission. Books for your Brand.

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

Finalist for the National Business Book Award 2019

Right Hand Man:

How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada's Foremost Entrepreneur

by Phil Lind

​This is the memoir of the man who was the strategic Mr. No to Canada’s foremost entrepreneur, Ted Rogers. As the ultimate right-hand man for over 40 years, Phil Lind tells how he helped Rogers choose the best ideas and make them work. He also tells the inside story of how Rogers made the big move into live sports, with the purchase of the Blue Jays and the start of the cable sports channel, Sportsnet. The book includes a forward by Toronto Mayor John Tory, who worked closely with the author at Rogers.

New Releases

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Upcoming Releases

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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.

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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

Colleen Moorehead

Colleen Moorehead is chief client officer, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, responsible for implementing Osler’s client-focused business development strategy. She was co-founder of ETRADE Canada. Colleen has extensive experience building successful companies and valuable brands. She is a respected business leader with senior management experience in financial services, technology, business, and web-based services. Colleen has held a variety of corporate leadership positions and has a deep understanding of business development strategy in the services sector. Colleen is currently chair of the Governance Committee and board member of Solium Capital (SUM-TSX), board chair of Merrco Payments Inc., and a member of iNovia Capital Investment Committee. Colleen sits on many professional and community boards, and is a founder and current business director of The Judy Project, one of Canada’s leading leadership forums for women. In 2015 she was named a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for her work as a business leader. The Marketing Hall of Legends gave her the Business Builder Award in 2010.

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Barlow News

NBBAward winner Bob Brehl on interviewing Ted Rogers and his right hand man, Phil Lind

Ted Rogers, the late founder of the Rogers communications empire, and Phil Lind, his right hand man, have a few things in common in the book department. Both men wrote memoirs. Both were finalists in […]

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Right Hand Man Finalist for National Business Book Award

I’m so pleased to share the news that Right Hand Man, by Phil Lind with Robert Brehl, is a finalist for the prestigious National Business Book Award. As long-time second-in-command to Canadian entrepreneur Ted Rogers, Lind […]

Top Five Branding Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Are you good at what you do? Of course you are, but that’s not enough to be successful. You need to think deeply about your brand, how you show up in the world. Everything you […]

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Barlow Resources

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The Ultimate Book Gift

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 […]

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The Question You Need to Ask Before You Start Writing Your Book

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 […]

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What to Do When a Publisher Rejects Your Book

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 […]

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Testimonials

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.

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Norman Bacal author of Breakdown

“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 author of Brand Chemistry

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.

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Jim Beqaj author of True Fit

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.

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Dr. Vivien Brown

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.

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Chris Clarke author of True Family Wealth

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.

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Christine Conway author of The Debt-Free Lifestyle

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.

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Dr. Abdallah Daar author of Garment of Destiny

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.

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Dr. Paul Garfinkel author of A Life in Psychiatry

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.

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Dr. Antoine Hakim author of Save Your Mind

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.

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Jim Herrler author of Planet Boomer

“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.”

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Phil Lind author of Right Hand Man

“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 editor of Collective Wisdom of High Performing Women, Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project

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.

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Clare Morneau author of Kakuma 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.

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Dr. Karen Pape author of The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk

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.

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Steve Pinkus author of Big Change

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 President & CEO of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association

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.

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Lesley Stowe author of Desserts From My Kitchen

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.

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Eric Termuende author of Rethink Work