Guides to Getting Published from The Writers’ Union of Canada


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If you’re interested in getting your writing published or are interested in the publishing process, then check out the publication guides from The Writers’ Union of Canada that cover everything you need to know about getting your book out into the Canadian publishing world.

The Writers' Union of CanadaThere is a small fee for each of the guides, unless you are a member of the union, in which case all publications are free.

The Writers’ Union of Canada has information available to writers regarding how to get published in book format, the publishing process, and the business of publishing in relation to writers.

* Note: Some of the publications seem dated, so take that into consideration.

Anthology Rates and Contracts
This document provides notes on contributions to anthologies, suggests minimum rates, and provides a suggested anthology contract.

Author & Editor 1983
(By Rick Archbold, Doug Gibson, Dennis Lee, John Pearce, Jan Walter) A booklet describing the relationship between author and editor, including a list of dos and don’ts for both parties.

Author & Literary Agent 2007
Guidelines and responsibilities governing the relationship between the author and the literary agent.

From Page to Screen 1999
A reference guide regarding options, film, and TV contracts for original literary works, including information on minimum and maximum rates paid.

Ghost Writing 1995
This publication includes various details to consider when negotiating a ghost writing agreement, including a sample contract. By Marian Hebb.

Glossary of Publishing Terms 2003
An aid to authors when dealing with the book publishing industry — usually during contract negotiations. Intended as a user-friendly, alphabetical reference guide to terms commonly used within the industry.

Income Tax Guide for Writers 2002
A useful tax guide for those in the business of writing, including details about the GST as it pertains to writers’ income.

Incorporation for Writers 2001
A guide for writers, including the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation.

New Technologies 2006
Information on e-books and print-on-demand publishing.

Writers’ Guide to Canadian Publishers
An informative list of publishers who currently accept unsolicited manuscripts. Includes a breakdown of which genres the publishers publish. Once we receive notification of your purchase through PayPal, we will send you details on how to access the Guide on our website. This should be within 48 hours of purchase.

Writers’ Guide to Grants 2001
An informative list of grants available to Canadian writers; includes information about writing samples, types of juries and how they judge, and application procedures.

Contracts Self-Help Package

If you have been offered a contract by a publisher, or anticipate such an offer in the near future, help is available. This package helps writers evaluate and negotiate contracts offered by publishers. The Model Trade Book Agreement is an example of an equitable publishing agreement between an author and publisher. Help Yourself to a Better Contract (written for the Union by legal-counsel Marian Hebb) is a guide to the negotiation process, including a checklist of favourable contract provisions.

You can grab your own copies here.

If you’re a member, then you can download the publications for free.

* Image: Chris Greene