November 2016 Meeting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7:00 to 8:45 pm

Why Choose Self Publishing?

Patrick O’Connor, First Choice Books

Patrick O’Connor of First Choice Books will give us a comparison between self publishing and traditional publishing. He will also go over the basics of book production, book specifications, and book and cover design. He will discuss the procedure for producing a book, along with how to market once the book is published. This will be followed by a Q&A period.


Patrick grew up in small town Ontario, where he received a B.A. in German Language & Literature. He has been in Victoria for 26 years.

First Choice Books is part of  an independently-owned and operated bindery company founded in 1958. In 1993, the self-publishing arm of the business, First Choice Books, was added. Current owners Patrick O’Connor and Melanie Perkins purchased the combined companies in 2011, and since then Patrick has very much enjoyed helping clients achieve their dream of becoming self published authors.

First Choice Books has in-house digital printing in both black & white and colour, design services, and a full bindery operation which produces soft cover books, hard cover books, and undertakes book repair and custom work. They continue to design and develop their own lines of printed product, including calendars, magnetic lists, and notebooks.

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All members are encouraged to display their published works or related services around the room. Tables are supplied.

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