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Welcome guests and guest authors to the blog at First Choice Books.  We look forward to your insights on self-publishing whether it be a discussion about your latest book project, or your most recent accolades as an author, or even your secrets to creative inspiration – messy desk or tidy, etc.?  Please share with us!

Publishing Birthday – Off the Presses – Lucy Gething!

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | Comments Off on Publishing Birthday – Off the Presses – Lucy Gething!

Publishing Birthday – Off the Presses – Lucy Gething!

Publishing Birthday – Congratulations Lucy Gething! We’re thrilled to be publishing and printing Lucy’s memoirs of her life, From “Why Not to Yes Dear”. Lucy and her book coordinator, university professor Hausi Muller, came by the offices yesterday to pick up the proof of her book. With colour photos on just about every page, it’s printing right now on our new digital colour press.  A Great Design Team Hausi and co-editor Ulrike Stege laid out the book themselves, and First Choice Books designed the cover....

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Book Launch – The Eyes Have It!

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | Comments Off on Book Launch – The Eyes Have It!

Book Launch – The Eyes Have It!

Book launch: Celebrating Nicholas Roberts’ solo poetry debut! We are proud to announce that our latest self-publishing success, Nicholas Roberts, is launching his first book of solo poetry works, the space between the eyes. Roberts will be the featured guest of the Poets Potpourri Society’s “Blue Moon Reading Series” on May 13th, 2013 at the Fraser Valley Regional Library, Clearbrook Branch (32320 George Ferguson Way) in Abbostford, BC at 6:30pm PST. According to Roberts, the book with be launched “alongside...

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BC Book Prizes Gala! May 4th, 2013

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BC Book Prizes Gala! May 4th, 2013

BC Book Prize Gala – May 4, 2013 First Choice Books and Victoria Bindery are proud to announce our sponsorship of this year’s BC Book Prize, which will be announced at the 29th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Government House in Victoria. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, will be in attendance. A reception with host bar will precede the Awards Ceremony, which will commence at 6 pm and be followed by a Gala Dinner. Visit the BC Book Prize...

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Comics, Camosun College, and First Choice Books

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Trending News at First Choice Books about Literary Events | Comments Off on Comics, Camosun College, and First Choice Books

Comics, Camosun College, and First Choice Books

Join First Choice at the Camosun Comics Conference this Sunday! First Comics Conference will be held at the Lansdowne Camosun College Campus here in Victoria, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 .  First Choice Books will be joining comics from Vancouver and Victoria at this event. One-day conference The one-day conference is a celebration of the artistic and literary impact of comics and graphic novels.  The illustrations on exhibit have been created locally, nationally, and internationally.  Conference attendees will hear and see the process of...

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Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Cookbook

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | Comments Off on Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Cookbook

Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Cookbook

What do you do when you love baking, but not gluten or dairy? The successful solution – Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Cookbook A mother-daughter publishing team The Lochmatter family in Comox, BC,  found a way to produce healthy baked goods that satisfy every sweet tooth, but are also gluten-free and dairy-free.  Mother-daughter team Heidi and Alex Lochmatter started a baking business after finding out their husband and father, Fred, was much healthier following a diet free of gluten, soy and dairy products. Instead of crumbly,...

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Looking for editing services?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Publishing Advice | Comments Off on Looking for editing services?

Looking for editing services?

Recommended Editing Services Manuscript editing services are something First Choice Books recommends authors use. Even world renown authors like Margaret Atwood use editing services!  Our suggested editors are found on our website. They have jointly edited well over 250 books.  Many are writers themselves and several have taught English as a second language.  Did you know that some distributors will not accept your book if you  have not had it professionally edited?   Editing comes naturally to these folks. Sylvia Taylor is an...

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Sorting out page numbering in Word

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Book Design Matters | Comments Off on Sorting out page numbering in Word

Sorting out page numbering in Word

Page Numbering Guidance! Trying to sort out how to do page numbering in MicroSoft Word? It can be a bit of a struggle, but fortunately there are good resources available to help out. The Microsoft website offers support documents, including one on page numbering, with links to more information on the topic. Click here to read the article on page...

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Talking about Covers

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Book Design Matters | Comments Off on Talking about Covers

Talking about Covers

Authors and Designers talking about covers The website Talking Covers is devoted to interviews with authors, designers, and artists about their book covers. Book covers come to define a book. The design is the public face of your book to the world, and people really do judge a book by its cover. A great cover can drive books sales, whether in stores or online. “I haven’t looked at it. I want to have a moment of silence first, because I know my novel will never be the same… Seeing your jacket for the first time is the moment when you...

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History of John Oliver High School – Ken MacLeod

Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 13 comments

History of John Oliver High School – Ken MacLeod

History of John Oliver High School – Ken MacLeod’s 12-year labour of love to preserve the history of South Vancouver and John Oliver High School Now in museums and universities, the author says this of his 800 page plus tome: “A lot of social history is not remembered. It’s just forgotten in time and the voice of the people makes good history and important history. It’s a story of our pioneer heritage. People have to value their heritage to have an identity.” ~Ken MacLeod, Vancouver...

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What Would Gandhi Do? by Pummy Kaur

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

What Would Gandhi Do? by Pummy Kaur

Gandhi… What Would He Do?    Author Pummy Kaur is a great example of a one woman brand. She has published 3 books, including her most recent, What Would Gandhi Do? and A Season of Non-Violence, both in multiple printings with First Choice Books.  Pummy Kaur founded The Global Education Center (G.E.C.) in 1991 as a passionate voice and a compassionate ear for educating as if Life really matters. With her books, Kaur reaches out to universities, school districts, religious and spiritual institutions, social justice groups, unions,...

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