Networking, learning, and celebrating indie publishing at IBPA’s Publishing University 2018

On April 6–7 I joined 300 independent publishers and authors in Austin, Texas, to go “back to school” and advance our education at the Publishing University 2018. The annual conference, organized by the Independent Book Publishing Association, featured a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and in-depth seminars run by industry experts, on topics ranging from author branding, distribution, and sales to editorial development. All the major publishing models were well represented at the event, with traditional publishers, self-p... keep reading


Aspiring Authors Find the Roadmap to Success at the Book Publishing Boot Camp

Can a published book be a business card? Many people seem to think so, if we’re judging by the turnout at the Book Publishing Boot Camp, a publishing conference for entrepreneurs looking to write the best nonfiction book to build their brand.

The all-day event, co-hosted by LifeTree Media and Pink Velvet Couch, took place at the Best Western Plus Chateau Granville in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday, March 6. It was a packed day of informative presentations, interactive workshops, and stimulating... keep reading


Press Release: Hybrid Publisher Criteria Published by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

For Immediate Release

February 23, 2018

Hybrid Publisher LifeTree Media Calls on Canadian Industry to Adopt Hybrid Publisher Criteria Published This Week by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

VANCOUVER – The US-based Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has developed and released a groundbreaking nine-point list of criteria to define and standardize hybrid publishers, with input from Maggie Langrick, Publisher and CEO of Canadian hybrid press LifeTree Media Ltd. IBPA’s Hybrid Publisher Criteria is the publishing industry’... keep reading


Register for Our Book Publishing Boot Camp on March 6

Writing a book can be a challenging but rewarding endeavour. For all you aspiring authors out there in Vancouver, we have just the event for you. On March 6, LifeTree Media is co-hosting a Book Publishing Boot Camp with Pink Velvet Couch, an all-day conference for women entrepreneurs on what it takes to plan, write, publish and market a nonfiction book that can boost your business, showcase your expertise, and build your personal or professional brand.

You’ll hear from an expert lineup of publishers, editors, agents, marketing experts and publ... keep reading


Announcing Our Partnership With Tom Washing on His New Business Memoir

We’re excited to announce that we’re working with venture capitalist–author Tom Washing on his upcoming business memoir, An Unlikely Intervention. The book is scheduled to be released under our Assisted Self-Publishing program on June 16, 2018.

An Unlikely Intervention tells the gripping story of the development of a breakthrough treatment for the second leading cause of death among children under the age of fiv... keep reading


Meet Our New Editorial Director, Sarah Brohman

We’re pleased to welcome Sarah Brohman to the newly created post of Editorial Director. Sarah is a pedigreed editor with deep experience acquiring and editing general nonfiction books in the categories of lifestyle, parenting, spirituality, business, self-help, history, and memoir. During her time at Random House of Canada she edited the work of bestselling authors, including Rick Gallop of The GI Diet series and Paul Kropp, author of How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life, and was responsible for running the award-win... keep reading


See Maggie Langrick Speak at IPBA Publishing University 2018

Calling all independent presses and self-published authors: this year’s Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Publishing University takes place on April 6–7 in Austin, Texas. The annual educational and networking conference offers hands-on learning labs, inspiring keynote speeches, in-depth workshops, a book award ceremony, and many more valuable professional resources.

Our publisher, Maggie Langrick, will lend her award-winning expertise at two sessions. On Friday, April 6, she’ll lead a Book Concept ... keep reading


We’re Partnering With Dr. Sayeh Zielke on Her New Book for Healthy Blood Pressure

We’re delighted to announce that we’re working with cardiologist Dr. Sayeh Zielke on her first book, One Heart, Five Habits. The book is scheduled to be released under our Assisted Self-Publishing program on January 6, 2019.

In One Heart, Five Habits, Dr. Sayeh Zielke presents the top five lifestyle adjustments that are key to maintaining healthy blood pressure. “Dr. Z” was motivated to write the book by a desire to help patients reduce or avoid high blood pressure, rather than only treating them once they have already become ill. ... keep reading


Meet Our New Publishing Coordinator, Jesmine Cham

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Jesmine Cham, our new Publishing Coordinator, who joins the LifeTree Media team as of January 2.

Jesmine grew up with a love of books and always knew she wanted to pursue that passion into the publishing industry. After graduating with a Communications degree from Simon Fraser University, she completed the SFU Master of Publishing program, where she earned the Susan Juby Award for Editing (2013).

As Publishing Coordinator, Jesmine will play a linchpin role in keeping our projects running smoothly, providing a... keep reading


Hunting for rogue apostrophes in the land of the Queen’s English

I went on holiday in London earlier this summer and revisited all my favourite British things. I took a selfie in a red phone booth, watched Glastonbury on the BBC with a sleeve of digestives, and spent many hours happily perusing the bookshops of Charing Cross Road.

For most editors, the enthusiasm for language runs even deeper than a desire to shop for first editions: we are never not aware of language and tend to edit the world around us constantly. I enjoyed listening to the conversations on transit—it seems like even working class Brits’ vocabularies are four times the size ... keep reading