SaskBooks provides the following services to its members regardless of their corporate structure. Services related to book promotion and marketing are available for books whose ISBNs are demonstrably registered to a Saskatchewan entity. SaskBooks uses the National Library of Canada’s ISBN registry & publisher directory services to demonstrate where a publisher’s ISBN is registered. If you are using a pay-to-print or vanity press service, your ISBN may not be registered in your name or region and your book(s) may not be eligible for SaskBooks’ promotional services. Publishers whose books are not eligible for SaskBooks’ promotional and marketing services are eligible for other services such as Professional Development.
SaskBooks will put together a box of books for libraries, schools or tourist destinations to sample based on criteria they supply.
Each fall, SaskBooks produces Read Saskatchewan, a catalogue of new and recently-released books published in Saskatchewan. We distribute Read Saskatchewan with the Western Producer, and we give it out at all of the trade shows and gift markets we attend. If you’d like us to mail you a catalogue, please contact us. A downloadable PDF of the current catalogue is always available on SaskBooks’ home page.
SaskBooks has produced a number of specialty catalogues, including Saskatchewan Books In Schools, produced in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.
Throughout the year, SaskBooks attends numerous book display and sales events. Look for our booth at library conferences and gift/trade shows in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Saskatchewan Books Go Public is designed to raise awareness of the vibrant book industry in our province and of our province’s dynamic publishers. In the past, SaskBooks has produced billboards, catalogues, posters, and even a weekly radio programme highlighting the books our publishers produce.
SaskBooks researches, organises, co-ordinates, and hosts two PD sessions for book publishers each year; a fall PD session and a spring Publishers Forum. The events alternate locations between Saskatoon and Regina. Our publisher members suggest and choose topics for each session. We have provided PD sessions on every topic related to book publishing, from manuscript evaluation and development to print and digital production to marketing and distribution strategies to licensing and rights/royalty negotiations.
SaskBooks produces weekly book reviews to help spread the good word about Saskatchewan’s thriving book industry. Each week, a free 400-500 word review is e-mailed to every weekly newspaper in Saskatchewan. These reviews, written by some of the province’s best emerging and established writers, are also featured here for easy access to our visitors from around the world. We distribute the weekly book reviews via email to anyone wishing to receive them. Please contact us and let us know you’d like to receive the Weekly Book Picks.