Agio Publishing House

We are an award-winning boutique book publishing service.

Welcome to Agio Publishing House. Please explore our website and contact us with your questions and ideas.

At Agio Publishing House, we produce GREAT books! Readers love them -- and the author enjoys a unique and supportive experience.

New authors: please jump down to our welcome lower on this page to learn about submitting a proposal for collaborating on the publishing of your book.

Titles being published in 2024 include these:

Titles previously published include these:

Our books are doing splendidly, following their marketing plans and delivering regular royalties to the authors.

AUTHORS: You are invited to submit your manuscripts.

Agio's founders, Bruce and Marsha Batchelor, having published thousands of books since 1975 through previous ventures, launched a new publishing service in 2007: Agio Publishing House, with its head office in Victoria, BC, Canada. We have since moved ourselves and Agio's office to Gabriola Island, BC, where we enjoy living on the unceded ancestral territories of the Snuneymuxw people

Bruce is the inventor/ developer of the print-on-demand (POD) publishing approach that has enabled over 600,000 authors worldwide to be published. From their experience working with authors from over 100 countries, Bruce and Marsha know there is a need to take publishing to the next stage. With the opening of Agio, they have created a highly innovative, specialized publishing service for discerning authors who wish to have a beautiful book launched with an effective, personalized marketing program. Under the expert guidance of these highly respected industry veterans, you can join the ranks of independent ("indie") authors who are re-defining the book industry – in much the same way that indie filmmakers are bringing new life to the movie business.

Many authors work directly with Bruce Batchelor, an acknowledged leader in the publishing world, to research and plan the optimal marketing mix for his or her book. Publishing costs are jointly underwritten by Agio and the author, making this a truly collaborative venture of shared responsibilities, investment and decision-making. Typically Bruce will edit the manuscript through the line edit and proofing stages.

Cover design and inside page layout are performed by award-winning graphic designer Marsha Batchelor. (Marsha shown in photo at right with her brother, illustrator Stewart McGillis. To see samples of Marsha's artwork and designs, please go to Marsha Batchelor Art & Design Samples.)

Bruce then works with the author on the implementation of the book's multi-faceted marketing campaign. Marketing includes such cost-efficient and cutting-edge tactics as simultaneously releasing paperback and eBook editions, then adding an audio book edition (distributed as a series of podcast episodes) and maybe a hardcover print edition too. Publicity will build from local and niche media coverage to wider audiences, including Internet awareness. Some authors have a blog or website to promote and interact with readers and journalists. Each author's aspirations and capabilities provide opportunities to work with different marketing tactics -- some cutting-edge and others quite traditional. The marketing mix components are described in Bruce's own book, Book Marketing DeMystified.

Agio books are competitively priced in bookstores. As the author, you will earn a royalty percentage on book sales that is substantially higher than what you would receive from other publishing houses. You retain full copyright to the manuscript and to your subsequent writings – this is of great importance if your plan is to use Agio's production and marketing expertise as a springboard to selling future rights to a large publisher, film producer or other media company.

To be able to fully customize our service and work personally with each author, we generally accept no more than one new authors each month.

For more detail about being published through Agio Publishing House's collaborative publishing approach, please go to Services: Introduction

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