New Year, New Places, New Faces

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Happy 2018! We thought this turning over of a new year would be a good time to share a few changes that have been afoot at Behind the Book. First, we now officially have offices on both the east and west coasts – that is, Rachelle heads up our Vancouver office on the west coast, while Carol has placed some roots on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Lured by the sandy beaches, great hiking, and proximity to new wild places to explore, Carol and her family have relocated to sunny (well, not yet anyway) Parksville, where the motto, "It's a Lifestyle: Live, Work, Play," struck a chord. While we continue to work with clients across Canada, Carol is excited to become part of the vibrant and growing self-publishing scene on Vancouver Island, with events like the North Island Writers Conference later this month.

One of the unexpected perks of our Vancouver Island office is that we're closer to two of our favourite printing reps: Craig Shemilt of Printorium Bookworks and Gerhard Aichelberger of Friesens, who work tirelessly to make sure our self-published authors get exactly what they need to make their books the best they can be.

We've also added a new designer to our team. Based in Vancouver, Jan Westendorp of Kato Design has years of experience as a book designer and photographer, and her keen eye for detail in typography and layout makes her books stand out from the crowd. We've also added digital publishing and author platform to our wheelhouse with Kaleeg Hainsworth and his team of techies at Bright Wing Books.  They work with us to help our clients create beautiful eBooks, as well as customize their online presence (yes, including the dreaded website).

So welcome 2018, and here's to great new changes, opportunities, and collaborations.

P.S. In celebration of our Vancouver Island office and its proximity to Nanaimo, we're sharing our favourite recipe for Classic Nanaimo Bars. Enjoy!