OC Publishing was established in Halifax, NS (Canada) in 2016 by award-winning author, Anne Louise O'Connell. Both traditionally and self-published, O’Connell started her publishing company to share her knowledge with others. She mentors new authors through the writing and editing process, coaches them through the publishing process, and assists in the development of an author platform. This partner publishing model, now better known as hybrid publishing, is a cross between self and traditional publishing, follows the same process as traditional publishing, but is a fee for service model.
We provide support to authors from story concept and plot development, through several phases of editing, followed by professional layout and design, and finally a published book (both print and ebook formats as well as hard cover for children’s books). Genres published include: women’s fiction, mystery, historical fiction, memoirs, YA, first readers, and children’s picture books. OC Publishing also offers self-publishing coaching.
An accomplished writer, O'Connell began writing fiction in 2011. Her first novel, Mental Pause, launched in 2013 and won an IPPY (Independent Publisher Magazine) Book Award. Her next novel, Deep Deceit, launched as a top 10 Kindle best seller in March 2015. Her non-fiction books include @Home in Dubai... Getting Connected Online and on the Ground (published by Summertime Publishing in the UK in 2011); and 10 Steps to a Successful PR Campaign-A Do-it-Yourself Guide for Authors. She also co-published the Phuket Island Writers Anthology of Short Stories (volumes I & II) and published a collection of her own travel and expat stories, Swimming with the Elephants and other Adventures.
The Canadian-born author/publisher has travelled the world and her travel and expat stories have been published in several newspapers and magazines including Global Living Magazine and The Wall St. Journal Expat Blog. While living in Thailand, she was a regular columnist for Expat Focus.
After 22 years living as an expat, she returned to her hometown and founded OC Publishing. O'Connell graduated from Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU) from Child Studies in 1984 (hence her love of children's literature) and again in 1990 with a Bachelor of Public Relations. She is a member of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS).
O'Connell hosts The Author Journey presented by OC Publishing that airs live on the OC Publishing FaceBook page on the last Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Atlantic. All episodes can also be viewed on the OC Publishing YouTube channel.
For more details on Anne's professional background visit her LinkedIn profile.
Anne Louise O'Connell