Scott Steedman | Editor | Writer | Publishing Consultant
Editor, writer and publishing consultant who will help you conceive, write and publish your book, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Editor, writer, publisher, communications, book, publish, bestseller, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Scott Steedman

Editor + Writer + Publishing Consultant

Scott Steedman has been working with authors, agents, publishers and other creative people and organizations for three decades. During that time he has conceived, imagined, structured and edited hundreds of books for publishers in the UK, France and Canada, and for organizations as varied as the British Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Haida Nation and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Scott’s roles have included Project Editor at Dorling Kindersley, London (1989–95), Senior Editor at Larousse, Paris (1995–2001), Editorial Director, Non-Fiction at Raincoast Books, Vancouver (2001–04) and Associate Publisher at Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver (2004–08). A fluent French speaker, he is a professor in the Publishing department at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.
Scott has also written more than a dozen books for children and adults, as well as journalism and communications and marketing copy. The books he has edited have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and won many awards: Art for War and Peace, which he co-wrote, won the 2015 Ben Franklin Award; Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, which he commissioned, won CBC Canada Reads 2012 and was a number one bestseller; and Visions of British Columbia, which he conceived and edited, won the 2010 City of Vancouver Book Award.
Scott is Co-founder and Editorial Director of Locarno Press, an independent publisher.

 Some Key Projects

 Some Key Projects

Art for War and Peace

By Ian Sigvaldason and Scott Steedman

Read Leaf, 2015

+ With essay by Douglas Coupland

+ Inspired large exhibition at Calgary Military Museums, 2015–16, and small show at Canada House, London

Lavishly illustrated history of Canada’s largest public art project, co-written by Scott and collector Ian Sigvaldason

 Some Key Projects

The House of Wives

by Simon Choa-Johnston

+ Globe & Mail bestseller

Worked with author to re-structure this historical novel, published in 2016 by Penguin in Canada, China and India.

 Some Key Projects

Treasures of the RoyaBritish Columbia Museum

RBCM Press, 2015

Project managed this commemorative book, commissioned by RBCM CEO Jack Lohman.

 Some Key Projects

North of Normal

by Cea Sunrise Person

 Page Two, 2015

Canadian bestseller

Worked with author to develop this memoir, published to great success in Canada and US by HarperCollins

 Some Key Projects

Visions of British Columbia

Winner City of Vancouver Book Award 2010

+ Shortlisted, BC Book Prize 2010

Published to accompany show at Vancouver Art Gallery during 2010 Olympics; Scott conceived the mix of literary excerpts and artwork, with VAG Senior Curator Bruce Grenville

 Some Key Projects

Something Fierce

by Carmen Aguirre

Douglas & McIntyre, 2010

+ Winner CBC Reads 2012

+ Number One Canadian bestseller

An astonishing memoir about being a child soldier in the Chilean resistance, which Scott commissioned based on a magazine piece

Other Projects

We Are Canada

 by Rikia Saddy

+ Justin Trudeau came to Vancouver launch!

+ Nominated for 2015 Red Maple Award 

Edited this very short, very inspirational history of Canada by journalist Rikia Saddy.

Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont

 By Joseph Boyden

+ short biography by winner of 2010 Giller Prize

+ one of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series, edited by John Ralston Saul

Also edited Maurice Richard by Charles Foran

A Long Way Home

 by Ishmael Beah

Douglas & McIntyre, 2010

+ Number One Canadian bestseller, still a bestseller

Devastating literary memoir by former child soldier from Sierra Leone

Inside the Whale and Other Animals

 by Ted Dewan and Steve Parker

+ Won 1992 Mother Goose Award for Books for Children

Edited this humorous, educational voyage inside various beasts

 Eyewitness Mummy

 Dorling Kindersley, 1990

+ Groundbreaking series has sold 75 millions copies worldwide since 1988

Scott was project manager on six of the earliest Eyewitness titles, all co-productions with major museums—this one with British Museum

 Amazing Monkeys

 by Scott Steedman

 Dorling Kindersley, 1990

+ Published 30+ countries

Scott conceived and edited the first 12 titles in this Eyewitness spin-off series, all co-produced with London’s Natural History Museum, and wrote this one.

Raven Travelling

+ Pioneering intro to Haida art and culture, for landmark show at Vancouver Art Gallery

+ bestseller in hardcover and paperback

Scott edited this major catalogue, first of its kind to be entirely curated by indigenous writers and artists.

 Egyptian News

 Walker Books, 1996

+ Seven languages, multiple editions and formats

+ Total sales of more than 100,000

Scott co-wrote this mock newspaper from Ancient Egypt with British Museum Egyptologist James Putnam; it is still in print worldwide.

A War Against Truth

by Paul William Roberts

Raincoast Books, 2004

+ Canadian bestseller

+ shortlisted for Charles Taylor Prize

Scott commissioned and edited this searing account of the US invasion of Iraq by journalist sent there by Harper’s magazine.

The Song Within My Heart

By Allen Sapp

Douglas & McIntyre, 2010

+ Winner 2003 Governor General’s Award

Moving children’s book by renowned Cree painter

Nomad’s Hotel

by Cees Nooteboom

Douglas & McIntyre, 2008

Brilliant collection of travel writing by Dutch master, perennial favourite for the Nobel Prize.