Iguana Books is a Canadian hybrid publishing house. Here's what makes us unique.
Quality: As a publishing services company, we’ve been editing and designing books for major publishers since 1977. Going it alone, you won’t even know which editors are good and which ones are wannabes. Your book will be fully professional – and readers can tell the difference.
Credibility: Readers will come to know that they can trust Iguana Books to be completely professional since our books are all “good reads.” You will benefit from our reputation.
Community: Publish the book yourself, and you do it in isolation. When we publish each book, that author’s readership visits our site, and some of them will see other books they want to buy. As we grow, more and more readers will discover your book.
Continuity: We don’t just want to publish your book. We want to foster your career as a writer and help you build your readership.
Reach: Our books are available worldwide in all the major ebookstores.
Iguana Books has existed in various incarnations since 1991. However, it was relaunched as a sustained publishing program in 2011 by founder Greg Ioannou. Greg has a long history in publishing; he’s edited somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 books, taught publishing at Ryerson, served four terms as President of the Editors’ Association of Canada, and is the CEO of Colborne Communications, a writing and editing company, and co-founder of PubLaunch.com, a crowdfunding and freelance marketplace website. He was inspired to start Iguana to address some of the structural problems facing traditional publishing and to help publish top-quality books unable to find a home in traditional houses; Iguana's genres span from mysteries to political thrillers to inspirational memoirs. Under his direction, Iguana published its 100th book in 2017.
Greg Ioannou, President
This whole Colborne thing was Greg's idea. He's been writing and editing since 1977. He's edited more than 2000 books, and written everything from board games to annual reports. When he's not busy running the show, he likes to walk around the office in bare feet, sipping coffee and admiring his collection of stuffed mooses. Outside of the office, he captains a team in a weekly trivia league and has been known to frequent local pubs and stamp auctions. He was the very first member of the Editors' Association of Canada and has been on EAC's executive for longer than some of the other Colborners have been alive. He's loquacious ["full of loquats"], pugnacious ["resembling a pug"], and ornery ["Greg-like"].
Mary Ann Blair, Publisher
Mary Ann graduated from the University of Waterloo with an English degree; while studying, she spent six terms as a co-op student and ultimately realized that she wanted to work in publishing. She began her career as a production editor at Prentice Hall, spent a year at Key Porter as editorial manager, and then went on to become managing editor at both Pearson and Penguin Random House. After leaving PRH she reconnected with Greg and decided to give hybrid publishing a try. So far so good… Mary Ann is known for remembering everyone’s birthday she’s ever met, but has no real interest in astrology.
Jen Albert, Senior Editor
Jen is a writer, editor, and former research scientist from Toronto. She has an MSc in molecular genetics and worked as an entomologist for several years before moving into editing. Jen specializes in scientific editing and genre fiction and has worked as an editor of speculative fiction for many years; she is currently co-editor at PodCastle, an award-winning fantasy fiction podcast and magazine, where she has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent science fiction and fantasy authors in the world.
Paula Chiarcos, Editor
Paula is a writer and editor who attained a degree in International Relations before deciding to pursue a career in editing. She graduated from the University of California’s Professional Sequence in Editing program and joined Editors Canada not long after. Her experience ranges from editing medical reports to memoirs to juvenile fiction. When not working, she’s usually having Nerf battles with her kids or baking something yummy while listening to her favourite political podcasts.