Emergency Business Consulting Program

The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and forcing publishers to navigate difficult business decisions. To provide members with assistance in this area, ACP’s regular mentorship program is temporarily suspended to support the Emergency Business Consulting Program. The program will match members with veteran publishers and consultants experienced in business planning, crisis response, and human resources management. Whether you need a sounding board to bounce ideas off, or support in developing a more detailed response plan, this program is for you.

All full and associate members in good standing (i.e. dues paid to 2019) are eligible for up to five hours of consultation by phone or video conference at no charge. The consultation may be divided however it will best meet your needs (e.g. an initial discussion with follow-up, or a five-hour intensive session).

The Emergency Business Consulting Program will remain open for as long as is necessary, and we will consider allocating additional financial resources to support the program if the need persists. The regular mentorship program will resume when the need for emergency support diminishes, budget permitting.

To apply, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Jazz Cook ([email protected]) for additional information.

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Mentorship Program

As previously noted, the 2020-21 Mentorship Program is temporarily suspended. Please see above for current program offerings. ACP members can contact Jazz Cook ([email protected]) for more information or see below for the archived program description.


The ACP Mentorship Program is exclusive to ACP members. It matches industry specialists with members from across the country for a one-day focused session on the topic of their choice.

At the 1997 ACP AGM, several members noted the lack of people ready to assume leadership positions in Canadian publishing, while at the same time publishers expressed an interest in acquiring skills from their more experienced colleagues in the industry.

These concerns resulted in the creation of the ACP Mentorship Program. One of the main goals of the program is to provide an opportunity for publishers to work in a focused and intensive way with industry specialists on a specific aspect of their business. This program essentially aims to offer publishers of all sizes an opportunity to directly learn from each other.

Suggested topics for mentoring sessions include:

► Acquisitions and List Development
► Audiobooks
► Book & Jacket Design
► Business Planning and Development
► Children’s & Young Adult Publishing
► Ebook Distribution & Metadata
► Editorial Administration
► Educational Publishing
► Export
► Grants
► Inventory Management
► Marketing
► Print Distribution & Metadata
► Production (Print & Digital)
► Publicity
► Publishing Best Practices
► Rights & Contracts
► Succession Planning

For more information, contact Jazz Cook, Mentorship Services Coordinator, at 416-487-6116 x 2310 or at jazz_cook@canbook.org. All Associate and Full ACP members in good standing may apply for mentorship.