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We publish two Canadian frontlist catalogues per year – Spring and Fall. Click the links below to view them in your browser. You can also save a copy to your desktop by clicking the the DOWNLOAD button (top right) in your PDF viewer.

Spring 2019 Canadian Frontlist Catalogue (PDF)

Fall 2018 Canadian Frontlist Catalogue (PDF)

Ongoing Effects of Birth Order

Sigmund Freud was the first of the psychotherapists to note that “a child’s position in the sequence of brothers and sisters is of very great significance for the course of his later life.”

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Pet Adoption: A Lifetime Commitment

World Animal Day is celebrated annually on October 4. Its mission is to “raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe” (source).

Self-Counsel Press is proud to have published a book on how to improve the well-being of companion animals by adopting a greener lifestyle. One of  the green solutions Darcy Matheson, the author of Greening Your Pet Care, suggests is adoption, which she calls the “ultimate recycling.” However, a decision to adopt a pet should always be well thought out as it is a lifetime commitment. Continue reading

How To Move To Canada From The US?

It is estimated by the US embassy in Ottawa that there are more than a million Americans living in Canada on a regular basis. Canada welcomes thousands of new immigrants and visitors from the US every year. Just as Canadian visitors fall in love with certain areas of the US and purchase property there, for similar reasons Americans visiting Canada often want to either purchase Canadian property for recreational use or as an investment. Continue reading

How has Self-Counsel Press helped you?

For nearly 45 years Self-Counsel Press has been helping our readers navigate through difficult situations – from starting and running various types of businesses to organizing wonderful weddings on a budget to planning for retirement to writing and executing wills. We are proud to be a part of our readers’ lives.

Have we been a part of your life, too? Continue reading

Downloads and eBooks

Create An Account

Before you purchase any download product from us, you can create a personal account in our online store. Although this is not necessary, and you will have the option of a Guest Checkout, it is recommended.

Why should I create an account?

  • After your purchase is complete, your ebook or download kit will be available for download from your account, and
  • Because downloads can and sometimes do fail, and the hardware devices used to read ebooks can also fail, we maintain a copy of your purchase for you in your account. All you need to do to get your book back is log into your account and download it again.

We ask for very little information when you create your account and we will neither spam you nor allow anyone to see your private information.


download kits

Our download kits typically contain PDF forms, Word forms, and sometimes Excel files. Products where the book/guide are included in the download kit (probate, divorce, separation) the PDF files are secured and password protected to restrict unauthorized copying and printing.

After you purchase a download kit, you’ll receive a link to download – either in an email confirmation or accessed through your customer account (if you created one). Click the link to initiate the ‘’ download. Save the .zip file to your desktop or a folder where you can locate the file after. Once the download is complete, you now must find the file and extract its contents.

You will need a program that has the ability to unzip the folder/parcel. Most newer operating systems can unzip files simply by double-clicking or right-clicking the .zip file and selecting “extract” or “unzip”. Older operating systems require an extracting program such as WINZIP or 7-ZIP which you’ll have to download and install separately.

Once unzipped, the instructions included in the kit will be written on a .html file and should be opened with any modern web browser (ex. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer). Please find the ‘instructions.html’ file and “open with” your current web browser. Follow the instructions.

Important notice: If you are using Internet Explorer to buy and download files, you should be aware that Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8 do not handle ZIP files correctly and will give an error (The Compressed (zipped) Folder is invalid or corrupted.) when you try to open the file.

Solutions: either download and install the latest version of Internet Explorer 10 or download and install Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

For more information about our Download Kits (legal and business forms) please read this article


We currently sell ebooks in one format – EPUB. This format is used by iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and many other reading systems. All ebooks sold on this site can be found on in the Kindle format. We DO NOT sell Kindle format (Amazon) ebooks on our site.

Using an iPad?
If you’re trying to open / view / edit a download kit on a tablet like an iPad you will need to install additional applications to do this. An app called iZIP is available for free in the iTunes App Store. Installing this application will allow you to UNZIP the file and view the content. It will also allow you to open and save the Word and PDF forms in other applications designed for file storage and sharing, like Dropbox or Google Drive.

If you’re attempting to EDIT Word and Excel documents from a DL kit on your tablet, you will also have to install another application that is designed for working on Microsoft Office documents. There are many options available to you in the App Store, and most of them are not free. Printing documents from a tablet can also be a challenge as this has to be done through a wireless internet connection (Wifi). We recommend you complete the forms in your kit on a desktop or laptop device that is designed for editing, saving, and printing documents.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

DRM is a form of copy protection software which is used to “lock” your ebook to one device. It is supplied by, and relies upon, third-party vendors and in the short time it has existed, we have seen DRM vendors shut down causing users to lose access to the books they paid for. We don’t believe DRM is a good idea, and we do believe we can trust our readers, so all Self-Counsel eBooks are DRM-free.

You Need Software or  Hardware

To read one of our ebooks, you need either a dedicated device with e-reading software on it, or appropriate software on your personal computer. To learn more about these options, please read this article.

Installing Your eBook

To learn how to install your ebook on your dedicated reading device or your personal computer, please read this article.

CDs in Printed Books

Many of our printed books contain CD-ROMs with forms, checklists, spreadsheets, and other useful materials for the reader. We cannot “attach” a CD-ROM to an ebook, and displaying letter-sized forms on (for example) the small screen of a smartphone is not very useful.

What we have done is, made the CD-ROM contents available as a separate, optional download at a very low price. You will find these “kits” in the same place you find your ebooks in our store. Each kit is designed to work well in a web browser on Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux operating systems. Each kit contains all the forms and other materials normally found on the CD in the printed book. If you cannot find a kit you want, please email our Customer Service (see this page for contacts

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All material published by Self-Counsel Press and International Self-Counsel Press is protected under copyright law. Written permission from the publisher is required if you wish to reproduce our material.

Learn more about copyright

If you have general questions about copyright rules and current legislation in America, information can be found at your local library, on the U.S. Copyright Website, or you can download this file from the United States Copyright Office. (PDF, requires Adobe Reader)

If you have general questions about copyright rules and current legislation in Canada, information can be found at your local library, or at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.


All requests for permission to reproduce material from books published by us must be made in writing (click here to download a printable .pdf form). Please include the ISBN, title and author of the book you wish to reprint from. We will also need to know:

  • the exact material you wish to reprint.
  • the page numbers on which the material appears in our book.
  • title and publisher of your book, proposed date of publication, price, and print run
  • what territories you need permission for (Canada English, World English, World All Languages, etc.).

Email requests will not be accepted.

Please send your request to:

Editorial Permissions, Self-Counsel Press 1481 Charlotte Road North Vancouver, 
British Columbia, Canada V7J 1HQ 
Via Email or Fax: 604-986-3947


How long does this take?

It may take from 3 to 6 weeks before you receive a written response to your permission request. (This time will vary depending on the volume of requests we have to process.) Therefore, we ask you to submit a complete request for permission as early in your editorial process as possible. You may follow up on your requests no sooner than 3 weeks after our receipt of your request.

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Do You Need an Investment Advisor?


If you have considered saving and investing for a certain goal, such as a house, a child’s education, or your own retirement, you’ve undoubtedly wondered the best way to go about it, and whether or not an investment advisor would be worth the, ahem, investment.

What Is an Investment Advisor?

An investment advisor is a person who invests other people’s money (or suggests investments for others’ money) for a living.

An investment advisor is different from a financial advisor in that an investment advisor is only going to advise on investments, not on the rest of your financial situation. If you need an overall look at your finances, perhaps a financial advisor would be a good place to start, followed by an appointment with an investment advisor. One person can be both, but an investment advisor will specialize in investments, whereas perhaps a financial advisor will generalize in a lot of areas.

What Can You Do Yourself?

You can dive right into doing a lot of learning about investments on your own, and you can do much investing online or otherwise, without help. Or, you could hire an advisor with the knowledge who could steer you in the direction you need to go to achieve your desired outcome, knowing that you will be paying this person for his or her advice, but that theoretically he or she will save you much of the time it would take you to get over any learning curve, and potential upkeep of knowledge over time.

Always Question How Advisors Make Money and Their Certifications

All financial and investment advisors need to make money somehow. Some will charge flat fees, or percentages on what they handle. Many, however, will also get kickbacks based on certain products they sell; for example, a 10 percent fee each time they sell a certain investment. This can undoubtedly make someone biased, encouraging them to sell you something that may or may not be the best option for you and your particular situation; that is why it is essential you question how your advisor gets paid and whether he or she receives kickbacks or bonuses on certain products.

According to Dale Walters, CEO of KeatsConnelly, people like that are salespeople, but in the US, registered investment advisors do have regulatory oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are required to act as a fiduciary, meaning your needs are to come before the advisor’s personal wishes.

Always ask about your potential advisor’s certifications and who oversees them. In Canada and the US, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation is used to denote someone who has been certified by the Financial Planning Standards Council, or CFP Board, not-for-profit organizations that develop, promote, and enforce professional standards in the industry.

Where Can You Find a Good Investment Advisor?

Ask family and friends if they have any trusted investment advisors and know that you can “interview” them before you hire them to handle your investments.Don’t sign over your money if you aren’t sure about a person. Take your time and find someone you can trust.

For more about personal finances and investments, see Self-Counsel Press’ personal finance titles