About Us

Hancock House began publishing under the name and imprint of the Hancock Wildlife Conservation Center in the late 1960s. David Hancock started the publishing venture by building on the distribution system he first initiated to sell his own books that accompanied his documentary film production. Hancock House Publishers was formed in 1971 and was incorporated in 1975.

 

During the early 1980s Hancock House operated a wholesale and remainder book division focusing on the sale of western titles, and also started three bookstores, all to further the sales of Hancock House published titles. After about five years of these related activities, the company focus shifted exclusively to publishing.

 

Distribution operations were originally managed from warehouses in Alberta, Ontario, Connecticut and Seattle, as well as in the Victoria area. Later, with improved courier systems, distribution was consolidated to two locations: Surrey, BC for Canada, and Blaine, Washington for the US. By 1997 website development supported an international direct mail marketing for the Hancock House expansion into major natural history books.

 

Publishing Specialization

From the beginning the Hancock House focus has been on non-fiction regional titles, emphasizing western and far north history and biographies, Native culture, nature and wildlife, and cryptozoology and folklore. In 2008 Hancock House launched its first e-books. We have also developed an international presence with major wildlife conservation and falconry titles.

 

In-house Operations

Hancock House Publishers manages all its own pre-press production, including editing, layout and design, as well as undertaking it s own marketing and promotions, and sales and distribution. Along with its busy Internet and direct mail sales efforts, Hancock House titles are available through a wide distribution of trade accounts and rack accounts along the Pacific coast and into BC, Alberta, and Alaska.

 

Acknowledgements

Hancock House acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for its publishing activities.


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