I've only recently worn the
publisher's hat, though I wore the editor's hat long before that:
sometimes comfortable, sometimes a little tight. Before that I wore,
er, other hats. You can always talk to me in person, and on the whole,
I think you'll find that more useful.
Robert Buckland was born in Ontario, Canada
and graduated from McGill University, Montreal in 1966.
He worked for several years as an actor and director in Canadian
and American repertory companies and with CBC-TV before emigrating
to England in 1969.
In London in 1970, Buckland founded the design
firm James Bird and worked as a jewelry designer and sculptor
until 1975, when, following a long-held interest, he entered
the world of antique carpets and textiles as a dealer.
Returning to Canada in 1976, he established
Rare Carpets, whose gallery on Montreal's Sherbrooke Street was
a fixture of the local ethnographic art scene for a number of
Buckland has written professionally and for
pleasure throughout his life, including assignments for CFCF-TV
Montreal, Readers' Digest and a variety of periodicals.
He is the author of Fatmen's Fancy, a full-length screenplay
now optioned to Hudson Productions, and wrote and narrated
Lights, Camera ... Hold It!, an hour-long documentary
on the Canadian film industry for CBC Radio Canada International.
He is partner in White Night Productions and Whisper
Entertainment, Los Angeles.
The Business of Words is a writing and editing service dedicated to taking
clients' book concepts through to published completion. Recent projects
include Dr. Barry
Lycka's Shaping a New Image, the same author's Restoring Youth, Dr. Donald Robbins's The Toxic Dental Office. Robert A. Douglas' That Line of Darkness and Hui Zhi Song's Crossing the Wall. Other editing
clients include Cornell University and Random House (Canada) for which Buckland has edited Brian O'Dea's High, Paul Chiasson's The Island of Seven Cities, Sally Armstrong's The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor and Bryce Wylde's The Antioxidant Prescription and Wylde on Health.
In recent years, Buckland has become more directly involved it publishing. In 2009 he founded Ocean Cooperative Publishing,
introducing a novel concept that fuses the best features of
self-publishing and traditional publishing. In 2010, he and others
founded a traditional small press, Encompass Editions, whose recently released The Village of My Heart's Mistake, was shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Society's 2012 Dartmouth Non-fiction Award.