Margot Wilson (Owner and Editor)

Margot E. Wilson, PhD (Owner and Editor)

Margot discusses the origins of TransGender Publishing, having an outsider/insider perspective, inclusivity, and current projects on “The Big Question” with Ollie Belisle (2022). TO LISTEN CLICK HERE

TransGender Publishing is a small independently owned publishing house located in Victoria BC. The first Canadian publishing house focused specifically on publishing transgender manuscripts, TransGender Publishing is an imprint of Castle Carrington Publishing Group.

We offer a wide range of supports for authors and researchers, including research design, interviewing, audio recording and editing, transcription, writing support, proofreading, copy editing, digital typesetting, cover design, photograph scanning and image editing in preparation for publication.

Margot is an anthropologist who retired from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada in March 2018. Over the past 30+ years, Margot has undertaken anthropological research in South Asia. She has lived in a bamboo hut with no running water and no electricity in a rural village in northwest Bangladesh, learning to be a village woman by living as one. Margot has also undertaken research at a shelter for abandoned women and children in Dhaka (the capital city) and at the Danish-Bangladesh Leprosy Missions in northwest Bangladesh.

She has published a number of research papers based on that research and two books based on women’s narratives. These include Daughter of the Spirit and Beyond Ideas of Wrong Doing and are available through Castle Carrington Publishing.

Since 2014, Margot’s longstanding research interests in gender, personal narrative, and story telling have led her to undertake life history research in collaboration with elders in the Canadian and American transgender communities.

In 2018, Margot published the first in a series of transgender elders’ life histories, Girl in the Dream, the life story of Stephanie Castle, a Canadian transgender woman and early advocate for the rights of transgender people and, more specifically, for transgender people incarcerated in the Canadian prison system (see Prisoner of Gender available through Stephanie Castle Publications).

Also published in 2018 was a second edition of Feelings: A Transsexual’s Explanation of a Baffling Condition, which is edited and includes a new introduction by Margot. Originally published in 1992, Feelings was Stephanie Castle’s first non-fiction book on transgender issues. Stephanie’s  novels and other non-fiction books on transgender topics are available at Stephanie Castle Publications (an imprint of Castle Carrington Publishing Group).

Since then, a number of other life stories have been published by TransGender Publishing (see Available Now) including Glimmerings: Trans Elders Tell Their Stories, edited by Margot Wilson and Aaron Devor, a volume of 15 life stories written by trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit elders.

Currently, Margot is collaborating with a number of individuals in the trans community to write and publish their life stories (see New Publications Coming in 2020/2021).

Other imprints of Castle Carrington Publishing Group include Stephanie Castle Publications, which publishes fiction written by trans authors and/or focused on trans topics, Perceptions Press, which publishes innovative, avant-garde (and occasionally provocative) trans fiction and non-fiction, Castle Carrington Publishing, which publishes life stories,  and All Genders Press, which publishes LGBTQ+ fiction and non-fiction.

If you are a trans author and would like to talk to Margot about publishing your manuscript, please use the contact form below.

Margot discusses TransGender Publishing and the TRANScestors series with Shelley Baker from TGForum (in 2021). TO LISTEN CLICK HERE

Margot discusses anthropological methods with Janet Salmons, Methods Guru at SAGE MethodSpace (2020) and how she applied them to writing trans life histories and opening TransGender Publishing. TO LISTEN CLICK HERE

Margot discuss the origins of TransGender Publishing and the publication trans life stories with Corey Keith of Spectra Services (2019) TO LISTEN CLICK HERE