Incorporated in 1996 in the Canadian province of Ontario, the company was originally designed to provide writing and training services. Its principal, Marvin Ross, had been writing books, newspaper, magazine articles and teaching business communications since the late 1970's. His first book was "Economics, Opportunity and Crime" but he quickly switched to humour with "Cover Your Ass or How To Survive in A Government Bureaucracy" using the pseudonym Bureaucrat X. David Shaw illustrated what became a very popular book in Canada.
He and Shaw went on to do "Daddy Dearest: A Guide for First Time Fathers"; "Sorry Daddy: A First time Father's Guide" and "Reigning Cats and Dogs: A Lighthearted Look at Pets and Their Owners".
Ross then switched to more serious topics with books on Alzheimer's, eyes and other medical and health writing for a variety of papers and eventually websites. He has covered many medical conferences to report on new advances in cardiology, cancer, digestive diseases, respiration and neurology and psychiatry. His specialized services have been used to develop continuing medical education programs for physicians and to write summarizes of medical meetings.
In 2008, he decided to publish his own book on Schizophrenia which had the subtitle Medicine's Mystery - Society's Shame. That book has received considerable praise in both North America and Europe and Ross found himself quickly learning about the publishing industry. As a result, Bridgeross switched its focus from writing to publishing.
Bridgeross quickly developed interest from authors wishing to write about serious mental illness many of whom have submitted proposals. To date, Bridgeross has accepted and published a number of highly recommended titles in that subject matter - one by a mother discussing her fight to help her daughter; three by people with schizophrenia (an artist, a psychologist and a neuroscientist), one by a mother with schizophrenia co-written with her daughter and a memoir on a family of 10 working together to help a sibling with schizophrenia who died of lung cancer.
Other titles include the fiction and non-fiction works of David Laing Dawson (a Hamilton psychiatrist); and a memoir of growing up as the child of Holocaust survivors.
Three of the Bridgeross books have been listed as among the top books on schizophrenia by US psychiatrist, E Fuller Torrey, in his latest edition of the classic Understanding Schizophrenia A Manual For Families. The three titles are Schizophrenia Medicine's Mystery Society's Shame by Bridgeross publisher, Marvin Ross, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman, and Dr. Carolyn Dobbins' What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizoaffective Disorder.
Mr Ross, the publisher, Torrey describes as "one of the leading Canadian advocates for individuals with serious psychiatric disorders."
Previously, healthyplace.com, an award winning metal health website based in San Antonio, listed 2 of the above 3 books as must haves for people with serious mental illnesses. Two of them are After Her Brain Broke and What A Life Can Be. The other is My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery From Mental Illness by Sandra Yuen MacKay. Sandra was named the Courage to Come Back winner in mental health in BC in 2012 and was one of the five Faces of Mental Illness in Canada.
Bridgeross only does two or three titles a year but is always interested in e-mail submissions with an outline of the proposed book rather than a completed manuscript.
A native Torontonian, Ross is now located in the historic town of Dundas, Ontario just west of Hamilton, Ontario (and now amalgamated with that city) located half way between Toronto and the US border. He is a short distance from McMaster University with its world class medical school and the alma mater to such well known comics as Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Ivan Reitman.
He also managed to write and co-write two books on Hamilton. "Hamilton: A New City for a New Millennium" and "The Hamilton Book of Everything" with Kim Arnott and Cheryl McDonald.
Follow Marvin Ross's Huffington Post Blog Articles and a blog he shares with Dr David Laing Dawson called Mind You Reflections of Mental Illness, Mental Health and Life
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Email: mross at bridgeross.com (type into the send portion of your e-mail and replace at with @)