About

Let us help you publish your book

Brisbane Self Publishing Service is a one-stop, self-publishing company providing author publishing services, including editing, book design, ebook conversion, audiobook production and book printing.  With our friendly, down-to-earth approach, we aim to support and empower writers on their self-publishing journey.

Our priority is to ensure that you get exactly what you want for your published book.

Establishing a Book Publishing Partnership

Brisbane Self Publishing Service is managed by editor and publication designer, Kirsty Ogden – with assistance from editor and copywriter, Patrice Shaw. Kirsty and Patrice originally met at the University of Southern Queensland while studying for a post-graduate qualification in Editing and Publishing. Delighted to discover they shared a passion for books and had a similar approach to editing and publishing, they formed their publication partnership.

Over time, this strategic alliance has continued to evolve, with accredited editor, Charlotte Cottier, plus freelance editors/proofreaders, Rebecca Fletcher and Megan Kelly becoming referral partners of the business. In addition, ghostwriter/editor Judy Fredriksen and audiobook professional Simone Feiler have made a valuable contribution to the Brisbane Self Publishing Service team.

Meet the Team

Kirsty Ogden

Kirsty Ogden

A professional publication designer and editor, Kirsty Ogden loves supporting writers to self publish a high-quality and attractively presented book. With over 30 years’ industry experience in graphic design, desktop publishing, editing and librarianship, she has in-depth knowledge and expertise in all aspects of book publication.

A self-confessed bibliophile, Kirsty acknowledges the many benefits of ebooks but her preference is always for printed books.

Patrice Shaw

Patrice Shaw

Patrice Shaw is a freelance editor, proofreader and copywriter. Devoted to the written word, fiction is her first love but she can be coerced to edit all types of writing. She has worked with authors who have self-published books in the following genres: thrillers, history, children’s fiction, fantasy, young adult, short stories, memoir, women’s interests, self-help and general fiction.

Patrice has a way with words and enjoys reading grammar books for fun!

Charlotte Cottier

Charlotte Cottier

With a background in business administration and academia, Charlotte Cottier is an experienced editor who enjoys working with both fiction and non-fiction authors. Helping writers to tell their stories, whether real or imaginary, is her special superpower! Charlotte has a Master of Arts in Editing and Publishing degree and is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys honing her skills with cryptic crosswords and sudoku puzzles.

Rebecca Fletcher

Rebecca Fletcher

Rebecca Fletcher is a professional editor and proofreader who loves helping authors showcase the best version of their work – from big picture ideas through to ensuring commas are in the correct place. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in writing and a Master of Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing.

When Rebecca isn’t reading anything that isn’t nailed down, she likes writing speculative fiction, as well as buying books and Lego.

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly is a professional editor,  specialising in fiction and narrative non-fiction manuscripts. From childhood, she has always loved books and the magic of words. Megan has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and, while her preferred genre to edit is fiction, she enjoys channelling her passion for grammar to any writing style.

When Megan isn’t reading a book with a nice cup of tea, she enjoys English country dancing and watching period dramas.

Judy Fredriksen

Judy Fredriksen

Passionate about writing and storytelling, Judy Fredriksen loves helping fiction authors to craft their manuscripts into an intriguing tale that keeps readers mesmerised. Always mindful of the creative process and its sometimes unconventional approach to storytelling, Judy combines her extensive knowledge of all aspects of narrative writing with formal editing qualifications, backed by a decade of copywriting experience.

Judy’s editing credits include Sundowner of the Skies which was short listed in the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2020.

Simone Feiler

Simone Feiler

Simone Feiler is a highly experienced audio professional who enjoys helping authors produce and distribute their printed manuscript in audiobook format. Working from her fully-equipped Brisbane recording studio, Simone offers a relaxing environment for authors wanting to narrate their own books. She also has industry connections with professional voice narrators if an author prefers this option.

Away from her recording studio, Simone enjoys working on getting herself and others into shape!

The PLAYBOOK

Learn the essential steps to successfully launch your book manuscript into the world with this comprehensive 184-page guide to self-publishing. Your journey to becoming a published author starts here.

Praise for ‘Let’s Get Published’

In ‘Let’s Get Published’, Kirsty adeptly navigates the entire book publication process for new authors. Covering writing, editing, design, marketing, and essential admin details like ISBNs, she simplifies the intricacies of self-publishing. A highly skilled self-publishing expert, Kirsty has produced an invaluable resource, offering a streamlined guide through the evolving landscape of independent publishing.

Michael Hanrahan

Managing Director and Co-founder of Australian Business Book Awards, Publish Central

‘Let’s Get Published’ is a comprehensive guide to all the big-picture processes involved in planning, writing and self-publishing books, as well as the smaller details involved in every step along the way. With her extensive experience as an editor and designer, Kirsty expertly unravels the complexities of the self-publishing process. A must-have resource that I’ll be strongly recommending to my book coaching clients!

Bev Ryan

Non-fiction certified book coach, Bev Ryan Publishing

‘Let’s Get Published’ is one of the best books I have ever read on self-publishing because it encourages the reader to think about what they want, rather than telling them what they should do. It explains why you should write, how to write, the essential editing process, and design and layout aspects of your book, and concludes with the important step of book marketing. Highly recommended!

Jim Higgins

President, Australian Fellowship of Writers (Qld)

After meeting Kirsty Ogden in an online business group, then listening and watching her share details about her craft, I soon realised she stood out from the crowd. Kirsty is a dedicated and grounded professional who has a gift with helping writers to self-publish their books, whilst also keeping things simple. No doubt her own book – ‘Let’s Get Published’ – will prove to be a valuable resource for many people.

Cathy Dimarchos

TEDx speaker and award-winning business advisor, Solutions2You