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At Brisbane Self Publishing Service, we’re proud to support both new and experienced authors to achieve their book publishing goals. We mentor our clients through all the steps associated with publishing their book. Using our straightforward 5-step framework, we guide them along their self-publishing journey, from the editing stage through to the book production phase (i.e. page layout/typesetting and cover design) and, finally, to the end product – their published book.
Below are examples of the types of books we’ve helped our clients to self-publish (including details about our role in helping them to achieve their publishing dream).
A spy thriller by Jim Reay
As the storyline for this novel is quite complex, we first undertook a careful structural edit to make sure any ‘big picture’ problems in the manuscript were addressed, after which we copy edited the manuscript to catch the more detailed errors at paragraph/sentence level. The book cover design for this book was quite sophisticated with two separate photographs interposed and edited in Photoshop to capture the ‘look and feel’ the author – Jim Reay – was striving for with his book.
Prime Minister By Accident
A political mystery thriller by Jim Reay
For this unique manuscript involving two distinct storylines, we initially completed a structural edit which resulted in a few changes to the plot. Jim then did some rewriting and we followed up with a copy edit before the manuscript headed into the design phase of the project. This book cover design is one of our most creative to date, with clever Photoshop artwork used to create a atmospheric and moody image that offers readers some clues to what happens between the covers. We also provided typesetting services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.
The Chess Board
A mystery thriller by Jim Reay
This manuscript was the first foray into self publishing for our author client – Jim Reay. We assisted him with each stage of the self-publishing process, starting with a structural edit of his manuscript, then following some minor rewriting, a copy edit of the text. The interior page formatting and book cover design process involved a steep learning curve for Jim, however, he was very pleased with the final outcome for his book.
Searching for Siobhan
A mystery novel by Jim Reay
This was the second manuscript we helped Jim Reay to self publish. We noticed how his experience of self publishing the first book with our assistance had helped him write a ‘tighter’, more polished book the second time around. In addition, Jim was now aware that he needed to do his homework first for the book cover. By searching for pictures of the types of images he wanted incorporated, he was able to convey his vision for the cover design with much greater clarity. This in turn made the cover design process more straightforward.
A spy thriller by Jim Reay
As this was the second book in Jim Reay’s IIB spy thriller series, it was vital to ensure all of the characters were consistent in terms of their appearance, behaviour, personality traits etc from one book to the next. Once again, the cover design for this book was quite complex with both photographic and vector images transposed on top of each other to produce a dynamic end result.
The Napoleon Curse
A spy thriller by Jim Reay
At almost 132,000 words, this fiction manuscript was very long and complex. Spanning a timeframe of 200 years and told from various characters’ points of view, it was crucial for us to ensure that the book was well structured to optimise readers’ enjoyment of the sophisticated storyline. We suggested to Jim that the best approach would be to split the text into numerous parts to help readers follow the detailed timeline and plot. We also provided typesetting and book cover design services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.
The Guanaco Affair
A mystery thriller by Jim Reay
Given that this is the seventh book we’ve helped Jim to self publish, we are all familiar with each other’s work processes and so the project ran very smoothly. Following structural and copy editing of the Word manuscript, we designed the interior pages and book cover, and edited the blurb. A final proofread and Jim’s latest book was ready for printing and distribution on Amazon as a POD book. Jim is now well-versed in the intricacies of self-publishing and was able to take on some of the administrative tasks himself. A big tick to our high-achieving client!
A literary novel by Mick Gallogly
Mick Gallogly had written many drafts of his novel manuscript and contacted us for advice about the next step. He was keen to self-publish so that he could maintain control over the publication process. His manuscript was well written but required some minor finessing. We offered Mick a manuscript appraisal followed by a copy edit to help him polish his manuscript before proceeding to the design stage. At this point we commissioned an illustrator to create the original artwork for the front cover of the book. Finally, we arranged ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up on Amazon for our client.
A science fiction mystery by Stevie Rose
Stevie Rose is actually the pen name for three women authors who joined forces to collaborate in writing this novel. With three separate writers involved in creating the manuscript, it was important for us to ensure that the ‘author voice’ remained consistent throughout and that there were no loose ends that would detract from readers’ enjoyment of the story. In addition to structural and copy editing, we provided typesetting and book cover design services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.
How It Looks From Here
A mystery romance by Jill Claybourn
For this project, the author – Jill Claybourn – had previously had her manuscript edited and so only required assistance with typesetting/formatting the interior pages and the book cover design for her novel. We provided a range of sample chapter page layout options for her to select her preferred design, as well as offering guidance for the selection of an attractive stock vector illustration for the front cover of her book.
It Begins With This
A fiction book by Jill Claybourn
Having gained confidence as a result of self-publishing her first book How It Looks From Here with our assistance, Jill was keen to move forward with launching her second novel out into the world. Once again, we helped Jill to create an appealing and atmospheric cover design that was a good fit with her book’s storyline. We also undertook the page formatting/typesetting process for the internal pages of the book. At the completion of the project, we organised a small digital print run and also recommended that Jill consider having her book converted to ebook format.
An historical adventure novel by Alex Arthur
Following his academic studies in archaeology, paleoanthropology and ancient history, the author – Alex Arthur – was inspired to draw on his in-depth knowledge of the Bronze Age and Ancient Babylon in order to write a fictional adventure story. Once again, Bruce had previously had his manuscript edited and so only required assistance with typesetting/formatting the interior pages and the book cover design for his novel. Moreover, since his daughter is a talented graphic artist, she was able to create the original illustration artwork for the front cover of the book. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up for Alex.
My Distant Shadow
An adult romance by Mitchell Walton
Based loosely on events in the author’s own life, this adult fiction tells the story of Mitchell Walton’s inner turmoil during his lifelong journey to discover the meaning of true love. We initially provided Mitchell with a manuscript appraisal so that he could polish his writing himself prior to us undertaking a structural and copy edit of the text. Mitchell had strong opinions about the cover of his book and, after an exhaustive search through an online photo library, finally settled on the front cover image.
A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher had published her first young adult (YA) fantasy novel with a UK-based publishing company but found the experience less than satisfactory. So when she was ready to publish the next book in the series, Sarah approached us to request our guidance with self publishing Firestone. Sarah was keen for her book to be the best it could possibly be so she invested in a complete structural and copy edit. She took a very hands-on approach to the self-publishing process – even providing her own artwork for the cover which we incorporated into an eye-catching book design. Finally, we helped Sarah upload her Print on Demand book to IngramSpark, plus her ebook to Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital so readers worldwide could enjoy her entertaining story.
A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher
This young adult fantasy novel is the third in the Dragonscale trilogy by this talented author. Having published Book 2 in her series with our assistance, Sarah was familiar with the self-publishing process and knew exactly what aspects of this project she required help with. We provided structural editing, copy editing and proofreading, formatting of interior pages, cover design, and advice about her back cover blurb. Once again, we helped Sarah to upload her Print on Demand book to Ingram Spark, and also provided assistance with ebook conversion and distribution to online retail platforms via Draft2Digital.
The 13th Key
A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher
Author, Sarah Fisher, was excited to receive a contract with a small publisher in the UK for her first book. However, unfortunately, the company publisher did not deliver on their promises. Following a protracted negotiation process, Sarah managed to resecure the publication rights to this title. As we’d already helped her to self publish Books 2 and 3 in her Dragonscale series, we teamed up again for the third time. We collaborated with Sarah to create a new cover and interior page layout, proofread the text, and handle all the admin tasks required to make her title available for Print on Demand via and also assist with ebook conversion and distribution to online retail platforms via Draft2Digital. Sarah is now the proud author of a trilogy and can promote her fiction series as a boxed set if she wishes.
A Wigwam for a Goose's Bridle
A comedy novel by Dorothy Catherine Bowden
Dorothy had previously published a book of poetry but this was her first attempt at publishing a fiction book. The structure of her manuscript was sound so we proceeded straight to the copy editing stage, which included many rounds of changes to the text. Careful thought went into the cover design for the book so that it accurately captured the humour and quirkiness of this Australian story. We created the interior page layout design and then proofread the typeset PDF file. In addition, we wrote the blurb, author bio and prelim pages, prior to organising the printing process.
When There's No-One There
A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Karen Element
As a new fiction writer, Karen Element, was confused about the self-publishing process and approached us for assistance with her first novel – a fantasy book for young adults. Her original manuscript had the basis of an imaginative story but required several rounds of editing to bring out the best in it. We worked closely with Karen to create a book cover that captured the essence of her story but, at the same time, would intrigue potential readers. As Karen is a ‘first-time’ author, we also helped her obtain the required data for her book’s imprint page — copyright, ISBN and prepublication data information. Finally, we arranged short run digital printing of her book.
A novel by Karen Element
As this is Karen’s second book, she felt much more confident about the steps involved in the self-publishing process and, once again, was keen for us to help her create a book she could be proud of. We undertook both a structural and copy edit of her manuscript which resulted in a highly publishable story that was ready to move forward to the design stage. Continuing our collaboration, we designed the cover and interior pages, proofread the typeset pages and wrote the blurb for the back cover. Karen opted to print some copies for her own distribution and Dear Yvonne is now available to purchase as a Print on Demand book and Kindle ebook from Amazon.
A fiction book by Katie Cartmel
After having spent many years writing her lengthy fiction manuscript, Katie was keen to finally have her words published in the form of a printed book so she turned to us for assistance with the self-publishing process. First up, we helped Katie to source a photograph for the front cover of her book and then commissioned a Photoshop artist to create the ethereal fade effect for the back cover. Next, we created an attractive page layout design for her book, edited the blurb and author bio and completed all of the necessary administrative steps. At the completion of the project, we also organised a small digital print run and conversion to ebook format. Katie was thrilled to have the opportunity to transform her written mansucript into a high-quality published book.
Run Your Own Race
A fiction book by Bill Bransdon
Bill approached for assistance with a problem – he’d lost the original Word file for his manuscript and only had a hard printed copy. It happens! We proposed a solution: get the hard copy of his manuscript scanned and then send the PDF file to us. Next, we converted this PDF file back into a Word document so it could be edited on-screen. Following the editing stage (which also involved correcting many formatting errors that had occurred during PDF to Word conversion process), we helped Bill with the interior page and book cover design for his book, as well as the post-publication steps. Bill was delighted that we were able to resolve his initial dilemma and help him to become a first-time author!
Have You Met My Succubus?
A collection of fantasy short stories by Allan Williams
To help Allan Williams publish his collection of fantasy short stories, we undertook a structural/copy edit of the text, provided typesetting and cover design services, and advice about self-publishing admin (including purchasing ISBNs from Thorpe Bowker). Like many fantasy fiction writers, Allan had devised a number of invented words so we suggested that it would be a good idea to include a glossary at the end of the book, which we helped him compile and edit. Allan independently commissioned an artist to create the front cover illustration and internal map. Finally, we arranged for short-run digital printing, plus Amazon Createspace POD.
Tales from Australian Travellers
A collection of short stories and poetry by Joyce Will
After being involved with various writers’ groups for many years, Joyce had accumulated a number of short stories and poems that she wanted to turn into a published collection for her family and friends. We sourced an illustrator for one of her children’s stories, copy edited all of the written content, created an attractive page layout design and designed a colourful book cover (one that would appeal to Joyce’s grandchildren!). At the completion of the project, we also organised a small digital print run. Joyce was thrilled to finally see all her hard work published as a high quality book that she is very proud of.
A business book by Christine McNamara
Christine McNamara approached us requesting our guidance to self-publish her business book. With many years’ experience working in the male-dominated field of information technology, Christine was keen to share her wealth of knowledge (particularly from a women’s perspective) with the world. We initially undertook an extensive structural edit, followed by an in-depth copy edit of her manuscript. For the front cover of her book, Christine wanted to incorporate a stylised image of herself so we commissioned an illustrator to adapt a stock vector illustration. Finally, we organised short-run digital printing, as well as ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand via Amazon Createspace.
Soldier to Executive
A business book by Blake Repine
Blake Repine was keen to publish a book about his experience successfully transitioning from a US Army solider to various leadership roles within the corporate and government sectors. But, due to time constrants, he was finding it challenging to produce an initial draft manuscript. However, we referred Blake to a talented ghostwriter who helped him ‘get the words out of his head and onto the page’. With a well-written manuscript now available, we were able to then step in and undertake all the other steps involved in making Solider to Executive publication ready, including book cover design, internal page layout/typesetting, writing the blurb copy and author bio, and various admin processes. Finally, we uploaded his book title to IngramSpark for Print on Demand, as well as providing Blake with advice about ebook conversion and distribution.
From Conflict to Consensus
A business book by Andrea Doyle
For HR specialist and mediator Andrea Doyle, conflict management is ‘all in a day’s work’. In her book From Conflict to Consensus, Andrea discusses how employees and managers can successfully navigate challenges in the workplace and create win/win outcomes for everyone. For this project, we provided Andrea with structural and copy editing services for her manuscript, as well as formatting/typesetting the interior pages. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing.
The Most Avoided Questions
An informational book by Jim Reay
This project was quite a departure from the norm for fiction author Jim Reay. In this non-fiction philosophical book, Jim wanted to challenge readers’ thinking about particular moral issues in contemporary society. He wanted the internal layout of the book to complement the text so that readers would know where to pause and reflect on the complex subject matter. Each of the moral ‘questions’ has a chapter in the book devoted to it. In contrast to Jim’s fiction books which have evocative photographic covers designed to elicit an emotional response from readers, we created a ‘clean-looking’, minimalist book cover design which employs metaphor to convey its intended message.
An inspirational memoir/business book by Cathy Burke
As the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia and a tireless advocate for community initiatives to solve global poverty, Cathy Burke is an inspirational and committed business leader and entrepreneur. In her book Unlikely Leaders, Cathy provides a collection of anecdotes and lessons that depict her life-changing work with people from impoverished villages in India, Bangladesh and Africa. With such an important vision in mind, we were delighted to be able to help Cathy to self publish her book – assisting her with structural and copy editing the text, as well as providing page layout design and typesetting services.
Lifting the Bar
An informational/health book by Tristan Hill
Tristan Hill is a personal trainer with a mission to help new recruits to the PT profession. Tristan realised that, while there are plenty of books available about how to be fitter and healthier, there were none advising personal trainers how to set up and run their own businesses. So he decided to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with other PTs about the practical side of such an enterprise. We undertook a structural and copy edit to make sure his text was succinct and well expressed. Next, we created a sophisticated internal page design (including multiple text boxes, diagrams and tables) to produce a professional-looking and attractive publication. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing of Lifting the Bar.
Stepping Out the Other Side
A self-help book by Peter Bell
After struggling with mental illness issues since childhood, author Peter Bell had a breakdown at the age of 38 and was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Over many months, Peter learned how to manage his illness and he now runs his own coaching business, mentoring others to lead purposeful lives. We helped Peter to record his journey from illness to good health – initially providing an appraisal of his draft book and then editing his completed Word manuscript. Next up, we undertook the internal page layout/typesetting and book cover design stages for Stepping Out the Other Side. Finally, we arranged for a small digital print run, as well as ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand options.
The Derivation of Mathematics
A secondary school textbook by Paul McNamara
With a life-long love of Mathematics and a PhD degree in Physics, Paul McNamara is on a mission to ‘ignite a passion for Mathematics in school students’. Having created the Mastering Secondary School Mathematics program, Paul was keen to publish a textbook that would complement his maths tutoring work. A lengthy timeframe was required to complete this publishing project: commencing with a structural edit of the manuscript and then multiple rounds of copy editing to ensure the written text and mathematical formulas were accurate. Next, we created a sophisticated internal page design, including commissioning an illustrator to create all the mathematics diagrams. Finally, we arranged short-run, full-colour digital printing, as well as Print on Demand via Amazon KDP Print.
Getting the Right Balance
A business book by Alison McGrath
A natural ‘people person’, Alison McGrath is a highly experienced human resources and recruitment consultant, as well as an engaging motivational speaker. In her book Getting the Right Balance, Alison was keen to forge a genuine connection with her readers in order to share her in-depth knowledge of workplace and people management strategies. For this project, we provided Alison with structural and copy editing services for her manuscript, assisted with blurb copywriting, as well as formatting/typesetting the interior pages of her book.
A business book by Sue Currie
Widely recognised as an authority on personal branding, Sue Currie was keen to share her business acumen and experience via her self-published book – Impressario – in order to help other entrepreneurs boost their business brand and image. Sue had previously had her manuscript structurally edited so we got the ball rolling by first copy editing and then proofreading the text. Next, we created a simple page layout design and produced a book cover design that was in keeping with the rest of Sue’s business branding so as to streamline the book marketing process for her.
A humorous non-fiction book by Chrissy Tetley
When school teacher Chrissy Tetley and her husband decided to retire, they bought a 40-acre property in Queensland. In her book, Chrissy Tetley humorously describes their ongoing challenges of caring for farm animals and adapting to rural life. Although Chrissy’s manuscript had previously been reviewed by another editor, we undertook an additional round of copyediting prior the page layout/typesetting stage. We also wrote the blurb copy and edited her author bio. Chrissy had commissioned an illustrator to create the cartoons so we advised her on the best option for the front cover. In addition, we collated all the photographs for two image sections within her book. Finally, we helped Chrissy to make her book available for POD via IngramSpark and also arranged for hard copies to be printed locally.
The Rugby Abstract
A sports book by Mark Campbell
Self-confessed rugby ‘tragic’, Mark Campbell had written a manuscript documenting his theory about the benefits of uniting the two football codes of rugby league and rugby union. In order to share his proposal with other rugby fans, Mark was keen to self-publish his writing in book format. We helped Mark to achieve this goal by undertaking a structural and copy edit of his Word manuscript and then typesetting the edited text. We also located an eye-catching stock photograph for the book’s front cover. Finally, we assisted Mark with all the post-publication steps involved in distributing his book to readers.
Newbies in the Cafe
An anthology by Dr Judy Gregory
We initially met with Judy Gregory during the planning stages of her manuscript to discuss her idea of publishing a book about café owners’ experiences. An accomplished writer and editor, Judy was keen to share her own background as a café proprietor. Once her manuscript was finalised, we copy edited it to ensure her words gleamed, designed a cover using her eye-catching, hand-drawn artwork, created the internal page layout and provided advice about ISBNs etc. Judy was delighted with the outcome for her printed book and ebook and has also made her book available for Print on Demand via IngramSpark.
A self-help manual by Anne Jennings
Anne Jennings’ vision for her book was to provide a written guide to help people experiencing grief associated with losing a loved one cope with sorting out their personal belongings. This book is written in a style that allows people whose concentration may be compromised as a result of depression etc to assimilate the information. No editing was required as Anne had hired her own editor prior to approaching us. We supplied typesetting, proofreading and cover design services, gave advice about ISBN/CiP data and arranged for short-run digital printing.
Why Am I In Pain?
An informational/health book by Nick Schuster
A successful health professional with a thriving physiotherapy practice, Nick Schuster was keen to broaden the scope of his business in order to be able to help more people. For this reason, he wanted to self publish a book that would summarise his in-depth knowledge of the causes of pain in the human body and offer readers techniques they could readily use to combat chronic physical pain. We assisted Nick with structural and copy editing services for his manuscript, as well as formatting/typesetting the interior pages and creating the layout for the book cover design. Finally, we arranged short run digital printing and provided advice about ebook conversion/distribution.
Magnify Your Potential
A business book by Julie Bowden
Julie Bowden wrote this book as an information resource to accompany an app she and her business partner had developed to help employers with their recruitment processes. First up, we provided Julie with a manuscript appraisal to help her to finese the overall structure of her book. Next we coached her with such writing tasks as composing her author bio, acknowledgements and preface sections, as well as offering assistance with the book title, subtitle and back cover blurb. We then undertook the copy editing process, following by page layout formatting/typesetting and creating a professional-looking book cover that was in keeping with her business branding. Finally, we arranged digital printing so that Julie would have copies of her book available to distribute with her HR app package.
Who Are You?
An informational guide by Steve Venning
Having been employed by the Queensland government in the area of driver licensing for over 30 years, Steve Venning is an authority on personal identity management in the Australian community. Steve’s book about identity crime in Australia has an important message for all of us. We had to make sure that this highly complex information was communicated to the reader as clearly as possible. We gave his text a complete structural and copy edit, designed the page layout and book cover, wrote the blurb, assisted with administrative stages of publishing a book and organised digital printing and conversion to ebook format.
Writing a Thesis
An academic guide by Frank Lewins
While working in academia for many years, Frank observed that many students struggle when faced with the task of writing a thesis and so he devised a way to simplify things for them. He put together this practical guide which we then helped him transform into a valuable published resource for tertiary education students. We arranged for hard copies of Writing a Thesis to be produced by local digital printing and also via Amazon KDP Print.
An academic workbook by Frank Lewins
Frank Lewins had previously self-published an academic guide with our assistance and was delighted with the final outcome. So armed with more knowledge about all the publication steps, Frank was keen to continue on his journey as an author and produce his next academic workbook. Once again, we helped Frank with the internal page layout and typesetting stage, plus creating a striking front cover for Understanding Research. At the completion of this project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up.
Ready, Tech, Go!
A business book by Christelle Damiens
An extensive background in the European corporate world and being fluent in five languages has meant that Christelle Damiens has been able to position herself as the go-to expert in the high-tech exporting industry. Christelle was born in France so naturally French is her first language. Consequently, when Christelle initially approached us for assistance with self-publishing her book, she was worried that her English language skills might detract from clearly communicating her message to her target audience. We were able to reassure Christelle by offering assistance in the form of structural and in-depth copy editing so that her manuscript was well-written and succinct. We also provided page layout/typesetting services and arranged digital printing and ebook conversion/distribution.
A self-help/women’s health book by Dr Leah Stuckings
Leah Stuckings is a clinical psychologist who specialises in working with women, particulary women experiencing fertility issues. As her draft book manuscript was quite ‘clean’, we provided minimal structural and copy editing – suggesting that she include some extra elements such as an Acknowledgements page, a Dedication, a Preface and an Author’s bio. During the design phase, we advised Leah to arrange all the case studies into separate textboxes to assist legibility. As Leah was keen that her book cover appealed to women (her target audience), she selected a royalty-free stock photograph that symbolised her book’s main theme. Finally, we arranged for a short-run digital printing, plus Amazon Createspace POD and ebook conversion/distribution.
I Am Jonah
A spiritual/New Age book by Maureen Madsen
This project required a great deal of sensitivity on our behalf as the author – Maureen Madsen – had told us that she was a channel for a spiritual being called ‘I Am Jonah’ who had directly communicated the text of the manuscript to her. As a result, it was as though there were two co-authors involved in writing the book – and only one of them was available for personal consultation! We assisted Maureen by providing a light copy edit of the manuscript and then provided an attractive page layout design that would display the information contained within the book to best advantage. We also directed Maureen to research for an appropriate stock vector illustration for the front cover of her book.
A business book by Catherine Shrubsole
Human Resources specialist, Catherine Shrubsole is on a mission to improve the lives of older workers – advocating for their extensive knowledge and skills to be more widely valued by employers. Following a postgraduate course, Catherine was keen to share her academic findings in the form of a published book. We initially undertook a structural edit, followed by an in-depth copy edit of her manuscript. Given that this was a relatively short book, we created a more elaborate-style interior layout design which incorporated a similar vector illustration to the cover design as page dividers. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up.
Moments of Gratitude
A poetry collection by Christine McNamara
In her business life, Christine McNamara is constantly involved in solving complex technical problems and dealing with organisational management issues. So, in complete contrast, as a creative outlet she enjoys writing poetry to express her innermost thoughts and emotions. We helped her to prepare her collection of poems for publication by initially providing a manuscript appraisal to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of her writing. We then copy edited the poems, followed by page layout formatting and cover design services. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up.
Caring for Australian Wildlife
A reference book by Sharon White
Sharon White is a passionate animal advocate with a wealth of knowledge about Australian fauna. In 1997, National Geographic published the first edition of her reference book: Caring for Australian Wildlife. Over time, some of the information had become outdated so Sharon approached us for help self-publishing an updated version of her book. We recommended that she seek legal advice about regaining the publication rights from the original publisher. Following this, we then advised Sharon about obtaining an ISBN and barcode from Thorpe-Bowker. Next, we created a contemporary cover design, as well as updating some of the images and text for the new edition of her book. Finally, we arranged for large digital print run so that Sharon could market her book to wildlife groups and other interested readers via her website.
An informational book by Robert Ellis
As a former scientist and RAAF pilot, Robert Ellis has a natural fascination with weather and meteorology – in particular, all types of storms. In his well-researched book, Robert explains in layman’s terms how you can predict a storm long before it is even visible on radar or satellite. Following an initial recommendation from an editor colleague, Robert approached us for assistance with the interior page layout and book cover design for his book. We also advised him about ISBNs and obtaining the NLA Prepublication data record for his manuscript. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus Print on Demand set-up via Ingram Spark.
The Forgotten Men at Grandchester Railway Station
An historical book by Ian Curtis
This self-publishing project came to us via an editor colleague who had initially helped Ian with his manuscript. She had advised him to seek a ‘fresh set of eyes’ for the proofreading stage for his historical book which honoured soldiers from his local area. So after completing the design stage, we proofread the typeset manuscript. Some of the images Ian wanted to include in his book were very old and quite poor quality; however, he was delighted with final printed book. Having received a grant from the National Trust of Australia, once Ian had completed publishing his book, he was invited to be a presenter at their National Conference.
Beyond the Dust
A gardening journal by Lindy Hardie
A dedicated gardener and also photographer, Lindy Hardie wanted her gardening journal to incorporate full colour pictures inside to show off her talent with a camera, as well as her green thumb. We helped her self-publish her book by advising her on the structure of the manuscript and copy edited the text, sorting out the best placement of her photos and organising digital printing.
An information resource book by Robyn Noble
Robyn Noble is a lactation consultant who is passionate about raising awareness of the issues surrounding breastfeeding in order to better inform health care practitioners and new mothers. Following two previous failed attempts with other service providers, she consulted us for advice about how to proceed with her book publishing project. After listening to her brief, we were able to help by redesigning her book’s page layout design and proofreading the text. This was a large book with numerous images so the publication process involved a lengthy period of collaboration. Robyn was delighted with the final outcome – a printed book that showcased her expertise and that she could be proud of.
The Happiness Bank
A health and wellbeing book by Claire Massingham
Claire Massingham approached us for assistance with publishing a high-quality book she could use as business resource for her health and wellbeing workshops and to give to her coaching clients. As Claire had already arranged to have her manuscript edited and commissioned an illustrator to produce gorgeous watercolour artwork, our involvement in this publishing project included formatting the internal page layout and creating a book cover design. We also advised her about ISBNs and obtaining the NLA Prepublication Data record from the National Library of Australia. At the completion of the project, Claire was keen to commit to paying for a large offshore print run in order to take advantage of the cheaper cost per unit price and superior print quality for her beautiful hardcover book.
Design Thinking Drawing
A business workbook by Peter Richards
Architect and business owner, Peter Richards had written a manuscript about teaching building design principles that he was keen to self publish in order to incorporate the book in his workshop presentations. Peter had already had his manuscript laid by his in-house graphic designer. We supplied Peter with an appraisal recommending how the current page layout design could be improved to conform to book industry design conventions and supervised his designer to adjust the book cover and interior pages InDesign files so that they were compatible with book trim size standards. We edited some new written content and proofread the entire text. Finally we arranged for hard copies of the book to be produced via offset printing.
A Man Abroad
A travel memoir by Angus Rich
At a crossroads in his career, accountant Angus Rich followed his dream of travelling within Europe, visiting 19 cities in 10 countries. In this entertaining travel memoir, Angus describes his numerous European adventures in an engaging manner. With the structural and copy editing stage for his book manuscript previously completed by another editor, Angus sought our help with the interior page layout and book cover design for his book. We also advised him about ISBNs and applied for the NLA Prepublication data record for his book on his behalf. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing.
A memoir by John Futcher
John Futcher’s son – Michael – contacted us requesting our help with his father’s manuscript. John was terminally ill and he was keen to publish his memoir as a legacy for his children. As the memoir was only intended to be for family and friends, Michael didn’t feel that it was necessary for the text to be edited. He supplied us with numerous photos from John’s time serving in the Royal Navy, including the photo of his father as Royal Marine commando which we incorporated on the front cover of the memoir. Sadly, John passed away soon after his memoir was published; however, according to Michael, ‘Everyone in the family was so happy he was able to finish the book, get it published, then launch it successfully before he left us’.
A Nurse's Story
A memoir by Lynne Fitzgerald (pseudonym: Harper Reid)
Lynne Fitzgerald approached us to find out about the steps involved in self-publishing her story about her nursing career during the 1960s and 70s. Even though Lynne’s goal was to publish her manuscript as a legacy her family and friends, she felt that some of the content of her memoir might be upsetting for readers. For this reason, she’d decided to publish her book using the pseudonym Harper Reid – a name she’d liked since her childhood. First up, we advised Lynne about the steps involved in converting her hand-typed manuscript into a Word document ready for the typesetting stage. Next, we helped Lynne to create an eye-catching cover design for her book. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing of Lynne’s book.
A travel memoir by Maggie Harris
Maggie Harris’ distinct ‘author voice’ was important to the humorous tone of her travel memoir so we made sure we applied a light touch to the editing step. Her manuscript only needed a basic edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and clarity. Maggie supplied the photograph for the front cover of her book and had definite ideas in relation to the design stage of her book publishing project.
Ripples from the Wave
A memoir by Sandra Sweeney
Told from the perspective of author and teacher, Sandra Sweeney, Ripples from the Wave: After the 2004 Tsunami is the harrowing, true account of Sandra’s experience following her son’s death in this devastating natural disaster and her bid to help her Thai daughter-in-law emigrate to Australia. Sandra’s manuscript was edited by another editor, who then referred her to us for assistance with the page layout/typesetting and cover design stages. We arranged short-run digital printing of Sandra’s memoir, as well as providing help with the Print on Demand and ebook conversion/distribution steps.
Life, Armies and Mudbricks
A memoir by Joseph Griffith
Joseph Griffith’s wife Lorraine approached us for assistance with publishing her husband’s memoir. Given that Joseph was about to turn 92 years old, ‘time was of the essence’ with this project to ensure that he would experience the personal satisfaction of being a published author! Both Joseph and Lorraine were delighted with the final printed memoir and felt proud to be able to share this written account of ‘a life well lived’ with family members and friends.
Memories of Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam
A war veteran’s memoir by Roy ‘Doc’ Savage
A close friend of the author – Roy ‘Doc’ Savage – requested our help with bringing his mate’s personal journal about his wartime experiences to life. After copyediting the text of the diary entries, we incorporated Doc’s photographs from his early life and from the battlefield within the page layout design of his book and sourced a suitable vector illustration for the cover design. We then arranged for full-colour digital printing so Doc could distribute copies of his published memoir to family members, friends and other RSL veterans.
A memoir by Henry James Clarke
Henry Clarke’s memoir had been printed many years ago (at vast expense – over $300 per copy!). However, his niece-in-law – Susan Clarke – was keen to republish this fascinating historical record for their large extended family, as well as a legacy for future generations. We revised the original version of the book (including creating an updated cover design); converting the manuscript from A4-size to a standard industry book trim size. Finally, we arranged for a full-colour digital print run.
The Mysteries of Frederick Strange, Naturalist
An historical biography by Patrick Comben
A naturalist himself, as well as a lawyer and former Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage, Patrick Comben was well-placed to write this fascinating account of the life, adventures and contribution to science of little known Frederick Strange, who was responsible for sourcing and cataloguing numerous Australian natural history specimens in the early 19th century. For this project, we copy edited Patrick’s manuscript, as well as assisting with the interior page layout and book cover design for his book. We also advised him about ISBNs and obtaining the NLA Prepublication Data record for his manuscript. At the completion of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing so that Patrick would have paperback copies available for his book launch.
The Duignan Family in History
A family history book by Patrick Duignan
As Patrick Duignan had written his memoir for family and friends only (and wasn’t intending to sell it to the reading public), we advised him that we would do an editorial proofread which involved checking for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage, as well as any factual inconsistencies. We helped Patrick write a blurb for the back cover and other relevant pages such as the Introduction, Appendices, etc. Patrick had supplied us with numerous family photographs which we incorporated within the internal pages of his book. He was keen for the front cover of the memoir to showcase the historical Duignan family crest.
My Father Jan
A wartime memoir by Jan Walenty Walis
Christine Bell had edited her father’s manuscript about his experiences as a Polish army officer during World War II and so she approached us for assistance with publishing this memoir (which included historical photos of Jan’s life) as a printed book. As Christine’s intended goal for her father’s memoir was simply to publish it as a legacy so that family members could read about Jan’s lifestory, we just focused on the internal page formatting/typesetting and cover design stages. We then arranged for digital printing of My Father Jan, with all the photographs printed on good-quality coated paper stock in a separate insert section in the centre of the book.
Man of Steel
A family history book by Jane Deakin
Jane Deakin’s motivation for writing her manuscript was to ensure her grandfather’s contribution to Queensland’s history was recorded. As a teacher and an academic, Jane’s writing was of a high standard so the manuscript just required a copy edit with careful attention to citation of references. We also suggested structuring the book in two parts and including a timeline for greater clarity. The design stage was a bit more complicated as many of the historical photographs were low resolution. We overcame this challenge by making the pictures small-sized and arranging for the book to be printed with B/W interior pages.
A family memoir by Erika Oesterle
Erika’s son Ralf Dietzgen approached us for assistance with publishing his 90-year-old mother’s memoir about her experiences in Germany during World War II. The content of Erika’s book is published in English and German so that both sides of her family – German and Australian – can enjoy reading her personal account of growing up under the shadow of the Nazi regime. In addition, the memoir includes a central section of black and white family photos from Erika’s life.
Me, Myself and I
A collection of personal reminiscences and poetry by Mary Purcell
With an interesting life story and a deep love of writing, Mary was keen to compile a book as a legacy for her family members and future generations to read and enjoy her personal narrative. She approached us for assistance with publishing her collection of reminiscences, poetry and photographs. Following the typesetting and cover design stages, we then arranged short-run digital printing of Mary’s book in full colour.
Something Happened on the Way To ...
A collection of short stories by Sandy McKean
One of Sandy McKean’s biggest pleasures is sharing humorous stories about her life in order to make other people laugh. Over time, she has written many short stories about her childhood and her travel adventures with her husband. We assisted Sandy to self-publish her memoir for family and friends by first undertaking an editorial proofread of her manuscript to check for errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage. In addition, we wrote a blurb for the back cover and also the Preface to provide background context to her stories. We then designed a book cover based on one of Sandy’s numerous photos from her overseas holidays and formatted all the stories and photos in the internal pages of her book.
More Chips for Mum
A family history by Delma Brunello
Delma had written about her life growing up in Brisbane during the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and her manuscript contained numerous family photos with descriptive captions. As Delma’s intended goal for her book was simply for family members to read and enjoy her story, only a light editorial proofread was required, followed by the typesetting and cover design stages. We then arranged short-run digital printing of Delma’s book in full colour.
A children’s picture book by Dennis Comino
Sue Horne contacted us for advice in relation to an acrostic poem about Australia that her 8-year-old grandson – Dennis Comino – had written. We helped Sue by first commissioning a talented artist to create the beautiful watercolour paintings for this children’s picture book and then formatting the interior page layout and book cover. Finally, we arranged full-colour digital printing for our client.
The Sugar Hunting Party Poo-pers
Children’s picture books by Angelina Carriera
As a primary school teacher, Angelina Carriera had many ideas in mind for children’s books. We helped Angelina to clarify her thoughts into a comprehensive self-publishing plan. We provided several rounds of editing of her book manuscripts to make sure the language and tone were age-appropriate and that the illustrations (which Angelina had independently commissioned an illustrator to create for her) were situated favourably in relation to the text.
The Adventures of Ruffa the Blunderdog
A collection of children’s short stories by Albert Lewis
Albert Lewis is a born storyteller and for many years had told humorous stories about his dogs to his children and grandchildren. For this collection of Albert’s children’s short stories about his dog Ruffa, we undertook structural/copy editing of the manuscript, plus typesetting and cover design services, and advice about ISBN/CiP. We also commissioned an illustrator to provide original artwork in the form of two full-colour line illustrations for the internal pages. Finally, we assisted Albert by researching online photo libraries for a suitable stock vector illustration for the front cover. Albert opted for short-run digital printing, plus Amazon Createspace POD.
Beyond a Joke series
A children’s picture book series by Kate Pennington
Having established the charity Beyond a Joke to combat the devastating impact of bullying on young people, Kate Pennington approached us with her idea to create a series of children’s picture books to spread her important message. She had written eight stories, starring a cast of Australian animal characters, which she’d then had a talented watercolour artist illustrate for her. Some in-depth editing improved the appeal of the stories for their target audience and carefully considered page layout design ensured the books followed a theme that branded them as part of a larger series. As a newbie to the self-publishing scene, Kate was very appreciative of all the guidance we gave her and is keen to publish more books in the future.
Who Will Be In Heaven?
A 2-part children’s picture book series by Angelina Carriera
Angelina had written two version of this beautiful picture book – one for boys, one for girls. The sensitive subject matter meant the text for this 2-part series had to be chosen carefully. Some rewriting was required so again we provided several rounds of editing, making sure the words and illustrations worked together to clearly communicate the author’s message.
Mr and Mrs Bloodsucker's Travel Adventure
A children’s chapter book by Angelina Carriera
As a longer chapter-style children’s book, this manuscript required more input from us in terms of structural and copy editing. As well as being a fictional story book, it contained some informative facts about the subject matter. We considered how best to structure the two parts of the manuscript – keeping in mind the length of the chapters, along with all the myriad other elements that go into creating a book that would keep an older reading age-group engaged.
Fun in the Music Room series
A 3-part children’s picture book series by Margaret Bennett-Hall
As a professional musician, Margaret was keen to pass on her love of music to younger generations so that they can also experience its joys. First up, we undertook an appraisal of Margaret’s three manuscripts and suggested ways in which she could restructure them so that the stories would have greater appeal to the target audience. Several rounds of copy editing helped to improve the dialogue, sentence structure and tone. During the design stage, we ensured the illustrations worked in harmony with the text. We wrote the blurbs which are such an important nook marketing feature, and provided advice about other sections such as the author bio. Finally, we prepared the book files for uploading to IngramSpark for Print on Demand.
I Can Throw A Tantrum Too!
A children’s picture book by Angelina Carriera
When publishing a children’s picture book, the size and style of the font used needs to be considered carefully. In the case of this picture book, we guided Angelina to choose a clear, large font that would appeal to young children who may be just starting to recognise the alphabet. As with her other children’s book books, Angelina had already commissioned an artist to supply the attractive original artwork for this title so, in addition to the editing process, she only required assistance with the page layout and cover design processes.
Which Is It?
An educational children’s book by Marie Meyer
As a special needs teacher, Marie has worked extensively with children who struggle with literacy. Her idea to help children with reading difficulties due to issues with letter reversal led her to write and self publish Which Is It?. We assisted her through the editing phase, paying special attention to the wording so that it was age-appropriate and also to the optimal placement of the images. Marie had commissioned an illustrator to create the engaging line drawings prior to contacting us for assistance with her publishing project. Several versions of the cover design resulted in a beautiful, bright book cover which is particularly appealing to children.
The Tale of the Rainbow Kite
A children’s picture book by Maria Dektereva-Plant
As a first-time author, Maria was very unsure about the steps involved in publishing her children’s story published and so she booked an author consultation session with us. During this face-to-face consultation, we shared information about the self-publishing process with Maria – showcasing examples of printed books we’d helped our previous author clients to publish and answering numerous questions in relation to her children’s book. As her manuscript initially required quite a lot of attention, we undertook a structural and copy edit to hone and polish the story and bring out the best in her writing style. Next, we referred her to an illustrator who was able to capture the whimsy and magic in her delightful story. Following the cover design and page layout stages, Maria was thrilled with the final outcome for her printed book.
Archie the Ant's Adventures
A children’s book by Maria Dektereva-Plant
Having been very happy with our professional editing and book design services to help self-publish her first children’s book, Maria was keen for our team to assist with her latest book. Likewise, Maria collaborated with the same illustrator to create the gorgeous watercolour artwork images to complement her whimsical story for young children. The manuscript received several rounds of copyediting before moving on the book cover and page layout design stages. We then arranged a high-quality digital print run through one of our recommended local printers and also uploaded the PDF files to Amazon so this book would be available via Print on Demand.
The Brandings Game
A children’s picture book by Lily Burgess
This book forms part of a series of delightful children’s books which chronicle the Burgess family adventures as told by the father to his four daughters (including Lily). Its humorous theme is carried through in the cartoon-like illustrations that the author had independently commissioned. We copy edited and proofread the manuscript, keeping in mind that this was likely to be a book for parents and children to enjoy together. In addition, we provided page layout formatting and book cover design services.
Animals at Work A–Z
A children’s book by Marg Gibbs
Author and illustrator, Marg Gibbs, had written a children’s alphabet manuscript consisting of 26 delightful verses and accompanying illustrations and required help self-publishing her book. Editing the text was a very collaborative effort between author and editor, followed on by the book cover and internal page layout design stages. We also wrote the blurb for the back cover and helped Marg to produce an author bio and the prelim pages. Finally, we organised Print on Demand availability for this title via IngramSpark.
Imagine a World
A children’s book by Lesley Dow
Children’s book author and passionate vegan, Lesley Dow, had her manuscript ready to go when she contacted us for assistance with the self-publishing process. She did not require any editing of her text so we completed the internal page layout and cover design stages, advised her about the book admin tasks and wrote the blurb for the back cover. We then organised a digital print run for her so that she could distribute and sell her book via a popular vegan website.