Our Authors

Showcasing books published by our clients

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 Let’s Get Published 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 launching their published book out into the world.

The books we’ve helped our clients to self-publish are showcased below. For your information, we’ve also provided details about how we helped each of our author clients to achieve their publishing dream.

FICTION BOOKS

The Run

The Run

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. Next, we copyedited the manuscript to catch the finer 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’ that author – Jim Reay – was striving for with his book.

Prime Minister By Accident

Prime Minister By Accident

A political mystery thriller by Jim Reay

For this unique manuscript involving two distinct storylines, we undertook a structural edit which resulted in quite a few changes to the plot. Next, Jim did some rewriting and we followed up with a copyedit before launching into the design phase of the project. This book cover design is one of our most creative to date, with Photoshop artwork used to create a atmospheric image that offers readers some initial clues about what occurs in the storyline. We also provided typesetting services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.

The Chess Board

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 draft manuscript, then following some minor rewriting, a copyedit 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

Searching for Siobhan

A mystery novel by Jim Reay

This was the second manuscript we helped Jim Reay to self-publish. We’d observed how his experience with 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 design. 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.

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

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

The Napoleon Curse

A spy thriller by Jim Reay

At almost 132,000 words, this fiction manuscript was very long. Spanning a timeframe of 200 years and told from various characters’ points of view, the book needed to be well structured to optimise readers’ enjoyment of the complex storyline. Therefore, we recommended to Jim that he split the manuscript into numerous parts to help readers follow the detailed timeline and plot. We also provided typesetting and book cover design services. Finally, we arranged for ebook conversion and distribution, plus Print on Demand setup on Amazon.

The Guanaco Affair

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 editing and copyediting of the draft 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!

The Cyber Ambiguity

The Cyber Ambiguity

A mystery thriller by Jim Reay

Jim Reay is a very prolific author who is now very familar with all the steps involved in self-publishing his manuscripts. So, once again, the project ran very smoothly, with structural editing and copyediting stages first up, followed by collaborating with Jim on the book cover design and formatting the internal pages. As previously, Jim was able to take on some of the administrative tasks himself. We then proofread the typeset PDF and assisted with the POD set-up process, as well as the ebook conversion/distribution step.

Hope in His Heart

Hope in His Heart

A historical romance fiction by Margaret Elliott

When first-time author, Margaret Elliott, approached us for help publishing her historical romance novel, she lacked confidence and was unsure if her manuscript was ‘any good’. First up, we recommended a manuscript appraisal so she could improve her written text based on professional feedback. After Margaret had responded to the suggested revisions, we launched into the editing stage. We then provided typesetting and book cover design services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.

How It Looks From Here

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

It Begins With This

A mystery 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.

Mystery Occurrence

Mystery Occurrence

A science fiction mystery by Stevie Rose

Stevie Rose is the pen name for three women authors who collaborated in creating 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 the narrative and there were no loose ends that would detract from readers’ enjoyment of the story. In addition to structural editing and copyediting, we provided typesetting and book cover design services, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand setup on Amazon.

DP and The Fang

DP and The Fang

A YA fiction book by Chris Mitchell

Author, Chris Mitchell, was keen to record his memories of enjoyable times spent with his two young sons. So he started writing a series of short stories via email messages about the boys’ shared travels interwoven into an adventure tale of secret agent alter egos with special powers. To help Chris self-publish his novel, we undertook all the relevant publication steps, including editing, page formatting/typesetting, proofreading, blurb copywriting and cover design. We then organised for short-run digital printing, as well as Amazon Print on Demand and ebook conversion/distribution.

Flying Close to the Sun

Flying Close to the Sun

A YA adventure novel by Lyndal Hennell

As a qualified psychologist working mainly with university students, Lyndal Hennell has a lot of insight into what make young people tick. When Lyndal approached us for assistance self-publishing her YA novel, her manuscript had already been edited by a well-respected fiction editor.  We helped Lyndal select the striking image for the front cover, as well as writing the blurb and copyediting the author bio. Next, we formatted the internal pages and proofread the typeset PDF file. Finally, we organised the post-publication steps, including digital/POD printing, plus ebook conversion and distribution.

Xiphos

Xiphos

An historical adventure novel by Alex Arthur

Following academic studies in archaeology, paleoanthropology and ancient history, author Alex Arthur wanted to share his knowledge of the Bronze Age and Ancient Babylon in the form of a fictitious adventure story. Alex had previously had his manuscript edited so only required assistance with typesetting/formatting the interior pages and book cover design. Since his daughter is a graphic artist, she created the original illustration artwork for the front cover. At the end of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up.

Firestone

Firestone

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher published her first YA fantasy novel with a UK-based publisher but had found the experience to be very unsatisfactory. So when Sarah was ready to publish her next book, she approached us for support. Sarah wanted her book to be the best it could be so she invested in a complete structural and copyedit. She took a very hands-on approach – even providing original artwork for her book’s cover design. Finally, we helped Sarah upload her Print on Demand book to IngramSpark, plus her ebook to Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital.

Redemption

Redemption

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher

This YA fantasy novel is the third in the Dragonscale trilogy by this talented author. Having published Book 2 in the series with our support, Sarah was familiar with self-publishing and knew what aspects of this new project she required help with. We provided structural editing, copyediting and proofreading, formatting the interior pages, cover design, and advice about her cover blurb. Once again, we helped Sarah to upload her Print on Demand book to IngramSpark, and also provided assistance with ebook conversion and distribution to online retail platforms via Draft2Digital.

The 13th Key

The 13th Key

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher

Author Sarah Fisher was excited to receive a (so-called) contract with a small UK publisher for her first book. But, unfortunately, this publisher did not deliver on their promises. Following a protracted negotiation process, Sarah regained her publication rights. We’d already helped her to publish Books 2 and 3 in her Dragonscale series so we teamed up again. We helped Sarah create a new cover and interior page layout, proofread the text, and handle all the admin tasks. We also assisted with ebook conversion and distribution. Sarah is now the proud author of a fiction trilogy and can promote her YA series as a boxed set if she wishes.

Wehrdragon: Liberation

Wehrdragon: Liberation

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher

Having previously helped author Sarah Fisher to self-publish her YA Dragonscale series, we were delighted to work with her again on her new Wehrdragon series for young adults. First up, we undertook the structural and copyediting steps on her Word manuscript. Next, we collaborated with Sarah to create the cover design and interior page layout for her book. Finally, we assisted her with making her novel available for Print on Demand via IngramSpark, as well as ebook conversion and distribution to online retail platforms via Draft2Digital.

Wehrdragon: Alliance

Wehrdragon: Alliance

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Sarah Fisher

Our client Sarah Fisher is now an experienced author as this is her fifth YA fiction book that she’s self-published with our support. Once again, we did a structural edit and copyedit of her draft manuscript. A talented relation of Sarah’s had created the illustration for her book cover; however, we provided mentoring advice to ensure it fitted within the layout design. Typesetting and proofreading were the last publication steps. Finally, we helped Sarah with Print on Demand via IngramSpark, as well as ebook conversion and distribution via Amazon and Draft2Digital.

A Wigwam for a Goose's Bridle

A Wigwam for a Goose's Bridle

A comedy novel by Dorothy Catherine Bowden

Dorothy Catherine Bowden had previously published a book of poetry but this was her first attempt at publishing a novel. The structure of her manuscript was sound so we proceeded straight to the copyediting stage. Careful thought went into her book’s cover design so that it accurately captured the humour and quirkiness of this unique Australian story. We created the interior page layout design and then proofread the typeset PDF file. In addition, we wrote the blurb and author bio, prior to organising a print run for Dorothy’s book.

Crail

Crail

A fantasy novel by T. M. (Tessa) Mackie

A university lecturer by profession, Tessa Mackie enjoys exploring her creativity in her (limited!) free time and had written a fantasy novel for young adults. First up, we undertook a manuscript appraisal and then copyedited Tessa’s revised Word document. Next, we helped her to source a striking stock image for the front cover, which a Photoshop artist then adjusted to suit the book’s trim size dimensions. In the meantime, we formatted/typeset the internal pages of Tessa’s book. At the end of the project, we organised short-run digital printing, and also assisted with ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand services.

When There's No-One There

When There's No-One There

A young adult (YA) fantasy novel by Karen Element

First-time author Karen Element felt confused about the self-publishing process and approached us for support with her YA fantasy novel. Her draft manuscript had the basis of an imaginative story but required several rounds of editing to bring out the best in the text. We worked closely with Karen to create a cover design that captured the essence of her story but, at the same time, would intrigue potential readers. We also helped Karen with the publishing admin steps. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing of her book, and also ebook conversion/distribution

Dear Yvonne

Dear Yvonne

A novel by Karen Element

With Karen’s second book, she felt much more confident about the self-publishing process but, once again, she was keen for us to help her create a book she could be proud of. We first undertook both a structural edit and copyedit of her manuscript. Next, we moved forward to the book design stage. Continuing our collaboration, we designed the cover and interior pages, proofread the typeset PDF 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.

The Underdog

The Underdog

A humorous/ action book by J. R. (Justin) Carpenter

J.R. Carpenter is a first-time author with an abundance of quirky and unique stories to share. While Justin has an imaginative writing style, his content required multiple rounds of editing to polish it for publication. Justin had commissioned another designer to produced the eye-catching image for his novel’s front cover.  So next, we created a full-page cover spread, which included the book and series title, plus author name, blurb text and ISBN barcode. Finally, we organised a small print run for Justin and also assisted with ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand services.

Finding Home

Finding Home

A fiction book by Katie Cartmel

After having spent many years writing her fiction manuscript, Katie was keen to get it published. First up, we helped Katie to source a photograph for the front cover and then commissioned a Photoshop artist to create the ethereal fade effect for the back cover. Next, we created the page layout design, edited the blurb and author bio, and completed all the publishing admin steps. At the end of the project, we also organised a small digital print run and conversion to ebook. Katie was thrilled to have her mansucript transformed into a high-quality published book.

My Distant Shadow

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 edit and copyedit 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.

Outside-in

Outside-in

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.

Run Your Own Race

Run Your Own Race

A fiction book by Bill Bransdon

Bill approached us for help – he’d lost the original Word file for his manuscript and only had a 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/reformatting stage, 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 support him to become a first-time author!

Apotheosis: Red

Apotheosis: Red

A sci-fi fantasy novel by James Gish

James Gish was keen to capitalise on his creative writing skills and self-publish his vampire slash fiction book. First up, we undertook an appraisal of his manuscript, followed by a copyedit of his updated Word document. James had produced eye-catching front and back cover images for his novel using AI. So next, we designed a full-page cover spread, incorporating the book title and author name, blurb text and ISBN barcode. At the end of the project, we helped James with ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand services. Together, we ensured that James achieved his vision for both the digital and printed formats of his novel.

Nowhere Else to Go

Nowhere Else to Go

A mystery/thriller novel by Dani McDonnell

Dani McDonnell has always loved to write. So with an idea for a drama-filled mystery/thriller novel that featured some of her favourite travel destinations simmering in her sub-conscious for more than twenty years, Dani finally produced her first fiction manuscript. Her draft manuscript required several rounds of editing. We also worked closely with Dani to create a book cover that captured the essence of her story but, at the same time, would intrigue potential readers. Finally, we arranged for short-run digital printing, as well as setting up Dani’s book for Print on Demand and ebook sales via Amazon.

The Ghosts of Gundagai

The Ghosts of Gundagai

An historical novel by Beth Gordon

Beth Gordon has written articles for journals and magazines; however, The Ghosts of Gundagai is her first foray into novel writing. While visiting a small country museum, Beth’s husband came across a tragic event that occurred in the Great Flood of 1852 in Gundagai. So she decided to use the incident to create a story about important social issues. First up, we edited Beth’s draft manuscript, followed by the page formatting/ typesetting stage. Next, we created a cover design that encapsulated her book’s historical theme. Finally, we organised a small digital print run, and also recommended she publish an ebook version.

Have You Met My Succubus?

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 publishing admin advice. Like many fantasy authors, Allan had created some invented words. So we recommended including a glossary, 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 set up Allan’s book for Print on Demand sales via Amazon.

A Quantum of Luck

A Quantum of Luck

An adventure novel by Owen Williamson

Having already self-published two memoirs about his eventful life, Owen Williamson was keen to turn his hand to writing an adventure novel. First up, we undertook an extensive structural edit of his draft manuscript, which also involved  ghostwriting some sections to ensure the narrative flowed smoothly. This was followed by an in-depth copyedit to finesse the text prior to the page formatting/typesetting stage. Next, we created a book cover design that featured one of Owen’s paintings. Once the project was finalised, we organised a small digital print run and also advised Owen about the legal deposit process.

Too Young to Hold a Gun

Too Young to Hold a Gun

An historical novel by Peter Spencer

All his life, Peter Spencer has been fascinated with Australian bushranging history, particularly as his great-grandfather William Monckton was an apprentice to the infamous bushranger Thunderbolt. As Peter’s manuscript had already been edited, we helped him with the internal page formatting and cover design stages. We also provided publishing mentoring advice, including ISBN purchase and registration with the National Library of Australia. Once all these steps had been finalised, we organised a large digital print run so that Peter could sell his historical fiction book via his own website, as well as through regional museums and tourism centres.

Identity

Identity

A psychological adventure novel by Allen Hunter

Talented artist, Allen Hunter, was keen to share his extensive knowledge of the art world in the form of a fictional narrative. Set in France, this psychological adventure story re-evaluates the relationship between art and illusion, and how this is mirrored in the beliefs we hold about our own identity. The book’s striking front and back covers – consisting of original artwork painted by Allen – add an extra layer of depth and meaning to his story. We assisted Allen by creating an attractive page layout design for Identity, as well as handling all necessary administrative steps for publication. At the completion of the project, we also organised a small digital print run.

Tales from Australian Travellers

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.

NON-FICTION BOOKS

Beyond Breast Cancer

Beyond Breast Cancer

health and wellbeing book by Dr Christine Baker

Following her own breast cancer diagnosis, Dr Christine Baker, former Director of the Brisbane Royal Women’s Hospital Breast Screening Service, spent time researching ways breast-cancer survivors can help themselves following treatment – culminating in her writing this book. Christine had already had her draft manuscript edited but needed help with the next steps to publish her book, including internal page formatting/typesetting, cover design, proofreading and publishing admin. Finally, we organised short-run digital printing, as well as ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand via Amazon.

Soldier to Executive

Soldier to Executive

A business book by Blake Repine

Blake Repine was keen to publish a book about his experience transitioning from a US Army solider to various corporate  and government leadership roles. But, due to time constrants, Blake was struggling to produce a draft manuscript. We referred him to a ghostwriter who helped ‘get the words out of his head and onto the page’.  With a well-written manuscript available, we moved forward with the other publications steps, including cover design, page layout/typesetting, blurb copywriting and admin/mentoring. Finally, we uploaded Blake’s book to IngramSpark for POD, plus advised him about ebook conversion and distribution.

The Leadership Path

The Leadership Path

A business book by Blake Repine

After achieving a great outcome with his first book, Blake Repine needed help with distilling his years of experience into a series of short, simple leadership principles to advise others. Once again, Blake worked with a ghostwriter to create his draft manuscript. Next, we proceeded with the remaining publication steps, including internal page layout/typesetting, proofreading and book cover design. Finally, we uploaded Blake’s book to IngramSpark for POD, as well as helping him with the ebook conversion and distribution process.

Perfumed Steamroller

Perfumed Steamroller

A business book by Christine McNamara

Christine McNamara approached us for help with self-publishing her business book. With many years’ experience working in the male-dominated field of information technology, Christine wanted to share her wealth of knowledge (particularly from a women’s perspective). We undertook an extensive structural edit, followed by a copyedit of her manuscript. For the front cover, Christine wanted to incorporate a stylised image of herself so we worked with 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.

Being Seen

Being Seen

A social awareness book by Selena Bartlett

Professor Selena Bartlett was keen to publish her book in order to help people navigate the challenges of parenting in the digital age, and to offer practical advice to ensure children feel truly seen amidst the distractions of our modern world. We assisted Selema with all the publication steps, including structural editing and copyediting, formatting/typesetting the internal pages, proofreading  and creating an eye-catching cover design. We also advised her about the admin aspects of book publishing. Finally, we uploaded Selena’s book to Amazon for POD, as well as undertaking the ebook conversion and distribution process.

From Conflict to Consensus

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 editing and copyediting services for her manuscript, as well as formatting/typesetting the interior pages. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing.

 

Unlikely Leaders

Unlikely Leaders

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 business leader and entrepreneur. In this book, 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 copyediting the text, as well as providing page layout/typesetting services.

Lifting the Bar

Lifting the Bar

An informational/health book by Tristan Hill

Persoanl trainer Tristan Hill is on a mission to help new recruits to the PT profession. Tristan realised that, while there are lots of books on how to be fitter and healthier, there were none advising personal trainers how to establish their own businesses. So he decided to share his wealth of knowledge and experience. First, we edited his draft manuscript. Next, we created the internal page design to produce a professional-looking publication. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus advised Tristan about POD and ebook formats.

Stepping Out the Other Side

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. Peter gradually 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 and then editing his draft manuscript. Next, we undertook the internal page layout/typesetting and cover design stages. Finally, we arranged a small digital print run, as well as ebook and Print on Demand options.

The Derivation of Mathematics

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’. Moreover, Paul wanted to publish a textbook to complement his maths tutoring work. This project involved a lengthy timeframe: starting with a structural edit and then multiple rounds of copyediting to ensure the written text and mathematical formulas were accurate. Next, we created a complex internal page layout design, including working with an illustrator for all the mathematics diagrams. Finally, we organised a digital print run, as well as Print on Demand via Amazon.

Getting the Right Balance

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 editing and copyediting services for her manuscript, assisted with blurb copywriting, as well as formatting/typesetting the interior pages of her book.

I Love My Kids But I Want My Body Back

I Love My Kids But I Want My Body Back

A informational/health book by Dr Malcolm Linsell

Plastic surgeon, Dr Malcolm Linsell wanted to showcase his patients’ experiences so other women could know what to expect when contemplating plastic surgery. Although he’d previously had a book traditionally published, Malcolm wanted to self-publish his new manuscript so he approached us for assistance. First up, we edited Malcolm’s manuscript and advised him about resolution quality for the case study photos. In addition, we formatted the interior pages and created the book cover design based on Malcolm’s initial mockup. Finally, we arranged for a short digital print run, as well Print on Demand via IngramSpark and ebook conversion/distribution.

Impressario

Impressario

A business book by Sue Currie

Widely recognised as an authority on personal branding, Sue Currie was keen to share her industry acumen and experience 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 copyediting and then proofreading the text. Next, we created the internal page layout design. Finally, we designed a book cover that was on trend with the rest of Sue’s business branding so as to streamline the book marketing process for her.

Harri-Henry's Farm

Harri-Henry's Farm

A humorous non-fiction book by Chrissy Tetley

When Chrissy Tetley and her husband  retired, they bought a 40-acre property in Queensland. In her book, Chrissy humorously describes their ongoing challenges adapting to rural life. Another editor had reviewed the manuscript but we undertook an extra round of copyediting prior to page layout/typesetting. We also wrote the blurb and edited her author bio. Next, we advised Chrissy on the best cartoon illustration for the front cover. In addition, we collated all the photos for two image insert sections. Finally, we set up Chrissy’s book for POD via IngramSpark and also arranged for hard copies to be printed locally.

The Rugby Abstract

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 idea with other rugby fans, Mark wanted to self-publish a book. We helped Mark to achieve this goal by undertaking a structural and copyedit of his draft 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

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 wanted to share her own background as a café proprietor. Once her manuscript was finalised, we copyedited it to ensure her words gleamed, designed an eye-catching book cover using an hand-drawn illustration, created the internal page layout and provided publishing admin advice. 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.

Unified Theory of Business Strategy

Unified Theory of Business Strategy

A business book by Rod Samimi

With extensive experience and a wealth of knowledge about business management, commercial advisory work and academic research, Rod Samimi is the ideal person to write a book about business strategy. However, with numerous professional commitments, Rod was finding it difficult to allocate time to get the words down on the page so we referred him to a ghostwriter for assistance. Once his  manuscript was a reality, we provided page layout/typesetting and book cover design services. Finally, we helped Rod launch his book into the world by arranging digital printing and ebook conversion/distribution.

Magnify Your Potential

Magnify Your Potential

A business book by Julie Bowden

Julie Bowden wrote this book as a resource to accompany an app she and her business partner had developed to help employers with their recruitment processes. First up, we did an appraisal of the manuscript to help Julie finese her book’s structure. Next, we coached her with writing the author bio, blurb, preface and acknowledgements sections. We then copyedited the text, following by page layout formatting/typesetting and designing a professional-looking book cover that was in keeping with her business branding. Finally, we arranged digital printing so that Julie could distribute copies of her book with her HR app package.

Accidential Writer

Accidential Writer

A humorous book by Sue Wighton

A former columnist for the The Courier-Mail newspaper, Sue Wighton had written a collection of whimsical and wry short articles that she now wanted to self-publish as a book. In addition, Sue had commissioned Sean Leay (a well-known Brisbane cartoonist) to produce the quirky artwork for her book’s front cover. We undertook a copyedit of Sue’s manuscript, formatted the internal page layout design and wrote the blurb for her. Next, we assisted with the publishing admin stages and organised Print on Demand printing via IngramSpark, as well as conversion to ebook format.

Ready, Tech, Go!

Ready, Tech, Go!

A business book by Christelle Damiens

An extensive background in the European corporate world and being fluent in five languages has allowed Christelle Damiens to position herself as the go-to expert in the high-tech exporting industry. French-born Christelle approached us for editorial assistance with self-publishing her book as she was worried her English language skills might detract from clearly communicating her message. We reassured Christelle by undertaking structural editing and in-depth copyediting of her draft manuscript. We also provided typesetting services, as well as organising digital printing and ebook conversion/distribution.

What Next, Homo Sapiens?

What Next, Homo Sapiens?

An educational science book by Jeffrey Tandy

Former engineer Jeffrey Tandy is passionate about space and the cosmos. He  had written a series of essays depicting the difficulties humans would face if they wished to emigrate from Earth and the likelihood of life on other worlds. So the next step for Jeffrey was to get underway with self-publishing his book. He was confident his manuscript didn’t require copyediting so we formatted the internal pages of his book and then proofread the typeset PDF. Next, we created an eye-catching cover design, as well as writing the blurb and editing the author bio. Finally, we arranged for a digital print run,  and set up Jeffrey’s book for POD via Amazon.

The Most Avoided Questions

The Most Avoided Questions

An informational book by Jim Reay

This book project was departure from the norm for fiction author Jim Reay. In his philosophical manuscript, Jim hoped to challenge readers’ thinking about particular moral issues in contemporary society. He wanted the internal layout  of the book to complement the text so readers would know where to pause and reflect on the complex subject matter. Each of the moral ‘questions’ has a specific chapter devoted to it. In contrast to Jim’s novels which have evocative photographic covers designed to elicit an emotional response from readers, we created a minimalist cover design which uses metaphor to convey its intended message.

Who Are You?

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

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.

 

Understanding Research

Understanding Research

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.

 

Predicting Violence

Predicting Violence

A self-help manual by Mathew Wann

With extensive experience as a communication coach/mentor, Mathew Wann wanted to share his knowledge to help first responders (and others) better understand non-verbal cues associated with interpersonal violence. Mathew’s draft manuscript had already been professionally edited so we launched straight into the internal page layout/typesetting stage. We also guided Mathew through the cover design stage – locating a dramatic ‘hero’ image for the front cover that encapsulated the book’s key themes. Finally, we arranged for a print run of locally printed books, as well as Print on Demand and ebook distribution.

Why Am I In Pain?

Why Am I In Pain?

An informational/health book by Nick Schuster

Successful physiotherapist, Nick Schuster was keen to broaden the scope of his business in order to be able to help more people. Consequently, Nick wanted to self- publish a book that would sum up 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 undertook a structural and copyedit of Nick’s draft 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 POD and ebook distribution.

Belongings

Belongings

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.

Reproductively Challenged

Reproductively Challenged

A self-help/women’s health book by Dr Leah Stuckings

Clinical psychologist Dr Leah Stuckings specialises in working with women experiencing fertility issues. As her draft manuscript was quite ‘clean’, it only required minimal editing. However, we suggested including an acknowledgements page, dedication, preface and bio. In addition, we advised Leah to organise all the case studies into separate textboxes for greater legibility. As Leah wanted the cover design to appeal to women, she selected a royalty-free stock image that symbolised her book’s main theme. Finally, we arranged for a short-run digital printing, plus Print on Demand via Amazon and ebook conversion/distribution.

I Am Jonah

I Am Jonah

A spiritual/New Age book by Maureen Madsen

This project required sensitivity on our behalf as the author – Maureen Madsen – had told us 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 could be directly consulted! We provided a light copyedit of the manuscript and then created an attractive page layout design to display the written content to best advantage. We also advised Maureen about researching for an appropriate stock image for the front cover. Finally, we organised a short digital print run. 

Age Unlimited

Age Unlimited

A business book by Catherine Shrubsole

HR specialist, Catherine Shrubsole is striving to improve the lives of older workers – advocating for their extensive knowledge and skills to be more widely valued by employers. Following postgraduate studies, Catherine wanted 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. 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 end of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up. 

Caring for Australian Wildlife

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 book but, over time, some of its content had become outdated. So Sharon approached us for help self-publishing a revised edition. We recommended she sought legal advice about regaining her publication rights from the original publisher. Following this, we mentored Sharon about admin aspects of book publishing. Next, we created a contemporary cover design, plus updated some images and text. Finally, we arranged for large digital print run so  Sharon could market her book via her website.

Moments of Gratitude

Moments of Gratitude

A poetry collection by Christine McNamara

In her work life, Christine McNamara is involved in solving complex technical problems and dealing with organisational management issues. So, in 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. We then copyedited the poems, followed by page layout formatting and cover design services. At the end of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing, plus ebook conversion/distribution and Print on Demand set-up. 

Your Kitchen Olympics

Your Kitchen Olympics

A humorous book by Frances Cahill

As a self-proclaimed Baby Boomer, Frances Cahill wanted to publish a series of amusing short stories she’s written. Following an author consultation, Frances was keen to get underway with the self-publishing process. First, we copyedited the text and advised her about such ‘missing’ elements of her book as an author bio, conclusion and acknowledgements page.  We then moved forward to the internal page formatting stage. Next, we worked on her book’s cover to create an eye-catching design that summed up the humorous theme. Finally, we organised locally printed books, as well as POD and ebook distribution.

A Promised Land

A Promised Land

An historical book by Margaret Roselli

Margaret Roselli, a sixth-generation New Zealander, discovered her German heritage while sorting through her late mother’s papers. Her research unveiled an interesting story: in 1843 her great-great-grandfather sailed from Hamburg to Nelson, New Zealand on-board St. Pauli ship, part of Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s free immigration scheme. Intrigued by this personal connection, Margaret embarked on exploring the trials of British and German emigrants in New Zealand and Australia. Her goal was to publish her findings to shed light for future generations of her family. We helped Margaret with the internal page formatting and cover design stages, plus organised a short digital print run.

King of the Ferns

King of the Ferns

An information resource book by Darryl Ruprecht

A lifelong fan of staghorn ferns, Darryl Ruprecht was keen to share his in-depth knowledge and experience with other plant lovers. As Darryl is also a keen photograph, he supplied all the high-resolution photographs to complement the written text. The first project stage involved a structural and copy edit of Darryl’s Word manuscript, including checking all the image captions. Next, we designed the page layout and book cover, wrote the blurb, and provided advice about the publishing admin steps. Finally, we organised a large digital print run as Darryl already had access to an extensive network of people via social media who were all keen to buy his book.

Predicting Storms

Predicting Storms

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 IngramSpark.

 

Design Thinking Drawing

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 wanted to publish to use in his workshop presentations. Peter had already had his manuscript formatted 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, plus mentored his designer to adjust the book cover and interior pages InDesign files to be compatible with book trim size standards. We edited some new content and proofread the entire text. Finally, we arranged for hard copies of the book to be produced via offset printing. 

Beyond the Birdcage

Beyond the Birdcage

A medical research/self-help book by Jennifer McBryde

Searching for answers to her chronic poor health, Jennifer McBryde researched the history of allopathic medicine, as well as exploring the benefits of clinical nutrition. She then compiled her research findings as a book manuscript, with the goal of helping anyone suffering from chronic illness to take control of their health and discover a happier life. The first step in supporting Jennifer to publish her book involved copyedited her Word manuscript and providing advice about the graphics. Next, we typeset her edited manuscript and created a striking book cover design. Finally, we arranged for a small digital print run so that Jennifer would have copies of her book to distribute to family and friends, as well as receptive people within the medical field. 

Maleny Agricultural Show – 100 Years

Maleny Agricultural Show – 100 Years

A local history book by Judy Fredriksen

Freelance copywriter Judy Fredriksen had been commissioned by the Maleny Show Society to ghostwrite a book commemorating the 100-year anniversary of their agicultural show. A local herself and coming from a family of pioneering farmers within the Kilcoy region, Judy was the perfect person to capture the history and also the personalities behind the Maleny Show. Initially, we undertook the interior page formatting and the cover design stages for the book. Next, the typeset book was professionally proofread. Finally, we completed the necessary revisions within a tight deadline so that the printed books would be available for sale during the annual show weekend.

Breastfeeding Works!

Breastfeeding Works!

An information resource book by Robyn Noble

Lactation consultant Robyn Noble is passionate about raising awareness of the issues surrounding breastfeeding to better inform health care practitioners and new mothers. Following two previous failed attempts with other publishing service providers, she consulted us for advice about her book 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 timeframe. Robyn was delighted with the final outcome – a printed book that showcased her expertise and that she could be proud of. 

The Forgotten Men at Grandchester Railway Station

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. Ian had received a grant from the National Trust of Australia to publish his book. So once it was completed, he was invited to be a presenter at their national conference.

 

Beyond the Dust

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.

 

The Happiness Bank

The Happiness Bank

A health and wellbeing book by Claire Massingham

Claire Massingham approached us for support self-publishing a high-quality book to use as business resource for her health and wellbeing workshops and to give to her coaching clients. As Claire had already had manuscript edited and commissioned an illustrator to produce watercolour artwork, our role in this project included formatting the internal page layout and creating a book cover design. We also advised her about the admin aspects of book publication. At the completion of the project, Claire was keen to commit to paying for a large offshore print run. This allowed her to take advantage of the cheaper cost per unit price and superior print quality for her beautiful hardcover book.

MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHIES

A Man Abroad

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 end of the project, we arranged short-run digital printing. 

Futch

Futch

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 wanted 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 provided 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. 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’. 

Alone – A Sailor's Life

Alone – A Sailor's Life

A travel memoir by Greg Currie

Following a traumatic deployment to Banda Aceh after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, former Navy Reserve psychologist officer, Greg Currie, decided to set sail in his 22-foot yacht, Bekka, to travel solo from Australia to South Africa. We helped Greg to bring to life his adventurous tale by first copyediting his draft manuscript and then formatting the internal pages of his memoir.  Greg supplied a dramatic-looking  photograph of the sea as the starting point for his book cover design and we superimposed the image of his boat within this pictorial setting. Finally, we provided assistance with setting up this book for Print on Demand via Amazon.

 

A Nurse's Story

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 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 book cover design. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing of Lynne’s book.

Otherness

Otherness

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.

 

Memories of Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam

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.

 

Ripples from the Wave

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.

Ease Up!

Ease Up!

A memoir by Tiki Ani

Faced with the huge challenge (and learning experience) of raising her severely ADHD son, Tiki Ani was forced to reflect deeply on what was important to her. This led her to create a life that worked well for her family and would ultimately make her into ‘a better mother and person’. After an extensive editing process to significantly reduce the length of Tiki’s draft manuscript, we launched into the page layout/typesetting and cover design stages. We arranged short-run digital printing for Tiki’s memoir, as well as providing help setting up her book for Print on Demand via Amazon.

What Till Your Father Gets Home!

What Till Your Father Gets Home!

A humorous memoir by Sharon Schoneveld

Sharon Schoneveld had documented entertaining anecodotes from her 1960s and 70s childhood growing up in North Mackay and was keen to share them with others. We assisted Sharon to self-publish her humorous memoir by first undertaking a copyedit of her Word manuscript prior to the page layout/typesetting and cover design stages. In addition, we wrote a blurb for the back cover and provide advice about the author bio. We then arranged for digital printing of Wait Till Your Father Gets Home!, with all the photographs printed on good-quality coated paper stock in a separate insert section in the centre of the book.

 

Vodka in a Vegemite Jar

Vodka in a Vegemite Jar

An adventure memoir by Trevor Hamley

In November 1983, glaciologist Trevor Hamley was invited by the Soviet Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute to particpate in a 3-month, 3,000 kilometre return traverse from Mirny to Dome C, located near the South Geomagnetic Pole. In this memoir, Trevor describes his adventures, which included scientific research and developing cross-cultural friendships. First up, we copyedited the draft manuscript. Next, we formatted the internal pages, which required a complex layout style as a lot of the content consisted of diary entries. Finally, we arranged a short print run  and also assisted Trevor with setting up his ebook for distribution/sales.

The Story of Justyce

The Story of Justyce

A memoir/business book by Tony Hodder

Forced to come to terms with a traumatic childhood and the avoidable death of his infant daughter, Tony Hodder sought answers to ease his emotional pain. As a result, he developed the SELFS framework, which offers new hope for people struggling to find a sense of purpose and direction in their lives. We supported Tony through all of the book publication steps, including strucutral editing and copyediting, as well as internal page formatting and book cover design. Finally, we arranged short-run digital printing, and also assisted Tony with setting up his book for Print on Demand via Amazon.

Old Times

Old Times

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.

 

Life, Armies and Mudbricks

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.

 

The Mysteries of Frederick Strange, Naturalist

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 Frederick Strange, who was responsible for sourcing and cataloguing numerous Australian natural history specimens in the early 19th century. For this project, we copyedited 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

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.

 

Midgie

Midgie

A family memoir by Colette Kinsella

Growing up in Ireland during the 1940s and 50s, Colette Kinsella was a keen observer of the social mores and historical settings of this time period. In her memoir, Colette share stories of her happy childhood and about the people who coloured her early life. We helped Colette with the internal page layout/typesetting and book cover design stages for her book. In addition, we arranged a short-print run so she could distribute her published book to her family and friends.

 

Anecdotes About Groote Eylandt

Anecdotes About Groote Eylandt

An adventure memoir by Owen Williamson

Engineer Owen Williamson and his family traded 1970s suburban Melbourne for an adventurous life on Groote Eylandt, a remote tropical island. In his memoir, Owen describes many unexpected challenges and hilarious encounters, capturing the essence of their time spent living in this Australian outpost. First up, we edited Owen’s draft manuscript so that the text was logically structured. Next, we formatted the written content and photos for his book’s internal page layout, and also created an eye-catching front cover using a high-quality stock photo. Finally, we arranged a short print run of Owen’s book for him to distribute to family and friends.

Larrikin to Lieutenant in 26 Weeks

Larrikin to Lieutenant in 26 Weeks

A military memoir by Owen Williamson

In 1969, as an 18-year-old lad with poor eyesight, Owen Williamson potentially faced conscription for the Vietnam War. However, while waiting anxiously for six month to find out about his fate, he transformed from larrikin to lieutenant during his military training. The first step in this project involved copyediting the manuscript text. Next, we incorporated Owen’s photographs from his early life, as well as his time in the Army within the page layout design of his memoir. Next, we created a book cover design that featured an original illustration Owen had produced. Finally, we arranged a short print run so Owen could share his entertaining story with family and friends.

My Father Jan

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

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.

 

Collective Guilt?

Collective Guilt?

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.

 

Something Happened on the Way To ...

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 to make other people laugh. Over time, Sandy has written many short stories about her childhood and travel adventures with her husband. We helped Sandy self-publish her memoir for family and friends by first undertaking an editorial proofread of her manuscript to check for grammatical and spelling errors. 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 photos from her overseas holidays and formatted all the stories and photos in the internal pages of her book.

More Chips for Mum

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.

 

Geoffrey Richard Gregory – A Memoir

Geoffrey Richard Gregory – A Memoir

A personal memoir by Geoffrey Gregory

As a result of recording his life story (including his Army days and action in Vietnam, his initial role as a humble tyrefitter to finally becoming the owner of multiple businesses), Geoffrey Gregory claims that he learned more about his past and gained a better understanding of himself. Following a light editorial proofread of the written text, we completed the page layout/typesetting and cover design stages for his book manuscript. We then arranged short-run digital printing of Geoffrey’s book in full colour.

 

Lemon Delicious

Lemon Delicious

A memoir/recipe book by Bronwyn Gartside

Growing up in the Brisbane suburbs of the 1950s and 60s, Bronwyn Gartside was keen to share the story of her life journey in the form of a part memoir, part social history and part recipe book. As Bronwyn had previously worked with an editor to polish her manuscript’s text, our involvement with her book project commenced with formatting/typesetting the internal pages. Next, we designed an attractive book cover that incorporated a photo of Bronwyn proudly showing off her Lemon Delicious dessert on the front and included brightly coloured lemon borders on the back. Finally, we arranged a short print run to coincide with Bronwyn’s book launch.

A Country Girl Forever

A Country Girl Forever

A family history by Nuala Duignan

Nuala was keen to share her story of growing up in Ireland during the 1940s, 50s and 60s and then emigrating to Canada and, later, Australia in 70s and 80s. As Nuala simply wanted her memoir to be available for her extended family, as well as future generations, to read and enjoy, only a light editorial proofread was required. Once the text had been polished, we undertook the internal page layout/typesetting and cover design stages of the book. Finally, we arranged for full-colour digital printing of Nuala’s memoir.

 

Till The Wheels Stop Turning

Till The Wheels Stop Turning

A memoir by Pop Sullivan

A self-made man with an adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit, Pop Sullivan has run several successful businesses, including conducting his own tourist tours throughout Australia for the past three decades. Pop had previously worked with an editor who had polished his Word manuscript for publication. So we helped Pop with advice about publishing admin aspects prior to formatting the internal pages of his book. Next, we created a simple book cover that incorporated a photo of Pop’s touring vehicles. Finally, we arranged a short print run so Pop could sell copies of his book to his wide network of friends and acquaintances.

Me, Myself and I

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 reminiscences. She approached us for assistance with publishing her collection of personal anecedotes, poetry and photographs. Following the typesetting and cover design stages, we then arranged short-run digital printing of Mary’s book in full colour.

 

Adventurer, Author, Anzac

Adventurer, Author, Anzac

A biography by Ian Ward

As a distant relative, the life of N. Keith Bushell was of particular personal interest to Ian Ward. Ian wanted to document Keith numerous adventures as a journalist, a member of the British Radium Expedition, a patrol officer in Papua, the author of a book on Australia, as well as an officer in the Australian Army in 1915 who was involved in the Gallipoli campaign. Ian decided to bypass the editing stage for his manuscript. However, once the internal pages had been formatted, we proofread the typeset PDF. Next, we designed a book cover that incorporated an old family portrait photograph of Keith. Finally, we arranged a short print run and also set up the book for Print on Demand via Amazon. 

My Life, My Story

My Life, My Story

A family history by David Raff

In his memoir, David Raff recounts his experiences growing up in rural Australia during the mid-1900s. He vividly describes many personal challenges and triumphs, including his success with breeeding elite Angus cattle during his long career in the Australian beef industry. David didn’t want his manuscript to be edited so our first step was to format his written content and photos to produce a professional-looking internal page layout design. Next, we created a book cover design that incorporated a  photograph of David ‘in action’ in the cattleyard. Finally, we arranged a short print run of David’s book for him to distribute to family and friends.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Australia

Australia

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

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

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 the administrative aspects of self-publishing. We also commissioned an illustrator to provide several original artwork 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, as well as Print on Demand sales via Amazon for his children’s book. 

Beyond a Joke series

Beyond a Joke series

A children’s picture book series by Kate Pennington

Having established the charity Beyond a Joke to combat the impact of bullying on young people, Kate Pennington wanted publish a children’s picture book series to spread her important message. She had written eight stories, starring a cast of Australian animal characters, which a watercolour artist had illustrated for her. Some in-depth editing improved the text and carefully considered page layout design ensured the books followed a theme that branded them as part of a larger series.  Kate was very appreciative of all the guidance we gave her and is keen to self-publish more books in the future.

Who Will Be In Heaven?

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

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

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. First up, we undertook an appraisal of Margaret’s three manuscripts and suggested ways in which she could restructure them so that they would have greater appeal. Several rounds of copyediting improved the dialogue, sentence structure and tone. During the design stage, we ensured all the illustrations worked in harmony with the text. We wrote the blurbs, 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!

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?

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.

 

Animals at Work A–Z

Animals at Work A–Z

A children’s alphabet book by Marg Joy Gibbs

Author and illustrator, Marg Gibbs, had written a children’s alphabet book consisting of 26 delightful verses and accompanying illustrations and required help self-publishing her manuscript. 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.

Finding Ghost

Finding Ghost

A children’s book by Colleen Sam

Colleen Sam is from the Kalkadunga (Kalkadoon) Tribe from far north-west Queensland and her mother, Ena Sam, is a traditional knowledge holder. With her mother’s permission and blessings, Colleen wanted a fun and creative avenue to share traditional Indigeneous stories with younger generations. She had already had her attractive illustration artwork converted to digital format and so, first up, we edited the text for her children’s book.  Next, we helped Colleen with 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, as well as providing assistance with setting up her book on Amazon for POD sales. 

The Tale of the Rainbow Kite

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 session, 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 edit and copyedit to 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

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. 

Rue the Curious Emu

Rue the Curious Emu

A children’s book by Ruby Purple®

A talented artist and illustrator, Ruby Purple® was keen to publish her children’s book manuscript which focused on her love of the Australian outback environment and its incredible flora and fauna. Initially, we edited the body text and helped her with the author bio and the prelim pages. Next, we created the cover design (including the blurb text) for Ruby’s book. We also formatted the internal pages and then proofread the typeset PDF. Finally, we organised a short print run of premium quality, full-colour printed books, plus Print on Demand via IngramSpark and Amazon KDP Print.

 

The Brandings Game

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.

 

Imagine a World

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.

 

The Chase

The Chase

A children’s book by Margaretta Morgan

Having lived her entire life on outback properties, author Margaretta Morgan is passionate about the Bush and keen to share her unique insight into native Australian animals. Margaretta had collaborated with her daughter-in-law, Amanda Morgan (whowas the book’s illustrator) to create her children’s book manuscript and now wanted to self publish it. Initially, we worked on the book cover and internal page layout design stages and then proofread the typeset PDF. We also wrote the blurb for the back cover and helped Margaretta and Amanda with the author bio and the prelim pages. Finally, we organised a short print run of premium quality, full-colour printed books.