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At Brisbane Self Publishing Service, we are proud to support both new and experienced authors to achieve their publication goals. We mentor our clients through all of the steps associated with the book publishing process; guiding them along their self-publishing journey from editing to the production phase (i.e. page layout/typesetting and book cover design) to the end product – their published book.
Below are examples of the types of books we’ve assisted our clients to self-publish (including details about how we helped them to achieve the final outcome).
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.
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.
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.
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 (and after attending our Tell Your Story self-publishing workshop), 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 Ingram Spark, plus her ebook to Amazon KDP and Draft2Digital so readers worldwide are able to purchase and enjoy this talented Australian author’s work.
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.
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.
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.
A self-help/women’s health book by Dr Leah Stuckings
A quick read-through of the author’s Word manuscript indicated that Leah Stuckings (a clinical psychologist) was an organised and experienced writer. Consequently, our initial recommendation was to provide minimal structural and copy editing. We suggested 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 ‘segment’ all of the case studies; arranging them into separate textboxes to assist legibility. Leah was very keen that her book cover appealed to women (her target audience) and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 travel adventure book 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.
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 world poverty and hunger, Cathy Burke is an inspirational and committed business leader and entrepreneur. In her book Unlikely Leaders, Cathy provides is a collection of anecdotes and lessons which describe her 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, as well as providing page layout design and typesetting services.
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.
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.
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.
Lifting the Bar
An informational/health book by Tristan Hill
Tristan Hill is a personal trainer who is on a mission to help new recruits to the PT profession. A few years ago, he 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 self publish a book 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 information was clearly communicated to his target audience. 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 the book.
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.
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.
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 act as an allied resource to his maths tutoring work. A lengthy timeframe was required to complete this publishing project: commencing with a structural edit of the manuscript to review the big picture 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 Createspace.
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.
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.
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.
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 Happiness Bank
A self-help/business book by Claire Massingham
Claire Massingham’s vision for her self-help book was for it to serve as a complementary product to her health coaching business. Claire had previously had her manuscript edited and had already commissioned an artist to create full-colour watercolour-style illustrations for the internal pages and the cover. Therefore, we launched straight into the design phase and provided typesetting, design and proofreading, plus advice about ISBN/CiP data. Next, we organised offshore printing for 1,000 hardback full-colour printed books via a Brisbane-based print broker. Finally, we uploaded the PDF files to Amazon Createspace so that it was available for Print on Demand.
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’.
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.
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 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.
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 memoir by Delma Brunello
Delma Brunello had written an interesting account of her life growing up in Brisbane and her manuscript contained numerous family photos with descriptive captions. As Delma’s intention was for her book to be purely for family members to read and enjoy, only a light editorial proofread was required, followed by page layout/typesetting and cover design. We arranged short-run digital printing of Delma’s memoir 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.