Building Your House — Columbus Press

Shannon Upton is good at organizing. Really good. Whetherperf5.500x8.500.indd you’re dealing with a cluttered home or a cluttered spirit, Shannon’s latest book has tons of tips, tricks and anecdotes to help you straighten up your life.

We worked closely with Shannon and Columbus Press, the publisher of the book, to provide editing and production services for Building Your House.

Find Building Your House here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

As a speaker and author, Shannon understood how important it was to make sure her words would have a positive impact on her readers. Our developmental editor provided Shannon with the detailed feedback she needed to improve her manuscript, while keeping her message intact.

Following the developmental edit, our copy editor combed through Shannon’s text, correcting spelling and grammar mistakes, and standardizing the manuscript to a style guide. We worked closely with Shannon to ensure any changes made didn’t alter her intended meaning in any way.

Our team of graphic designers and book marketers gave Shannon’s existing branding an overhaul. The result? All of Shannon’s marketing materials, as well as her book design, feature a bright, modern take on her previous aesthetic. Her brand is recognizable to her existing followers, while still grabbing the attention of new readers.

In addition to the re-brand, our designers created marketing materials for Shannon that ranged from printed post cards to read-along guides and planner pages. Each time Shannon hosts an event, she has marketing tools at her disposal to keep her audience engaged, while simultaneously attracting new readers.

While our editors were proofreading Shannon’s book interior, our cover designer was hard at work developing a custom cover to fit the theme of home and family organization.

As soon as Shannon and Columbus Press were completely happy with the final product, Organizing You was distributed as a paperback and an e-book to all major retailers.

If you’re interested in a complete publishing package for your book, we invite you to contact us by clicking here. We work with small presses, professionals and individuals to produce fantastic books.

Mons Graupius — Boyle & Dalton

Mons Graupius mixes eloquent prose, a spitfire snob of a femaleCover protagonist, and harrowing mountaineering adventures–all set in the summits of Scotland.

Find Mons Graupius here or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Already a published author, M.G. Anderson was familiar with the importance of working with a professional editor to improve his manuscript. Our developmental editor provided the detailed feedback Anderson needed to improve his work and get it publication-ready.

After the developmental edit was complete, our copy editor read through the manuscript, correcting any grammar and spelling errors, and standardizing the work to a style guide. We worked closely with the author to keep personal touches like his Scottish vernacular intact.

After our copy editor cleaned up the manuscript, our interior designer got to work creating an interior designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and readable. Following the completion of the interior design, our proofreader read through the entire manuscript again, catching any last minute errors. We then went on to create an e-book version of the book, readable on all major e-book platforms.

Anderson worked with his own cover designer to create custom artwork for his book. We worked in tandem with that artist to ensure Anderson’s book cover would be up to the specifications of the printer.

While we were finalizing the book details, our web developer was busy working on an author website that Anderson could use to showcase and market his work. View our handiwork here: www.MGAndersonAuthor.com

As a result of our editing and design services, Mons Graupius is distributed as a Boyle & Dalton book — a symbol of quality within the industry. Learn more about becoming a Boyle & Dalton author by clicking here.

Along every step of the publication process, Anderson had a dedicated point of contact to meet with him, answer his calls and respond to his emails. This level of care comes with every Columbus Publishing Lab package.

We produce great books. If you’re ready to see your book in print, and in the hands of waiting readers, we invite you to contact us today by clicking here.

L is for Leader — Boyle & Dalton

L is for Leader LLC has a mission: Create products to inspire, empower and encourage case8.000x8.000.inddyoung girls to live as leaders.

The latest product in the L is for Leader line is a colorful picture book, designed to show young girls what it means to be a leader in their everyday lives. We were thrilled when L is for Leader founder Sarah Kregel came to us with her L is for Leader book materials, and we started the publishing process right away.

Learn more about L is for Leader LLC at www.LisforLeader.com.

Sarah provided us with the book text, as well as pictures for each page. The L is for Leader team had a clear idea of how they wanted the book to look, and our interior designer worked closely with them to ensure expectations were fulfilled.

We created a professional layout for Sarah’s pictures and text, and added playful embellishments on each page that corresponded with the existing L is for Leader branding elements. Our cover designer then created a bright, simple cover design that uses the L is for Leader logo as the focal point.

After the cover and interior were complete, we reviewed L is for Leader for  inclusion under our exclusive imprint: Boyle & Dalton. Based on the quality of content and design, L is for Leader was accepted and is distributed as a Boyle & Dalton book to all major online retailers in hardback and e-book formats.

Find L is for Leader on Amazon.com here. 

Along every step of the publishing process, Sarah and the L is for Leader team had a dedicated point of contact. If they had a question or needed an update, there was someone to answer their call or speedily reply to an email.

Congratulations to Sarah Kregel and her team on the release of L is for Leader!

Columbus Publishing Lab works with individuals, organizations, businesses and small presses to create great books. If you’d like more information on making your book project a reality, we invite you to contact us here.

Two Ways to Nab The Self-Publishing Handbook for Free

The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette was written to be a resource for writers. Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad PauquetteYears and years of publishing experience have been condensed into this easy to read manual, in hopes that those considering self-publishing will make smart, educated choices.

We could direct you to buy the handbook, but we’d rather give it away for free. We do our best to promote education within the self-publishing community, and if one person’s self-publishing experience improves because of this book, that’s worth it to us.

Through December 28, there are two ways you can get a copy of The Self-Publishing Handbook for free.

1. Sign up for our mailing list. If you want a version of the book you can read anywhere, join our mailing list and receive a free PDF of the book, delivered straight to your email. We solemnly swear never to spam you, and you’ll get advance notice of seminars and giveaways, in addition to self-publishing tips you won’t find anywhere else.

Click here to get your free PDF of The Self-Publishing Handbook.

2. Enter to win a paperback copy in our Goodreads giveaway. We’re giving away five copies of The Self-Publishing Handbook in a Goodreads Giveaway. If you prefer a good old-fashioned paperback, then this giveaway is for you! The giveaway is free to enter, and it’s open for entries until December 28. Click here (or the box below) to enter. 

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The self-publishing industry is huge. With so many choices, it can be hard to know which services are worthwhile, and which ones are a waste of time and money. The Self-Publishing Handbook is your guide to navigating the publishing process, no matter which route you choose. From hiring professionals, to D.I.Y. tips, this compact book separates worthwhile services from scams, and gets you on your way to producing an excellent book.

Nab a free copy of this book while you can!

Questions? Contact us by clicking here. 

The Flycaster — Boyle & Dalton

We worked with R.K. Blessing to produce his first novel, Clare R., and we’re excited to announce the release of his second book, The Flycaster.

Thisperf5.000x8.000.indd coming-of-age story follows Brody, a young man on the run from an abusive father and the foster care system that’s failed him. When he falls asleep on the back porch of a dark shop in Eugene, Oregon—half-starved, sick and unsure where he is—he awakens to a world he never imagined.

Find The Flycaster here, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore. 

Blessing came to us with a manuscript that had a lot of potential, but needed a lot of work to be publication-ready. While it’s never easy to hand over your hard work to an editor, Blessing trusted the professionals at Columbus Publishing Lab to provide him with the feedback he needed to transform his manuscript from good to great.

Blessing worked closely with our developmental editor to revise The Flycaster manuscript. His rewrite, based on suggestions from our editor, resulted in a manuscript that was accepted by our Boyle & Dalton imprint — a mark of quality within the publishing industry.

After Blessing had completed his rewrite of The Flycaster, our copy editor combed through the manuscript, correcting grammar and punctuation errors and standardizing the text to a style guide.

After our editors cleaned up the manuscript, our interior designer took that text and professionally formatted it to be reader-ready. Blessing provided us with some fantastic pen and ink drawings to include throughout the book, which our designer incorporated in each chapter heading. After the interior design was complete, our proofreader meticulously read through the entire manuscript again, catching any remaining inconsistencies.

While the interior was being professionally formatted, our cover designer worked with Blessing to create a custom cover design that would appeal to the book’s target audience. We incorporated a fishing fly, a main element of the story, with the watery silhouette of a young couple holding hands.  Spoiler alert: The Flycaster is a love story. ❤️‍

After the cover and interior were completed, we reviewed Blessing’s book for inclusion under our exclusive imprint: Boyle & Dalton. As a result of the revisions Blessing made to his manuscript following our developmental edit, The Flycaster was accepted and is currently distributed as a Boyle & Dalton book.

Learn more about Boyle & Dalton here.

Along every step of the publishing process, Blessing had a dedicated point of contact. When he had a question, someone was always on the other end of the line to answer his call. When he sent an email, he received a speedy response. This is the standard service level for all Columbus Publishing Lab clients.

Clients like R.K. Blessing who decide to publish with us over and over again are the greatest testament we have to the quality of our products and services. Bottom line: we produce great books. If you’re interested in publishing with Columbus Publishing Lab, we invite you to contact us by clicking here. There’s a real, live person on the other end waiting to answer all of your questions.

The Joy of Argument — Boyle & Dalton

Everyone has an opinion. Whether you use argument in your professional life, or you’re perf5.500x8.500.inddtrying to become better at everyday discourse, The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra is a compact resource to help you get your point across.

Albert chose our Catalyst Package, which includes a full suite of publishing services, as well as a marketing base that includes an author website.

A professional copy editor got to work cleaning up spelling and grammar mistakes in Albert’s manuscript, while simultaneously standardizing it to a style guide. As soon as the copy edit was complete, our interior designer took the raw Word Document, and transformed the text into a professional book interior.

After the interior had been completed, an indexer combed through the manuscript, compiling a list of terms and page number references that would become the book’s index.

After the index was complete, our proofreader read through the manuscript a final time, meticulously checking and rechecking the text, interior design, and index references. After the interior was clear of errors, we created an e-book version, designed specifically to be readable across all major e-book platforms.

While our editors and interior designers were working their magic on the manuscript, our cover designer was working closely with Albert to create a custom cover design. We paid attention to styles the author preferred, and created an aesthetic that compliments the target audience of the book.

During the production process, Albert’s book was reviewed and accepted by Boyle & Dalton, our exclusive imprint reserved for top-quality books. Learn more about Boyle & Dalton here.

Our team of marketing consultants formulated a plan for Albert’s book that includes a personalized author websiteAs the book production was being completed, our web developers created a custom WordPress site for The Joy of Argument, giving him an easy, professional platform for promotion.

Check out our handiwork here: www.JoyofArgument.com

In addition to his website, we created printed marketing materials for Albert, as well as setting up social media accounts for his book.

Thanks to our distribution services, The Joy of Argument is now available as a paperback and as an e-book from Amazon.com, as well as all major online retailers. Find a copy for yourself here. 

From editing to marketing, Columbus Publishing Lab can provide all of the publishing services you need to produce a professional book. Along the way, you’ll have a dedicated point of contact at all times. No waiting days to hear back from different representatives, no sending emails off into the void. We’re here to make this experience enjoyable for you.

If you’re interested in publishing your book, we invite you to contact us by clicking here.

Jim Paoletti — A Practitioner’s Guide to Physiologic Bioidentical Hormone Balance

Jim Paoletti saw a demand for a concise, accurate guide to physiologic bioidentical Paolettihormone balance, and he wrote a book to fill that void. He came to Columbus Publishing Lab with a product, and we got that product buyer-ready.

Find Jim’s book on Amazon.com here.

This book is chock full of diagrams, to-the-point explanations, and formulas. Our interior designer organized those materials into a comprehensive layout that made it ideal for the target market: busy practitioners and pharmacists. The result is a book full of complex subject matter that’s easy to read, and easy to use.

Jim worked with an outside artist to create his cover artwork. We took that existing cover art and provided a cover consultation to ensure his book would be up to printer specs, and looking good when it hit the market.

We may not understand physiologic biodentical hormone balance, but we know enough to produce great books. Here’s what purchasers of Jim’s book have to say:

“Jim Paoletti has given a wealth of hormonal information in this book that is impressive. I have attended many seminars on the subject and it’s nice to have all the information organized and accessible in this format.”

-Amazon Reviewer

“Excellent reference for any compounding pharmacist working with patients in HRT. The information is clear and concise and direct…”

-Amazon Reviewer

In addition to the book production, Columbus Publishing Lab also provides Jim with distribution services. Jim’s book is available to all major retailers around the world, without the need for Jim to run around to doctor’s offices and post offices. We handle the hard work of maintaining the sale of the book, and Jim collects the check.

Columbus Publishing Lab works on all kinds of projects. Whether you’ve written a non-fiction book for a niche market, or you’re trying to get your life story out there, we can help you produce a professional book.

Contact us here to learn more.

Kathleen Sutton — Let Me Lead

Let Me Lead tells the story of a gentle woman dealing with loss, a brutal temptress ebook_coverdetermined to destroy everyone she comes in contact with, and the young dance instructor who has their full attention.

We enjoyed working with author Kathleen Sutton to turn her thrilling manuscript into a published novel.

Nab a copy of Let Me Lead here.

The first step in the publishing process was copy editing. A professional editor combed through the raw manuscript, correcting spelling and grammar mistakes and standardizing the text to a style guide.

As soon as the copy edit was complete, our designer worked closely with Kathleen to create an interior design aesthetic that fit the target audience of the book, while still being readable and professional.

While our proofreader checked the book’s interior for any remaining errors, we worked with Kathleen on her cover. We enhanced a photograph she provided to create a cover image that is eye-catching and reflective of the dramatic nature of the book.

After Kathleen was completely happy with both the cover and the interior of Let Me Lead, we created an e-book version. Columbus Publishing Lab handles the print and e-book distribution for Kathleen. We handle the hard work of getting the book up for sale, and Kathleen collects a royalty check.

Let Me Lead is already garnering great reviews! Professional editing and production services DO make a difference.

“As I read Sutton’s book, Let Me Lead, I was intrigued by the development of the complex characters and how they continued to intersect with each other in ways unforeseen…  I could not put the book down. I look forward to Sutton’s future novels.”

–Amazon reviewer

We love helping authors succeed. If you’re interested in taking your book project to the next level, we invite you to contact us today by clicking here. 

Judith Newell — Twinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star

case8.000x10.000.inddTwinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star is a children’s book designed to help young readers cope with the loss of a parent. Judith drew from personal experiences to create this beautiful, uplifting story of a little boy missing his mother.

We were thrilled to help author Judith Newell turn her book idea into a reality.

Judith worked with her own artist to create full-color, full-page illustrations for her book. We created a custom interior design that complimented Judith’s illustrations, while ensuring that the book’s text was professionally arranged and aesthetically pleasing. We formatted each page to be ready for the printer, and made sure Judith was satisfied along each step in the process.

Judith’s book is available as a sturdy hardback — made to withstand countless bedtime story readings. The full-color illustrations are vibrant and printed on high-quality paper stock.

After the print book was complete we created an e-book version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Mommy Star. The e-book version was expertly formatted to ensure the book is readable on all e-reader devices, and is available for download at all major online retailers.

In addition to the book production, Columbus Publishing Lab also handles the distribution for Twinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star under our Boyle & Dalton imprint. We handle the hard work of getting the book up for sale, and Judith collects the check.

If you’re interested in taking your book idea to the next level, we encourage you to contact us here. Producing great books is our specialty, and we’d love to hear about your story.

Self-Publishing Simplified (In 21 GIFs)

Writers are so cool. You should become a writer.

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So write something already.

it's hard

 

 

 

 

 

 

You got this.

Writing words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a lot of in-between stuff (mostly drinking and browsing the Internet), you finally finish a manuscript.

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You start querying, but publishers are all like:

(Jerks.)

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So you go through the five stages of rejection: Rage, indignation, indifference, alcohol, and finally:

Rejection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you’ve recovered (if you ever recover) you decide to start pursuing other options. Self-publishing is so easy! And free! Who needs professionals? Not you.

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You’re at a crossroads. Publish RIGHT NOW, or do things right?

What is right

 

 

 

 

 

 

You decide to do some research. Good for you.

Homework research

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe you shouldn’t do it all yourself. After all, your novel deserves the best. You hire some professionals to help you along the way.

professional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re doing it. You’re really doing it. YOU’RE PUBLISHING A BOOK.

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Meanwhile, your editor sees your manuscript for the first time.

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So you revise.

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Your cover designer gets all artsy-fartsy-awesome.

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Turns out those professionals were a good idea. After a lot of behind-the-scenes work, your book is everything you dreamed it would be.  

finally published

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to make some money!

Famous

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crap. Marketing is hard.

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Reviewers can be brutal.

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But nobody can keep you down for long. This book is going to work.

tough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You FINALLY sell some books. Looks like that hard work is paying off. You’re so awesome.

You're so awesome

 

 

 

 

 

Now start over.

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