When I published my first novel in 1999, I thought I'd be closely linked to a terrific editor who would push me to write better fiction and produce a successful book. My real first experience was much different. My book was picked up by a large publishing house, and that was the last I saw of it until it came out with a horrible cover attached. I peeked inside and was mortified to find the editor had changed major aspects of the story without asking for my input at all. And the design was mediocre at best. Even though I was just learning about publishing, I knew this wasn't normal. 

Self-publishing was non-existent at that time, so I continued to produce books with small and medium publishers, giving up my publishing rights, a big chunk of royalties, and all say on how my books were produced. The results left me less than impressed.

That's when I realized I couldn't (and shouldn't) leave the editing and book design to someone else. The responsibility for my book's content lies entirely with me. I can't expect anyone else to care about it as much as I do. So, I turned to self-publishing.

Book design is a natural extension of video previews, which I have been creating for over 12 years (500+ videos!). Writing great book blurbs and forging dramatic images to convey those messages is paramount for both those mediums. When I began designing covers and book interiors I found a new satisfaction in producing something that has given me joy all my life: books! 

I am very proud of the books I produce and the amazing authors that I get to work with every day, especially the new authors to whom that first book is a source of sheer wonder. There is no greater feeling than holding your freshly minted book in your hands.

I never forget that I was once a new author too. I know how befuddling the publishing world can be. With 20+ years of publishing experience, I can coach you through every aspect of polishing your manuscript and getting your book up for sale. Even when your book baby is finally out in the world, I’ll always be available to answer your questions.

  • You retain all the rights to your book. 
  • Along with my team of editors, I provide professional designs that will rival any of the big 5 publishers. 
  • You get a book that you can proudly sell at any on or off-line venue.

Check out the FEEDBACK from past Castelane authors. And CONTACT me when you are ready to become a published author.

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