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Jen Payne

Jen Payne - Designer

Branford, CT, United States

Professional book designer of award-winning books with more than 25 years' experience in graphic design, content development, copy editing.

Overview

I am, first and foremost, a writer…and lover of books!

My business, WORDS BY JEN (wordsbyjen.com), is a full-service graphic design and creative services company located in Connecticut. Founded in 1993, we work hand-in-hand with small businesses, organizations, and creative professionals to develop effective communications, both in print and online. Our services include:

- Graphic Design
- Copy Writing & Editorial Services
- Publicity Coordination
- Full-Service Printing
- Web Design & Internet Marketing
- Book Design & Publishing Coordination
- Marketing & Creative Consultations

For the past 25 years, we have also had the pleasure of working with many authors in the design of quality paperback and hardcover books, including award-winning titles recognized by ForeWord Magazine, VOYA Magazine, New York Public Library Best Books, International Book of the Month, Philadelphia School Librarians Association, the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY), and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Our focus is on the creation of professional books that meet the basic standards of book design as explained in the Chicago Manual of Style, as well as Industry Standards outlined by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Our sister company, THREE CHAIRS PUBLISHING (3chairspublishing.com), was founded in 2014. Its current catalog includes two self-published books. It is in the process of coordinating an anthology of poetry to be published in 2019.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing Nature Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Literature Poetry Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Owner, Three Chairs Publishing

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Owner, Words by Jen

Self-employed
May, 1993 – Present (about 25 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Look Up!: Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness

Jennifer A. Payne

LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness is an antidote to the frenetic pace of this world. It is a clarion call to get up and get out — to look up from our work, our distractions, our routines — and find our way back to the simple pleasure of being in Nature. This is a journal of one woman's reconnection with Nature, told through heartfelt essays and poems by writer/artist Jennifer Payne... read more

LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness is an antidote to the frenetic pace of this world. It is a clarion call to get up and get out — to look up from our work, our distractions, our routines — and find our way back to the simple pleasure of being in Nature. This is a journal of one woman's reconnection with Nature, told through heartfelt essays and poems by writer/artist Jennifer Payne... read more

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind

Jennifer A Payne

The poems in EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Oliver, naturalist Jen Payne explores the essence of spiritual ecology: the human condition juxtaposed to the natural world and the possibility of divine connection. NPR contributor David Berner calls it, “an unf... read more

The poems in EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Oliver, naturalist Jen Payne explores the essence of spiritual ecology: the human condition juxtaposed to the natural world and the possibility of divine connection. NPR contributor David Berner calls it, “an unf... read more

Understand Your Self:Teen Manual for the Understanding of Oneself

Dale Carlson

Understand Your Self is a teen/young adult manual for the understanding of oneself. Self-knowledge is the basis for all good relationships, and the end of human loneliness. Learn to understand yourself on your own”not according to someone else's authority and rules. Self-understanding techniques help you to understand others and improve your relationships: lovers, friends, parents, community, ... read more

Understand Your Self is a teen/young adult manual for the understanding of oneself. Self-knowledge is the basis for all good relationships, and the end of human loneliness. Learn to understand yourself on your own”not according to someone else's authority and rules. Self-understanding techniques help you to understand others and improve your relationships: lovers, friends, parents, community, ... read more

Addiction:The Brain Disease

Hannah Carlson M.Ed.LPC

Addiction, the Brain Disease is a young adult guide to the physical, emotional, social, psychological disease of addiction. Addiction to substances, behaviors, and addiction to the self are explored. Self-tests, personal stories, treatment, recovery, dictionary of addictions, terms, and meanings are included. Also includes lists of resources, help sources, a bibliography, illustrations, and pe... read more

Addiction, the Brain Disease is a young adult guide to the physical, emotional, social, psychological disease of addiction. Addiction to substances, behaviors, and addiction to the self are explored. Self-tests, personal stories, treatment, recovery, dictionary of addictions, terms, and meanings are included. Also includes lists of resources, help sources, a bibliography, illustrations, and pe... read more

A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver

Martha Link Walsh

Christmas is a magical time of love, joy, and giving. The stories and artwork collected in this book are about real and imaginary heroes who inhabit chilly landscapes and bring gifts of cheer and hope during long winter nights. Their generous spirits inspired this book. Let the magic of the season transport you as you learn about some very old generous old souls, whose stories are very old ind... read more

Christmas is a magical time of love, joy, and giving. The stories and artwork collected in this book are about real and imaginary heroes who inhabit chilly landscapes and bring gifts of cheer and hope during long winter nights. Their generous spirits inspired this book. Let the magic of the season transport you as you learn about some very old generous old souls, whose stories are very old ind... read more

Life is Full of Sweet Spots: An Exploration of Joy

Mary O'Connor

Explore and connect with the niches and nuances of the earth, the sea and sky, our bodies, minds and souls - the places where joy resides. Come away with new understanding of life and how its beauty and powers make us inwardly hum, how gardening or stargazing, touching something wild, listening to the sounds of silence, learning and loving, just simply being, all feed our emotional wellness an... read more

Explore and connect with the niches and nuances of the earth, the sea and sky, our bodies, minds and souls - the places where joy resides. Come away with new understanding of life and how its beauty and powers make us inwardly hum, how gardening or stargazing, touching something wild, listening to the sounds of silence, learning and loving, just simply being, all feed our emotional wellness an... read more

The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut: Including North Branford and Northford

Jane Peterson Bouley

CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS OF BRANFORD AND NORTH BRANFORD ARE BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH PERSONAL ACCOUNTS, LETTERS, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS. In this book, Branford, Connecticut's Town Historian Jane Bouley has compiled the military service records and biographical histories of nearly 450 soldiers, using pension records, original letters, diaries, regimental histories, cemetery records, family gen... read more

CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS OF BRANFORD AND NORTH BRANFORD ARE BROUGHT TO LIFE THROUGH PERSONAL ACCOUNTS, LETTERS, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS. In this book, Branford, Connecticut's Town Historian Jane Bouley has compiled the military service records and biographical histories of nearly 450 soldiers, using pension records, original letters, diaries, regimental histories, cemetery records, family gen... read more

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