If you're seeking a layout artist to create an interior for your book that will be as seamless and fitting as a perfect movie score to a film, I would love to bring your labor of love to life! With my organic approach, gift of instinct, and penchant for typography, I will craft an interior with specialized fonts and those "just right" elements to match the tone and genre of your book, as well as to complement your cover. The result is a beautiful backdrop for your words that creates the optimum reading experience for your audience.
To date, I have created over 120 distinct interiors for everything from women's, historical, YA, and literary fiction, to a wide range of memoir, to mystery, to academic language books, and from simple to highly complex nonfiction in the categories of business/leadership, self-help/well-being, communication, sports and hobbies, parenting, writing, and specialty gift and inspirational titles. The more specialized your book, the more I love getting creative for you! But I love the simple ones too ... often coming up with their subtle nuances is equally challenging and rewarding.
I have designed over 60 interiors for a range of memoir, select nonfiction, and various types of fiction—including women's, historical, and literary—for She Writes Press authors. What distinguishes me from some layout artists is that I don't use templates—I always strive to create a completely unique and organic interior for every book project I'm given. After over 120 interiors to date, there's not a duplicate in the bunch!
I have designed over 55 distinct interiors for my author clients, each one not only created with the most fitting typography and specialty elements, but also sprinkled with love throughout. My goal is for every reader to simply sense that the interior feels right for the book, whether or not they notice how thoughtfully the particular style choices were made or not.
I have also designed over 50 covers for various memoir and nonfiction in the arenas of self-help, leadership, parenting, collectibles, sports and hobbies, travel, writing, poetry, inspirational/gift, and academic language books, the majority of which are displayed below in my portfolio.
If you grew up within a chaotic family environment caused by chronic inconsistency, stress, and emotional or physical abandonment or abuse-whether due to addictions, political unrest, war, or a parent's mental health issues -- The Kind Self-Healing Book is for you. If you are prone to anxiety, depression, self-doubt, people-pleasing, or decision-making influenced by fear, or if you want to fre... read more
Baby Boomers, remember the holidays? Aluminum trees, "The Chipmunks Song," TV specials with the Peanuts gang or the Grinch? Remember making Chex Mix and Green Bean Casseroles?The true and sometimes wacky stories behind the fads and holiday traditions of the Boomer Era are stuffed into this book. Who invented Bubble Lites? Did an Oregon DJ really get fired on the air for playing Elvis' version ... read more
Making the decision to become a pet parent is one nobody should take lightly. Bringing a sentient, social being into a family requires much thought and commitment, with a full understanding of the responsibility involved. But many people jump into adopting a dog for emotional reasons and without the necessary knowledge of the specific dog’s needs, often with negative outcomes for both the huma... read more
“What separates the joyful from the miserable is attitude. Adopt a good one and watch blessings come your way.”In this second installment of the Spirit Says ... series, Dr. Susan Bova shares wise words for well-being from the higher realms. First, allow these original quotes to gently guide you toward optimal health in body, mind, and soul, then activate your healing transformation by applying... read more
"It is not necessary to be fearless. We all have fear. It is more important to recognize that fear exists and then move forward anyway."As a result of two near-death experiences, Dr. Susan Bova was granted the gift of open access to the Spirit world and now acts as a Spirit Messenger, continually receiving messages directly from Source. In this concise, uplifting book, Susan shares gentle word... read more
The third of eleven children, Jan Banaszek spends her childhood in the role of fierce protector—striving to shield her younger siblings from the dysfunctional home life created by their father, a volatile man who can snap at any moment. With a loving but subservient mother who looks the other way at her husband’s inappropriate behavior with their daughters, Jan unwittingly seeks approval from ... read more
You'd like to write about your hero's journey or compile your family's history.But perhaps you aren't too sure how to start your story, how to focus, how to make it interesting for other people.The Ten Writing Tips in Share Your Journey will give you the tools and confidence to write more effective blogs, write for online and print publications, and make more effective presentations.These tips... read more
Quirky patients, one-of-a-kind employees, and farm animals set the stage for this humorous, tender, and sometimes irreverent saga of Dr. Carroll James's dental practice. Headphone-clad patients bop in the dental chair while Dr. James tries to work on the moving target; a long-timer happily drops her pants to show off her latest surgical scar; and a lost cell phone drops out of a patient's boxe... read more
“Don’t take it personally, but I hate the dentist.” Dr. Carroll James has heard this uncomplimentary comment all too often, and while not taking it personally, he does note the unique and often quirky personalities of the patients he treats. The Whole Tooth, the second book in the series, continues relating some of the more bizarre episodes during Dr. James’s thirty years of practice—including... read more
Anyone who has loved a dog knows that the bond you share can be even stronger than those you share with other humans. As a devoted pet parent, author Donna Chicone not only understands this unique bond, but wanted to provide a way for every parent of a beloved dog to enrich that special relationship — with promises she calls Pawffirmations. Touching every area of your life as a pet parent, fro... read more
"An indispensable companion for being the best parent you can be."Parenting is a calling of the highest order. A humble job, it's also the most honorable and important work in life. Yet you are given so little training to become the kind of parent you long to be. Frazzled by the dizzying changes of today's complex world, bombarded by countless "shoulds," and torn between the experts and your h... read more
Featuring engaging--and sometimes play-by-play thrilling--articles from leading American and Canadian authors that highlight their firsthand experiences, Fishing Northern Canada for Lake Trout, Grayling and Arctic Char belongs in the library of every angler. A veritable treasure trove of tips and information, the book not only explores the title fish, but also northern pike, brook trout, and A... read more
A true-life, sometimes gritty yet ultimately triumphant story, Until the Brighter Tomorrow is told straight from Valerie Rainford's heart. The daughter of southern sharecroppers, she takes the reader through her challenging young life in the projects, where her mother's steadfast work ethic and undying support motivates Valerie to choose a different path than that of her high school friends. A... read more
Sonnets from My Soul is a collection of inspirational poems by Michelle Taylor-Jones, who has been writing in secret for decades. In this first edition, titled At Peace, Michelle shares some of her favorite sonnets on the subjects of courage, love, purpose, and faith, with the hope that readers will find enjoyment and healing in her reflections as she has over the years.
After surviving a childhood fraught with loss and despair that made him feel spiritually confused and disconnected from God, Lee Breitkreutz allowed further devastating incidents and struggles to drive him away from the Church and religion altogether, seemingly forever. Then, a series of three miracles-each occurring at crucial times in his life-triggered an unexpected spiritual life to evolve... read more
If you’re a parent of one or more children and are considering involving them in sports, you likely have a lot of questions. Because you treasure your children and want to make the best decisions for them, it’s only natural for you to be concerned about everything from your child fitting in or getting hurt, to having the appropriate time to commit, to having good role models for them, to helpi... read more
Distant Greens travels to the highest golf course in the world, where breathless Tibetan precepts come face to face with the oxymoron of Indian military intelligence. To a golf course in the Amazon rainforest, near the source of rubber, which revolutionized the game. To the Middle Kingdom, to examine claims that it was the Chinese, and not the Scots, who invented golf. And to a volcanic Indone... read more
When was the last time you wrote a letter? Not a text or a tweet but a pen-to-paper or hand-typed message of gratitude, reflection, or expression of friendship? One that was more than a simple thank-you note ... one you thoughtfully sat down and gave your care, time, and attention to write? Toward the end of his life, Ashley Davis's father--despite extreme physical challenges--composed letters... read more
Born in 1929 in Pilzno, Poland, Martin Manek List was only twelve years old when his entire family narrowly fled Nazi persecution by hiding in the forest during WWII. Enduring unimaginable suffering and unrelenting pursuit by German forces, he survived the war by sheer tenacity of will, going on to fight for Israel's independence. Remaining largely silent about his harrowing past for most of h... read more
Exceptional leaders inspire others to dream, fill them with a sense of passion, and expertly guide the way to achieving outstanding results; in short, great leaders can change the world. Yet, as we strive to move and motivate people in our given fields, many of us are unsure of how to best develop the untapped potential in others ... as well as in ourselves. In The Consummate Leader, award-win... read more
If you’re an executive director, board member, leader, staff member, or even a volunteer in a nonprofit, you’ve chosen this path because you want to make the world better. Yet the majority who work in nonprofits often feel like they’re running in place, frustrated because they don’t have a blueprint for working more efficiently with their colleagues. The source of this dissatisfaction is often... read more
If you’re facing a major career or life change, encountering a shift in the familiar, or simply desiring something more from your life, Think Your Age, Don’t Act It offers 16 hard-knock lessons in self-reinvention to help you ride the wave and come out on top at any age. Author Phillip Macko has successfully recreated his career across three distinctly different industries, survived the pain o... read more
At age seventeen, William Hannaford Ball left his native Cornwall, England, and immigrated to Canada, where at age twenty he enlisted in the Canadian Army, joining the 37th Overseas Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. During his nearly three years in the trenches of France and Belgium, Ball kept a diary of his experiences, recording the high drama and harsh, brutal realities of World War I. Whi... read more
Want to build resilience and emotional strength to prevent overwhelming stress and burnout, despite the inevitable stressors you face in your career? Rich with examples, easy-to-understand concepts, and powerful yet simple behavioral tips, The Financial Advisor's ULTIMATE Stress Mastery Guide shows you how by explaining how stress affects your health, how to proactively boost your psychologica... read more
Interpersonal conflict is a fact of life. Whether you are directly in conflict with a family member or colleague, or simply experience sticky situations with others, being able to have difficult conversations in a satisfying manner can greatly improve your relationships and well-being. Learn concrete and practical tools and exercises for all stages of interpersonal communication that will help... read more
¿Anhelas el toque curativo de Dios durante tu sufrimiento del cáncer y no estás seguro cómo obtenerlo? ¿Ahoga el miedo tu fe? ¿Te es difícil si no imposible imaginar que tu enfermedad puede ser un medio conductor de bendiciones para ti y para otros? Destilado de una experiencia de más de 20 años apoyando a gente enferma de cáncer, de una lucha personal contra la enfermedad y de una profunda cr... read more
What do jumping cats have to do with Buddhism's Middle Path? Did Orwell really hate everyone in Myanmar? How did Myanmar's ruling junta use white elephants to consolidate their power? Will a synagogue caretaker's improbable dream ever come true? What arrogance drives western travelers to seek the "unknown"? And why should you never disrespect the nat spirits who guard a sacred forest?This is M... read more
Why do prominent modern Indonesian sultans continue love affairs with the Mermaid Queen? Why is the island of Flores Ground Zero for Hobbit sightings? How does a Papuan hunter juggle the four religions which want a piece of his soul? Why did a now-neglected spice cause historic mayhem among greedy Europeans? Why does it make good business sense to make friends with the dragon princess? Why is ... read more
What's a woman to do when a Hindu god doesn't return her mountain? Would you risk your life by hugging a tree? How do you find a nameless young girl you first met (for five minutes) twenty-six years earlier? For environmental consciousness, should we trust the international bureaucrats or a Bhutanese farmer? Does the yeti illuminate the dark side of our souls? Why do we have an urge to "rid th... read more
How has a town named after a female vampire ghost spawned an entire genre of kitschy horror films? Why did a quiet Swiss man choose to live rough in the rainforest with the semi-nomadic Penans - and what inner spirit drove him to fight a David vs. Goliath rebellion against timber tycoons and corrupt officials who were destroying the Penans's forest home? Has White-Brown colonialism been replac... read more
What's the attraction of coffee that's been digested by a civet? Can 200-million-year-old fossilized freshwater shark dung bring you good luck? Why do boys like to make things go bang - hey, lemme try the AK-47!? Why is the belching and slovenly widow of Laos's first president so possessive about the animal she considers her white elephant? How did Vietnam's last elephant hunter, at the age of... read more
Think Smarter in a Digitally Enabled World provides the reader with the tools and insight on how to lead a successful, meaningful, and world-changing life in the 21st century. We are still in the early phases of this new century and the pace and breadth of technological, societal, economic, and cultural change is staggering. We are experiencing forces that are upending almost every facet of ou... read more
From Pebble to Pathways begins as a journey of loss and challenge, yet in the telling becomes an inspiring tale of insight and growth, ultimately illuminated by profound spiritual connection and understanding. Donna Thomas was the child of an alcoholic mother and roaming father who divorced when she was eight. While her brothers and she were awarded to her father, they were often left alone da... read more
Breaking through glass ceilings in the workplace is dangerous business. There is now an easier (and safer) way for women to rise and succeed professionally. The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise shares the 9 critical skills that will enhance your ability to engage, connect, and influence in the workplace. Have you been holding yourself back by:* Not speaking ... read more
An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles follows the Victorian-era explorations of Alfred Russel Wallace through Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. While Wallace is recognized as co-discoverer of the theory of natural selection (and was perhaps deliberately sidelined by Darwin), he was also an edgy social commentator and a voracious collector of "natural productions"--he caught, skinned, and pickle... read more
Compelling American Conversations: Questions and Quotations for Intermediate American English Language Learners from Chimayo Press helps American immigrants and international students develop their fluency skills and academic vocabulary through conversation exercises. Each chapter includes two sets of conversation questions, vocabulary review, short writing exercises, paraphrasing exercises wi... read more
Compelling Conversations - Japan: Questions and Quotations for High-Intermediate Japanese English Language Learners deploys a range of speaking activities, vocabulary expansion lessons, classic quotations, and search-and-share internet activities. The fluency-focused English as a Foreign Language (EFL) conversation textbook includes 12 thematic chapters that explores daily life in Japan and de... read more
This collection of 42 short English lessons focuses on specific American idioms and common phrases. The thematic chapters are organized into seven categories: Let’s Get Started, Fun with Food, Body Language, Animal Wisdom, Colorful Language, How’s the Weather, and Where Are You. Each concise self-contained chapter explores a single American idiom with clear definitions, sample sentences, short... read more
The grammar and word order of English questions can be challenging for many language learners. English Questions: Practice Drills in All Active Tenses provides the student of English with extensive exercises in all the most common types of English questions. Written in an easy-to-use, easy-to-follow format with clear examples, this comprehensive book contains 2290+ sentence-to-question transfo... read more
The grammar and word order of English questions can be challenging for many language learners. English Questions: Practice Drills in All Active Tenses-Answer Key provides the student of English with answers to extensive exercises in all the most common types of English questions. This annotated answer key, which accompanies English Questions: Practice Drills in All Active Tenses, allows studen... read more
English in Global Contexts is a 12-unit, task-based course book developed for ADVANCED-LEVEL LEARNERS. The content-related activities are designed to promote the acquisition of higher-level vocabulary and to further active, productive language use in a semi-academic context. English in Global Contexts is ideally suited for: • Cambridge Advanced / Proficiency and IELTS exam preparatory classes ... read more
The Answer Key to English in Global Contexts-Proficiency Tasks for Aspiring Learners provides the most likely and acceptable responses to: • the advanced-level cloze and modified word form tasks given in the opening reading section of each unit • the synonym / phrase recognition tasks in Part A of each chapter • all 16 lexis-in-context sentences in Part B (for the learner's benefit, full sente... read more
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