Publishing Providers

Publishing Providers Recommended by The Book Shepherd ~

Finding the right publishing professionals to work with, and trust can be daunting for many authors. Below are individuals and companies that Judith refers to for printing, interior design, cover design, illustrations, cartoons, websites, coaching, editing, author virtual assistance, book marketing, author photography, book reviews, legal, warehousing, fulfillment, eBooks, social media, shipping, distribution, book trailers and much more.


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Join Author Friendly Fridays: a fun, sharing, and dynamic closed group. It’s a full hour when you can ask questions—any question. And I always include a few strategies to get your authoring life ahead of the competition. It’s for paid subscribers ONLY and we do it on Zoom.

This is how each session starts: I share a few strategies, tips, and tools that attendees can immediately start to use. IMMEDIATELY! All share … and ask plenty of questions. They get answers. For authors, it’s the perfect way to start a Friday. Those of you who aren’t participating, you are making a mistake. I love the variety of books and authors who have chosen to participate. What’s also fun, is the energy that can be felt with what everyone is working on. Love it!

For AuthorYOU members $37 a month: for Nonmembers $75

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The Book Shepherd – Dr. Judith Briles guide

Phone: 303-885-2207



Services: Author/Book/Writing coaching and shepherding, creating Author Platforms, Write a Book in 4 Weeks!, Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, Publishing at Sea Conference in January For NonFiction authors (and authors-to-be) … the new theme for books today is that short is the new black … the non-fiction reader wants shorter books—books that can be read on a short plane ride, within two hours. If you are a non-fiction writer, how would you like to write your book in just four weeks? The Book Shepherd – Judith Briles, showing you how to make your writing books connect with your audience. Congratulations … your book is the start of something big.  Judith teaches a special in-person 4-week class in Denver , Colorado and will launch an online course in the fall of 2015.

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Patti Thorn or Patricia Moosbrugger
BlueInk Review, LLC

5910 S. University Blvd. Suite C-18 Greenwood Village, CO 80121

eMail: or


Services: Serious reviews of self-published books. BlueInk Review offers honest, objective book reviews of self-published titles. Founded by Patti Thorn, former book review editor of the Rocky Mountain News, and Patricia Moosbrugger, an internationally known literary agent, BlueInk offers reviews penned by professional critics and writers whose bylines have appeared in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune and senior level editors from major New York publishing houses such as Viking and Crown. Completed reviews run on the BlueInk website, which has special features designed to help publishers and literary agents find promising new material and to help librarians and booksellers discover titles their patrons will be interested in, such as those written by local authors or set in their regions. AuthorYOU members get a discount to blueink.  


A BookLife Review is a respectful, knowledgeable, detailed review of your book that includes a variety of marketing insights and critical assessments, all crafted by a professional Publishers Weekly reviewer who’s an expert in your genre or field. The mission of BookLife Reviews is to support indie authors through one of the most challenging parts of self-publishing: marketing the finished book. An honest and detailed 300-word review from BookLife Reviews highlights your book’s strengths and analyzes its potential for reaching an audience while giving you a valuable assessment of ways that future editions or future books can be made even better. Marketing insights help you target promotional efforts to the readers who are most likely to enjoy your book, and the review is designed to provide accurate, positive quotes and a pithy one-sentence takeaway aimed directly at the book’s best audience. For just $399, you’re guaranteed to receive a review within six weeks (four weeks for an additional expediting fee). Marketing can be complicated and daunting; a BookLife Review will help to guide you through. AuthorYOU members save 10%.   




Foreword Reviews is a Folio Award-winning magazine, and the only journal exclusively dedicated to reviewing books from independent publishers, university presses, and self-publishers. Each issue features 150+ book reviews, in-depth articles previewing category trends, book-industry specific opinion pieces, and bound special sections covering award winners, audiobooks, and more.

Its Foreword Indies Book Awards are the premier attention getter for independently published authors and publishers.

VIP AuthorYOU Members get a free 1-year subscription to Foreword Magazine. You must contact Foreword Reviews directly to start your free subscription.

  • 15% off website ads and FTW ads.
  • 15% off Clarion Reviews
  • 15% off Trade shows
  • 15% off Subscription Renewals.


James A. Cox

Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575-1129
phone: 1-608-835-7937


Since 1976, Midwest Book Review has been committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. The MBR publishes the following monthly book review magazines specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public:

Reviews are posted on the Internet with a number of thematically appropriate websites, databases, and online discussion groups such as Our reviews are also available through Internet bookstores. Midwest archives all reviews on the Midwest Book Review website for a minimum of five years.



Don Sidle


Phone: 303-521-6268


Services: Your One-Stop Shopping for cartoons, illustrations, drawings, logos, graphics, or if you need a fresh art tweak—just about any artwork you will need. We love to create fun art, serious art, and cartoons—we believe that we can find a creative solution to any graphic dilemma. Detailed, realistic drawings in a variety of mediums: graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, or pen and ink. Look through the website at call 303-521-6268 to get your project off the ground or rescue it.



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The Book Shepherd

Phone: 303-885-2207



Services: Author/Book coaching and shepherding, creating Author Platforms. Congratulations … your book is the start of something big. The Book Shepherd’s forte is strategic planning, creating the Author’s Platform, book development and creating the right habits that overcome fear and lethargy that are common in the publishing process. Judith offers professional consulting services associated with all aspects of publishing—self, independent and traditional—and project management services for independent publishers.



Anne Randolph 
Kitchen Table Writing
Owner and Facilitator


Phone: 303-758-3426


Kitchen Table Writing with Writing Muse, Anne Randolph
Need to Loosed up your writing?  Personal, Memoir, or Business? looking for a fresh way to quickly grasp new ideas? write freely? stimulate your inspiration!
Try Kitchen Table Writing Workshop with expert Writing Muse, Anne Randolph. Work on your novel, fresh writing, or write marketing copy. Learn techniques to write freely. Stimulate ideas.  Learn to create swiftly.   Kitchen Table Writing and Write Your Life Story become a safe place to experiment with your writing, get inspiration, and take your creativity to a new level.  

Mara Purl
Write Right

1837 S. Nevada, Suite 209, Colorado Springs, CO

Phone: 719-227-1629


Website: &

Mara’s background: Author: Best-selling, multiple-award-winning author of the fiction series The Milford-Haven Novels & Stories; co-author of the best-selling trade book Act Right: A Manual for the On-Camera Actor. Publisher: Founder of Haven Books; former president of Colorado Independent Publishers Association; former Vice President of Women Writing the West; former Board Friend to IBPA, Independent Book Publishing Association; current Board Member of Author U.

Services for Authors: Writing: Specific author coaching including story structure, narrative voice, dialogue, story arcs, and character development; genre research and protocols; editing

Publishing & Marketing: Branding & Author Platform, website core concepts, cover concepts, blog structure & outlining, blog tour design, newsletter design, Pinterest concepts, FaceBook pages, Twitter campaigns. At Haven Books, we do “synergy publishing”—pulling together a team to fully realize your marketing plan whether you are indie-published, or traditionally published. We don’t use the term “self” publishing, because you hire an expert you have gone beyond “self.” We do not offer any “off the rack” publishing-packages. Instead, think of us as a contour boutique who listens carefully to your goals, then creates a tailored plan to help you fulfill your author dream. For NonFiction authors — I specialize in Creative Non-Fiction, which includes Memoire. And I specialize in theme-based manuals and text books for theatre & media arts. For Fiction authors — I love working with authors of all fiction genres.

Programs available for download include:

  • Fiction Factors: Build Your Book and Soar into the Publishing Skyline (a 6-part/ 5-hour webinar, recorded live at Author U Book Camp
  • Ten Keys to Creativity — a 10-part interactive workbook program developed for the Colorado Women’s Foundation
  • World Building: Constructing a Fictional World — a seminar created for the San Luis Obispo NightWriters
  • Text & Sub-Text — a seminar given at Author U, Colorado Springs Conservatory, & SLO NightWriters



Author’s Virtual Assistant

Do you suffer from author and publishing overwhelm? Do you find that you don’t have enough time to invest in yourself? Do you struggle with social media and email marketing? Do you need someone to help you create online content or to manage and schedule posts to promote your book, business, or expertise?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need an assistant, and it’s more affordable than you think.

What Can Your Author’s Virtual Assistant Do for You?

  • Manage your Social Media Platforms:Including, but not limited to—posting and scheduling content, finding graphics, inspirational quotes, hashtags, create online posters, or help you generate ideas for growing your social media presence.

  • Help you Build and Manage Amazon Bestseller Campaigns:Take the Book Shepherd’s “Become an Amazon Bestseller” 4-Week course that is scheduled every three months. Once your dates are set, I work with you to create special social media posters, push them out, and monitor results.

  • Manage your Email Marketing:
    Help you generate ideas to grow your email list including the social media support for any Home page opt-in created and scheduling your weekly email blasts.

  • Website Maintenance:Monitoring your website for broken links and assist in making changes to your existing website, including updating images, editing, and rewriting content, bios, and profiles.

  • Manage your Product Sales System and CRM: For business clients or Authors who sell a lot of other products. Having a CRM will bring sanity into your social media posting life.

  • Reports completed tasks and updates ongoing each week to you.

Whatever your needs are, The Book Shepherd will work with you to help make your author and publishing life easier and bring sanity and balance into your marketing and social media presence. She has a team of virtual assistants she works with and oversees that are author-centric. You commit to 20 hours monthly and prepay each month. Your cost is less than $150.

If you need:

Publishing Support: Including researching and connecting you to editors, cover designers, eBook designers, printers, etc. and comparing quotes.

Presentation Support: Including creating Fliers, PowerPoints, Brochures or handouts, and Research. 

Write Press Releases to help you get some media attention for your book, business, or expertise.

Contact Judith directly at She has special hourly and project rates where she personally creates and executes what is needed.

Whatever your needs are, The Book Shepherd will work with you to help make your author and publishing life easier and bring sanity and balance into your marketing and social media presence. The Author’s Virtual Assistant is your answer.

Contact Judith directly at or call 303-885-2207.



Vasif Alimuradov 


Phone: (720) 841 8694


Mon – Fri: 8am-7pm MT

Sat:  9am-5pm MT

Do you have IT Problems? Vasif Aimuradov and Caspicom Computer Repair Services can help! Caspicom specializes in PC and Laptop repair and support for small companies and individuals in the Denver Metro Area.

Its as-needed professional services include ongoing PC/Laptop maintenance, network setup, data backup and recovery, virus and spyware removal, software and hardware installations and upgrades, remote support, and much more.

What’s the Caspicom difference?

  • No travel fees
  • Free diagnosis
  • Same or next-day service
  • Arrives on time
  • Highly competitive rates
  • 7 days a week service
  • No weekend or after-hours upcharges
  • All 5-star Google customer ratings

Vasif’s mission is to develop long and successful relationships by providing high-quality customer service and up-to-date technical knowledge.


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Kelly Johnson
Certified Professional Virtual Assistant  
Cornerstone Virtual Assistance LLC

Phone: 303.840.5994



Kelly Johnson, founder of Cornerstone Virtual Assistance, specializes in working with authors and coaches to manage the technical, creative and administrative projects for your business. Kelly strives to move a client’s business to the next level by ensuring that the foundation of your business is supported through managing projects and proposing creative ideas to help achieve success. Cornerstone Virtual Assistance was started in 2004; the decision to establish it stemmed from her desire to have more time to work one-on-one with clients in a collaborative partnership that permits her to practice the belief that “Together Everyone Accomplishes More (TEAM).” Kelly was an instructor at the VA Technical School; she created and taught the class, “Product Development: Assist Clients with Creating Products That Demonstrate Their Expertise.” She has been a presenter for local organizations and has been teaching social media workshops to authors since 2010 with Dr. Judith Briles, founder of Author U. Her clients have shared that due to her experience and technical skills, she should list as a service on her website “instant stress reduction,” and that they appreciate being able to have her as a sounding board for discussing business ideas and strategy. Certifications: *Certified Professional Author’s Assistant *Shopping Cart Certified Strategist *Certified Article Writing Coach *Hootsuite Certification Online Trainings include: Video creation Facebook Pages Podcasting Some of the tasks that Cornerstone Virtual Assistance may offer to clients include the following:

  • Website maintenance
  • Blog posting and maintenance
  • Creating videos using Animoto
  • Facebook Pages
  • Install
  • Shopping Cart set-up and maintenance
  • Setting up LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and SlideShare accounts
  • Developing/Compiling reference materials
  • Newsletter management
  • Event coordination
  • Proofreading articles
  • Creating information packets
  • Setting up autoresponders
  • Manage vendor relations
  • Submit articles to online directories
  • …the possibilities are virtually endless!

Michelle Renee
Owner & Lead Web Developer
Streamlined Business Solutions, LLC

Phone: 303-960-0670


How do we do it? Streamlined Business Solutions is here to help small business owners attract more clients and GROW their business. To do this, we begin with affordable web design but it doesn’t end there… when we build your website, we also include business consulting & support to help you find even more ways to attract attention and GROW! So speak to us before you spend thousands of dollars on a website or try to build one yourself. With websites starting at only $499, we like to say, “Don’t spend your time building a website when you should be focused on building your business!”

Our website prices start at only $499 and most are priced below $800, depending on the design you choose.


We take pride in our work and we want you to proudly show off your website. Together, we will choose a professional design that perfectly suits your needs – all complimented by our expert guidance, to keep the process simple for you.

Contact us today to set up your free consultation!



Rebecca Finkel
F + P Graphic Design

1709 Rolling Gate Road Fort Collins, CO 80526

F + P Graphic LogoPhone: 970.223-1375



Ever judge a book by its cover? Yep. Everybody does. Why not create a cover that WOWs your readers? Then follow it up with a polished interior and superior eBook. Rebecca Finkel of F + P Graphic Design can help you meet these goals. With 25 years of book design experience, she will design a book that leaps off the shelf to your readers.

Rebecca Finkel of F + P Graphic Design offers cover, interior, and eBook design services at an affordable rate. Rebecca is regularly recognized by regional, national, and international book and eBook design organizations.

Judith Briles notes, “Rebecca is the master of creativity and delivers the art of perfection for all things in book and cover design. Authors couldn’t be in better hands.”

Visit to see some of her latest projects. She would be happy to start a conversation with you about your book.


Nick Zelinger 
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Phone: 720-560-3390


Services: Book cover & interior layout, logos, graphics Specializing in design for the printing of books, catalogs, newsletters, posters, ad design, postcards, brochures, corporate identity packages and logo design. Compelling graphic design that meets your deadlines and does not blow your budget. Special rates for all AuthorYOU members. For more information call 720-560-3390 or email:  



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Barb Wilson
Owner and CEO
Edit Partner


Phone: 989-284-8769 (EST)

eMail: 2226 Rudy Court Midland, MI 48642

With over thirty years of experience in editing/proofreading, she has edited numerous books in all genres, from nonfiction to children’s stories to erotica. She specializes in developmental (content) edits and also offers additional services such as manuscript critiquing/evaluation, proofreading, and line edits. Her enthusiasm for the craft of writing and her positive approach to working through obstacles like writer’s block, POV problems, head-hopping, and plot arc issues will help you complete your project—while having less stress and more fun! Check out her web page at to see the variety of services currently offered. She can combine multiple services, and customize them to fit your particular project needs. Editing doesn’t need to be a painful, drawn-out process—her long list of repeat clients can attest to that!

Services: Currently offering content editing for fiction and non-fiction, detailed critiques, copy editing, and ghostwriting. Barb specializes in enhancing the flow, clarity, and power of your work, ensuring no reader will want to put it down. She believes a great editor/author relationship is based on collaboration, communication, and respect. Newbie authors more than welcome! Ask about a free sample edit. AuthorYOU members get 10% off of editing services  




Carolyne Ruck


Help-U-Write offers “Editing and Proofreading” as a package service, although they are really two different processes. 

Editing serves a very useful purpose. It’s essential for the indie author of today. Sometimes you will have used “jargon” or “slang” that is very familiar to you because you use it daily, but it is unfamiliar to your audience.  At times, an event needs more explanation because it is unique to a particular locale.  Occasionally, we will even suggest that you present the ideas in a slightly different order so that it will be easier for the reader to understand your meaning.  At all times in the editing process, we suggest changes….it is up to you whether you wish to follow the suggestions or go a different direction.

Editing and Proofreading can be billed by the job or by the hour, depending on the length or difficulty of the manuscript.  For short pieces, we usually charge by the hour.

If you’re interested in talking with us about editing or proofreading your manuscript, please email us at Write “Editing” in the subject line.`



Pierce Gaynor
Co-Founder and CEO



Don’t let your writing slip through the cracks. Discover the tool that delivers an editor and AI at your fingertips. is ready to be unwrapped for you the author, and your manuscript’s pleasure.

  • Are you ready to discover the potential copy and line edits and how original your manuscript is? How would you like to have an editor a click away 24/7? You can and minimal dollars!
  • Then get set to learn about a hot new website for authors and writers that recommends improvements to the manuscript as comments specific to each work that is analyzed and evaluated. All comments are available for download in Microsoft Word’s Track Changes.

Fixional is an editorial tool that evaluates clarity, originality, and in writing. It integrates artificial intelligence with your working manuscript and identifies cliches, over usage of words and phrases, even if your writing style changes—common when an author works on and off over a span of time—including years! Think of Fixional as an author’s and writers new best friend that provides both a high-level overview as well as granular feedback, Fixional’s corrections, suggestions, and insights can help you hone your craft and your manuscript. Fixional is thrilled to offer AuthorYOU members 20% off monthly and annual fees.  Check out the “how it works” here:


Julie is a registered patent and intellectual property attorney who brings twenty-five years of experience to the table. Julie focuses her practice on US and international patents, US and international trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property portfolio strategy and management, transactions and licenses, and technology transfer. Julie provides balanced general, transactional, and intellectual property legal advice based on her significant experience and proven track record related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and the structuring and negotiation of licenses and other agreements. Free Intellectual Property Consultation AuthorYOU members get a free consultation valued up to $400 






Kathy Meis



Save 10% with the Bublish Book Marketing Platform. Bublish is a publishing technology company that offers cloud-based tools, metrics and resources to equip today’s business-savvy authors for success. An innovative, award-winning platform, Bublish empowers “authorpreneurs” by providing a complete social marketing and digital publishing solution. Launched at Book Expo America in June of 2012, Bublish is changing the way writers share their stories and reach their readers. Thousands of authors around the world use Bublish to promote their work and build their  Take advantage of one of the hottest ways to build buzz around your book—it’s Book Bubbles. AuthorU Gold members get a discount from the annual membership. Watch your social media Klout build and visitors finding you. The result: sales. Get 10% off at an AuthorYOU member. Follow us: @BublishMe,, , and




Mitchell Davis
Expert Click


Phone: 202-333-5000


Are You Ready to Grab the Media’s Attention? Are you an Expert? If you are an AUTHOR, you are! Use the ExpertClick system to get known; to get called; and to send out your own press releases in a nationwide distribution. Link your blog that will in turn sent it to the press distribution channels. Use the ExpertClick press room to choose among 39 topics that link tens of thousands of other news releases to your press room, and then link them to promote your website. Discover how to Use PR to Boost Your SEO and Get Found Online as an Expert, starting now! Call Mitchell Davis at 202-333-5000 or email him at and position yourself in the media’s eye. 

AuthorYOU members get a 15% discount

There are 3 reasons you need this tool!

  1. Push technology for your news releases — pushing your news out ten ways including Google News. Plus, blog syndication to pull your posts and push syndicate. — PR Week called us: “dating service of PR.”
  2. Internet Press Room designed for SEO with inbound links from tens of thousands of other member’s press rooms and news releases – driving inbound links to your website. — USA Today called our website: “A Hot Site.”
  3.  Be in the 35th annual Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons. — The New York Times called it: “Dial-an-Expert.”

Publisher Rocket is a slick tool for social media digging into keywords for your book; identifying categories you that you will use ongoing with any marketing relating pushes using Amazon. From keywords to a TRULY deep dive into the Amazon categories for BOTH Books and eBooks. Love it.

Use this link to get it—worth every penny in time and value.

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Sandy Gould
Color House Graphics
Direct Sales Manager
CHG: Where trust, technology and experience come together.
Phone: 616.241.1916 Ext. 242 | Toll Free: 800.454.1916 Ext. 242

Color House Graphics is a nationwide printing and book manufacturing company that provides digital and offset printing, eBook conversions, and custom binding and finishing. With quick response manufacturing and personalized service, you will quickly learn that CHG is your go-to manufacturer for all of your production needs. Visit and request a quote for your next project.   As an AuthorYOU member, you can save 5% on new print orders.

Tim Hewitt
Friesens America
12972 Uinta Ct
Thornton, Co, 80602


Phone: 303-495-3336

From humble beginnings in 1907, we’ve grown into the premier short-run book manufacturer and packaging specialist in Canada. We’re proud to produce amazing print and packaging for top publishers, schools, and manufacturers around the world. We maintain the most efficient cost structure through ongoing staff education, lean work practices, and fast turnaround. 

Friesens’ commitment to the environment is built around making the best use of all our resources and minimizing our ecological footprint. We use our resources as carefully as possible – reusing and recycling whatever we can. Any waste that leaves our plant is recycled in such a manner that it can be used again.

Any printer can put ink on paper, but the employee-owners at Friesens are committed to the craft of building amazing books.

We serve the needs of publishers across North America using the latest equipment operated by a highly skilled team of prepress, press, and bindery experts. Given our location at the heart of the continent, we are well-positioned to deliver exceptional quality short-run projects throughout the USA and Canada.

Our employee-owners are ready to serve you with the passion and commitment that only an owner can provide.


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National Accounts Manager
Total Printing System

Phone: 618-783-2978



201 S Gregory Dr. Newton, IL 62448 Total Printing Systems is committed to pushing technology further, utilizing the strengths of technology and combining those strengths with over 25 years of experience in the book manufacturing industry. The result of this combination of technology and experience has brought Total Printing Systems to the forefront of the digital book manufacturing industry. In 1997, our company was one of the first book manufacturers to utilize CTP (computer-to-plate) technology. In 1998, we were among the first printing companies to launch a fully interactive website that allowed complete and immediate project pricing. Today we are at it again. Total Printing Systems is the first book manufacturer in the world to install the new Scitex VersaMark digital web press. This exciting new technology allows our company to offer unparalleled flexibility and capacity along with an economical price. The VersaMark has variable cutoff and allows a number of different sizes of web rolls. This flexibility allows us to manufacture just about any trim size with little waste and offer some of the most competitive prices available.