These are service providers that I have met or been in contact with through professional organizations. I have worked with some, but not all, of these providers. I recommend you interview them first and make sure they fit your needs.

Self-Publishing Coaches and Full-Service Providers

Kerrie Flanagan

With over 18 years experience in publishing, Kerrie has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through each step of the self-publishing process. In the end, you will have a book you are proud of, while retaining all the rights to the content and receiving 100% of the royalties.

My Word Publishing: Self-Publishing Project Management & Consulting

Polly Letofsky and her team manage your book through the entire process of self-publishing from production, publication, distribution, even marketing. Or you can cherry pick the services you want. You will make the final decisions, keep the profits, royalties, and all your distribution and copyrights. In other words, at My Word, it's your book.

Karen Saunders & Associates
A unique branding, marketing and self-publishing team with over 25 years of experience. We guide new authors along the path to self-publish their books and provide the services they need to produce, launch and market their books. From award-winning book designs to hard-working websites and compelling one-sheets, we’re your one-stop shop.

Partner or Specialty Publishers

Authority Publishing
Authority Publishing specializes in custom book publishing for nonfiction books and social media marketing services.

Hugo House Publishers,Ltd.
Hugo House offers expert guidance for custom book publishing (fiction and non-fiction), full-spectrum distribution, and comprehensive marketing and publicity services.

She Writes Press
A publishing company that focuses on books for and about women writers everywhere.

A small press publisher that focuses on quality fiction and nonfiction works.

A publisher focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and fiction that uses a crowdfunding model to get your book out into the world.

Greenleaf Book Group
Greenleaf Book Group is an independent publisher and distributor dedicated to empowering authors.

Editors, Book Coaches, Ghost Writers


Charol Messenger
Writing, Copy editing. Proofreading, Critiquing. 40 years experience. View testimonials and services on her page.

Full Stop Editorial
Full Stop Editorial is a full-service editing and copywriting company located in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have more than 15 years of experience writing, editing, or managing a variety of materials in an assortment of subjects and media.

Jennifer Top

Jennifer offers content and copy editing, proofreading, and book formatting services for self-publishers. She specializes in adult and YA fiction, memoirs and other nonfiction, and academic papers and books (per Chicago Manual guidelines).

Jes Trudel

Jes Trudel is an editor and creative writing instructor who specializes in developmental and line editing. Her focus is on books for children from board books to YA, and on certain books for adults in the genres of contemporary, literary, low fantasy, and book club fiction. Jes also takes on select nonfiction projects that focus on writing, communications, and entrepreneurship subjects, and certain social justice and mental health topics. If you're not sure your manuscript would be a good fit, please reach out.

Mia Manns
Mia is an experienced copy editor with interest in all fiction genres, particularly science fiction and fantasy. She offers thorough editing services with attention to consistency of style, dialogue, pacing and story, while finding every last grammatical, punctuation or spelling error by the final proofread.

Marj Hahne
Marj is serious about good writing. She’s worked in publishing since 2006 and has an MFA in Creative Writing. Whether you aim to self-publish, submit to a small press, or score literary-agent representation, Marj will meticulously copy-edit, line-edit, and/or proofread your nonfiction or poetry book, your website and blog copy, and any personal or professional documents.

Munson Communications
Your complete resource for book editing, ghostwriting, copywriting and book publishing services.

Sally Wolfe - Book Manifesto
Sally Wolfe, a book coach and former editor with Narrative Magazine, specializes in the self-help/memoir genre. Since 2005, Sally has worked with publishers, New York Times-reviewed authors, literary agents, and self-published authors, including a 2016-nominee for the National Book Award.

Plot Doctors
Hilari Bell and Anna-Maria Crum
Don’t know where to start? Saggy middle? Climax a dud? If you write fantasy, science fiction, or mysteries, you need the Plot Doctors. We’ll analyze what’s wrong and suggest a remedy to bring your story to life.

Romance Writers of America
Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit trade association whose mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy and by increasing public awareness of the romance genre.

Emma Dryden, the former Vice President and Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers, offers a full range of editorial services for writers and illustrators of books for children and teens.

Mary Kole Editorial
Mary Kole is a former literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary, and now runs a full editorial service offering developmental and line editing on books for children, teens and adults.

J Burton

J.S. Burton (she/her) specializes in development editing of literary fiction, mysteries, and memoirs. She is a Story Grid certified editor.

Barbara McNichol Editorial
Barbara provides expert editing of manuscripts for business professionals, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She specializes in business, self-help, health care, how-to, and additional nonfiction categories. View the Editing Services page on her website for detailed information.

Dawn Josephson, the Master Writing Coach
Dawn Josephson offers writing coaching, book editing, and article/blog ghostwriting services for professional speakers, corporate consultants, and business leaders. View her website for specifics and testimonials.

Cheryl Miller Thurston
Cheryl owned her own publishing company for over 20 years. She is now editing non-fiction books on a freelance basis.

Sally Wolfe - Book Manifesto
Sally Wolfe, a book coach and former editor with Narrative Magazine, specializes in the self-help/memoir genre. Since 2005, Sally has worked with publishers, New York Times-reviewed authors, literary agents, and self-published authors, including a 2016-nominee for the National Book Award.

Book Illustrators

Anna-Maria Crum
Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Eye-catching covers and innovative interior designs for print and ebooks. I’ve illustrated over 50 books and have designed over one hundred nonfiction and fiction books--picture books through adult. I can deliver print-ready pdfs and mobi/epub files.

Shaundra Schultz
Digital children's book illustration and graphic design for book layout, covers & promotional media. Experienced illustrator and designer with a passion for beautiful children's books.

Cathy Morrison
I'm a digital children's book illustrator passionate about nature, science and the environment. I've illustrated a wide range of juvenile fiction and non-fiction including picture books, chapter books, game apps and cover artwork.

Stan Yan
I'm an illustrator, cartoonist, comic artist, caricature artist, and picture book writer/illustrator. I work digitally and traditionally, specializing in emotive characters, humor and the macabre. I'm best known for my zombie caricature art, but also have a passion for picture books.


Picture Book Artists Association
This group is comprised of more than 100 artists in America and Europe, including some of the ones listed on this page. Check out the link to see samples of their work and contact them directly.

Design Services

Red Letter Creative
Book covers, layout, marketing materials, and branding services. Top quality results! This is Teresa's designer.

Karen Saunders & Associates
A unique branding, marketing and self-publishing team. We've designed the covers and interiors of over 50 award-winning books, along with countless speaker one-sheets, logos, brochures, postcards and ads.

NZ Graphics
Bring Your Book to Life! Award-winning book design (covers and interiors) that will enhance your visibility and make your book the success it should be. We offer other design services as well.

Beyond Design International
Your books cover is your MOST important marketing tool. It either sells or it repels. Creating art that sells since 1995. Top-quality, professional design, with prompt personal attention. Specializing in book cover and book interior design in a variety of genres. Additional services - audiobook design, promotional materials, bookmarks, banners, trade show backdrops, and billboards.

Though I prefer for my clients to work with established designers, some self-published authors are having luck finding inexpensive covers through 99Designs. Some have turned out quite good, but others I've seen are quite amateur, so be very selective.


Association of Authors' Representatives
The Association of Authors' Representatives is a not-for-profit organization of qualified literary agents and dramatic representatives of authors, dramatists and other creators and owners of intellectual property.

If an agent is not listed with AAR, be wary.

Foreign Rights Agencies

Bob Erdmann - Columbine Communications and Publications
Foreign Rights expert for non-fiction books in business, personal development, self-help, parenting, health and more. Decades of successful experience.

Legal Counsel

Alan Kaufman
Negotiating and drafting of publishing, licensing, and distribution agreements; copyright and libel counseling (manuscript review); and more

Santangelo Law Offices
Trademark and copyright

Kevin Houchin
Arts law, copyright, publishing issues, etc.

Jon R. Tandler
Business, intellectual property and publishing, and software and information technology

Brenda L. Speer
Intellectual property law

Independent Publishing Organizations

Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)
The mission of SPAN is to provide benefits that make our members more successful authors and publishers. SPAN members self publish books, and are also authors, writers, independent publishing companies, and nonprofit publishers.

Colorado Independent Publishers Association
CIPA is a professional association that supports and promotes self-published authors and the independent publishing industry.

Printers and POD Companies

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
A free online publishing tool and Community that can help you complete and sell your work. Distribute on Amazon.com, create your own website, and work with other retailers without setup fees or inventory.

IngramSpark's leading print-on-demand capabilities give you the widest range of book types, trim sizes, color choices, and binding options. They also handle global distribution.

For Short-Run Printing:
Morris Publishing
Citizen Printing

E-books Resources

Picture E-Book Mastery
This highly efficient course from Writing Blueprints.com walks you through how to create a fully illustrated children's e-book using Amazon Kindle's Kids Book Creator software. The course demystifies the entire process, from finding illustrations through publishing and marketing your book.

Yellow Studios eBook Services
Let us format and convert your book for all major eBook marketplaces for one fair price. We can work with most files, such as Word, PDF, or InDesign. We can also submit your new eBook to Kindle, Apple iBooks, B&N NOOK, Kobo, and more!

ePub Conversions
We work for authors & publishers to convert their books to high-quality ready-to-sell digital versions, suitable for publishing directly to the major marketplaces, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Google and more. There will be no middleman taking a percentage of your royalties!

Publish your book on any e-reading device!

Marketing Services

Writing Blueprints
Here you will find marketing tips and support in the form of downloadable Blueprints and Power Tools to walk you step by step through book marketing.

Buy the Book Marketing
Social media training and consulting for authors and small business owners.

Karen Saunders & Associates
A unique branding, marketing and self-publishing team. We guide new authors, speakers and consultants along the path to self-publish their books and launch and market their businesses. We offer social media coaching, brand assessments, website copywriting and design.

Authority Publishing
Authority Publishing provides an array of marketing services for authors including social media management, radio tours, and internet publicity services.

Katie Davis
After launching her book at #1 on Amazon (not to mention selling over 250,000 traditionally published books!), marketing expert Katie Davis created free training for writers, which you can sign up for at http://www.katiedavis.com/freetraining.

Video Production Services

Starstream Productions, LLC
Multi-award-winning video production company in Loveland, CO creating book-promotion videos and trailers, as well as business and nonprofit promo videos. Offering on-site and in-studio filming to create instructional and how-to videos branded with your logo and design elements...helping you connect to your audience via the power of video.

Financial Services

Xcelerate Business Solutions
We work with women entrepreneurs by offering educational finance/business planning webinars and offer monthly services such as bookkeeping/payroll/budgeting. We empower women to lead in their finances!

Recommended Reading

How to Prepare Your Work for Submission:
The Insider’s Guide to Getting Published by John Boswell
The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit by Elizabeth Lyon Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript by Cynthia Laufenberg

Must-Have Books for Starting to Submit:
Writer’s Market
Literary Marketplace
Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market (fiction); Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (children)

The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter
The Complete Guide to Self-publishing by Tom and Marilyn Ross
The Write Way: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing, Selling and Marketing a Book by Amy Collins

About Agents:
The Insider’s Guide to Getting an Agent by Lori Perkins
Literary Agents by Michael Larsen
Be Your Own Literary Agent by Martin Levine

Finding Your Agent:
Guide to Literary Agents (updated yearly)
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents (updated yearly)

Writing Book Proposals:
Write the Perfect Book Proposal by Jeff Herman and Deborah Adams
How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremmer
Jump Start Your Book Sales by Marilyn Ross
The Complete Guide to Book Marketing by David Cole
Guerrilla Marketing for Writers by Levinson, Frishman and Larsen
Sell Your Book on Amazon by Brent Sampson

Books on Marketing Books:
Guerrilla Marketing for Writers by Levinson, Frishman and Larsen
Jump Start Your Book Sales by Marilyn Ross
The Self-Publishing Manual by Dan Poynter