Category Archives: Self-Publishing Packages Portfolio

Mons Graupius — Boyle & Dalton

Mons Graupius mixes eloquent prose, a spitfire snob of a femaleCover protagonist, and harrowing mountaineering adventures–all set in the summits of Scotland.

Find Mons Graupius here or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

Already a published author, M.G. Anderson was familiar with the importance of working with a professional editor to improve his manuscript. Our developmental editor provided the detailed feedback Anderson needed to improve his work and get it publication-ready.

After the developmental edit was complete, our copy editor read through the manuscript, correcting any grammar and spelling errors, and standardizing the work to a style guide. We worked closely with the author to keep personal touches like his Scottish vernacular intact.

After our copy editor cleaned up the manuscript, our interior designer got to work creating an interior designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and readable. Following the completion of the interior design, our proofreader read through the entire manuscript again, catching any last minute errors. We then went on to create an e-book version of the book, readable on all major e-book platforms.

Anderson worked with his own cover designer to create custom artwork for his book. We worked in tandem with that artist to ensure Anderson’s book cover would be up to the specifications of the printer.

While we were finalizing the book details, our web developer was busy working on an author website that Anderson could use to showcase and market his work. View our handiwork here: www.MGAndersonAuthor.com

As a result of our editing and design services, Mons Graupius is distributed as a Boyle & Dalton book — a symbol of quality within the industry. Learn more about becoming a Boyle & Dalton author by clicking here.

Along every step of the publication process, Anderson had a dedicated point of contact to meet with him, answer his calls and respond to his emails. This level of care comes with every Columbus Publishing Lab package.

We produce great books. If you’re ready to see your book in print, and in the hands of waiting readers, we invite you to contact us today by clicking here.

L is for Leader — Boyle & Dalton

L is for Leader LLC has a mission: Create products to inspire, empower and encourage case8.000x8.000.inddyoung girls to live as leaders.

The latest product in the L is for Leader line is a colorful picture book, designed to show young girls what it means to be a leader in their everyday lives. We were thrilled when L is for Leader founder Sarah Kregel came to us with her L is for Leader book materials, and we started the publishing process right away.

Learn more about L is for Leader LLC at www.LisforLeader.com.

Sarah provided us with the book text, as well as pictures for each page. The L is for Leader team had a clear idea of how they wanted the book to look, and our interior designer worked closely with them to ensure expectations were fulfilled.

We created a professional layout for Sarah’s pictures and text, and added playful embellishments on each page that corresponded with the existing L is for Leader branding elements. Our cover designer then created a bright, simple cover design that uses the L is for Leader logo as the focal point.

After the cover and interior were complete, we reviewed L is for Leader for  inclusion under our exclusive imprint: Boyle & Dalton. Based on the quality of content and design, L is for Leader was accepted and is distributed as a Boyle & Dalton book to all major online retailers in hardback and e-book formats.

Find L is for Leader on Amazon.com here. 

Along every step of the publishing process, Sarah and the L is for Leader team had a dedicated point of contact. If they had a question or needed an update, there was someone to answer their call or speedily reply to an email.

Congratulations to Sarah Kregel and her team on the release of L is for Leader!

Columbus Publishing Lab works with individuals, organizations, businesses and small presses to create great books. If you’d like more information on making your book project a reality, we invite you to contact us here.

The Joy of Argument — Boyle & Dalton

Everyone has an opinion. Whether you use argument in your professional life, or you’re perf5.500x8.500.inddtrying to become better at everyday discourse, The Joy of Argument by Albert Navarra is a compact resource to help you get your point across.

Albert chose our Catalyst Package, which includes a full suite of publishing services, as well as a marketing base that includes an author website.

A professional copy editor got to work cleaning up spelling and grammar mistakes in Albert’s manuscript, while simultaneously standardizing it to a style guide. As soon as the copy edit was complete, our interior designer took the raw Word Document, and transformed the text into a professional book interior.

After the interior had been completed, an indexer combed through the manuscript, compiling a list of terms and page number references that would become the book’s index.

After the index was complete, our proofreader read through the manuscript a final time, meticulously checking and rechecking the text, interior design, and index references. After the interior was clear of errors, we created an e-book version, designed specifically to be readable across all major e-book platforms.

While our editors and interior designers were working their magic on the manuscript, our cover designer was working closely with Albert to create a custom cover design. We paid attention to styles the author preferred, and created an aesthetic that compliments the target audience of the book.

During the production process, Albert’s book was reviewed and accepted by Boyle & Dalton, our exclusive imprint reserved for top-quality books. Learn more about Boyle & Dalton here.

Our team of marketing consultants formulated a plan for Albert’s book that includes a personalized author websiteAs the book production was being completed, our web developers created a custom WordPress site for The Joy of Argument, giving him an easy, professional platform for promotion.

Check out our handiwork here: www.JoyofArgument.com

In addition to his website, we created printed marketing materials for Albert, as well as setting up social media accounts for his book.

Thanks to our distribution services, The Joy of Argument is now available as a paperback and as an e-book from Amazon.com, as well as all major online retailers. Find a copy for yourself here. 

From editing to marketing, Columbus Publishing Lab can provide all of the publishing services you need to produce a professional book. Along the way, you’ll have a dedicated point of contact at all times. No waiting days to hear back from different representatives, no sending emails off into the void. We’re here to make this experience enjoyable for you.

If you’re interested in publishing your book, we invite you to contact us by clicking here.

Kathleen Sutton — Let Me Lead

Let Me Lead tells the story of a gentle woman dealing with loss, a brutal temptress ebook_coverdetermined to destroy everyone she comes in contact with, and the young dance instructor who has their full attention.

We enjoyed working with author Kathleen Sutton to turn her thrilling manuscript into a published novel.

Nab a copy of Let Me Lead here.

The first step in the publishing process was copy editing. A professional editor combed through the raw manuscript, correcting spelling and grammar mistakes and standardizing the text to a style guide.

As soon as the copy edit was complete, our designer worked closely with Kathleen to create an interior design aesthetic that fit the target audience of the book, while still being readable and professional.

While our proofreader checked the book’s interior for any remaining errors, we worked with Kathleen on her cover. We enhanced a photograph she provided to create a cover image that is eye-catching and reflective of the dramatic nature of the book.

After Kathleen was completely happy with both the cover and the interior of Let Me Lead, we created an e-book version. Columbus Publishing Lab handles the print and e-book distribution for Kathleen. We handle the hard work of getting the book up for sale, and Kathleen collects a royalty check.

Let Me Lead is already garnering great reviews! Professional editing and production services DO make a difference.

“As I read Sutton’s book, Let Me Lead, I was intrigued by the development of the complex characters and how they continued to intersect with each other in ways unforeseen…  I could not put the book down. I look forward to Sutton’s future novels.”

–Amazon reviewer

We love helping authors succeed. If you’re interested in taking your book project to the next level, we invite you to contact us today by clicking here. 

Judith Newell — Twinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star

case8.000x10.000.inddTwinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star is a children’s book designed to help young readers cope with the loss of a parent. Judith drew from personal experiences to create this beautiful, uplifting story of a little boy missing his mother.

We were thrilled to help author Judith Newell turn her book idea into a reality.

Judith worked with her own artist to create full-color, full-page illustrations for her book. We created a custom interior design that complimented Judith’s illustrations, while ensuring that the book’s text was professionally arranged and aesthetically pleasing. We formatted each page to be ready for the printer, and made sure Judith was satisfied along each step in the process.

Judith’s book is available as a sturdy hardback — made to withstand countless bedtime story readings. The full-color illustrations are vibrant and printed on high-quality paper stock.

After the print book was complete we created an e-book version of Twinkle, Twinkle, Mommy Star. The e-book version was expertly formatted to ensure the book is readable on all e-reader devices, and is available for download at all major online retailers.

In addition to the book production, Columbus Publishing Lab also handles the distribution for Twinkle, Twinkle Mommy Star under our Boyle & Dalton imprint. We handle the hard work of getting the book up for sale, and Judith collects the check.

If you’re interested in taking your book idea to the next level, we encourage you to contact us here. Producing great books is our specialty, and we’d love to hear about your story.

When It Rains It Pours — The Solution Package

When It Rains It Pours tells the story of a troubled Cleveland family. Their bonds are tested perf6.000x9.000.inddover and over again by heartbreak and hardship, but their will to keep the family together perseveres.

Ron Wilson Jr. drew from his own experiences as he was writing When It Rains It Pours. With so much heart put into the writing of this book, he wanted to find a company that would invest the same time and care into the publishing process.

After meeting with Columbus Publishing Lab, Ron decided The Solution package included everything needed to produce a professional book. Our copy editor got right to work, thoroughly editing Ron’s manuscript to eliminate errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation, all while standardizing it to a style guide.

As soon as the copy edit was complete, our interior designer formatted the text to look professional and be readable. From there, a proofreader combed through the interior once again, searching for any last mistakes in the text or in the design.

Our cover designer worked closely with Ron to create a standard cover design that fit the serious tone of his book. After selecting a photo, we professionally laid and manipulated type to compliment the stormy aesthetic.

After Ron was 100% happy with the final book files, we distributed When It Rains It Pours  in paperback and e-book formats to all major retailers. Ron collects a check, and we handle all the hard work.

Find When It Rains It Pours here.

We were also able to help Ron spruce up some existing marketing materials he had prepared for his book, leaving him with a professional platform to attract new readers. Learn more about our marketing services here.

Throughout the entire publishing process, Ron had a dedicated point of contact at Columbus Publishing Lab. There was always a friendly Ohioan to take his phone calls or answer his emails.

Columbus Publishing Lab produces great books. If you’re interested in publishing your book, we invite you to contact us by clicking here. We’re happy to chat about your project over a cup of coffee, or via phone or email.

Psychology of the Music Business — The Isotope Package

Psychology of the Music Business is the second book Willie H. Alls, Jr has published with perf5.000x8.000.inddColumbus Publishing Lab. This companion to his first book, Making It To The Top In Gospel Music, contains information, insight and advice to help gospel artists find success within the music industry.

Willie chose The Isoptope Package, and added our standard cover design service to give his book the professional exterior he was looking for. We incorporated the aesthetic from his first book to ensure his existing author brand was well represented. The interior of Willie’s book was also expertly formatted — we made sure the text was not only readable, but ready for the printer and all major e-readers.

“Writing is hard work (at least for me it is). Columbus Publishing Lab has made this process easier for me than I ever thought it would be.”

-Willie H. Alls, Jr.

We handle Willie’s distribution to all major print and e-book markets under our Proving Press imprint. There’s no standing in line at the post office, or dealing with frustrating customer service reps.  We do all the hard work, and Willie collects the check.

Find Psychology of the Music Business here.

Along every step of the way, Willie had a dedicated point of contact at Columbus Publishing Lab. If he had a question or needed an update, there was always someone on the other end of the line to take his call.

We’re here to make the publishing process a professional, enjoyable experience. If you have a book project in the works, we’d love to discuss it with you over a cup of coffee. Contact us here with questions, or to schedule a free consultation.

Favorite Stories — The Solution Package + Developmental Editing

Jim Flanagan and Frank McGarvey are storytellers. For over 20 years, this duo has been ebook_coverhelping youngsters see the value of reading and writing by spinning yarns in classrooms across Ohio. Favorite Stories is the latest compilation of their short stories, recently published under our Proving Press imprint.

Having already self-published with a big company in the past, Jim and Frank knew they wanted a more personalized experience when publishing Favorite Stories. Columbus Publishing Lab was able to offer the one-on-one interaction they wanted, and we sat down for a chat about their project.

After our initial consultation, Jim and Frank decided The Solution package best fit their needs. They also decided to add developmental editing to their package, and we got right to work.

Learn more about our complete self-publishing packages here.

After reading the manuscript, an experienced developmental editor provided Jim and Frank with a detailed report containing recommendations to improve areas of concern. As a result, Jim and Frank were able to act on the suggestions of our editor to improve Favorite Stories before it was released. Learn more about developmental editing here.

From there, a professional copy editor went through the manuscript from beginning to end, correcting grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes, while standardizing the text to a style guide.

As soon as the copy edit was complete, we moved into the interior design phase of the production process. We created a special aesthetic to cater to the young adult audience, while still maintaining a professional, readable interior.

After the interior files had been created, a proofreader combed through the book files, catching any last errors in the text or layout. We also created an e-book version of the book, designed specifically to be readable across all major e-book platforms.

Jim and Frank worked with their own illustrator to provide artwork for the book, as well as a cover image. We were happy to work with their illustrator to ensure all interior artwork and cover elements were formatted properly for print.

As soon as Jim and Frank were completely happy with the final files, we distributed Favorite Stories  in paperback and e-book formats to all major retailers. Jim and Frank collect a check, and we handle all the hard work. The convenience of our distribution services leaves this storytelling duo with plenty of time to visit more classrooms and tell more stories!

Find Favorite Stories on Amazon.com here.

Throughout the entire publishing process, Jim and Frank had a dedicated point of contact for questions and updates. They never had to wonder if their emails were being read, and a friendly Ohioan was available to take their calls every time.

If you’re interested in making your book project a reality, we invite you to contact us by clicking here. We’re happy to sit down with you for a free consultation, or answer your questions via email/phone.

We produce great books. Will yours be next?

Tanetta Ross — The Solution

Poet Tanetta Ross recently published her debut book of poetry, We Sow It, We Reap It, ebook_cover_lgunder our Proving Press imprint. Tanetta uses her poetry to express some of the most powerful  human emotions — loss, grief and the rebirth of new love. Tanetta knew she wanted her book to reflect all of the care she poured into her poetry, and we were happy to turn her ideas into reality.

Find We Sow It, We Reap It on Amazon.com here. 

Tanetta decided The Solution package best fit her needs, and we got to work right away. Our team of editors and designers worked closely with Tanetta during every step of the process to ensure the finished product would be exactly what she’d envisioned.

A professional copy editor combed through the text, correcting errors of grammar and punctuation, while keeping style elements that were genre-specific in place. As soon as the editing process was complete, our interior designer professionally formatted each page to be both readable, and aesthetically pleasing. After the interior design, the book was given a complete proofread to catch any remaining errors.

Learn more about our complete publishing packages here.

Tanetta brought cover artwork with her coming into the project, and we were happy to work with her illustrator to ensure all cover elements were formatted properly for print.

As soon as Tanetta was completely happy with the finished product, we distributed We Sow It, We Reap It in paperback, hardback and e-book formats to all major retailers. Tanetta doesn’t have to worry about making trips to the post office to ship books, or dealing with hard-to-reach customer service reps. We do the hard work, and she collects the check!

Throughout the entire book production process, Tanetta had a go-to representative to answer her questions, provide insight and keep her up-to-date on the project’s progress.

If you’re interested in getting your story into the hands of waiting readers, we invite you to contact us at info@columbuspublishinglab.com. We work hard every day to help authors at all levels fulfill their dreams of producing professional books.

Jenny Spokas — The Electron Package

We’re pleased to announce the release of Jenny Spokas’ debut book of poetry: Repairjen_cover_telescope_revised_small

Rediscovering strength and clarity through life’s trials is the theme of this inspiring e-book. Jenny put a lot of time, care and heart into her manuscript, and came to Columbus Publishing Lab looking for a way to share her poetry with others.

Find Repair here.

Jenny decided to release the book as an e-book only, and The Electron package was a perfect fit for her needs. We took the paper copy of her manuscript and converted it to digital files suitable for e-book conversion. From there, we incorporated some of the author’s photography, as well as artwork by her children. We worked closely with Jenny to ensure the ordering of the poems and artwork was just right.

Learn more about our complete publishing packages here.

We then provided e-book conversion services to ensure her poetry, photos and cover would look great across all platforms, and be compatible with all devices. Now that Jenny had a fantastic looking e-book, all that was left was getting her book into the hands of waiting readers. We handle the distribution of Jenny’s book to all major online retailers–leaving her plenty of time to work on her next book project.

A portion of Repair book sales will be donated by the author to the family grant at TACA to help families of children with autism.

Throughout the entire process, Jenny had a dedicated point of contact. When she had a question, or wanted an update, she had the cell phone number and email address of a Columbus Publishing Lab professional who could be reached right away.

If you’re interested in making your book project a reality, we invite you to contact us by clicking here. We’d love to hear more about your book over a cup of coffee.