Publishing timeline

Christmas in July


What’s up with the “Christmas in July” subhead when it’s June? 

I’d like you to be thinking about how much time it takes to publish a book. 

After a book is written, there can be multiple stages of editing and then book design as well as printing and distribution. Ideally, marketing is happening during these stages.

I’ve had many authors rush to launch their books for the Christmas buying season. Rushing doesn’t allow for the best finished product, although amazing things have been accomplished!

If it is your wish to launch your book before Christmas, let’s talk now.

P.S. It’s helpful to allow time for the unexpected, too. I’d like to extend gratitude to my colleagues who backed me up so I could be with my parents as they both made their transitions over the winter. (The photo above is of a Daylily plant my mom gave me. It makes me happy to see it blooming now.)


I have compiled a page of Resources to help independent/self-publishers. Included is an article about “Why Marketing First” by Carol White. I met Carol years ago when we were both members of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. Her article is a timeless piece of good advice.

New release

Kira Lynne Allen’s Write This Second: A Poetic Memoir is a courageous book of poetry. I designed the cover and interior pages.

Help for Independent Presses

Book Design and Production

Have you written a nonfiction or fiction manuscript? After it has been professionally edited, I can design the interior pages and cover, plus guide you through the maze of book publishing and printing. To get started, call me at 503-690-2438 to discuss your project and my helpful guide for authors.