I’m a writer, editor, and book designer. I write fiction and nonfiction and help people on their path to publication, both nonfiction and fiction.
Books I’ve Written
Target Marketing for Authors
Target Marketing for Authors, nonfiction, teaches you how to sell your book the painless and easy way— by discovering and talking to the people who already want to buy it.
Target marketing is the foundation of your plan to sell anything, from widgets to services. And also books.
Target Marketing for Authors takes you step by step through the process of defining and understanding the ideal reader of your book.
- Will connect you with the people who want your book and can’t wait for the next one.
- Will save you time and money in marketing your book.
- Will enable you to sell more books and still have energy left over to write the next one.
- Will help you understand what readers want and how to write to meet their needs.
- Will help you talk the language of agents and traditional publishers and make them more likely to take on your book.
- Will help you be an effective marketer whether you’re in traditional publishing or independent publishing.
Target Marketing for Authors is available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
The Magic Well
The Magic Well, short fiction, is a fairy tale in which a kingdom comes face to face with what really matters.
The Magic Well is available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
Other People’s Books
Life of Tom Horn, Government Scout and Interpreter: Bear Classic Books
Life of Tom Horn is the autobiography of a man, born in Missouri in 1860, who left home at age 16 to go West. Thus began the extraordinary journey of a government scout and interpreter, adopted son of Chief Pedro of the White Mountain Apaches, trusted negotiator with Geronimo, war chief of the Chiricahua Apaches, and chief of scouts during the Apache wars of 1885-86.He died in 1903, hanged for a crime he didn’t commit.
Tom Horn’s life was featured in a 1980 movie starring Steve McQueen.
The world he lived in is mostly gone now. But this exciting glimpse of that world tells about who we are as Americans and how we got where we are.
I edited this book and did the interior design. It’s available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
Inspired Lives, by Tess Booker & Friends, is a compilation of 22 stories showing everyday people finding transformation in trials and struggle.
The struggles are diverse—abuse, neglect, mental illness, deception, disease, death, and other difficulties real people face in real lives. They come from various perspectives from atheism to Christian faith to something else. What ties the stories together is that they end in triumph. Not saccharine “solutions,” but personal transformation that gives the struggle meaning.
This is a book for anyone facing a moment of darkness or needing a bracing dose of inspiration.
“Your painful past does not dictate who you are or what you are capable of,” says Tess Booker. Inspired Lives can show you how to take the next step.
I was a contributor, editor, and interior designer for this book, which is available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
Let’s Build ExtraOrdinary Youth Together
Let’s Build ExtraOrdinary Youth Together by Kim C. Metcalfe, Ph.D., is a book that aims to help young people become confident, capable and hopeful adults.
When Kim Metcalfe lost her 21-year-old daughter to suicide, it was a devastating blow. Her daughter, Abbey, was not a “troubled child”—she was planning her wedding and by all external signs happy and well adjusted.
What brought the author back from her grief was the desire to keep other children and other families from the same trauma. This book is the result of her exploration.This book will help you understand how your children think, how their mental and emotional capabilities grow over time, and how you can help them to deal with the blows that life inevitably throws at us.
I did the interior design for this book. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
God’s Not Done with Me Yet
God’s Not Done with Me Yet, by Paul Haber, is the autobiography of the kind of kid who gives his mother a heart attack every time she turns around.
He wanted to be a hero ever since he could remember. From the white-hatted cowboys of 1950s television to superheroes to the neighbor who used karate to break boards in the backyard, he found role models that led him to risky decisions in education, the military, and the job market.
Sometimes brash, sometimes fool-hardy, Paul usually pushed for the greater good more than his own.
This memoir of the 18 times he nearly died takes readers through his childhood and education, military career as a Marine and then a member of Army Special Forces, and the sometimes stifling insanity of the job market.
Exciting and entertaining, it’s a glimpse of the character of a man with a heroic soul and a sometimes short fuse.
I edited and did interior design for this book, available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
American Journey, by Vernon Bear, is the autobiography of a man born on a Kansas wheat farm in 1922, who saw the amazing events and developments of the 20th Century from the middle of America. In this book, this Christian man looks back on his life and the trends that carried him to his present home.
I was ghost-writer, editor, and interior designer for this book, available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
Adventures in Clowning, a “clownpilation” by Leslie Ann Akin. I did the editing and interior design for this book, available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
Belmont Arsenal, crime novel by Billy Wray. I did the editing and interior design of this book, available in print and ebook formats.
A Fool’s Guide to Clowning, nonfiction, part memoire, part guide to making a living as a clown by Leslie Ann Akin. I did the interior design for this book, available in print and ebook formats. Cover by Leslie Ann Akin.
The 90-Day Cardiac Recovery Plan, how author Bruce Huck returned to his normal activities in 90 days after quadruple cardiac bypass surgery. I was ghost-writer, editor, interior designer for this book, available in print and ebook formats.
Seedlings, a novel by D’Norgia Taylor. I did the interior design for this book, available in print and ebook formats.
The Phantom of Penderlea, crime novel by Billy Wray. I did the editing and interior design for this book, available in both print and ebook formats.
A Thousand Times, a novel of addiction recovery by Billy Wray. I did the interior design for this book, which is available in print, ebook, and audiobook.