One of my favorite things about being a writer while simultaneously running a blog is being able to connect others like myself with really amazing industry professionals. If I had been a true DIY author I wouldn’t have had the time to blog nearly as often as I do … or, worse yet, start this blog at all. It’s been a true win/win for me … and now, I get the chance to offer up another amazing recommendation.
Formatting is for some (maybe most) the hardest part of the process. When you consider how many separate formats you need for each individual platform, plus the specifications of a print book … it’s no wonder this no-small-feat has had some pulling their hair out by the root. And I was almost that girl …
Then, I met Glendon Haddix.
Mr. Haddix came with glowing recommendations from other authors, those that worked with him in the past and those who had yet to use him — his reputation in the writer community is stellar. He is a trusted, respected resource — one that every indie should know.
Haddix owns Streetlight Graphics a true soup-to-nuts shop for the indie author looking to simplify the process of publishing a book. In his own words,“Our primary mission is to provide an affordable, customer service oriented, one stop shop for authors to get all the independent publishing services they need so they can spend their time doing what they love…WRITE!”
How nice is that? The ability to just write? After all, that’s what we want to do … but it’s all the other things that simply get in the way of that craft.
Streetlight Graphics was born from a true need … the ability to be a trusted partner in the process of publishing for the fledgling or seasoned writer. With the company, an author can commission not only formatting services for print and multiple eBook platforms, but cover art, banner ads, logos … just about anything your little indie heart could desire.
My personal experience goes like this …
I knew nothing about formatting, only that I couldn’t do it myself. Having considered using a big box company like CreateSpace, I was pushed (and not so gently) towards Streetlight Graphics. “Get a quote!” some authors said … while others couldn’t believe I’d spend $300+ when I could easily accomplish the same thing with a private small business for a lower price.
It was on their advice, I reached out. From the first e-mail exchange Glendon was wonderful. His kindness and patience were evident from the amount of time he took to answer my questions and address my concerns. But, it went far further than the commissioned work of formatting, he became a sounding board of sorts for other matters that arose. If I forgot something … he’d remind me. He went over my manuscript again as as sort of “oops detector” and sent it back to me with a few small changes. Every step of the process was painless and professional and easy … working with him was truly a pleasure.
Then panic struck. I had an issue with my cover … not only did Glendon take his time, without asking for a single cent more, to create a new templet for my cover artist … he patiently walked me through understanding the process so that I could not only forward the information on, I could resource it myself. That, right there, is the measure of someone who views your success as his own. That is someone willing to go the extra mile for a client … and that is why I’m sure we’ll work together again in the future.
It may sound simple-minded, but it’s true … the people you surround yourself with matter. Your options, as an independent, are as deep as they are wide. There are times when it seems like everyone and their brother are peddling promises and services. But to find that one person who really understands you and the process in the same breath, it matters and it’s rare.
So, I’m shamelessly plugging Streetlight Graphics … If you’re looking for a cover artist, or a formatter or maybe you need a banner or logo … reach out Glendon, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.