About Us

YOUR MESSAGE.
YOUR BOOK.

You’re building a business and a platform, and you’ve got some traction. You’re bringing in revenue, serving clients, connecting with peers, and living into your life’s purpose. But you’re ready to see what’s next on the horizon. You’re ready to go bigger, to act more boldly, and to truly step up as a leader in your industry.

It’s time for you to publish your book. You have a message for the world that is unique to your own story and wisdom. You have so much that you want to share. You know you’re ready. So, why does it feel so daunting?

But the publishing industry is difficult to navigate.

Should you find an agent and pitch to a traditional publisher, knowing that you’ll probably face dozens of rejections and waste precious time?

Should you self-publish? And if you do self-publish, how the heck do you find freelancers to help you with editing, designing, and marketing?

Should you research those “hybrid” publishers, who publish your book but want you to invest upfront and share profits with them? And how do you know which of these online hybrid publishers are legitimate and which ones are scams?

All of these questions circling in your mind is enough to make you procrastinate on putting your book out for another year.

What if you could find a publishing company that could help you self-publish on a quick timeline but with the same quality as a traditional publisher?

What if the publishing company would let you have full say in your book’s content and style? A traditional publisher would tell you what you have to take out of your book and what the cover has to look like. But it’s your book, so you should be the one making these important, creative decisions.

What if the publishing company would let you keep 100% of the profits of your book? A traditional publisher, and even many hybrid publishers these days, will take anywhere from 50% to 90% of your book’s profits for the entire lifespan of your book. But you wrote the book, so you should be the one reaping the profits for years to come.

What if the publishing company would let you work with a team of professionals who are seasoned experts in their craft? You know your zone of genius, and you know when you’re not in your zone of genius. You are the creator of the content and the face of the book. When you work with a team of professional book editors, designers, and marketers who are all experts in their craft, you know the power of your message will create waves of impact when you launch your book.

That’s exactly what makes Paper Raven Books different—a quality publishing company, without all the strings attached.

Paper Raven Books is your team publisher. We help you write, publish, and market the best book possible, with your vision leading the way.

We are a team of seasoned editors, designers, and marketers, and we’re here to walk you through the entire publishing process, step-by-step, all the way from a rough manuscript to a beautiful, published book.

When you work with the Paper Raven Books team, we bring our expertise to streamline the message of your book, fully edit every sentence, design every page with an eye for gorgeous typography, create a truly stand-out cover, and distribute your book as an ebook, paperback, and hardback.

Together, we will publish your beautiful book that is every bit as quality as a traditional or hybrid publisher would produce, looks good on a bookshelf, and can be purchased from anywhere in the world—yes, in bookstores, too.

The best part of all this? Through every phase of the publishing process, you direct the quality look and feel of your book, and in the end, you keep 100% of the profits from your book sales.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO
PUBLISH WITH PAPER RAVEN BOOKS?

When we bring in your book for publishing, we have a publishing planning session on the phone. We talk through the vision of your book, how our team will work with you throughout the publication process, and what the timeline will look like so that you feel comfortable and fully informed from Day One. Together, we’ll progress through these milestones on your author journey:

BOOK CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
We’ll assess the market viability of your book with you. Is there a market of readers that’s hungry to buy a book like yours? Will this book actually help you grow an author platform and a business? Can we shape or position your book idea to line up with a market of readers that will be with you for the long-haul of your author career and business? We dig into the research to get to the heart of this critical question, FIRST.

Once we have green lights on the market assessment, we move on to shaping and structuring the content with you. Some authors will want to start from scratch, with a blank piece of paper and create a new outline. Some authors will want to bring in an existing draft for our content development team to help shape. Either way, we work with you over several months to get from vague ideas to a finished first draft that’s ready for editing.

COMPREHENSIVE EDITING
We offer full-spectrum editing because your book needs every one of these levels in order to become the polished, publishable manuscript that’s ready to publish.

Developmental editing fine-tunes the broad structure of your book. Most first-time authors don’t realize this, but creating a tight, logical flow of your book is the key to a compelling book. When you lead the reader smoothly from one paragraph to the next and one chapter to the next, the reader reaches the end of your book thinking, “Wow! That was an incredible book.”

Copyediting looks closely at every sentence. We want your voice and style to stand out and be consistent, from introduction to conclusion. We examine each sentence for clarity, consistency, and flow within the broader context.

And proofreading looks at every word and punctuation mark. We create a style sheet, especially for your book, so that all of the capitalizations, abbreviations, and spellings are perfectly consistent throughout your book. And, of course, we’re catching every grammar error and typo along the way.

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATION
We offer custom cover design and custom interior design for every book we publish. The first part of a book’s design is the cover. You know that a good cover is absolutely crucial to your book becoming a bestseller and having the impact you know it could have. We believe that every book has a different visual style and vibe, so we ask a pool of designers to submit their cover concepts, we offer our advice on which covers adhere to classic design principles, and you pick the cover that best represents your vision.

After your manuscript has been fully edited and proofread, we begin the interior design process. We create a typographical style that suits your book’s character, and we make sure that every page looks good. Then, we look at each element of every page, from chapter headings to page numbers and paragraph spacing to bullet points, in a final proof. When we finalize your book’s files, you’ll know that it’s publishable perfect.

We manage publishing your book to Amazon KDP as an ebook and IngramSpark as a paperback and a hardback. You’ll have one, consolidated Amazon page, where any reader in the world can buy all three versions of your book. You’ll also have an IngramSpark account, which allows any library or bookstore to order and stock your book on their shelves.

“PLATFORM-BUILDING” BOOK LAUNCH
You’re publishing like a pro, so let’s launch your book like a pro, too. Our team is here to be as involved as you would like us to be involved.

On the less involved end, we can offer you our tried-and-true launching strategies to hit Amazon #1s in your book’s most relevant categories and get reviews from your book launch team.

Or, on the all-hands-on-deck end, we can manage your book launch for you. We create a launch strategy that’s particular to your platform’s strengths. We draft and schedule email campaigns and social media shares. We arrange your book launch team and contact independent reviewers to help you get reviews ahead of the book’s launch. We research the geeky metadata and set up promotions during the launch so your book can hit #1 bestseller rankings in your best Amazon categories. We schedule a podcast tour to get your message and newly published book in front of more audiences. Sound overwhelming? You’ll have a project manager by your side, keeping every step on track and on time.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Throughout all of this, from editing to launching, your book will have a dedicated project manager who will be in constant contact with you and your book’s team. Your project manager will make sure all your questions are answered, that your book stays on schedule, that every file is ready on time for your publication date, and that your launch is smooth. Don’t worry, we’ll be there with you every step of the way. Because we’ve got your back, you can use all your energy and excitement to promote the heck out of your beautiful book.

MEET THE TALENTED + FUN
PAPER RAVEN BOOKS TEAM

We are a small, tight-knit team, representing some of the industry’s best publishing professionals. A team of editors, a book designer, a book launch strategist, a support assistant, and a project manager works on every book that comes into Paper Raven Books. We all share the same vision for your book, but we also bring our unique gifts and talents to your book. It’s a comprehensive and efficient way to help your rough manuscript evolve into a high-quality, published book that sits beautifully on a shelf and that you’re proud to sell.

Morgan Gist MacDonald

Morgan began her career in academia, as a Sociologist, but soon found the entrepreneurial pull to take her skills as a researcher, writer, teacher, and leader into building a publishing company, from the ground up. With more than 15 years’ experience in writing, editing, and publishing books, Morgan leads the Paper Raven Books team in developing the best practices for publishing successfully in the modern, digital age.

Heather Petherick

Heather is a Sales and Leadership coach with 14 years’ experience helping experts and entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  She loves talking with writers and authors who are curious about working with us and supporting their decision-making process. Heather holds a Master’s degree in Management, eats cheese like it’s her job, and is based out of Ontario, Canada where she lives with her husband and two children.

Karen Furr

Karen is our smiling “get stuff done” project manager, and she’s an author in her own right. Karen super organized, calm in a crisis, encouraging through it all, and can answer any/all questions you’ll have during the process. Karen will make sure the team stays on track and in line with your creative vision. She’ll be your go-to point person for your book project, so you’ll get to know her very well!

Amanda Kuebler

Amanda is a marketing strategist with 10+ years experience in digital and content marketing. She holds certifications from numerous international entities, including Google, Hubspot, and Facebook. When not working for the best company ever, she stays busy by reading (most often nonfiction and fantasy), keeping up with the latest social media algorithms and publishing trends, and enjoying life with her young son.

Claudia Sanchez

Claudia is a print-journalist from Maracaibo, Venezuela and part of Karen’s project support team. Claudia holds a Master in Business Management and she is a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program alumni. She is passionate about languages, music, books, films and TV shows. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, and she also speaks some French.

Gabrielle Lamontagne

Gabrielle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration: Marketing from the University of New Hampshire, Durham and, as of fall 2021, will have a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Roehampton, London. She is fascinated with the weird inner workings of the human mind and wordplay, and therefore has a passion for market research.

Darcy Zornes

Darcy has been a writer and academic (psychology) for over 10 years and has been an editor at Paper Raven since 2018. In addition to her doctoral training in child clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon, she works with undergraduate and graduate students and academic peers in writing everything from proposals and papers to theses and manuscripts. In her spare time, Darcy enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, playing board games with her husband, and managing the joyful chaos of life with four cats.

Brian Dooley

Brian has been a proofreader and style editor for over a decade. He has worked on projects as diverse as doctoral dissertations, academic journal articles, and professional books. He is incredibly enthusiastic about working with the nuances of language to bring forward the voice of every author. Brian’s love of editing and writing dovetails with a deep commitment to teaching and communicating. He currently lives in Berkley, California.

Colleen Tomlinson

Colleen is passionate about the art of Story. After receiving her degrees in Media Communications and Creative Writing from Florida State University, her 20-year career began in script and story development for film and TV production. Now as a book coach and editor, she relishes helping writers mold their vision into reality. When she’s not lost in the world of imagination, she enjoys going on bike rides and adventures with her husband and daughter.

Kate Allyson 

Kate Allyson is a freelance book editor and writing coach. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. Kate has a background in education, with a BS in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College and an MA in Educational Foundations from the University of Colorado Boulder. She combines her educational background with her love of books to teach authors how to write books that connect with their audience. When she’s not working or reading, Kate can be found doing yoga or hiking with her rescue dog, Trixie.

Heather Preis 

Heather Pontius is a writer and editor of both technical and creative narratives. She recently published her first novel, Our Journey is Our Own (under her married name, Heather Preis). She grew up reading romance and fairy tales, but in writing, she imbues real-life experience and an authentic voice to shine light on contemporary issues. Heather is a voracious reader who also loves to paint and experiment with landscape photography. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University, she completed a masters in publishing from George Washington University. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband.

Benay Stein
Joy Xiang

As a lover of the English language, Joy has an eagle-eye for grammatical inconsistencies and minute details that may be overlooked. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wesleyan University and a copy editing certification from the University of Chicago Graham School. When she’s not sitting down with coffee and a new book, she’s likely traveling the globe (New Zealand and Myanmar being her two favorite countries so far).

Jesus Cordero

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, he graduated as a Graphic Designer and Art Director in 2001. His designer career (spanning more than 15 years) has provided Jesus with the opportunity of working with several high profile companies and clients around the world. He is a master cover designer, formatter, and book typesetter.

Rachela Brisindi

A lover of all things color and extremely passionate about good design, Rachela has been professionally designing and teaching graphic design for almost 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Marketing from Georgia Southern University and continued on to receive her graphic design training at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada.

Carol LeBlanc

Carol LeBlanc, CPA is a Financial Strategist and Bookkeeping Problem Solver working exclusively with online entrepreneurs. She helps them get their financial house in order through the regular practice of setting financial goals, looking ahead at what is happening to the cash in their business, mapping out strategies to increase profits, and providing accountability, encouragement, and support to make it happen. Her mission is to grow your mission.

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