I have assembled a caring team of experts to help you produce your book and ready it for self-publishing.
Dave Ficere is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in multiple media platforms. The owner of Ficere Writing Solutions, Dave works with a variety of businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations as a writer, editor and LinkedIn consultant. He has edited or co-edited five books and currently ghostwrites a business blog that reaches a potential audience of more than 30,000 people a week. His writing has also been featured in a wide array of media including radio promotions, devotional publications, newspapers, blogs, websites, magazines and newsletters.
Dave is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has attended professional seminars on freelance writing, writing for business, LinkedIn and communications. The proud father of two sons, Dave is married to Patt and lives in Phoenix, AZ.
Ginger Colwell is enjoying her retirement from a 30-year career as an educator to use her keen knowledge of writing and the English language to be a book editor. She has a master’s degree in teaching and teacher education from the University of Arizona after earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the same school. She taught and trained in the internationally-recognized Spalding Education International language arts system which utilizes the Writing Road to Reading to promote literacy in students of all ages. She has also helped parents and other educators learn to teach this program to their students.
Ginger is married to Adam Colwell, they live in Tucson, AZ, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Proofreader Julianne Colwell
Julianne Colwell is a proofreader whose interest in writing started at a very young age. Creating short stories, poetry, and songs were a regular part of her childhood. She frequently wrote lyrics and created melodies for those songs throughout middle school and early high school.
She developed a passion for jazz, first inspired by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and started playing alto saxophone before switching to baritone sax when she was asked to join the Ellington Big Band at the Tucson Jazz Institute. With her at lead baritone sax, it won first place in its division at the Essentially Ellington and Next Generation Jazz Festivals and performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Julianne studied with Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Brice Winston as well as with Kelland Thomas during high school, and was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston and The School of Jazz at The New School in New York before choosing to attend Arizona State University to study under Michael Kocour, Bryon Ruth, and Jeff Libman.
Julianne is now writing and posting social media content for The Nash, a premier jazz performance and education venue in Phoenix, AZ, while embarking on a career as a professional musician. She has one semester remaining at ASU, where she will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance.
Katherine Lloyd has been working in the book publishing industry since 1997 and running her own design and typesetting business since 2002. Since its inception, The DESK has designed and typeset hundreds of book interiors for some of the biggest names in Christian publishing as well as for many self-published authors.
Katherine’s passions are organizing and editing – both words and in life – reading historical and literary fiction, writing poetry-prose, and traveling (usually to be near an ocean). She lives in Oregon, has four mostly-grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
Art Director for Family Life Communications for the past 15 years, Jimmy Anaya has a broad range of graphic design skills in publications, marketing, advertising and design. He has over 18 years experience in the industry after graduating in 1997 from what is now the Southwest University of Visual Arts. He is also a talented illustrator.
Focused on exceeding his clients’ needs, Jimmy has worked on book covers, event manuals, devotionals, magazines, newsletters, appeals, logos, and campaign marketing tools. A native of Tucson, AZ, Jimmy is a Navy veteran who has been happily married for 20 years and has two sons, two grandkids and two dogs.
Graphic Designer Caryn Metcalf
Caryn Metcalf is an award-winning graphic designer with extensive experience in periodical, marketing and advertising design and production. She specializes in a wide variety of work including graphics, branding, collateral and marketing pieces, web graphics and e-publications. Caryn’s work has been published in all types of media including newspapers, catalogs, magazines, books and the web. She is also a talented illustrator.
Originally from Arkansas, Caryn graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in marketing. After graduating, she worked for Stephen’s Media as a graphic designer and was soon promoted to production manager, where she managed the production of six weekly newspapers. Her work won her many awards from the Arkansas Press Association for her advertising and newspaper layout design. It was there that she met her husband, a photographer and Tucson native, who convinced her to move to Tucson, AZ. Since then, Caryn has worked as a layout artist for Arizona Mail Order, a women’s clothing catalog company, as a graphic designer for Pet Genius, a web-based pet care company, and now works on the marketing staff at the accounting firm BeachFleischman PC. See a portfolio of Caryn’s work
Enrique G de la G is a professional translator of English and German to Spanish. He has translated seven fiction and non-fiction books from English and German to Spanish as well as several short stories and articles. The toughest translation he has done was also his first long project, Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes, a 600+ page New York Times bestseller.
Raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Enrique has a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from the Humboldt University of Berlin. As a journalist, Enrique has contributed to newspapers, magazines and blogs in Latin America, Spain and Germany. As an editor, he has been responsible for printed and digital magazines with millions of readers.