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Publishing Consultants

Polly Letofsky

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Kirsten (KB) Jensen

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Shelly Wilhelm

Bryan Canter

Bryan Canter

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Meet The Rest of the My Word Publishing Team

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Donna Mazzitelli

Editor and Writing Coach

Donna Mazzitelli is the Word Heartiste. When she started Writing With Donna in 2011, she had no idea how much people would need in addition to a good writer, editor and writing coach someone who does it with heart and intuition.

To date, Donna has helped dozens of men and women connect with their core inner voices and express their writing with authenticity and genuineness. Her gentle, clear guidance and non-judgmental approach allow people to navigate the places and spaces that sometimes can be difficult to explore.

Donna understands that finding our voices is critical to living an authentic life. The more we are able to connect within, the more our readership will connect with us. Everyone has stories to tell, information to share, and profound aha moments to reveal. Yet, not everyone feels comfortable conveying those life moments through the written word.

Whether you need help transferring those life events onto paper, a partner to co-author, a ghost writer, or another pair of eyes to review what you’ve written, Donna loves supporting you to bring your written words to life and into the hands of others.

The services Donna offers include content and development editing, and copy-line editing.

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Bobby Haas

Editor and Writing Coach

Asked about his favorite kind of books to edit, Bobby Haas is fond of answering “any book written by a committed and enthusiastic author.” Writing can sometimes be a difficult, lonely task; creating a book is a magnificent achievement. Haas loves particularly the collaborative nature of the editing process, the trust and communication that evolves while the writing becomes the book.

“Everyone has a story,” Haas says. “My job is to help writers find it, and then help them strengthen their voice and their craft in order to tell it well.”

A former newspaperman – both writer and editor – Haas understands the pressure of producing. He balances his frequent calls for “Clear, Concise, Compelling” with a nurturing, supportive attitude. He has helped novelists, psychologists, business mentors, motivational speakers and more achieve the dream of holding their book in their hands.

Haas’ novel Midnight Valiant – A Parable was a finalist for Best Literary Fiction from CIPA. He offers Coaching, developmental, copy, and line editing. He can be reached at WriteOn@BobbyHaas.com

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Alexandra O'Connell

Editor and Writing Coach

Alexandra is an award-winning book editor and writing coach, and the 2017-2018 President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She was worked on books on business, leadership, personal development, spirituality, health, and memoir, as well as fiction. Her work includes developmental, content, and line editing. Find Alexandra at www.alexoconnell.com.

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Jen Bisbing

Developmental and Proof Editor

While in grad school, Jen studied literary criticism, and for two years, she read more books than she thought was humanly possible. Week after week, class after class, she took apart story after story. What she learned is that strong opinions about the same body of work will probably always differ. However, if an author writes with clarity about his or her theme, readers will have greater insight and appreciation. So that’s what Jen does now—she helps authors with clarity. And to further assist authors with illuminating the heart of their books, she obtained a Chicago Manual of Style Postgraduate Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago.

From basic copyediting to full developmental work, Jen specializes in making books consistent and polished. Contact her at  jennifer@jenniferbisbing.com.

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Kirsten Hamilton

Editor, Fiction

Fiction book editor Kristen Hamilton is the owner and sole employee of Kristen Corrects, Inc. (www.kristencorrects.com), where she provides manuscript editing services for veteran and first-time authors. Kristen earned a degree in English/writing at Boise State University and has over a decade of manuscript editing experience, having been editing since 2003. To date, she has edited over 300 books for self-publishing and traditionally publishing authors, and several authors whose books she has edited have won awards and have topped Amazon’s bestsellers lists.

Reading is Kristen’s passion, so when the workday is over, she can usually be found curled up with a good book (alongside her three cats, Sophie, Charlie, and Jack). She loves watching cat videos and scary movies, eating pizza, teaching herself French, and traveling, and she is likely planning her next vacation. She lives outside of Boise, Idaho.

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Patrice Rhoades-Baum

Editor, Non-Fiction

A powerhouse editor and writer, Patrice Rhoades-Baum specializes in editing nonfiction manuscripts as well as writing content for business websites, technical white papers, and marketing collateral. She is backed by 25 years of high-tech corporate marketing. Career highlights include copywriting all content for 2 large Hewlett-Packard websites – each with a $250,000 budget – and publishing a business case study article in Fortune magazine.

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Victoria Wolf

Cover, Interior & eBook Designer

Victoria is an multiple-award-winning designer bringing 31 years of graphic design, branding, website development, and strategic marketing experience to her work. She creates beautiful and creative custom book covers, interiors, eBooks, and websites for authors in every genre.

Her design process is intuitive and interactive, which allows authors to have a hand in the fun and creative process of designing their book.

Learn more and view her portfolio at wolfdesignandmarketing.com.

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Mary Walewski

Marketing

Mary Walewski of Buy The Book Marketing has three simple goals for her clients:

  1. De-mystify the internet and online marketing.
  2. Enable her clients to make good marketing decisions for their books.
  3. Enjoy the process! Mary offers personalized coaching on marketing and social media, marketing plans, social media assessment, setup and management.

Contact: mary@buythebookmarketing.com.

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Many, Happy Authors…

Excellent
Based on 106 reviews
Pete McGinty
Pete McGinty
February 1, 2024
I recently published my first novel, Private Cummings. I spent months researching the best way to bring the book to fruition after I completed the manuscript, and I found the process daunting. That is, until I saw a video of Polly talking about My Word Publishing. I wrote to schedule a call, and Polly wrote me right back to schedule. I had a feeling I’d like her from her video, but after spending just ten minutes with her on our initial call, I was hooked. I signed with My Word and never looked back. And I’m so glad I did. Polly and her team made the process easy and fun. She immediately gained my trust and has continued to come through for me. I look forward to many more projects with Polly and her team.
Sabrina Skiles
Sabrina Skiles
January 17, 2024
Polly is amazing! She came highly recommended by multiple people when I was at the beginning process of self-publishing. She took the time to explain the details of the process with no pressure to sign anything if I wasn’t happy with what she was presenting. Her network of talented and experienced editors and designers makes My Word Publishing a one-stop-shop for all your publishing needs! HIGHLY RECOMMEND Polly and My Word Publishing!
Bob Feldman
Bob Feldman
January 16, 2024
Bryan Canter was a huge asset in my self-publishing project, the novel “Deception Downeast”. As a first-time novelist, I needed a combination expert guide and mentor. I could not ask for more from Bryan who delivered facts, advice and insights far beyond the “contractual” necessity. If you are self-publishing, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Mr. Canter.
chul hyun
chul hyun
December 20, 2023
“The entire process of publishing my book was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. Polly and Amanda were incredibly patient and supportive, guiding me through each production, publishing, distribution, and marketing stage. Working with the book designer was also a great experience, as I could participate in the design. Amanda did an excellent job coordinating the work between the editing and design teams, and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother.”
Naomi Penner
Naomi Penner
December 12, 2023
Over the years and with four books behind me, I’ve worked with a number of editors, graphic designers, and publishers. When I began a fifth book, I was thrilled to discover Polly had started My Word Publishing. I didn’t require start-to-finish assistance, so the a la carte choices were perfect for me. After that book came to fruition, I needed to get a previous book back in print. There was no doubt I’d be returning to Polly’s team. Now I’ll be working on another book. All I have to do is the writing. My Word Publishing will do the rest, and do it well. As a repeat client, a significant factor for me is dealing with the technical side of getting it up and running on Amazon. True angst for me! Yet, Polly can do it with a slight yawn. No big deal! Thank you, Polly!
aurilla woodburn
aurilla woodburn
December 8, 2023
Couldn’t find better encouragers than the folks at My Word Publishing, Amanda Miller, and Shelly Wilhelm walked me through the process of self-publishing children’s books…twice! I’ve been very delighted with their work and also their support towards better marketing. I’m working with them again in 2024 on my third book in the Samara series!
Thistle and Phoenix Press
Thistle and Phoenix Press
November 28, 2023
Where to start with all the things that are fabulous about My Word Publishing? Polly is the ultimate cheerleader, but also has a breadth of knowledge about self publishing that made my journey so much easier than if I had tried to tackle it alone. From the intricacies of the various publishing platforms and marketing all the way back to the publishing consultants and network of editors, proofers, and designers Polly and MWP have a resource. You’re in good hands with Polly and her team!
Julie Herzog
Julie Herzog
November 23, 2023
One of my daughters has participated in this program for 3 years now and has grown so much as a writer! It’s been such a gift to watch her learn and grow, and I’m so proud that she’s a published award-winning author as a result of My Word Publishing! The teachers are fabulous.
Funk Roberts
Funk Roberts
November 16, 2023
This was the easiest and best process I have ever been a part of..working with Bryan made everything about getting my book to audiobook super easy…He was amazing! He was there for me every step of the way..If you are ever going to create an audiobook, Bryan is the guy you want to work with….Thanks again for everything Bryan!!!!!!
K Stout
K Stout
November 14, 2023
Finding My Word Publishing was like finding the secret lair of Ms. Wizard. Negotiating book publishing solo is not just daunting but all but impossible. I learned bundles about the process, from how to get my novel into print to how to successfully market it (Imagine: reviews! and good ones! within weeks of publication). MYP recognizes and supports its authors with professional insights, counsel and direction. Anyone wishing to make the leap into print cannot ask for a better Wizard than MYP to wave its magic wand to make it so.

We hate to brag on ourselves, but...

We have a lot of happy authors!

Excellent
Based on 106 reviews
Pete McGinty
Pete McGinty
February 1, 2024
I recently published my first novel, Private Cummings. I spent months researching the best way to bring the book to fruition after I completed the manuscript, and I found the process daunting. That is, until I saw a video of Polly talking about My Word Publishing. I wrote to schedule a call, and Polly wrote me right back to schedule. I had a feeling I’d like her from her video, but after spending just ten minutes with her on our initial call, I was hooked. I signed with My Word and never looked back. And I’m so glad I did. Polly and her team made the process easy and fun. She immediately gained my trust and has continued to come through for me. I look forward to many more projects with Polly and her team.
Sabrina Skiles
Sabrina Skiles
January 17, 2024
Polly is amazing! She came highly recommended by multiple people when I was at the beginning process of self-publishing. She took the time to explain the details of the process with no pressure to sign anything if I wasn’t happy with what she was presenting. Her network of talented and experienced editors and designers makes My Word Publishing a one-stop-shop for all your publishing needs! HIGHLY RECOMMEND Polly and My Word Publishing!
Bob Feldman
Bob Feldman
January 16, 2024
Bryan Canter was a huge asset in my self-publishing project, the novel “Deception Downeast”. As a first-time novelist, I needed a combination expert guide and mentor. I could not ask for more from Bryan who delivered facts, advice and insights far beyond the “contractual” necessity. If you are self-publishing, do yourself a favor and get in touch with Mr. Canter.
chul hyun
chul hyun
December 20, 2023
“The entire process of publishing my book was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. Polly and Amanda were incredibly patient and supportive, guiding me through each production, publishing, distribution, and marketing stage. Working with the book designer was also a great experience, as I could participate in the design. Amanda did an excellent job coordinating the work between the editing and design teams, and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother.”
Naomi Penner
Naomi Penner
December 12, 2023
Over the years and with four books behind me, I’ve worked with a number of editors, graphic designers, and publishers. When I began a fifth book, I was thrilled to discover Polly had started My Word Publishing. I didn’t require start-to-finish assistance, so the a la carte choices were perfect for me. After that book came to fruition, I needed to get a previous book back in print. There was no doubt I’d be returning to Polly’s team. Now I’ll be working on another book. All I have to do is the writing. My Word Publishing will do the rest, and do it well. As a repeat client, a significant factor for me is dealing with the technical side of getting it up and running on Amazon. True angst for me! Yet, Polly can do it with a slight yawn. No big deal! Thank you, Polly!
aurilla woodburn
aurilla woodburn
December 8, 2023
Couldn’t find better encouragers than the folks at My Word Publishing, Amanda Miller, and Shelly Wilhelm walked me through the process of self-publishing children’s books…twice! I’ve been very delighted with their work and also their support towards better marketing. I’m working with them again in 2024 on my third book in the Samara series!
Thistle and Phoenix Press
Thistle and Phoenix Press
November 28, 2023
Where to start with all the things that are fabulous about My Word Publishing? Polly is the ultimate cheerleader, but also has a breadth of knowledge about self publishing that made my journey so much easier than if I had tried to tackle it alone. From the intricacies of the various publishing platforms and marketing all the way back to the publishing consultants and network of editors, proofers, and designers Polly and MWP have a resource. You’re in good hands with Polly and her team!
Julie Herzog
Julie Herzog
November 23, 2023
One of my daughters has participated in this program for 3 years now and has grown so much as a writer! It’s been such a gift to watch her learn and grow, and I’m so proud that she’s a published award-winning author as a result of My Word Publishing! The teachers are fabulous.
Funk Roberts
Funk Roberts
November 16, 2023
This was the easiest and best process I have ever been a part of..working with Bryan made everything about getting my book to audiobook super easy…He was amazing! He was there for me every step of the way..If you are ever going to create an audiobook, Bryan is the guy you want to work with….Thanks again for everything Bryan!!!!!!
K Stout
K Stout
November 14, 2023
Finding My Word Publishing was like finding the secret lair of Ms. Wizard. Negotiating book publishing solo is not just daunting but all but impossible. I learned bundles about the process, from how to get my novel into print to how to successfully market it (Imagine: reviews! and good ones! within weeks of publication). MYP recognizes and supports its authors with professional insights, counsel and direction. Anyone wishing to make the leap into print cannot ask for a better Wizard than MYP to wave its magic wand to make it so.

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