Andrea Costantine’s always dreamed of being a writer, is a lover of books, and an avid reader. Although writing was never a personal strength, she enrolled in a few college courses to polish her skills. She quickly learned that she wasn’t the typical college writing student and felt dismissed by the staff. Stuffing down the artist within, she hung up her writing hat for years. Luckily, her return to college for her master’s degree in Counseling Studies unleashed the writer within. After consecutively writing twenty page research papers for two years, Andrea returned to her passion and love for writing and creating.
In 2010, she paired up with Lisa Shultz to create Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women and How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year: An Exploratory Guidebook on Writing and Self-Publishing. Since that time she has subsequently published, Volumes II and III of the Speaking Your Truth series, Soulful Marketing: Heart Centered Marketing for Conscious Entrepreneurs and Connected: 101 Ways to Be of Service and Create Community.
As a writer, community gathering specialist and past life mortgage loan processor with Self-Publishing Experts, Andrea works with aspiring authors to help them unleash the book inside of them. She offers services for book idea and creation, production mentoring, along with layout design and other writing services.
Andrea believes that having a book is one of the biggest accomplishments of an individual’s life and is one of the most rewarding goals a person can ever complete. She’s honored to work with so many talented writers and to help them share their message, talent, and gifts with the world.
Lisa Shultz began her writing career in 2005 when she published her first book, 8 Strategies for an Extraordinary Life. This book was not designed with commercial intent but rather a gift to her daughters and the awakening of her dream of being a writer.
In 2010, she published her second book, an anthology, in partnership with Andrea Costantine, Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories From Inspiring Women. Her goal with this book and its subsequent volumes and spin offs is to provide a beacon of light, hope and connection for women as they navigate their lives while overcoming challenges and difficulties along the way.
Lisa’s two experiences of self-publishing were vastly different. Her first book was a with a self-publishing company and was a frustrating experience leaving her feeling out of control of the process and dissatisfied in the end. She took full control of the process in her second book, and this proved to be a much more rewarding experience. Together Lisa and Andrea discovered they could take charge of the time line and decisions themselves and self-publish without a publishing company and have a successful and satisfying end result. They achieved best seller status on Amazon on the day of their launch for each Speaking Your Truth volumes, which created the platform to share their expertise with the world.
They poured all their experiences of self-publishing into their book How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year: An Exploratory Guidebook on Writing and Self-Publishing. Together they have created a road map for others to follow who desire to publish their own book and avoid costly errors.
Lisa’s wish is to make the self publishing experience smooth, achievable, and profitable to anyone who desires to bring their book to life. Her focus for the Self-Publishing team is marketing. She assists the author in social media marketing and optimizing websites to help the author reach more people in the promotion of their book and platform surrounding the book.
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:
- Editing services, including content, copy, and proofreading levels of editing
- Coaching services to help you get to your core message, to serve as an accountability partner and to offer guidance and insights throughout the writing process
- Partner authoring
- Ghost writing (determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the depth and breadth of the project)
After frustrating experiences with dodgy publishers, Polly Letofsky launched herself into learning every aspect of the publishing industry. Her goal was to save authors from the antiquated publishing business and instead guide them through the fast changing world of self publishing. It’s a brilliant era in which to be an author where there are great alternatives that offer a cost-effective, swift, flexible publishing option where you uphold creative control, you maintain all distribution rights, and all the profits end up in your hands.
In her position as a Publishing Consultant, Polly has established herself as an expert in the field of publishing and promotion through the publication of her own award winning book 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World. Polly is also an active participant and member of several leading publishing and writing associations nationwide, including The Independent Book Publishers Association and The Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
As a publishing consultant with Self Publishing Experts Polly will:
- Determine which publishing option is best for you
- Build your publishing team of proven vendors that will help create the book of your dreams: editor, graphic designer, internal layout designer, book marketing professional, ghostwriter, copywriter, e-book conversion expert, web designer, and more
- Draft a budget and timeline to keep you and your vendors on track
- Serve as the liaison to keep vendors on time and budget until your book is in your hands
A member of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Gail has been working with self-publishing authors since 2004. She specializes in helping authors prepare their manuscript for the e-book market. Gail is efficient and productive with a good work ethic and great attention to detail. She provides the content to self-publish e-books for:
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes and Noble NOOK
- Apple iBooks
- Libraries, etc.
Gail also writes, illustrates, and designs her own books for both print and e-book formats. Since 2009 she has self-published: E-Books Simplified: The Step-by-Step Guide to E-Publishing; 90% Vegetarian: Plant-strong, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free Meals and Snacks; ReNew ~ Go Green Projects, Gardens, and Recipes;Go Eat, Pete; andGo Eat, Pizza. Gail loves to share what she has discovered about designing, cooking, gardening, and helping families learn to make healthier choices.
James Hallman is a freelance editor and the founder of WriteWorks. For over 12 years, he has been consulting and mentoring writers as they develop their content. His depth of knowledge and his collaborative approach to the art of editing make him the perfect partner for a variety of different projects.
From his work with best-selling writers, public speakers, media organizations, and academic institutions, James has the outlook and insight to take on almost any project and help creators make the most of their ideas and maximize their potential impact. His passion and energy are infectious, and he takes great joy in sharing that with his clients.
Kris Jordan is an author, speaker and collaborator with a mission of not allowing her friends to discredit themselves with bad writing. Her sense of humor, experience, compassion and creativity will help you tap into all you are. A ghostwriter, writing and creativity coach, she helps you to get organized, stay on track, and get your manuscript ready for readers!
Kris released her first Young Adult novel in October 2013 and people came out of the woodwork asking her for help to write the books they had inside them. She began coaching them and even providing some ghostwriting. Because she has self-published and has an entrepreneurial spirit, she highly values the desire of other entrepreneurs to get their books out and longs to support them.
Her services include:
Organizing and brainstorming story line and components
Compassionate “first looks”
Suggestions to improve overall writing
Wherever you find yourself in the process, Lisa, Andrea, Donna, Polly, and Jan have teamed up to help support you. Their website offers many resources and a way to interact and ask questions. They also offer private coaching and regularly put on workshops, tele-seminars, and webinars.
Please let us know how we may help you by visiting our Contact Page.