Writespa Press offers a publishing alternative that encourages writers to manage and direct their own writing careers.
- Editing, coaching, mentoring
- Publishing: print-on-demand and ebook
- Website development and promotion
When I graduated from college back in 1977, I attended Doyle Venn’s legendary Publishing Procedures Course at what was then called Radcliffe College. During the six-week summer intensive, we learned the publishing industry from soup to nuts. (The highlight for me was a seminar with Toni Morrison and her agent Lynn Nesbit – they were there to talk about the author-agent relationship, but just being in Toni Morrison’s presence was a powerful experience I’ll never forget.) My passion was and is Writing, so my desire to attend this course was to learn how I could use my publishing expertise to become a successful writer. Shortly afterward I moved to New York City and worked in the publishing world for many years, as well as writing my novels which were traditionally published. In 2007 I discovered the wonderful world of independent publishing. This seemed to me to be a dream come true. Not only were we authors given the freedom to publish ourselves but we could do it gracefully, inexpensively, and professionally. The publishing world I’d grown up in— that of mysterious strangers having secret meetings to decide the fate of your beloved book—had been turned upside-down. A level playing field was opened to us and the people who matter most to us – our readers – can now decide for themselves if they like our books. So WriteSpa Press is part of a longing to empower writers to create their own destiny – to be brave and have fun with their Writing. Write what you love to read, have it professionally edited (every writer needs an editor), design it so it’s just as you imagine it, and voilà! a book that your friends and the whole world can enjoy. There’s nothing like that feeling! And I want as many writers as possible to have it.
Our growing staff:
Eliot Stier has edited for Chapman University’s undergraduate research academic journal and for Multimedia Writers editing services. He specializes in research-based editing which requires heavy fact and source checking, and his talents extend to the business world where he provides editing services for business and corporate communications. Eliot has experience editing research papers, articles, essays, resumes, and cover letters. He also writes on the topics of politics, economics, and philosophy.
Eliot is our technological expert and knows the intricacies and essentials of creating ebooks and ensuring that they are distributed to all possible markets.
Writer, proofreader, and copy editor Samantha Stier has edited dozens of manuscripts (both fiction and nonfiction), college essays, articles, screenplays, and proposals. She also designs graphics and creates book trailers and web videos. She has interned with a producer at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles and with a Director of Photography at Pacific Focus in Honolulu, and worked for a filmmaker in Hawaii on various projects, including commercials, shorts, features, editing and screenwriting. She is currently working toward her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Culver City.
Tom Stier has been designing, hosting, and developing web sites nationally since 1997. His customers include writers, designers, cartoonists, educational institutions, to name a few. He believes that everyone should have a website, and it should reflect each person’s individuality and purpose. Born in Cambridge, Mass, and with an education background attending fine arts programs at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and University of Massachusetts, Tom is a fine artist as well as graphic designer and web developer. You can find out more about his work and his clients on his site: Work Locally – Promote Globally.