Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed

Do you want to self-publish your book? Do you need help preparing your manuscript for submission to a traditional publisher?

We are a one-stop shop to help make your book dreams become a reality.

Click here for a list of our services, and let’s make a book together!


Retain control throughout the production process and of the finished product

• Own all electronic files we prepare for them

• Pay us no compensation from the sale of books we help produce

• Can receive training for any of the services we offer

• Participate at a comfortable level ... and we do the rest!

• J. A. Sebastin, Your Seed (The Revenge)

After going through eight rounds of editing with other editors, I finally submitted my manuscript to Joanne. She cleaned it up very well. It no longer looks like a book but instead like a piece of art. She is very flexible and an easy person to work with. All of my other 50 books of the Infinite Dimensions series, I will involve her with great confidence.

• Josh Gressel, Embracing Envy: Finding the Spiritual Treasure in Our Most Shameful Emotion

Working with Joanne was a wonderful experience. I loved having someone care as much as I do that everything be just right. She was meticulous with details, prompt with deadlines, responsible with follow-up, and I never felt her ego involved in any of her editing. She sought to make my work the best it could be, not infuse it with anything of her own. I intend to return to her with my next book.

• Stuart Meck, FAICP, Planning Reform in the New Century

While I know my writing is brilliant, with Joanne’s help it is now perfect.

Other items of interest …

Books for Sale

We have many books for sale, including crossword puzzles, poetry, art, and music.

My Writing

Here are some (very) short stories, essays, and other personal writing for your reading enjoyment, including WRITING AWARDS (see Jumping Off and The Survivors).

Crossword Puzzle Demonstrations

At these events, we bring a large, blank crossword puzzle and, with the audience’s help, fill it in. It’s a lot of fun and intellectually stimulating for adults of all ages, especially seniors. Call 650.355.4640 to schedule a demonstration for your group!

TAE Gallery (pronounced “tie”) is an e-gallery of original artwork, photography, poetry, songs, and book arts by Thomas A. Ekkens. We hope you visit his site soon and attend an upcoming event.