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 then call 650.355.4640 for a 15-minute complimentary phone consultation.

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!

• Bonita Lehmann, Saving Her. Saving Me.

Joanne designed the cover and interior and edited my memoir. She worked with swift, thorough efficiency in both areas. She also gave me guidance and support throughout the process in areas I was unfamiliar with. She has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in the publishing arena. We worked well together and, even though she was miles away, I felt close working with her as a team, creating and editing to make my memoir exactly as I had envisioned. It was a great pleasure working with her. I would recommend Joanne without hesitation.

• Margaret Vose, The Voses in Mexico 1899–1912, A Family History Memoir

Joanne gently guided me through the editing and publishing process of my family memoir with grace and professionalism. She thoughtfully attended to every detail in my modest book, insuring a totally satisfying experience. What a joy it was to hold the finished proof in my hands. Thanks, Joanne.

• 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.