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Joanne Shwed

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—Darryl Salerno, The Complete Agency Management Handbook: Your Guide to Greater Success and Profitability

Joanne Shwed is an absolute pleasure to work with. She guided me through the process of producing my first book, helping me boil down forty years of management experience into a flowing work that I’m very proud of. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the development and completion of literature including the consistency of language, the proper use of images and graphics and the most effective way to publish and gain wider readership. She is very thorough and extremely responsive. Although I consider myself an advanced student of English, Joanne repeatedly suggested changes that made the text much better. Thank you, Joanne. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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—Melody LeBaron, Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying

I feel so BLESSED that a friend of a friend recommended Joanne Shwed as my book editor and designer. When I heard that she’d edited Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s last book, I knew she was the right editor for me. I’ve worked on my book—about creating sacred space for the dying—for 18 years, in between client sessions and taking care of my family. It’s been such a long labor of love that I often wondered if it would ever get birthed. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for Joanne’s kind, consistent guidance and amazing expertise in the three years we’ve worked together, I’m sure I would have given up. It often took me months to finish rewriting a section and get it to her; she’d have the edited and polished version back to me in days. Once I showed up for one of our Zoom meetings feeling so discouraged; that’s the day I discovered Joanne’s delightful sense of humor. And did I mention her patience and kindness? YES, Joanne's book design, cover design, and proofreading skills are unequaled—and so are her people skills. Thanks to her suggestions, edits, and excellent work, I’m wildly proud of this book and SO VERY GRATEFUL for her guidance in the publishing process. Thank you, Joanne. You are the best Book Midwife ever. I could not have birthed this book without you!