Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed

Since 1985, BACKSPACE INK has worked on 180+ book projects and received 100+ client testimonials.

Our job is to take your important words and bring them to life, much like a sculptor reveals an image from a piece of clay. We will share our knowledge and experience, but, in the end, you will always have the final word.

Before we talk, please take a moment and do your best to select the services you need to publish your book.

Once you've selected the services, please call 650.355.4640 or send an e-mail for a complimentary consultation and an estimate.

Let’s make a book together!

At BACKSPACE INK, our clients:

Choose from a menu of services to fit their needs and budget

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 will do the rest!


James Callner, It’s a Matter of Trust: How I Got Better from OCD with Compassion, Help, and Hope

I can’t recommend Joanne enough to anyone who wants a professional, compassionate, patient, sensitive editor and designer. She also formatted my book beautifully and showed her incredible patience with my perfectionism for the book covers. I really didn’t know what I wanted, and Joanne stood by me with all 51 cover designs. I mean, that’s loyalty! She also has the gift to truly hear your voice in words you write and make them even better. My memoir and self-help book is intended to help all those who suffer from mental illness and, because of Joanne’s help and guidance, this will come true. She is extremely personable and has a contagious laugh that will put you right at ease. It did for me. I looked forward to our remote sessions, and I now have my first book published. Thank you, Joanne, for your talent and kindness. Because of you, I can confidently call myself an author.

Jan Baumgartner, Moonlight in the Desert of Left Behind

Joanne came highly recommended by a fellow author and colleague, and, after seeing his book, there was no hesitation in hiring Joanne. I couldn’t have been more pleased. My book turned out exactly as I had hoped—better—and her designs for both cover and interior were exactly what I had described for the look and feel that I wanted to be represented in the book. Professional, fast, accurate, creative; it was a rewarding experience, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Joanne in the future.

Other items of interest …

Backpocket Crosswords

PRODUCTS: We have several products for sale, including a crossword puzzle book.

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

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.