Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink


Backspace Ink offers a wide range of services to authors who want to self-publish their books.

Call 650.355.4640 or e-mail joski@backspaceink.com to request a complimentary estimate.

Let's make a book together!


As a first-time author, Joanne walked me through all aspects of self-publishing my children’s book. Having dyslexia, I experienced much ridicule in my early years and was told by my sixth-grade teacher that I could never be a writer. However, I must say, I could not have completed this book on my own. Joanne believed in me and in my story-book. I was thrilled that she took the time to coach me through the entire experience even when I doubted myself. She cheered me on, all the way from editing to the interior design to the cover design and then to completion of the self-publishing process. Joanne’s editing and publishing knowledge, skills, and reassuring personality were the magic I needed to make my children’s book a thrilling reality. Yes … a dream come true at my age of 73. Never stop believing in yourself. I’m so thrilled that Joanne has agreed to continue working with me on the sequel to my first book!

—Ella Reed, Sole-mate and the Hill Kids


► We hope you enjoy the below slideshow. Visit the Portfolio page for the complete collection. Click on the link below each image to see more information about that book.

Books from the Heart: 
Our Self-Publishing Journey

► Download your complimentary copy of Books from the Heart: Our Self-Publishing Journey today! You can also read more about this booklet on our Products webpage.



I've known and loved Joanne for years but was never sure I'd be able to work with her on my own book. Turns out I already had one, but I didn't consider it "valid" since I wrote it as a child. Joanne could have been a reporter! Before I knew it, I was sharing details about it, and she looked at me and asked, "So why don't you just publish it?" With that gentle prod, I realized there wasn't anything really stopping me, and Joanne was the first—and remains the only—person I trust to help me through the proofing, design, and publishing processes. She is transparent and communicative and clearly loves bringing stories to life and into reality. I owe her so much for asking me that one deceptively simple question.

—Brady Helkenn, The Edge of Annihilation