Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed

Do you want to SELF-PUBLISH your book?

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

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!

• Darius Gottlieb, Love Poems & Other Elixirs

There are individuals you might spend years with who are barely a "hum" in ho-hum—

And then there are rare & astounding people like Joanne who virtually change your lives in hummingbird wings of a single expansive hour.

There are unremarkable & occluded days—as well as editors ordinary and editors absolutely extraordinary.

Just today I met Joanne, and clouds have parted to reveal a seated, iconic figure surrounded by dazzling light. She's holding an Unabridged Dictionary to Eternity.

I suspect it's Joanne of Backspace Ink. And I'm extra thrilled to be working with her!

Randy Peyser, Author One Stop

When it comes to editing, Joanne is a heavyweight. She is a superb editor. I trust Joanne with my clients’ manuscripts, knowing that when she works on a project for me, it is going to be done right and come in on time. She has high integrity and consummate skills. I trust her also with my clients who wish to self-publish. She is honest and does great work. Joanne receives my highest recommendation.

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.