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 …

Products for Sale

Backpocket Crosswords

We have many products for sale, including crossword puzzle, poetry, art, and music books.

My 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

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.