Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed

Do you want to SELF-PUBLISH your book or need help preparing your manuscript for submission to a PUBLISHER?

Do you need editing and design assistance for your BUSINESS TEXT, including blogs, websites, and proposals?

Would you like an EVENT BOOK, with stories and pictures, to mark the moment of your favorite occasion?

We are a ONE-STOP SHOP, providing many SERVICES to make your book dreams 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!


Eat Light & Feel Bright

Rosalyn Kahn, Random Acts of Kindness Are Changing the World

I came to Joanne after a laundry list of other editors who just didn’t meet my requirements. Working with Joanne is working with a partner as part of your team. She will give you a leash to do your best, and then pull back the reins when things go off path. I always steered away from writing as the constant need to rewrite and revise was an arduous process. Joanne helped me through the difficulties till we were able to create a piece that not only fit the bill but was also something I could be proud of. I especially appreciated her insight in helping me arrive at the book cover and the contents that would grasp the reader and draw them in. If you want a true professional to help you fine-tune your craft, Joanne is the one you should choose.

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.