Welcome to Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed at Backspace Ink

Joanne Shwed

Our first book project in 1978 was to edit What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles—one of the most well-known and successful self-help books on the market. Since then, we have edited and designed 150+ books.

During the production of your book, 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 my knowledge and experience, but, in the end, you will always have the final word.

Call 650.355.4640 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 do the rest!

ALL TESTIMONIALS

• John Felitto, The 90-Day Game and The 90-Game Playbook

What are you looking for? Support in development, shaping your work, expressing yourself with clarity? Someone who is attentive to detail, organized, efficient and timely? One who brings creative design capabilities? Is it important for you to know where you are on your budget throughout the project? Amazingly, Joanne Shwed is one consummate professional who delivers it all. 

• Dennison DeGregor, The Customer-Transparent Enterprise

Joanne’s attention to detail is beyond that of mere mortals. Joanne took a very complex manuscript, which I butchered during my first draft, and ironed out the wrinkles like a freshly starched and ironed shirt. My book introduced a new business paradigm to industry and the amount of standardization required to get the terminology consistent was monumental. I’m framing my second book now, so I moved Joanne up to Number One on my speed dial.

• Kenetia Lee, Fearless Beauty: A Woman’s Guide to Living Bold, Beautiful and Free

Joanne is absolutely amazing. I have never spent better money. She gave me great feedback every step of the way and made my words sing on paper. I am forever grateful for her skill of editing, which truly helped me feel confident in my own writing. It was through her that I could actually hear my own voice. She is a resource that I will continuously use.

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

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.