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Alphabetical list of all testimonials
  • April Joy Manger, Poemagery: Finding Inner Balance through Poems and Images

    My dream of publishing a third book of poems came true! I truly believe that people come into our lives for a reason. When I was introduced to Joanne Shwed in 2019, I knew my angels had something to do with it. Joanne completed the copyediting and design for my first two books, and I knew it was written in the stars to work together again for my third book. I can't thank Joanne enough for all her support. Now we are working on my fourth book of poems!


  • Glenda Benevides, Courage: Find Your Fire and Ignite Action in Your Life

    Joanne was a godsend! Her work and professionalism were extraordinary. She was very clear, methodical, and patient. This was my first book, and she made it seem effortless on so many levels. Not having worked with an editor before, I didn’t understand all the necessary ins and outs of what to think about and what to do, but she helped me through them. Thank you, Joanne! It was an incredible journey, and she was the right person to do it with. I am thankful for her sincerity, kindness, compassion, creative mind, and guidance.


  • Sandra Hughes, Reinventing Your Life: Your Guide to Finding Fulfillment in Starting Your Business and Reinventing Your Life Workbook: Your Guide to Finding Fulfillment in Starting Your Business

    Joanne is a highly skilled editor and publishing services provider and a lot of fun to work with. She makes sure that any changes are still in your voice and consistently offers suggestions that improve the overall effect you are trying to achieve—whether in the content or in the physical appearance of your book. She possesses a tremendous attention to detail and guides you at every stage of development. I highly recommend Joanne.


  • Matt SchlegelTeamwork 9.0: Successful Workgroup Problem Solving Using the Enneagram

    I would like to recommend Joanne Shwed of Backspace Ink Editing and Publishing Services. As a first-time author, I appreciated Joanne’s soup-to-nuts service. I came to her with a manuscript and wanted help with proofreading, layout and cover design, and publishing. She guided me through this process expertly and delivered results in a timely manner. She patiently explained each step in the process, setting and meeting expectations at each step. I appreciate her professionalism and communication as she kept me abreast of progress at all stages. In both proofreading and layout design, Joanne’s attention to detail stood out. She provided comprehensive notes for me to review while leaving me with editorial discretion. Joanne also handled coordination with the illustrator, cover designers, and e-book designers, which saved me a great deal of time. I’m very pleased with the outcome and just that much more proud of the book with Joanne’s valuable contributions. Whether a first-time or veteran author, I recommend you engage with Joanne to support your efforts.


  • April Joy MangerThe Garden Path to My Heart: Finding Inner Light through Poetry

    Joanne Shwed is the guiding light for self-publishing a book! The journey of publishing a book with Joanne is heavenly. This is my second book with Joanne. The book turned out beautiful! As we worked through the design of the book, she provided excellent advice and kept the project moving forward. Now I am working on my third book for this series, and I am looking forward to working with her again. My dream of publishing a trilogy of poetry is coming true.


  • Dr. Tamiko Smith, MBA, Random Olives for a Fruitful Life: Life is a Treasure Hunt

    I would like to say that my journey in writing my book wouldn't have been complete without the expertise of Joanne from manuscript to full publication. The years invested in working with her made the experience joyful and triumphant. Thank you for hanging in there along my fruitful journey.


  • Melody LeBaron, Transforming Death: Creating Sacred Space for the Dying

    I feel so BLESSED that a friend of a friend recommended Joanne Shwed as my book editor and designer. When I heard that she’d edited Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s last book, I knew she was the right editor for me. I’ve worked on my book—about creating sacred space for the dying—for 18 years, in between client sessions and taking care of my family. It’s been such a long labor of love that I often wondered if it would ever get birthed. Honestly, if it hadn’t been for Joanne’s kind, consistent guidance and amazing expertise in the three years we’ve worked together, I’m sure I would have given up. It often took me months to finish rewriting a section and get it to her; she’d have the edited and polished version back to me in days. Once I showed up for one of our Zoom meetings feeling so discouraged; that’s the day I discovered Joanne’s delightful sense of humor. And did I mention her patience and kindness? YES, Joanne's book design, cover design, and proofreading skills are unequaled—and so are her people skills. Thanks to her suggestions, edits, and excellent work, I’m wildly proud of this book and SO VERY GRATEFUL for her guidance in the publishing process. Thank you, Joanne. You are the best Book Midwife ever. I could not have birthed this book without you!


  • Darryl Salerno, The Complete Agency Management Handbook: Your Guide to Greater Success and Profitability

    Joanne Shwed is an absolute pleasure to work with. She guided me through the process of producing my first book, helping me boil down forty years of management experience into a flowing work that I’m very proud of. She is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the development and completion of literature including the consistency of language, the proper use of images and graphics and the most effective way to publish and gain wider readership. She is very thorough and extremely responsive. Although I consider myself an advanced student of English, Joanne repeatedly suggested changes that made the text much better. Thank you, Joanne. I couldn’t have done it without you.