Valley entrepreneur launches second business
With exponential growth in the popularity of self-publishing over the past few years, Sparkling Graphics owner Linda Graceffo has been hired by an increasing number of authors who need design for their book covers and inside pages.
With more authors asking for self-publishing assistance beyond her design work, Graceffo is pleased to announce the opening of her second company, The Writer Connection.
From ghost-writing or editing to page design and printing, The Writer Connection provides a 'turn-key' program customized to meet authors’ needs, using Graceffo’s expertise and that of a team of professionals whom she carefully chose to assist clients.
Services can also be selected on an 'a la carte' basis, including ghost-writing, proofreading, graphic design for covers and inside pages, assistance with printing, marketing the new book, and acquisition of the ISBN number for authors wanting retail sales. Photo restoration is also available.
Graceffo noted the diversity of the types of books she has encountered. Some authors with whom she has worked have written a memoir or family genealogy book, with a small print run, as gifts for family members. Others have written books for mass distribution through retail and online outlets such as Amazon.com. Other clients have contacted Graceffo to prepare manuals for training programs and to combine them with multi-media learning tools.
Specialty books include biographies, manuals and training materials, fiction, memoirs and biographies, Celebration of Life keepsakes, cookbooks and poetry.
The Writer Connection, located in Courtenay, works with authors of all experience levels with fiction and non-fiction material for traditional print, as well as e-books.
The company’s new website, www.SelfPublishingResources.ca, will help Graceffo reach beyond the local market in the growth of her business.
Graceffo is active in the Comox Valley business community, where she serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Business Network and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Comox Valley Home-Based & Small Business Association.