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Where to start? I decided several years ago that I wanted to do a children’s picture book about my special needs grandson. The writing of the text was not difficult – it just seemed to come to me. Everything else, not so much. It took me two years to get the nerve to actually show it to someone and ask for an opinion. Of course, I am an unknown author, so getting an agent was totally out of the question. I knew of Ingram Spark and decided that I would self-publish. I set up an account on their website. Easy enough right? Now what? I panicked!
I looked at their “experts” and contacted 1106 Design. I really cannot remember why I initially chose them, though I do know that I wanted someone in the United States. I have NEVER regretted my decision. From the very beginning, they have been welcoming, informative, kind and supportive. I have worked with Michele, Carol, Ronda, (soon with Jerome) and I think others and I apologize if I am omitting anyone.
They are always responsive and helpful – and I have needed a LOT of help. This whole process has been totally out of my comfort zone. The whole thing took a little longer than I initially anticipated, through no fault of 1106 Design, and they were there with me the whole time.
My children’s book is ALMOST there. It has been proofed and (I think) soon to be ready for printing and distribution.
I think that Michele and the gang think they are soon to be through with me, but I am not sure that is the case. I will still need guidance and assistance.
Thanks for your kind words, Beth. We understand that book publishing is a new venture for most of our clients, and we're always happy to help before, during, or after work on the book is complete. Ask us anything, any time! We think your book is great on many levels. It will help increase understanding and hopefully reduce the instances of unkindness that special needs children endure. Great job!
When it comes to interior book design, you can’t ask for a more creative, skilled, and professional team than 1106 Design.
My experience working with 1106 Design was top-notched from beginning to end.
1106 Design came highly recommended by my book coach: “An excellent full-service company.”
I was not disappointed; they lived up to my expectations—no question.
One great thing about 1106 Design is that they spelled out the purpose of each decision during the design process.
Another great thing was the speed of their responses to my “many” questions. They stayed in constant contact with me and always delivered each phase of the design process as promised and on time.
What is the result?
Thanks to 1106 Design I have a beautiful interior book design that is a work of art.
Thank you, Rosa! We enjoyed working with you very much. Best of luck with your book!
I was unsure about who I'd trust publishing my book and looked hard and carefully about where to go. A friend recommended 1106 Design and I'm grateful that she did. I was introduced to 1106 by Michele and then worked predominantly with Ronda. I don't know that I was an easy client. My book is so personal—partly about the death of my son—so I considered it sacred ground and I felt protective. I also had a budget that I was pushing to the max. Because of some changes, the final cost was more than I'd originally planned for, but would I do anything differently? No. I knew I wanted my book to be the best it could be. I'm so proud of "Sooner Than Tomorrow: A Mother's Diary About Mental Illness, Family, and Everyday Life" and how the book turned out. The internal and external designs are perfect (IMHO) and the book looks SO professional. I think it's beautiful! It's getting all 5-star reviews on Amazon and I'm beginning to get invitations to speak at conferences. So Michele and Ronda, thanks for all the hard work—together. I think we made a good team. I hope you think so, too.
P.S. I want to acknowledge and thank the editor at 1106 who reviewed my book. I found his edits to be insightful and sensitive. I felt like he understood what I was trying to say.
Hi Dede. Thanks so much for your heartfelt review. We're gratified that you're very happy with the book. So are we. I'm delighted that you're getting great reviews on Amazon. That speaks to the content as well as the design, so you're right, we did make a great team. Best of luck going forward!
To those considering retaining 1106 Design: I had a fabulous working relationship with Michele and those assigned to my book. Quick turnaround on all phases of the process.
And in particular: I compare my book, OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD, with other self-published books and there is no comparison. Mine could have been published by Scribner’s, 1106 did such a great job with the cover and interior design. Just go to the Amazon page for my book, where you can see the cover, and "Look Inside" the paperback version of the book to see for yourself what the interior design looks like.
And anyone who wants to get the benefit of my experience as a self-published author, feel free to contact me via the Contact page of my book's website: AlandMickForte.net
And, by the way, WHERE'S ... ELI?—book #2 of the Al and Mick Forte crime fiction series—will be in 1106's hands to handle by the end of the summer.
Thanks for the fine review, Alex. It was a blast to work with you. I "recognized" you in "Occupational Hazard" and look forward to the next book in the series.
Not my first rodeo in the book business. This is my six title and the third designed by Michele and company. How much praise can one heap on a first-class design team without sounding repetitive, if not redundant? Not enough! The people at 1106 are creative, knowledgeable, responsive, patient, tactful (as in, newsflash Hemingway — author turned Indie does not often equal bestseller), resourceful, digitally hip, and just plain Arizona-charming, veranda-friendly on the telephone. Did I say creative? Yeah. I put it first because it matters the most. Creative is the wow factor in book design — what invites a reader to take a closer look, maybe flip the book, maybe open it. Maybe read.
Special kudos to Ronda, who is on the front lines of the daily and gritty battle of book design decisions and details. Frankly, I don’t know how she commands so many recruits, or how she dares to check her inbox every morning. Thanks, Ronda, for all you do.
Thanks for the kind review, Mark. Ronda is a gem and I know she'll appreciate your special praise. We love working with you because you, too, are nice and you allow us to be creative!
I found 1106 Design through a review done online of the top 100 self-publishers. They were right at the top of the list, and so I gave them a call. From the first call, I knew I had chosen the right place. I worked mostly with Brian, Ronda and occasionally Michele. Everyone is so pleasant and professional. You do not need ANY prior knowledge to start as they walk you through and hold your hand during the entire process. It is seamless. I have and will recommend 1106 Design to any and everyone looking to self-publish. It was so much more than I ever expected. Wonderful, wonderful experience. My book is called "The Way to Peace." It has been touched by angels all the way through the process. Thank you so much for everything!
Thank you, Michelle, for the great review. We enjoyed working with you very much. Your book offers the perfect solution to stressful days and it deserves a spot on nightstands everywhere. Good luck!
When I decided to independently publish my book I wanted it to look professional: the cover, editing, book design, right down to the smallest detail. I found 1106’s ad in the Independent Book Publishers Association journal and, from the start, I knew I was in good hands. Michele, Ronda, Doran and Anita helped me create a book that I was proud of. They are set up to communicate on-line but a couple of times I wanted to talk to them directly and they always responded and answered my question promptly. The best part was that they always knew the next step in the process so I simply followed their direction and completed each task with confidence. My book, Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why My Family Chose Hospice is for sale on Amazon and other online retailers and people are buying them! I can’t recommend 1106 highly enough. They are the best!
Thank you, Kathleen, for writing such a nice review. It was a pleasure to work with you. We hope your book brings much-needed comfort to many others at life's most difficult time.
I just published my fifth novel in five years with the guidance and counsel of the true professionals at 1106 Design, and I couldn't be more pleased. Working with Michele, Ronda, and Brian has been a very positive experience once again. They are very knowledgeable, extremely courteous and patient, and are dedicated to creating a final book that I am proud of. Trust them with your literary efforts. You'll be pleased that you did.
Thank you, Stuart! We love designing your books and reading them, too!
Everyone at 1106 Design did a fantastic job. They were super responsive to my every question and concern, attended to details I didn't even know existed, and really provided peace of mind that we were following "industry standards" that would have taken me hours or days to research on my own without a traditional publisher. If I write another book, I definitely plan to use 1106 Design again. Overcoming Spiritual Myopia: A View Toward Peace Among the Religions: https://tinyurl.com/yd4g3u9m.
Thank you, Margaret. We enjoyed working with you and hope your book is a success.
I can honestly say, working with 1106 Design was nothing short of spectacular. The insight and advice the whole way through was appreciated. I am extremely satisfied with the final product and I will definitely be recommending them to anybody needing similar services. Thank you!!
Thanks for the great review, Melissa. It was our honor and pleasure to serve you. Your title, "Hope, Love, and Me" is an immense inspiration. I hope your book reaches many people and achieves the success it deserves.