As a fledgling writer, and not knowing much about the publishing world, I was indeed lucky to be associated with G and J Publishing as the company to bring some of my short stories to the world at large. The expense was minimal, and the finished product was professionally presented and edited. Holding the book in my hands was--and still is--a rare joy to behold. I could not be any happier with what they have done for me. I highly recommend G and J to anyone interested in getting their work published.
William Walz- MOSAIC
I'm more than pleased. It's been a delightful, frustrating, learning experience. I can honestly praise your professionalism and guidance throughout the project. I will add a note to that effect on my Website.
I await my copy of the finished book. It will be a pleasure to heft it, smell it and open it to see the published work. Thank you again for your patience and hard work. Jeff, special thanks to you for putting up with me through the cover design process -- you've created a winner.
Ted Tillotson- DEATHMAKER
I appreciate your response, you're so spot-on and a rare breed yourself, I knew that the first time we spoke on the phone. There was never a hint of doubt that my first venture into SP/POD should be handled by you and Jeff.
I wasn't a novice, nor a young author with "head-in-clouds" when I brought "Deathmaker" to your stable of novelists, but you guys were my leg-up to mount my steed of dreams. You launched my work to a level I knew was reachable. The rest, of course, was up to me, and I've learned how to make some of it work, and I'm gaining as I go.
If I had the resources, G&J would've published all of my novels. I'm reformatting the sixth with number seven in development. you put all that in motion and gave me the skill-set to carry on.
Because of you, Norma and Jeff, "Dragon Lair Books" became a reality and has enabled me to reach out to other hopefuls and give a little something back.
G&J may be a small SP/POD company, but it's clearly a Goliath among the many. I'll stand behind that anytime anywhere.
It was my pleasure to work with the editing team of G and J Publishing on my debut biographical novel, A Leaf on the Wind. They are attuned to the author, keen on producing perfection and the cover art was simply outstanding. As I hold my book in my hand and compare it to a traditionally published book, I see no difference in quality, formatting and presentation. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Sasha Petrova- A LEAF ON THE WIND
My experience with G and J Publishing was great! Having a negative experience with my first book, I entered this venture with some hesitancy, but the way Jeff and Gayle worked with me was fantastic. They responded quickly to my questions and concerns and walked me through the whole process. Gayle is a great editor and helped tailor the book to convey exactly what I wanted in the finished product. The way Jeff worked with me to get the cover we wanted was wonderful. As we worked together to complete this project, my initial concerns simply "Vanished!"
Darwin Reeves- VANISHED!
More About G and J Publishing
Jeff and Gayle Farmer started Omega Publications in 2002, now G and J Publishing, as a way to publish Gayle’s Y/A horse adventures. As a member of FanStory, an international writing and reviewing site, Gayle polished her skills, both in writing and editing, winning several contests and gaining mentorship from other talented writers, all of whom were happy to share their secret successes, ideas and expertise. We highly recommend that all aspiring authors check out FanStory.
It was at that time that Fred West, her literary mentor, discussed having us publish With Bowie at the Alamo, and before we knew it, our first outside book was in print. We’re delighted to say a hardcover copy of this book is on display at the Alamo site in Texas.
As with anything else, we had a learning curve. Jeff was tasked with cover design and learned to use a variety of graphics programs like Photoshop and Gimp. Our book covers have become a great success and he produces a variety of wonderful marketing material. Jeff customizes each cover and any associated marketing collateral for each book. We always try to illustrate a bit of the story line in our book cover design, giving each of our books a unique tailored look.
Jeff learned page set up, typography, and tracking and kerning to give our books a polished professional interior. He delved into website design, eBook set up, book distribution, record keeping and accounting. He's still getting the hang of social networking and he has never tweeted…not once. He hopes to make that his epitaph.
Now, after more than a decade, we have everything running smoothly. We launched our new website and changed our name to G and J Publishing in February of 2013. G and J Publishing is available today to craft your book with the same caring and attention to detail that we give to all our books.
Gayle remains a member of FanStory to this day, and over the years, as you will notice if you check the Books in Print tab, many different FanStory members have published with G and J.
She is Managing Editor for G and J and makes the original decision whether G and J will offer to publish a submitted ms. If she thinks the ms. is a fit, she matches up the author with one of our editors who specialize in the genre in question. Gayle encourages the author and editor to develop a warm working relationship that is fun, relaxed and compatible. The more simpatico the relationship, the better the results. Gayle loves to edit Y/A adventures, thrillers, mystery novels of all kinds.
The G and J editing staff has grown and we now have two dedicated editors serving our clients.
Norma Howell is known for her attention to detail, verifying facts and eliminating spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. She loves fast moving mysteries, romance, thrillers, certain eras of historical novels and vampires. Norma loves a good story, but she also enjoys non-fiction, and with her extensive medical background, she was an easy choice to edit the memoirs of a retired doctor, an assignment she is presently performing.
Jessica Caudel loves the middle children/YA genre. She teaches middle school and is excellent at keeping the genre on track, and watches for age-appropriateness of scenes for graphic violence, overt sexual themes or excessive crude language. She knows how the kids think, often commenting on a particular scene sure to tickle them. She also loves fantasy/SciFi, thrillers, mysteries and chic-lit. As an expert mariner, she would be an obvious match for editing a book where boating was a dominant theme.
In addition, we have freelance editors that specialize in poetry, spiritual books, Christian, New Age and non-fiction like cookbooks, travel logs or the compilation of family memories not meant for commercial sale.
No matter the author or the kind of project, we all start with the same questions or concerns.
Do I have the time and ability to get this project completed?
This is important. You can’t just hand your ms to someone and wait for the paperback to arrive. While there are no deadlines, so you can work around daily commitments, your editor will want prompt response from you should there be a question holding up further editing, such as a scene change or a large pov switch.
Do I really want to learn what it takes to do this myself?
CreateSpace is out there, and if you’re well-versed in publishing, you can do it yourself. Unfortunately, most cannot and their work looks like it, garnering ugly and hateful reviews on Amazon.
Would it be better to hire a professional?
We certainly think so, and not because we’re a POD. Just take a look at the junk turned out on the net, in eBooks and paperbacks that are barely readable. That author might have a great story, but if the reader can’t get past the bad writing, the story is lost.
How do I get my book published?
After checking around, you’ve picked us, we hope, and have moved on to the selection of your package. We highly encourage you to get the eBook feature because it is the wave of the future in publishing. It’s also available as an addition if you want to add it onto your package later, for the same $300.
What kind of marketing do I need?
Like anything else, the author’s finances are paramount. We believe our Marketing Director, Jen Gentry, will lead you on the path you can best afford. She’ll advise the individual on book signings, contests, getting reviews and interviews, working with Kindle on eBooks. She’s had good success with marketing her debut novel and is glad to share her achievements with our authors. It is a fact that the author makes the sales. Check our Marketing Page for in-depth answers and examples.
G and J Publishing is available today to assist you in publishing your book. Check out our Submission Page to get started or Contact Us with any questions you might have. Check us our, look over our work and then come home to G and J Publishing.
Our mission Statement is simple.
We offer each of our clients the same dedication, enthusiasm
and effort we give to our own work.
We will always handle your job in a fair and professional manner.
We feel the job isn't finished until you're satisfied.
We make your book the best it can be.