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Kate Lockhart

Kate Lockhart

San Francisco, California

Bestselling author Kate Lockhart is an integral coach, master diver, and photographer. Her books and podcast explore the science and practice of nature connection, helping us lead vibrant, meaningful lives.

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Described as a “willful,” gifted young girl whose first full sentence was “Me do!” bestselling author Kate Lockhart found a world of trouble while attempting to quench her inborn thirst for the extraordinary. Nerdy lunchtime sketching huddles with the roller coaster club (membership of two) turned into ill-prepared hiking expeditions to dizzying altitudes in inclement weather, psychoactive adventures with fellow misfits, and credit-card-funded backpacking trips to politically volatile countries. Kate’s quest for the highest highs had devolved in step with an unexceptional yet tragic progression—early trauma, childhood depression, and alcohol dependency before turning twenty. Despite achievements such as high honors in English Literature from UC Berkeley and a decade of professional editing and writing credits to her name, hers felt like the fate of millions.

Fortunately, Kate found the extraordinary—a true tonic made from one part sheer wonder in the natural world, two parts conscious mindfulness practice, with a healthy twist of loving community. Now a nature connection specialist, Kate is a certified integral coach, master scuba diver, and nature photographer. Her most recent book, The Rise of Awe, draws on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and her own story to encourage us to stop and reconsider life on Earth; to feel deeply without hiding; to connect to nature, ourselves, and each other. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Association of Professional Humane Educators. From her hometown of San Francisco, she writes books and hosts the podcast Awe in the Raw—all to explore the extraordinary that fills our everyday lives with wonder, humor, vibrancy, peace, and purpose. Connect with her at, especially if you have a hot tip on a new roller coaster.
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The Orbit of Awe

How the Interplay of Nature, Wonder, and Community Forms a World of Diversity, Peace & Belonging

Nature puts the ‘We’ in Awe. Never before has the call for diversity and union been so desperate. And never before has the answer been so simple...and natural.

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Now prescribed as ‘Vitamin N’ by doctors for afflictions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, obesity, and heart disease, nature connection is no longer a ‘nice to have’ option for bleeding hearts. It is medicine for a modern world. Its unavoidable side effects? Stronger communities built on diversity, empathy, generosity, happiness, and the cornerstone—awe.

Just as empirical research unveils nature’s health benefits, positive psychology is discovering the emotion of awe as an equally potent change agent. Under the influence of awe, time slows down, effectively carving out an uncommonly calm space where we think deliberately. Like an effortless meditation, awe graces us with mindfulness. This state seems to support prosocial behaviors—actions that smooth the interworking of peaceful community. People become more generous, empathetic, humble, and open-minded to new information and perspectives. In other words, awe promises to help us along the path toward a better version of humankind.

We also know that nature evokes the vast majority of our awe experiences. But the nature-awe synergy that creates wellbeing remains uncharted scientific territory—until now. This groundbreaking book asks trailblazers on the front lines of science, religion, and wilderness exploration their perspectives on awe and nature. Offering wildly different stories, Sierra Club backcountry hunters, world-class emotion and integral ecology researchers, urban spiritual leaders, high seas paddle boarders, NASA conceptual designers, and rural permaculture experts all reveal one surprising theme: belonging. Belonging or isolation, inclusion or exclusion, connection or disconnection. What we find is that nature leads to awe. Awe leads to mindfulness. Mindfulness leads to connection. And connection leads to us back to nature, to ourselves, and to each other. This is The Orbit of Awe. In its pages:

  • readers seeking deeper connections will reconsider who and what their community is, gleaning important insights to help strengthen bonds new and old.
  • stewards of the natural world will find cutting-edge science and practices to embolden their world-changing efforts.
  • everyone suffering from modern-day afflictions, both mental and physical, will reconsider what ‘treatment’ means and learn free, life-affirming techniques to heal themselves.

The Orbit of Awe sheds new light on the importance of nature and awe in human connection—not just between families and neighbors, but between communities historically divided by race, income, religion, and special interests. Never before has the call for diversity and union been so desperate. And never before has the answer been so simple, and so natural.


Chapter 1: A Veteran with PTS Wants to Take Congress Camping...and Vegans Hunting - Stacy Bare, Director of Sierra Club Outdoors
Finding community in nature could just be a major act of bipartisanship. All sorts of special interest groups need to come together - backcountry hunters and vegans, Republicans and Democrats, the privileged and the disadvantaged. The US relationship with natural spaces is filled with stories of racism, ignorance, and self-interest. Meanwhile, the people who use natural spaces seek them out to find healing from isolation, disconnection, and trauma. Isolation fuels destructive forces, such as addiction, racism, depression, and obesity. Meanwhile, belonging fuels hope, altruism, and diversity. At the crossroads of isolation and belonging, we can choose to accept and include wildly different worldviews to help protect the natural world that brings us so much healing.
Chapter 2: Is Awe the Secret Sauce of Nature Connection? - Michelle ‘Lani’ Shiota, PhD, University of Arizona
Nature is the the top elicitor of awe, and awe is promising to be a major player in supporting connection between people and nature. Here we learn what this complex emotion is, what it does to our physiology and mental states, why humans may have evolved to experience it, and how we can find it in nature to strengthen community-building, prosocial behaviors. We also learn a lot about what we don’t know.
Chapter 3: Saving the World Requires Taking a Worldview - Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, PhD, Author of Integral Ecology
Awe promises to elevate our mindsets to a universal worldview. Integral Ecology says that a universal worldview is critical for us to solve humankind’s catastrophic issues. We learn how taking an integral approach to understanding problems hinges on understanding the systems, cultures, behaviors, and psychology of humans and nonhumans alike. Doing so squelches violence, trauma, and prejudice, and leads to deep-community building across all beings of the planet.
Chapter 4: In The Beginning, a Big Bang Created the Heavens and the Earth - Jakada Imani, Spiritually-Rooted Consultant at The Management Center
Racism has created a culture of violence and addiction. Religion and spirituality often come to the aid of oppressed cultures, both for healing and as a powerful weapon to form community and combat oppression--as did the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. But organized religion delivers a sense of awe that promotes hope and belonging, it has often failed its duties, too. The lines between religion, spirituality, and science have blurred as people find awe in all three. This creates hope, belonging, and diversity.
Chapter 5: The Museum of Awe Dwells within Us All - David Delgado, Designer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Science has always been a source of wonder and awe, especially when it comes to space. When people contemplate the universe, they want to protect it because they see they are part of it. Its vastness is nearly incomprehensible, however, and that poses a major challenge for those who wish to convey its grandeur to the uninitiated and spread the message that the planet is worth protecting. What if large-scale exhibits popped up all over the planet that accomplished this by presenting the awesomeness of the cosmos? This is where The Museum of Awe comes in. It redefines community as a cosmic one.
Chapter 6: Awareness & Interrelationships as the Ultimate Act of Revolution - Will Scott, Director of Weaving Earth
Deep nature connection is about creating true community through the wonder of nature. It’s a practice gifted by native cultures such as the Lakota Sioux, who believe that wonder and awe arrive on the wings of silent observation, a good question, and a well-told story. Each of these elements deepen connection--between people young and old, their true selves, and the natural world. Learning about colonization of native cultures, the importance of intergenerational connection, as well as animal tracking, bird language, nature games, and permaculture can act as powerful conduits to creating a world of diversity and vitality.
Chapter 7: Barefoot Badass on the High Seas - Jules Gismondi, Director of Programs at SeaTrek
Wonder always calls for adventure, and nature provides the backdrop for the greatest adventures of all. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can ride the extreme edge of awe-seeking as they take their bodies, minds, and nature’s currents to the edge of possibility. Long distance stand up paddle boarder tells of her journey from Manhattan to Miami Beach and sheds light on the ironic but common drive to seeking community through the solitude of nature.

Chapter 8: Exploration Is the Gateway Drug to Kindness - Tom Rockwell, Director of The Exploratorium
Exploration is the backbone of the human experience, motivated by questioning, wonder, and awe it leads to adventure and innovation. Running a world-class science museum dedicated to exploration also engages the local community, creating a reciprocal spirit of generosity of giving. From free outreach programs to donations to volunteerism, exploration and wonder inspire people toward kindness and inclusiveness.
Chapter 9: Awe is Not Just for Fuzzy Girls feat. Jennifer Stellar, PhD, University of Toronto
Kindness, inclusiveness, generosity all relate to humbleness. In a world that has a growing problem with narcissism and cataclysmic self-interest, humbleness could be a key characteristic needed to see prosocial behavior prevail. What could make one more humble than the epic vastness of the universe? Positive psychology research that uses nature as an elicitor of awe is showing that humbleness could be one of the direct effects of awe on those who experience it. It is also proving that focusing on the positive aspects of human nature--such as compassion, gratitude, or awe--is not just fuzzy science for girls, it’s an approach that could just save the world.

Chapter 10: Shark & Awe - Monique Fallows, APEX Shark Expeditions

Awe can expand our minds and allow us to foster the positive, prosocial qualities required to solve today’s deeply troubling issues. And no experience can feel more positive, more prosocial than love. When wonder opens our minds, it opens our hearts, too, forming enduring romantic and familial bonds alike. Familial relationships between humans and nonhumans create an unending feedback loop of wonder and love...even when the nonhumans are great white sharks.


This book appeals to an audience that is 90% female, but it strives to engage people of every gender. Readers are almost evenly distributed across all age brackets between 18-65+, with a slight majority between 30-60 years old. The strongest interest appears to come from Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, with high engagement from countries such as France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, and Kenya. They often read nonfiction books and donate to environmental and liberal political organizations. They show demonstrated interest in organizations such as the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Animal Legal Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, authors such as Joanna Macy, Edward Abbey, Mark Coleman, Gretchen Rubin, Brené Brown, E.O. Wilson, and many more. In addition, they also have demonstrated interests in animal rights, ecopsychology, mindfulness, meditation, outdoor recreation, happiness, success, health and wellbeing, empathy and compassion, and personal/spiritual development. They actively seek out courses, seminars, and other resources to improve their personal and professional lives. Most work in helping professions, academia, and non-profit organizations, creative fields, sustainable entrepreneurship, or are homemakers or retirees. They span the gamut of middle class socioeconomic standing, from working class to white collar. 

Many suffer from or have family and friends who suffer from addiction of all types, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, heart disease, and/or obesity and are looking for novel solutions to these problems that use more holistic approaches than the medical community has traditionally used. They care about diversity and the fate of the planet, and while they overwhelmingly feel that society is going in the wrong direction, they remain hopeful as they search for tools to make a better life for themselves and their families.

People are hungry for connection and community more than ever before. But they may not even know it. Instead, they may be suffering silently with its associated afflictions. Related monthly online searches demonstrate this. Searches for the word ‘Community’ number 11,550 on Amazon / 165,000 on Google. Hovering just above the search for ‘Community’, are the equally searched for topics ‘Anxiety’ (14,545 Amazon / 201,000 Google) and ‘Depression’ (14,701 Amazon / 201,000 Google). Compare these stats to our nation’s fixation and $60 billion-dollar industry, ‘Weight Loss’ (15,554 Amazon / 90,500 Google). All three well surpass it, as do ‘ADHD’ (9,755 Amazon / 135,000 Google), and ‘PTSD’ (9,520 Amazon / 135,000 Google). Happiness (4,708 Amazon / 60,500 Google) and Alcoholism (4,570 Amazon / 60,500 Google) do not trail far behind.

Regardless of where the most interest is between these various topics, the good news is that nature connection, as described in The Orbit of Awe, is proving to address all of these issues: it decreases depression, anxiety, addiction, overweight, and symptoms of PTSD and ADHD while it strengthens community and brings happiness to its collaborators.



  • Facebook Page likes - 2,632
  • Email subscriber list - 1,118
  • Podcast subscriber - platform launching mid-September
  • LinkedIn - 617
  • Personal email database, 150
  • Author website with blog, podcast transcripts/show notes, and comments section


  • October 2017 - Staring regular column in


  • Pre-order campaign through Publishizer to get 250 engaged fans. This audience will receive early content, have the opportunity to have a say in edits and quotes used throughout the book, increasing their connection with the book and support in sharing upon launch.

  • Nature-Based Business Network - Over 25,000 active members
  • Cosmos Co-op - Member of active online community
  • 8 Shields Village Talk - Deep Nature Connection experts converge monthly to discuss news & best practices
  • Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Alumni - 500+ alumni connected in FB group and local events
  • Society of Environmental Journalists - Member of active online community
  • Associate of Humane Professionals - Member of active online community

  • Ayrial Talk Time Podcast - August 2017
  • Sustainable Business Podcast - September 2017
  • Wisdom of the Whole International Coaching Conference, Rochester MN - Sep 2017
  • Infinite Conversations Podcast - October 2017
  • Exploring the Well Podcast - November 2017

  • Awe in the Raw podcast, weekly episodes that mirror book chapters and narrate author’s process of research and writing the book

  • Running regularly monthly FB ads ($250+ budget)
  • Running FB and Instagram Ads directly to Nature-Based Business Network


While the books listed below fall into different categories/subcategories, they all share these things in common with my books: 

They all draw from an interdisciplinary well of history, psychology, science, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us. They are relatable but authoritative, desultory but thematic, at times humorous but deeply important. And here is how they differ:

Comp Title: Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown

Main Characteristic(s): Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: Like DG, TOOA draws on author’s personal experiences and cutting-edge social science to help readers. However, TOOA focuses on interviews with trailblazers in the field that present research and philosophies in illuminating ways and from various perspectives. Instead of getting one researcher’s perspective, we get ten different ones all filtered through the lens of an enthusiastic and professionally trained writer. 


Comp Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Main Characteristic(s): Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: The format of using various people’s stories with ground-breaking research makes Quiet similar to TOOA. Yet it focuses specifically on introverts, whereas TOOA includes the experience of introverts, and many other types, within a larger scope of what it means to belong and how we can find solitude and wellbeing within that. TOOA also takes a more lively approach that appeals to those looking to be enlightened, encouraged, and entertained all at once.


Comp Title: Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, by Brené Brown

Main Characteristic(s): Redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: The topics are incredibly similar, as they both focus on belonging and authenticity as being necessary to psychological wellbeing. BTW approaches this topic as a direct self-help book based on research and personal anecdote, whereas TOOA uses source interviews with experts and experienced individuals to provide an inspirational solution via nature.


Comp Title: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Main Characteristic(s): Uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers’ capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. It explores innovative treatments—from neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga—that offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal—and offers new hope for reclaiming lives.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: TBKTS has a similar spirit to TOOA, in that it looks to mind-body aspects to healing from trauma and reclaiming our lives within the context of being in relationship to others. It draws on various approaches, as does TOOA, but TOOA looks specifically at how nature plays an integral role in these mind-body processes, and makes the case that community is part and parcel of a thriving self, community, and planet. 


Comp Title: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben

Main Characteristic(s): Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: THLOT is an interdisciplinary romp through the natural world, shedding light on the culture and perhaps sentience of previously disregarded living beings. This also describes TOOA, but TOOA diverges in its scope when it includes humans and animals into the conversation about how to achieve vital lives, of all forms.


Comp Title: A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

Main Characteristic(s): Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: ASHONE is a rambling ode to curiosity, just as is TOOA. They both draw from wildly diverse disciplines and talk directly to the movers and shakers in those fields. However, TOOA makes no promise to explain everything, or nearly everything. It seeks to reveal the untapped power of the natural world to bring community and wellbeing into primacy. 


Comp Title: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, by Dalai Lama

Main Characteristic(s): Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. 

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: Clearly, nothing can quite compare to the Dalai Lama. However, TOOA takes the approach of mindfulness vis-à-vis nature to address diverse topics as does TAOH. Immersed with scientific research, it aims to bring hope to readers. TOOA, however, does not assume to offer advice and life hacks--it instead makes the case for coming together to protecting nature and ourselves.


Comp Title: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan

Main Characteristic(s): Brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices that asks questions for which the answers may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: Just as TOD has done for food, TOOA aims to change the way we look at the natural world and its admiring fans. Both are in service to a healthier planet. TOOA, however, looks at the biggest afflictions known to humans to make this point, and uses individual interviews with diverse people as the format. 


Comp Title: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell

Main Characteristic(s): Challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: TOOA also aims to challenge how readers think about the important topics of our day, including discrimination, loss, and challenge. It also draws on various research to do this, but again, it takes a different tack by presenting the book with interviews that turn the lens to the natural world.


Comp Title: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing, by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Main Characteristic(s): Uses personal stories to explain what happens to the brains of children exposed to extreme stress and shares their lessons of courage, humanity, and hope. Only when we understand the science of the mind and the power of love and nurturing, can we hope to heal the spirit of even the most wounded child.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: While incredibly similar in format of various people’s stories regarding trauma, stress to make a case for humanity and hope, the tone of TOOA is more exploratory and can even be humorous at times as it digs specifically into how nature and community play a central role in these dynamics. 


Comp Title: The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction Is Not a Disease, by Marc Lewis

Main Characteristic(s): Combining clearly rendered scientific explanation with insight, compassion, and even humor, Lewis boldly challenges us all to re-examine our approach to addiction, and whether the metaphors we've used to explain it have now become obstacles to healing.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: While both books build a conversation about addiction around scientific findings, the main difference here is that TOOA seeks to reveal successes of overcoming addiction through nature connection. It does this through source interviews, and covers other ailments beyond addiction.


Comp Title: Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, by Maia Szalavitz 

Main Characteristic(s): Combining Maia Szalavitz's personal story with a distillation of more than 25 years of science and research, Unbroken Brain provides a paradigm-shifting approach to thinking about addiction.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: The story-telling and level of research in TOOA is on par with UB, but its scope differs; TOOA looks at how nature and community can inform addiction treatment, while UB looks at how autism and learning disorders can be used to understand addiction. 


Comp Title: The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan

Main Characteristic(s): Weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: TBOD takes an unconventional approach to elicit the reader’s empathy for the natural world, and TOOA does this as well. They both use intriguing stories and accessible research to do this, but clearly, they do it for different effect. TOOA is looking to inspire people to engage with each other through nature as a means of healing all. 


Comp Title: Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, by Wallace J. Nichols

Main Characteristic(s): Reveals the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

How The Orbit of Awe Differs: BM echoes the format, tone, and subject matter of TOOA. TOOA differs in that it focuses on all of the natural world, from the ocean to the forests and mountains to urban backyards and African elephants. It also takes a more inspirational, provocative approach rather than the direct self-help approach that BM veers toward.

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We offer publishing-house-quality manuscript editing, cover design, interior design and layout, proofreading, eBook formatting, author websites, and book marketing assistance, to help you produce a beautiful, market-ready book. Then we'll help you obtain printing and distribution in your name, with 100% of the proceeds from retailers paid directly to you.

Work with us, and you'll retain complete control of the creative process, your design files, and your revenue stream. Your book will be distributed worldwide in about three months.

A full-service package for books 50,000 words and is just $6,572. All we need from you is a completed manuscript. Services are customized to your exact needs.

You can find the prices for all our services here:

Is it worth it? Click the links below to view our cover and interior design samples and customer reviews to decide for yourself:

If you would like a custom quote, please email your completed manuscript to and let us know which services you need. Don't worry; we won’t share your manuscript with anyone else.

Questions? We'll be happy to talk to you!

At 1106 Design, we love helping authors create great books! We hope to hear from you soon.

Michele DeFilippo

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Atmosphere Press logo Atmosphere Press

Atmosphere Press is an independent full-service publisher for books in genres ranging from non-fiction to fiction to poetry to children's picturebooks, with a special emphasis on being an author-friendly approach to getting a book into the world. We're professional, honest, and kind.

Here’s what we stand for:

Honesty: because our mission is to be author-friendly, that means always giving honest advice about the ins and outs of the authorial life. We are dedicated to sticking by one of our founding precepts: “if I were the author, what would I want to know?”

Transparency: publishing is rife with dodgy behavior, from predatory vanity presses who promise the moon to traditional presses who make book changes without the author’s permission. We’re dedicated to letting you see the wizard behind the curtain, so you can rest easy that everything’s on the up and up.

Professionalism: with decades of combined years of writing, editing, designing, and publishing experience, our staff knows the ins and outs of the industry, and will be responsive and helpful. And of course, we will only publish books that truly contribute something wonderful to the world.

Kindness: as an author-friendly press, we take the word “friendly” seriously. A good publisher shouldn’t be just a business partner, but should be full of people you’d want to invite to dinner. Whether it be making a good joke or allaying your worries about being an author, kindness is our hallmark.

Making Your Book Awesome: we really can’t settle for anything less. We want our authors and their readers to be blown away when they first hold that book in their hands. It needs to look good inside and out, and feel good to the touch. And, of course, the words need to be top-notch, and our editors are devoted to making that the case.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Authors Unite logo Authors Unite

Become a successful author, impact millions of people with your book, and dent the universe.

Check out our latest book launch here >

Learn how we work with our authors here >

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Mind & Body, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Bookmobile logo Bookmobile

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bookmobile provides book printing, graphic design, and other resources to support book publishers in an ever-changing environment. Superior quality, excellent customer service, flexibility, and timely turnarounds have attracted nearly 1,000 satisfied clients to Bookmobile, including trade houses, university presses, independent publishers, museums, galleries, artists, and more.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Happy Self Publishing logo Happy Self Publishing

We have helped 250+ authors to get their books self-published, hit the #1 position in the Amazon bestseller charts and also establish their author website & brand to grow their business. And the best thing is, we do all this without taking away your rights and royalties. Our publishing packages start at $699! Let's schedule a call to discuss the next steps in your book project:

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Momosa Publishing logo Momosa Publishing

Momosa Publishing is a family- and veteran-owned custom publisher in Hellertown, PA. We work with expert authors and visionary brands to bring their books to life.

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Children Fiction, Christian Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Mythology & Folk Tales, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Women's Fiction, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Children Non-Fiction, Christian Non-Fiction, Coloring Books for Grown-Ups, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Communication Skills, Corporate Culture, Crafts & Hobbies, Creativity, Current Affairs, Economics, Education, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Humor & Entertainment, Illustrated Books, Journalism, Management & Leadership, Marketing & Sales, Mindfulness & Happiness, Money & Investment, Motivation & Inspiration, Nature & Environment, Parenting, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Philosophy, Politics & Social Sciences, Popular Science, Productivity & Time Management, Psychology, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Sex & Relationships, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel, YA Non-Fiction


PRESStinely logo PRESStinely

At PRESStinely our most paramount purpose as a publishing service organization is to partner with authors and entrepreneurs to bring their creative projects to life. Deciding to be an author is terrific; determining to be a published author is impressive; deciding to properly write, edit, design, market and launch your book is a must. Collaboratively, we strategically move through the publishing process ensuring mistakes are avoided and the end product is not only a book you are proud of but will be used as a tool to build your brand.

Partnering with PRESStinely means you as the author retain all creative control, all future revenues from your book. Our approach is simple -1 - Partner with authors and entrepreneurs to guide them through the entire publishing process. 2 - Customize every package offered to fit each client's needs. Pricing for our partner services vary from $500 USD - $7,500 USD. 3- Provide the vision, skills, and tools necessary to ensure success. When our clients succeeds, we succeed. 4 - Identify gaps and opportunities to build a brand efficiently. 5 - Become our client's “right hand” and bring their creative vision to life.

You should spend as much time publishing and marketing your book as you did writing it, together we will leave a mark on the world.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Publish Monster logo Publish Monster

Get your ebooks into the biggest stores and keep the 100% of your royalties. Amazon, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, Nook by Barnes & Noble and more.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


Xlibris logo Xlibris

At Xlibris, we provide authors with a supported self-publishing solution from our comprehensive range of publishing packages and associated services. Publish and distribute your book to a global audience in classic black & white, dazzling full-color, paperback, hardback, or custom leather bound formats, plus all digital formats.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel


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