About Calling Card Books

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Our Mission and Vision

The Mission of Calling Card Books is to produce books that Educate, Inspire and Inform. Our Vision is that our books help the general welfare of the reading public by working with authors whose message can transform lives. Our authors are experts who can teach, preach and inform or people whose life story is inspiring and will make a difference in the lives of others when shared.

Our award-winning team can help you with:

Developmental Editing

We will read your existing pages, go over an outline or story idea, and do what it takes to help understand your goals. Just like a business, your book should have a Mission and a Vision.  Our C.E.O. brings a Corporate background in Analysis and Strategic Planning to play in the book writing business.  Together with you, we will define a target audience which dictates the style of writing.

We have over 20 years of writing experience in many genres: business writing, marketing and web content, journalism and even some fiction.  We’ve collectively earned awards and recognition for much of the content over the years. We’ll do developmental editing of existing pages or co-write with you to help develop a book that is read to the very last page and educates, inspires or motivates your readers for generations to come.

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Publishing

We are a full-service indie publisher. From quality content to the looks of your book, we can help get your title all the way from an idea to a finished book available to the reading public. We only select a few exciting titles to publish each year under the Calling Card Books name.

Our brand voice matters so we are choosy, but we can still help you find your way through the maze of publishing options to make your book available to readers. We are a small indie publisher, a proud member of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association through which we have a world of exceptional talent to help us help you make the best decisions for your needs. Educating writers is a passion here, even if we aren’t your publisher at the end of the day.

Book Design

We can make your book enchanting inside and out. From the front cover to the last page, your book will make an impact.

Our team has designed everything from complex, illustrated books to line-art heavy coloring books, We’re also no stranger to more traditional fiction and non-fiction book design, where we like to use chapter headings and graphic elements to make them stand out from the crowd.

Check out our book, All About Water – As Told by The Plumber Who’s Seen It All. That book required close collaboration between our graphic artist, Audrey, and our book designer, Kate, and they produced a beautiful book, with 53 illustrations. Our team loves a good challenge! We also worked with multimedia artist and author Daphne Stammer to convert her handmade book with over 30 watercolor illustrations of Clyde: The Cat That Came In From The Cold into a popular and beloved book for avid readers and cat lovers everywhere.

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Coaching and Workshops

Helping aspiring authors learn is icing on the book cake here at Calling Card Books. We have been there, done that and love to help make your journey as smooth and seamless as it can be. It’s difficult in one short “services” paragraph to go into the details of what coaching a writer/author involves.

Writing is a solitary task and two minds are often better than one. We can be your sounding board, your ‘don’t stop you can do it’ coach, your ‘how do I do this?” advisor and your ‘that will never work!” critic (who is not a friend or family member that you have to live with).

More Ways We Can Help and Support You

Ebook Conversion

We can develop and format your book into an e-book with flowable text.  Ebooks are a tricky thing to make right if you have any kind of illustrations, inserts, photos, charts, etc.

Web Design

Our talents don’t stop at books! We can help you develop a personalized author website or landing page for your book.

Photography

Need help with photos for your front cover or content for your chapters? Our talented team can photograph exactly what you need. We can also digitize your photos and art for book interiors.

 

Illustration

Our talented partner, SDSU Graduate Audrey Ly, can create beautiful, custom illustrations for your next book project.

Samples of Our Favorite
Coaching, Content Editing, and Design Work

 

Tyree: Artist of the South Pacific

By CJ Cook

South Pacific Dreams Publishing

Author Coaching and Content Edit

Congratulations to CJ Cook for winning two Benjamin Franklin Awards:

Gold award for Biography

Gold award for Cover Design: Large Format 

Lumi Finds Her Light

By Sandy Parker

Balboa Press

Author Support and Content Edit

Women and Heart Disease

By Dr. Jacqueline Eubany, M.D.

Createspace Independent Publishing

Author Coaching and Content Edit

Finding My Way to Freedom:
Escape from Communism

By Thomas K. Reiner, PhD

Kindle Direct Publishing

Research and Story Development

Culture to Color:

DeLand and New Smyrna Beach

By Bibi LeBlanc

Kindle Direct Publishing

Cover and Interior Design

Iphigenia Murphy

By Sara Hosey

Interior Design

Braxton's Century Website

J.R. Strayve Jr.

WordPress Website Design

Digital Capture

Sacramento Horseman's Association

Photo Album Dating 1940's to Present

Digitized photos to create digital album.

We also digitize watercolor or other forms of art. 

Proud Independent Book Publishers Association Member
Association of Publishers for Special Sales Member

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