When I first thought about starting my own publishing company, I had no idea of all the details and responsibilities which came with that decision. I had the simple dream that I was capable of releasing my own stories.
And I was.
What I didn’t bargain for was all the OTHER details that come with running a publishing company.
Production Set Up
And other things that came with getting an idea out of my head and into a finished, published book. Over the next three years I realized I could figure out MOST of the things I needed to do, but then I lucked out! I met my design manager, Shahbaz Awan, in early 2021 and our personalities, work ethics, etc. meshed perfectly so I decided to offer him the opportunity to work with Story Catcher Publishing. I’m so happy he accepted! Here’s a little more about Shahbaz:
Story Catcher Publishing’s design team manager, Shahbaz Awan, comes to us all the way from Pakistan. Shahbaz received a degree in Computer Engineering, but due to the pandemic, he wasn’t able to find employment in that field. In March 2021, he decided to transition into the world of book publishing to design his own website (www.ilayoutbooks.com) where he quickly began offering freelance services in cover design and formatting. He showed his knowledge and professionalism, handling a variety of projects, to quickly became Story Catcher Publishing’s design team manager. Shahbaz’ team of seven formatters and designers, one cover designer, and one illustrator also offer freelance project support for fiction, non-fiction, picture books, magazine design, or cookbook design in both eBook and print formats on many available printing platforms.
You can follow Shahbaz on Facebook (www.facebook.com/I-layout-Books-101811825653145) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/ilayoutbooks).
Then I found my lead illustrator, Nimra Junaid, in late 2021. Nimra is so talented and does hand drawn sketches that are later digitally colorized. She has brought four of Story Catcher Publishing’s picture books to life and we have plans for many more in the future! Here is more about Nimra:
Story Cather Publishing’s Illustrator, Nimra Junaid, also comes to us from Pakistan. Nimra joined us as our lead illustrator in the fall of 2021. As a child, Nimra was good at sketching. Her father encouraged her talent and made sure she had the right supplies to develop her skills. After receiving her degree in Fine Arts, she started her artist profession in 2007. In 2012, Nimra was chosen to participate in painting the World’s Largest Pakistan Flag and received a Guinness World Record certificate for her effort. You can see the record setting flag by clicking on https://youtu.be/6AzRvBycyZs. Nimra has completed several murals and ceiling oil paintings as well.
Nimra also offers freelance support to indie author projects with a variety of illustration styles to choose from. You can check out her portfolio at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aXTpXDzxssWPhT5vCxz-ZqjOvfqlu0Od?fbclid=IwAR0r44ED7GeajwRtsLaGKzsmeEj0LGvqwthSgZ7zwewrwbwNQXTt3-Rx_YI
You can follow Nimra on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nimra_junaid89 or connect with her for a freelance quote at Nimraa.email@example.com.
There you have it. Story Catcher Publishing’s design team of hard-working artists ready to help other writers on their own publishing journey! Check back next week to find out more about our expansion coming this Fall!
Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.
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