If you're looking for recommendations on editing, web design, book covers, and more, here is a list of some resources. The list isn't very long because we've only included people we've worked with on books by Ruth Meyer. In time we may add more recommendations from other authors, but we can personally vouch for each of these people and resources.
Sunset Rose Books
Yes, people do judge books by the cover, so you want to get a professional in this department. We highly recommend Suzie O'Connell at Sunset Rose Books. An indie author herself, she understands the publishing process and gave us advice on much more than book covers. She is a delight to work with, produces quality results, and is both prompt and flexible. Her options include both custom and pre-made covers to offer a variety of pricing packages.
There are so many types and phases of editing it's hard to know where to start. Editing can also be very expensive. That's where Abi enters the scene. She provides editing services that are both thorough and reasonable. She is encouraging and helpful even when providing correction. Unlike many editors, she doesn't have a six-month lead time, and once she starts a manuscript, she guarantees she will finish it within a month.
We've heard horror stories from indie authors on the formatting process, and this is another case where we'd rather leave it to the pros. Reveries Co. is a great choice. There are other people on the team, but we've only worked with Kellyn Roth, whom we highly recommend. Reveries actually offers a variety of services, from book covers to editing to web design to blog tour hosting. They're sort of a one-stop shopping experience. We have used them for a final proofread, interior formatting (for paperback and ebook), and blog tour hosting. Again, their prices are extremely reasonable, and Kellyn is professional and responds in a timely way to emails and questions.
The Busy Mom's Guide Box Set
It's daunting to know where to start with writing and publishing, especially with so much else going on in life. Jamie Foley and Angela Castillo know this firsthand, and they've written three books to help along the way. The Busy Mom's Guide to Writing, The Busy Mom's Guide to Indie Publishing, and The Busy Mom's Guide to Novel Marketing are full of good suggestions, doable time frames, and helpful checklists. We've met both Jamie and Angela in person, and their books reflect their down-to-earth personalities. The books are easy to read but packed with valuable information.
Every author wants a professional-looking website, but not every author has the time or expertise to make his or her own site. For us, it's worth the money to get it done right and not have to figure it out on our own. It's far less headache to get someone who knows what they're doing, and this way we have more time to devote to writing. Anthony Hessler, owner of Hessler Design, is an experienced web designer and developer who makes sure his clients get exactly what they're looking for. He designed both the Ruth Meyer Books author website and this one, in addition to designing the TruthNotes Press logo.