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How to Write Your Memoirs' by Ina Hillebrandt...Makes writing your life histories fun!
Don't bug 'em!
Gift Mom 'n' Dad!


Questions? Interested in publishing with Pawpress?
contact us.


Cover of book 'From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond, by Chester L. Richards.' Features a few of his adventures: a Minuteman Missile, white water river rafters in rough water, a sax player.

'Pawprints' by Ina Hillebrandt, purr-fect pet humor gift book to aMUSE kids and adults, age 6-106


'Of Politics, Ladies and Bagels,' by Gene Zahn


'Stories From The Heart,' by Footprints Writing Club members



'How to Write Your Memoirs,' by Ina Hillebrandt


Go East, Young Man, Go East, a wonderful memoir of the eary days of Saudi oil,by Alan Tichenor


Sensual Spirit, poetry and thoughts from the place where body and soul meet

Pawprints -- The Student Prints, curriculum guide for Pawprints Literac Plus

'The Angel Chronicles,' by J.K. Johnson, mystery and romance on another plane



Pawpress Books and Tools to aMUSE the Writer in You


Specializing in Memoirs, Humor, Fiction, Pet Tails, and Poetry


Pawpress Publishing Services for Authors

Indie Publishing at Pawpress ... since 2005

At Pawpress, our focus is on working with individuals and writing groups to help shape and/or complete a book or series of books. Ina's specialty in book development is coaching writers to "open the floodgates to memories long gone but not forgotten," and through InasWeirdPrompts™ to help authors write more creatively. We work with writers to get memoirs out to family and friends, and these and other genres out to the world. Part of our process involves Spoken Word with Music book launch events and ongoing appearances to spark sales.

Based on Ina's background both as a writer and corporate consultant, we also offer memoir/biography writing services to corporate and nonprofit CEOs.

In sum, we offer the services below to those wishing to publish using our imprint or preferring to set up their own Indie press.*

Coaching (help with writing or completing your book)


Scans (photos or other graphics)

Layout and design of interior of book

Cover design, including attention to marketing detail on front and back cover as well as spine

ISBN numbers (to be able to list in Books in Print, BIP, so that booksellers and readers around the world can find your book

Preparation of content about your book and you for listing in Books in Print; doing the actual uploads to BIP via our Pawpress account

Bar code (so that resellers can stock and sell your book)

Library of Congress (LOC) number and catalog description (content is accessible to librarians and booksellers around the world, helping them to place your book among their other titles appropriately, and helping establish your credibility as an author). Note: as an author of only your own book(s), you will be able to get a Library of Congress number, but not a detailed catalog classification

Prepress -- preparation of interior and cover for printer. Requires time and attention to much detail to insure layout, any graphics and copy are properly printed, at the right resolution, so that the look is professional

Overseeing of print production process, including going over proofs (you will also see proofs to be sure everything you wanted is as you wanted it)

Conversion for eBooks -- for Kindle and other eBook platforms.

Marketing and distribution: Even if you have been published by a large traditional publishing house, almost all authors find that not only do they have to spend time marketing to sell their books, they also have to spend money of their own.


At Pawpress, we will work with you to define potential audiences for your book. We will also produce, as noted above, targeted content for listing in BIP. In addition, your title will be made available to customers by and other online resellers, and eBooks for Kindle, iTunes and other eTailers. You will be represented by wholesaler Baker & Taylor and in some cases Ingram. We will be happy to talk with you about specialty markets if these are appropriate to your books. This could be an advantage to you in many respects over bookstore marketing -- if usually means buyers pay for your books outright, and there are no returns.  

We also will put your book up on our websites

"One sheet" -- this is a page used to promote your book in our catalog and at trade shows. You will get copies to hand out to your friends to help promote your book. We can also work with you to create bookmarks, postcards and other marketing items to help you sell.

Press release: we can produce press releases for you and you can send them or hire a PR person to do so, or we can do the whole process for you. This is a fee-based service, depending on your budget and needs.

* If you wish to publish under our imprint, we do require the following of potential self-published authors:


The book is a quality project, good concept, written well.

The book fits in with our titles...we might consider another category, but we prefer the books fit with the rather large number of categories Pawpress currently represents.

The author is committed to the project.

This means you are willing to print enough books to give you a chance of success in the market, which means some are reserved for promotion. Exact numbers can be discussed.

t also means you will put time, and if needed, budget into promoting your book. We have experience in marketing (Ms. Hillebrandt was a Fortune 500 marketing/strategic planning consultant for more than 20 years.)

You are willing to accept that the first run, which costs more than subsequent print runs, may well not net you any profit. Where you can look to generate income is in repeat runs.

The out-of-pocket costs that are not repeated include editing, design of both interior and exterior, costs to create BIP listing and Library of Congress designations, creation of original press release and design of collateral marketing materials such as bookmarks. Even setup fees at printers are much reduced and sometimes nonexistent on subsequent print runs, once the initial steps are completed in the first print run.

While it is true the the first runs don't usually net profit, we are very proud of first-time author J.K. Johnson, who has proved to be a dynamo at marketing her first, hardcover book. In its first few weeks after coming out, she sold several hundred copies, estimates a sizeable profit after all expenses, and a second trade paperback run in six months.

*The pros of selecting Pawpress for your book project

The founder and publisher of Pawpress is an author, Ina Hillebrandt, with an author's sensitivity and understanding of what you are going through in navigating the publishing waters.

Hillebrandt's own first book, Pawprints, achieved top seller status. The second in the series of collections of her students' works, Stories From The Heart, Vol. 2, was also named a bestseller by You Are Who You Eat: The Revolutionary New Cannibal Diet, won the IRWIN Award for Most Provocative Book of the Year and is in the Billy Ireland Library and Museum at OSU.

For our our newest book, From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist, Pawpress has teamed with Black Chateau, experts on marketing and PR. Author Chester L. Richards has appeared on a panel with other memoirists at Spring 2022 event, "Decoding His Story: Men Who Write Memoirs." He will be appearing in a second video, for Books That Make You, which has a sizeable following worldwide, as does TheBookFest. Other videos are in process and will be shown on his site and YouTube Channel. Social Media is being developed for book launch June 21, 2022. His photo and book cover appeared on the Nasdaq Billboard at Times Square in March, prior to the BookFest panel. And he will be doing books signings at The LA Times Festival of Books. We have created a website to tell readers and industry professionals more about this fascinating man of many skills, with an inspirational life: "View all that comes your way  ̶  the good, the terrifying, and the ugly  ̶  as an adventure." This mantra has helped him heal from the deep despair when he lost the love of his life, Sarah, and also served him well as he faced oddball brushes with death, repeatedly, in various places in the world, in his work and personal life. Read more, including stories from the book and new tales in his blog titled Stories at:

To help you sell your book, we can advise or help you to set up book signings, and will put your book up on our websites. We will also help you identify nontraditional book selling opportunities which can result in bulk sales that will benefit your bottom line.

We have experience with producing books in a variety of formats, from high quality offset paperback, to hard cover with jacket, to spiral-bound, to eBook, to POD (Print on Demand).

We also have print suppliers who can produce top quality, highly professional books, both POD and offset printing. We will be happy to discuss the pluses and minuses of various printing options with you. Questions include how many books to print, depending in part upon cost vs. realistic retail sales price, and in part upon potential markets for your book.

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GREAT ANY DAY GIFT! You Are Who You Eat. Illustrated by The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire artist Dedini!

'You Are Who You Eat,' THE book of cannibal jokes & diet tips, with cartoons by Dedini

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