We help authors professionally self-publish books using their own publishing imprint
Here’s how we differ from other self-publishing services firms:
- Your book is published under the name of your imprint. That means you never have to abandon your hard-earned reader reviews and your book can be printed at any printer.
- The fees you pay provide you unrestricted access to the publishing files we create to produce your book. Our print books are professionally designed using Adobe InDesign and you may request the files at any time for use in any way. There are no hidden charges or transfer fees. (Read here why this is important.)
- We produce eBooks in Kindle (mobi) and EPUB formats. Your EPUB file is guaranteed to pass EPUB validation.
- We take no royalties or commissions. All accounts are established in your name and payments for book sales are made directly to you by the retailer or distributor.
- You always purchase print books at cost; there are no mark-up or extra fees beyond what the printer charges.
Independent publishing is a team effort
The publishing steps between writing and the virtual bookshelf are varied and complex: print-book design, eBook programming, cover design, editing, indexing, distribution to bookstores, online metadata selection and optimization, book registration, timelines, pricing, budgeting.
We provide as many or as few of these services as you require—but never as a package.
Above all, the process is about positioning your book for long-term success. This translates into improving sales opportunities now, while protecting your investment for the long-term.
AuthorImprints is based in Carlsbad, California, and includes a team of highly skilled professionals.
Meet the team
He has a 40-year career managing and implementing technology systems, most frequently as they relate to media businesses and publishing. Prior to founding Sellbox Inc. (parent of AuthorImprints) in 2002, he held C-level positions with a college student website portal and a VC-backed college sports media company known today as CBS College Sports Network.
The latter was founded after leaving Times Mirror where David served as a VP of multimedia. Prior to Times Mirror, he managed technology for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Kerri Esten has been a graphic designer working primarily in the fields of book publishing, advertising, newspapers, and periodicals for more than 30 years. In addition to her composition skills, she is renowned for her organizational talents and her ability to bring order to complex or chaotic publishing projects (and we’ve had more than a few!).
Kerri and her husband Chris live in the Tehachapi Mountains of Southern California, and the neighbors include mule deer, elk, bobcats, gray foxes, hummingbirds, hawks, and so much more. In the summer of 2018 they had about 40 California condors—25% of the state's entire population of wild condors—spend a day bathing and roosting at their home.
Kerri has been an integral part of a number of community organizations, ranging from wildlife protection to historical preservation. When not busy with work or community projects, Kerri and her husband like to roam Europe and the British Isles.
Manon is a publishing and marketing associate helping clients create and promote their books. You’ll often find her proofing print books and eBooks, planning book marketing promotions, and if she’s lucky, designing a book cover or two. She also manages the company social media accounts, including Instagram and Facebook. She has a background managing inventory, events, and marketing initiatives for a 700-piece contemporary art collection, plus additional experience producing marketing materials, maintaining websites and social media, and managing mailing lists.
Manon holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Chapman University, which she credits for her obsessions with beautiful books and the Chicago Manual of Style. In her free time, she likes to explore her passion for artmaking in both digital and traditional mediums, specializing in fashion illustration.
Locally, she is a member of San Diego Professional Editors Network, and serves as the Vice President of Education for her Toastmasters International club.
Katie Barry is an editor and copywriter with more than 15 years of experience. Her focus is nonfiction—with an emphasis on business and marketing/advertising.
Her love of the written word dates back to second grade when she started to write a mystery about the disappearance of her elementary school. Although her parents lost this obvious masterpiece, her love of words and communication never left her.
With an MBA from The George Washington University (with an unofficial focus on marketing) and certificates in editing, medical editing and writing, Katie's continuing education efforts strengthen her ability to convey her clients' messages clearly and concisely.
Katie is actively involved in the editorial community. She served on the board of the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) for four years. She is also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA).
Erin Willard is a copy editor who specializes in working with independent authors in a variety of genres, including fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, young adult, middle grade, and children’s books. She also enjoys (and strongly encourages) copyediting authors’ promotional materials, including back covers, emails, newsletters, and blog posts.
A San Diego native, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University, her copyediting certificate from the University of California, San Diego, and her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego, though she hopes to never rely upon the latter again, considering her paralegal work a long-ago sixteen-year blip in her life. Copyediting is her dream career, as it allows her to use her love of reading to help smooth out the little bumps that might interfere with future readers’ experience of an otherwise wonderful book.
Erin recently served on the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) board of directors for four years, two of those as co-president. She is also an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA); ACES, the Society for Editing; and the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP); and is an active participant in many editorial networking and continuing-education groups.
Annie got her start in website design and programming at an internet service provider in 1997. During her eight years at the company, she built everything from basic brochure sites to highly customized eCommerce applications.
Today, Annie and her team draw on their 20+ years of internet experience to stay on top of trends in website design and online marketing to provide custom solutions to fit any author’s needs and budget. In keeping with an AuthorImprints core philosophy, Annie loves efficiency. She doesn’t like wasting money—hers or yours!
Annie enjoys traveling (national parks!) and learning new things (so many podcasts, so little time). She adds, “If you need a well written, entertaining, informative audio book (and have about 18 hours), try: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.”
Carter is an audio producer who specializes in audiobook production and consultation. His credits include production credits for numerous audiobooks and sound designer credits for the University of California, San Diego production of The Venetian Twins, which premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Undergraduate New Play Festival. His work in sound design was completed just prior to receiving his BA in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts with a minor in Digital Video and Film Production from the University of California, San Diego.
Specializing in helping self-published authors record and distribute audiobooks, Carter works with independent authors and businesses in a variety of situations, including remote recording, local travel recording at clients’ homes or offices, and recording in his home studio.
Outside of audiobook production, Carter spends his free time reading, playing music, and engaging in other spoken-word audio endeavors, including producing and sound designing scripted audio fiction podcasts.