By Your Side
"Dana and Kristine of By Your Side Self-Publishing are amazing. For those of us who love writing but don’t know how to get our words into print and ebook format, they provide the necessary guidance. Dana did a great job of editing my book, which was challenging because of technical jargon, photos, footnotes, and a very tight deadline. Her editing comments and suggestions were spot-on and made the manuscript shine. She also found a book cover designer and ebook formatter for me, saving me lots of time and expense. Kristine—the self-described tech geek—helped me set up accounts with the various self-publishing platforms, many of which were unknown to me, and managed the ebook formatting tasks. Their advice was invaluable, keeping me from making lots of rookie mistakes.
Together, Dana and Kristine have the experience and expertise to whip your book into shape and get it published. Almost as importantly, they patiently hold your hand and soothe your nerves as you navigate the vast and confusing world of self-publishing and marketing. By offering a smorgasbord of services—all very reasonably priced—you can select what you need, keeping expenses in check. By Your Side Self-Publishing becomes your book’s project manager, ushering it forward to completion and publication.
I thoroughly enjoyed having Dana and Kristine on my team. I learned so much from them. They’re thorough, highly competent, and delightful to work with. I will definitely bring my next book to them."
~ Rebecca Wallick, author of Growing Up Boeing
Growing Up Boeing was recently featured at Amazon's first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle's University Village!
"I've really enjoyed working with Dana at By Your Side Self-Publishing. She was spot on with her story edit suggestions, and helped me achieve a deeper level of character development. Because of Dana’s excellent eye, my work is polished and error-free. I'll definitely use her services again." ~ Anne Shaw, author of The Curious Duke
"Dana of By Your Side Self-Publishing is the perfect companion for a self publisher, especially one who is a newbie to the whole experience. You get what you expect from a good editor; she is exceptionally thorough. But she takes it a step further by educating her clients about the book publishing experience, provides helpful insight 'in the shoes of the reader,' and links you to other helpful resources as needed. She is extremely prompt, which was important to me, and stayed on top of the process. Frankly, as a new author, I also applaud her patience. And then enter Kristine, who has been equally responsive and thorough in helping format the book for the different formats. They were worth every penny and then some. I look forward to future ventures with this amazing team."
~ Bradley S. Craig, author of Between Two Homes: A Coparenting Handbook
"Dana is a superb copy editor with vast industry experience and
spot on when it comes to developmental editing, such as plot and
characters. She cares about her authors and partners with them to succeed."
~ Jodi Ashland, Author of Synergy (U-District, Book 1)
"Byyoursideselfpub.com in the person of Dana Delamar has enabled
me to move forward toward my objectives in writing. She can’t make
it worthwhile or interesting, but with many years experience as a
professional editor, she can make it correct. But she is so much more than an editor; she is genuinely interested in helping get it right to my own satisfaction. She is able, through sensible comments and questions, to help me see and reach those shortcomings in my work which I realize but am in need of help to visualize.
For me, navigating the technical, and aggravating, requirements of self-publishing was more than I could bear.
Dana has the magic to make it happen painlessly.
“Lagniappe” is a one-word summary of Dana’s ability and her personality. She always gives you more and gives it generously. Go to Dana; your Muse will be very happy you did."
~ A. Vernon Richmond, author of The Cook's House
"As I write this testimonial, I struggle to find the words to
accurately describe just how highly I value Dana and the service I have received from By Your Side Publishing. Having traditionally published my first novel, I considered going down the same path for my second. But there was a part of me that wanted the freedom and control that publishing independently offers. All I lacked was confidence.
During the edit of The Seer’s Daughter, Dana went above and beyond, tweaking and fine-tuning every detail. She didn’t simply edit, she made insightful and thoughtful suggestions, as well as providing links to helpful resources. She is a writer’s best friend and most valuable asset. Because of the trust I’d developed for Dana and the service she provides, I decided to take the leap into self-publishing. And I’m so glad I did!
Dana’s support, advice and service have been exceptional and flawless. She is a true professional, and yet so personable. I truly discovered a diamond the day I found Dana, and cannot recommend her highly enough. I will most certainly be using the services of By Your Side Publishing for all my future writing needs."
~ Athena Daniels, author of The Seer's Daughter
"Despite its many pleasures, writing can also be a lonely experience, perhaps especially for first-time authors. Dana Delamar leaned in to make the self-publishing process navigable. Most prominently, she is a sharp copy editor. After writing, reading and re-reading my own work, it is easy to not see my quirks. Dana called these out, and provided sound suggestions for how to improve them or alter course. In addition, she served as an effective sounding board, helping me work through creative concepts and other sensitive topics. Upon completion of the book, she stepped up again to provide sound recommendations for how to market it. Writing can be an intimidating experience, but it delivers rewards. There is nothing like holding a print copy of your own work, or seeing it online, or on display at a local book store. Dana guided me to this place. Certainly, when I go down the writing path again, she is among the first people I will engage."
~ Jerome Stewart, author of Standing on the Edge: Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide
The Six-Alarm Sexy Series
Kristine Cayne's books have won numerous awards and acclaim. Her first book, Deadly Obsession, was an RT Book Reviews Top Pick and won Best Romance in the 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. Her second book, Deadly Addiction, won two awards at the 2014 eFestival of Words and 1st place in the INDIE Awards, Romantic Suspense Category (a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Writing Contests). Her book Under His Command won Best BDSM Romance at the 2012 Sizzling Awards and was a finalist in the 2013 eFestival of Words and 2013 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards, and her book Everything Bared is a finalist in the Erotic category of the I Heart Indie awards.
Dana Delamar's books have been well-received by critics and readers. Her first book, Revenge, was a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and was a double-finalist (Best First Book, Best Romantic Suspense) at the 2013 Bookseller's Best Awards. Her second book, Retribution, was a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards. Malavita, the prequel to the Blood and Honor series, was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and her book Redemption was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards and a finalist in the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence.