Deana Riddle has provided a number of our clients with superior service and professional assistance. She is highly knowledgeable of the publishing industry, dedicated to quality, and focused on her clients' goals and needs. 

David Bowman, Precise Edit

Deana Riddle is an excellent communicator and very passionate about her work and industry. She knows her business and industry as well or better than anyone else, and has a very keen eye for detail. She is also very professional and efficient. I highly recommend her! 

John Weaver, Page One Lit

Deana and I have worked on several projects. She has hired me for photoshop edits and typesetting, and I have sent a book publishing project to her. I highly recommend working with her. She is thorough and dedicated to producing high quality results. If you are looking to publish your own book, or thinking of referring someone to her, rest assured Deana will get the job done!

Taunya Tae Waxham, Artzy-One Studios

Deana Riddle is very professional, knowledgeable and really knows her stuff! Other "perks" that one realizes right away are Deana's patience, level head, determination, business "smarts" - but most importantly - an unselfish willingness to offer viable help those that contact her, from total "newbies" just starting out, to seasoned professionals - or anywhere in between. 

In short.... if Deana can't help you - nobody can

Ann Arader, Creative Director / Owner, Artistic Whims

Deana Riddle's class on Independent Publishing...teaches what every first time publisher needs to know about publishing. It's been a stepping stone for me to understand publishing standards and practices.

Earnest Cutler, Student and Future Independent Publisher 

I was truly in the dark, prior to enrolling in the BookStarter Independent Publishing Course. Over the past 5 weeks my confidence in my ability to become a self-publisher has grown by leaps and bounds. This course offers an easy-to-follow, how-to approach to self-publishing and I can't wait to get started on publishing my own material. Thanks!

Donnie Worrell, Student and Future Independent Publisher 
Quite simply, Deana is the one person who has NEVER let me down and has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations.  In this day and age of "so-so" service, Deana is a breath of fresh air.

Stanley F. Bronstein, Attorney and CPA --- StanleyBronstein.com


Deana's hands-on assistance took us from knowing nothing about the book publishing world to having our new book complete and available to millions in every format imaginable.Her instruction was always very thorough and never left us feeling like we were still lost. We now have the knowledge necessary to make smart publishing decisions as well as the ability to put items into circulation with ease. 

Deana went well above and beyond when it came to working with our always being behind on our manuscript as well as the extra guidance on getting our e-book put together and audio book started. We are very happy with the cover design for our book. It captured the essence of what we wanted and the interior design is exactly what we wanted.

Deana's honest and professional manner meant a ton to us as they are traits we so rarely find in today’s business environment. She always stayed ahead of schedule so we knew we could count on her to make up for time we lost in other areas.

For the amount of time and money Deana saved us, her fees were more than reasonable. She never came to us asking for any additional fees or hidden costs and made sure to disclose exactly what each step of the process was going to cost before we committed.

We would recommend Deana and BookStarter to anyone looking to become an independent publisher.

Jeremy Lovett, Scottsdale Book Publishing, LLC

I think there is a great deal of value for the services provided by Deana, (i.e. consultation, technical help, design concepts, etc.). It was a lot easier for me to get my book up and running with Lightning Source and her help than it would have been doing it on my own.

Deana certainly was honest, courteous and professional, which leads in my mind to attentive, meaning she returned calls promptly and got back to me with information on any questions I had. That’s key.

Regarding my schedule to get the book published, printed and marketed, Deana met every due date I had where her efforts played a role.

I would most definitely recommend Deana and BookStarter to other independent writers.

Bob Ross,  Author and Independent Publisher

 I wasn't sure about starting my own publishing company, but with Deana's help and advice, she has me well on my way. Every question I asked, she answered promptly and courteously. She noticed several things that I had overlooked, mentioned it to me, but let me make the final decision. I pretty much took her advice. 

She's smart, but compassionate, and seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to book publishing. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to start their own publishing company. I am looking forward to working with her on my next book.


Diane Brandow --- Author and Independent Publisher


I hired Deana to design both the cover and interior for my novel. Deana understood my concept immediately and was able to translate my ideas into a wonderful, creative, and professional cover. She went beyond my expectations with both the cover and interior design. Deana was a pleasure to work with - always professional and accessible. I highly recommend BookStarter and will use Deana for future projects.


Karen Pokras Toz --- Author and Independent Publisher


Deana is a giver who also happens to be an expert at what she does. After checking references, I hired her to help me produce my first book. She was nothing short of fantastic. She offered confidence that I could do what needed to be done, and she offered expertise in the areas that I had hired her for. I am very pleased with the book cover and layout that she created for The Pregnant Entrepreneur. She talked me off a ledge more than once, and was willing to adjust timelines when I had illness impact the project. I will be honored to work with her in the future. 


Darla Demorrow --- Author and Independent Publisher


Deana recently provided our company with some initial advice on self-publishing...I found her professionalism, patience, and sheer depth of knowledge overwhelmingly helpful. She was also very straight and honest in her assessment of the options available to us, which was extremely refreshing.


Brian Casey --- Head of Marketing, and Partner - Changefirst


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