“Writing a book is like being pregnant. You and your body of work morph and change over time, and while there is an end in sight, the day it occurs is often a surprise. If writing a book is like being pregnant, editing is similar to being in labor, 9 centimeters dilated for 74 hours. The real work begins in the editing process, and it can be excruciating.
When looking for a doctor or midwife to help bring your creation to life, experience and trust are usually the two top priorities. When Lisa Thorstenson, co-author, and I were ready to self-publish, The Art of Schlepping, we also knew that our editor had to also be tech savvy, flexible and available for guidance & feedback. Kayla fit the bill.
We met Kayla through a professional affiliation some years ago and then had the pleasure of being in the audience when she was a guest speaker at some seminars. While we were soaking up her content rich and well thought-out self-publishing advice, it was her wisdom and passion that impressed us. When she offered writing, editing, and publishing classes, we dove in.
Even though all of us live in different parts of the US and were challenged by time zones and schedules, it worked. Kayla and I were literally on the phone with dawn breaking to meet a deadline. Both Lisa and I learned a lot about editing as Kayla was very generous with her mentoring and answered our questions. Kayla walked us through everything, from learning how to edit, to book dimensions and choosing covers. With her guidance, we were able to create a cover, solid tag line, and a unique table of contents. Our book was published on budget and on time. Thank you, Kayla.” ~Kismet Andrews / Lisa Thorstenson, authors and businesswomen
“The day I met Kayla in person, it changed my life. I had been following her for years due to our Indie Business Network connection, but got the chance to meet her when she spoke at 2 x 4 Live in Nashville, in April. I mentioned that I was taking my workshop notes from speaking on free publicity and making it a download and Kayla said, “Why leave all that money on the table? Make it a book.”. It was the spin around I needed and I bought her book, How to Self Publish—A Guide for Author-preneurs on the spot. I then signed up for her 4 week class on self-publishing. One of the best parts of that class was when I had to find the other books in me. I had never thought I was going to be the author of 1 book, let alone the other 9 I have in my head and heart. This class and this book are a MUST read for anyone wanting to get their story and their expertise out there. My book, The Power of Free Publicity, Using HARO (Help a Reporter Out) to Build Relationships and Get Free Press Without a PR Firm was just published! Thank you Kayla!!!” ~Roberta Perry, entrepreneur and author
“Working with Kayla at Selah Press to publish my first novel was a truly wonderful experience. She was always available, helpful and thorough in all of our communications. She is professional, but she is also kind. She is for you and the success of your book in every way, and that matters so much more than you might think. Who you self-publish with does matter! Before coming to her, I self-published a children’s book with a company that turned out to be outsourced. I received compliments and courtesy laughs up until the point I didn’t want to give them anymore money for advertising, and then there came the pressure and the bullying. I have a lovely children’s book, but it is also overpriced and virtually unsellable. Kayla made sure that this book was priced correctly and would sell. She walked me through everything, from learning how to edit in Word to book dimensions and choosing matte or glossy covers. I have nothing but praise for Selah Press.” ~Venessa Knizley, author of Walk with Me Series
“I worked with Kayla at Selah Press to take years of free blog content from SoapQueen.com and turn it into Kindle e-books. Kayla was patient with me, detail oriented and delivered the projects on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to work with her again in an editing capacity. On a business side, she responded quickly to my emails and was easygoing to work with.” ~Anne-Marie Faiola, Brambleberry and SoapQueen
“I had written a few eBooks before taking Kayla’s class so had some experience with the process. I just sort of jumped into it and hit the ground running. By taking her course I was able to setup a process for publishing and put more thought into what I was publishing. By the end of this course I had a list of 10 books that I wanted to write and I had a solid plan for accomplishing that. One thing I needed help with most was how to work with an editor. She offered great insight into that process and that has helped me get the ball rolling with editing help. Thank you!” ~Amanda Aaron, Lovin’ Soap
“I am so glad that I signed up for Kayla’s class, Four Weeks to Start your book. I had several unfinished manuscripts and some ideas for other things I planned to “do something with someday.” They just sat there because I didn’t know where to start or what to with them.Kayla’s class was comfortable and convenient and gave me just the kick in the butt I needed to get going. Kayla has a wealth of information and experience to draw from, and she is very supportive. Not only do I look forward now to doing some writing every day, I know exactly where it fits into the book I am putting together. I can’t thank you enough, Kayla.” ~Nora Kilbourne, author
“What I love most about the classes offered by Selah Press is how they give me plenty of options for doing what works best for me. They offer classes tailored to my needs Then they train me and encourage me to work toward my goal. They understand that the creative process can be different for everyone.They don’t try to discourage this. In fact, they applaud it! Thanks Selah Press for helping me to continue to move onward and upward! The sky is the limit!” ~Tammy Lovell Stone, author
“Kayla served as one of my editors for my book, Bubbles to Bucks: How to Make Money Selling Soap. She not only provided excellent editing but also helped greatly by lending her perspective on different chapters. I highly recommend her work!” ~Elin Criswell, author
“I have self-published several books and I’ve utilized social media for marketing for a number of years. Kayla said to me, “If you have a story, write it.”, and as I’ve done so, I have worn her book, How to Self-Publish: A Guide for Author-prepeneurs, thin. I knew the classes offered by Selah-Press would be of great value as well, and yes, they were! I walked away from each class with inspiration and tons of educational notes and materials that I’ve used several times over since.” ~Mary Humphrey, Reliance Outsourcing
“Kayla Fioravanti is very professional and focused with a good work ethic and high integrity. She does her due diligence to verify her facts, check the necessities and incidentals and give the best she possibly can for the task set before her. She is able to plan, execute and complete a project or task very well and draw out the best in others in the process. Not only does she have excellent leadership and communication skills, she also has a good grasp on technical skills which is vital in today’s age of technology. Kayla is a teacher, a mentor and a born leader. She is an experienced and award winning author and has published a number of books of her own and for others. This in and of itself is an admirable accomplishment, but of course, she doesn’t stop there. Oh no! Kayla is a lifelong entrepreneur, having owned and managed companies and staffs of various sizes, in both service and goods related industries with much success to her credit. This gives her a unique and more in depth perspective from all sides of the coin. Her personal and professional experiences have made her an extraordinary woman with purpose and definition not seen very often in our world today. I consider her a magnetic asset to any team and a dynamic leader who can easily guide a team into the future with ease. You just cannot go wrong with a go-getter like Kayla, who possesses a buffet of skills and knowledge which she has honed admirably over her adult life. Quite frankly, success just seems to follow her wherever she goes and into whatever area of interest she progresses and evolves into. And besides all that, she’s just a beautiful person inside and out.” ~Ginger Moore, Neos Skin Care
“How someone does so much, so well, escapes me. Multi-talented and always maintaining a level of professionalism that is second to none. Her friendship, insight and her work on self-publishing convinced me to finish my own book. Now she is helping me set up all my social media options for marketing. A gem from the Lord!” ~Bruce Peltier, Peltier Books and Music