About the Author

Maxfocus
Joe & Jan McDaniel - BookCrafters
Maxfocus
Blurbarian Since July 2007
Business Name Joe & Jan McDaniel - BookCrafters
Business Web Site http://bookcrafters.net
Location Parker, Colorado, USA
Business Phone Number 720-851-0397
About My Business Want to make a book and publish it on your own? Or maybe an E-book? Our husband and wife team has helped many first-timers self publish books. We are experienced common sense professionals, creative and comfortable with computers, pixels, and Blurb BookSmart software! We specialize in MEMOIRS, photo-journals and other family & personal books. To review some of our recently published books from our store go to: http://bookcrafters.net or browse through our Blurb Bookstore on this website.

Ask us about E-Book conversions!

We work together to design and publish many different types and styles of books, from personal memoirs, children's books, wedding albums, travel journals, blog books, and art portfolios.

For many, the actual writing and compilation of a book is the easy part. Now you need to get it published. There are many options but most of all you have to overcome the "fear factor." BookCrafters can help. Email us at bookcrafters@comcast.net.
Areas of Expertise Blurb Book design, publishing with Lightning Source, Inc., Snowfall Press, Kindle and Smashwords. InDesign. Self-publishing help. Editing and/or proofreading. Scanning, repairing, and sizing photographs. Joe is a biologist with a Marketing, Technical Services, and International Project Management background. Jan, an experienced executive secretary and former elementary school teacher, proofs, edits and formats your book. We publish your books for distribution to all major book retailers.
Professional Affiliations Graduate of Rhodes University (BSc) (Joe), and Univ. of New Mexico (Jan). BlurbNation - authorized Bookmaker since July 2007. (Over 120 books) C.I.P.A. (Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.) Board Member 2012/13. Member IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Assoc.)
Parker Artists Guild - Former Board Member. Exclusive photographer for http://istockphoto.com. Part-time employee of the American Salers Association (ASA).

Things I Don't Mind The World Knowing

Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...
My 25 years living in southern Africa. How did a skinny Alabama elementary school age boy adapt to an all-boys high school, wearing uniforms, playing rugby, no TV? Where did the fried chicken and grits go? Help. I am digging into the trunk in the basement and finding old photographs. The book title? "Wider Horizons."
Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...
Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series), A.J. Cronin, Wilbur Smith, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, David McCullough (Truman, John Adams, The Path Between the Seas), George R.R. Martin (A Song of Fire & Ice Saga). The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism by Steve Goreham.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
Read "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. Then read each of the sequels in order, up to no. 14 ("The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection"). You will learn wonderful lessons about human nature, goodness and humor.

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