Joan Small Poetry and Books


Self Publishing Your Book
Formatting, Editing, Ghost Writing

For more than 10 years Joan Small has been writing books and getting them into print and/or online. After learning how to do it for herself she branched out into helping others.

Note: For publishing print and ebooks Joan uses mostly a subsidiary of and can do every part of the process for you including easily set up the payment system so you can get paid through Amazon for books you sell.

Annette Renner 'To Find The Irish In Me'

Annette Renner Toowoomba. Author of 'To Find the Irish in Me'

Looking around the internet for a person to proofread my book, I happened upon Joan Small. I was delighted when I found that she could help publish it also. I had no idea what to do.

With Joan’s tremendous input, my book is finally ready for reader’s eyes. She was always there to answer my questions and change anything that I wasn’t happy with. It was no trouble for her to keep me satisfied.

I love the cover. It hits a spot deep in my being and she opened my eyes to the quirks of publishing. Thanks so much, Joan, for without your help, I would still be floundering in deep water. ...

Challenges of Faith - Dirk Willner

Thank you Joan for your great mentorship when I published the book for our eMinistry at Living Word Lutheran Church. I am still receiving great reviews from prominent people across the globe, complementing me on the writing style, structure and publication in its entirety. This would not have been possible without your help and wisdom on the details of “how to create a great publication and publish it yourself. ... Linky Muller, InTune Coaching,Gold Coast

Helping You Get Your Book Completed

Editing, Proof Reading, Formatting

Joan Small will edit, proof read and/or format your books, and get them into print, or help you write, edit, format and publish your print books and ebooks.

Ghost Writing

If you have a book in you but don't want to write it yourself, Joan Small can do this for you also. Read below what satisfied clients have said about Joan's services.

Cover Design

Joan also designs book covers and can help you with word processing and other computer skills.

Self Publishing Help

If you prefer to learn how to self-publish your own books, Joan Small can give you individual training or conduct a work shop called 'How To Self Publish Your Book' with a group of your friends and associates. For more information click here

What People Say About Joan Small's
Editing/Formatting Services

Ghost Writing

'The Call of the Territory - The Story of a Policeman and His Wife in Outback Australia ' - Basil & Molly Courts

Concise and Beautifully Organised ...

I’ve read your Courts manuscript and I must compliment you on a clear, concise and beautifully organised piece of work.
All readers have now been through your manuscript. All liked your style and agree with me that it has the potential to be a popular publication.

Professor Alan Powell, Historical Society of the NT November 20th 2007

Phone 0428 103 911 (Australia) to purchase

Precious Freedom - Kazimierz Gawor'Precious Freedom - A True Story of the Polish Underground (AK) WWII' - Kazimierz Gawor

Recommendation - A Good Writer

At left: Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke launches Kazimierz Gawor's book.

If anyone will ask me for a recommendation of a good writer I will definitely suggest you. I found it very easy to work with you even though sometimes I took a very long time because of my emotions. Nevertheless you were kind enough to be understanding and when necessary you stopped the session and resumed later. Even after the book was completed you freely gave your time and energy to anything that came along. Again, I want to thank you for all the help and assistance you gave me during this project. Yours Sincerely, Kazimierz Gawor

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" The Hawaiian Way" Dean Callaway
The Hawaiian Way - Dean CallawayI never thought I could write a book, but with Joan's help it all came together in a short space of time.

She recorded and transcribed my story, took photos, designed the cover, and even took videos for Youtube.

Dean CallawayI am thrilled with the result and cannot believe that I am now an author. The book has been selling very well. Thankyou Joan for your time and effort. I recommend Joan's services to anyone who wants to get a book in print or online.
... Dean Callaway
The Hawaiian Way

Print Books
Editing / Proof Reading / Formatting

'Choosing to Cross the Line' - Jocelyn Leckie

A story of leaving a 29 year marriage to escape domestic violence

A Raw Manuscript To A Book

Joan Small: mentor, coach and now friend - a heartfelt thank you for your role in the transformation process of a raw manuscript to book form and now launched live on the net. Joan you have been a mine of information and support as I traversed the journey of writing, publishing and marketing my autobiography. Joan your attention to detail, artistic ability and relaxed yet focused approach has made the process so easy...

Dave 'The Banjo' Farrer - An Australian Story or Two Books 1 and 2 'An Australian Story or Two' Books 1 & 2 - Dave 'The Banjo' Farrer

A big thank you for the wonderful work you did on my books. Everything looks great. ... Dave 'The Banjo' Farrer

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'Oh Gawd, I'm 80 - poems of experience' - Joyce Skinner

I really appreciate your friendly advice.

Joyce Skinner - Oh Gawd, I'm 80 - PoetryJoan Small's input in the layout of my poetry book, and her thorough proof-reading, and liaison with the publishers resulted in an end product of which I am very happy.

Thank you Joan, as I have never attempted anything like this before. I really appreciate your friendly advice. ... Joyce Skinner, author and poet of 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80 - poems of experience'.

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Leonie Brown 'Enjoying The Journey'width='Enjoying The Journey' - Leonie Brown

Thankyou most sincerely for your invaluasble help, knowledge and petience with the mamoth task of editing over the past few months. It has been a great achievement and one I couldn't have claimed without your help. God Bless ... Leonie

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Unlocking the Prison Cell Door to Freedom from Drugs - Donnalee Gal'Unlocking The Prison Cell Door To Freedom From Drugs' - Donnalee Gal


Ebooks - Editing / Proof Reading/Writing

'Precious Premmie Coming Home' - Dunja Thamm

Thorough But Fast ...

After writing my first e-book, ‘Welcome Home , Precious Preemie’, I sent it to Joan Small for editing. I was very pleased with the way she formatted it and added things by my request to make the book look very professional. Joan was also very thorough but fast and I had the book back in no time!
She was very helpful and gave suggestions that added great value to my book. I recommend her; she is a huge asset to any author and a great inspiration.
Thank You ,Joan, for everything and for making me look like a ‘real’ author. Warm regards
... Dunja Thamm, Woodenbong, NSW Australia

How To Start A Profitable Renovation Business - Lise LenaghanHow To Start A Profitable Renovation Business - Lise Lenaghan

That looks great. Thanks so much. I can’t believe my first eBook is finally finished and it looks so good. For me it really feels like an accomplishment. Thanks for being a part of this new journey. .. Lise Lenaghan

'Chocolate Recipe Guilt Free' Pamela Vinten'Chocolate Recipe Guilt Free' - Pamela Vinten

Thanks so much for editing. our book so promptly. I value your imput into our "baby" and am really pleased with how it is coming along. We are very happy with your work, looking forward to sharing a good bottle of red. ... Pamela Vinten


China Or Bust - Lana Kerr'China or Bust' Lana Kerr

'Thanks are a gem. I was trying everything I could think of to do it myself. I do appreciate it.' ... Lana Kerr


‘Love, Life and Wet fish Dancing’ - An Autobiography - Roger Crates

Love, Life and Wet Fish Dancing An autobiography, written with humour and pathos. This account takes us from a childhood in the suburbs of Sydney and rafting on the Lane Cove River, to extinct tigers in Bali.  The Australian humour shines through every page.”

So much effort for an editor's credit ... Roger Crates

Ghost Writing - "Precious Freedom" Kazimierz Gawor

Thanks to Joan Small who recorded my memories and turned them into a story worth reading.
Kazimierz Gawor 'Precious Freedom'



Satisfied Clients Editing, Formatting, Cover Design

Diana Todd-Banks
'Closing the Final Chapter'

Diana Todd-Banks 'Closing the Final Chapter'

Working with Joan Small has been a surprise and pleasure.
Joan’s patient tenacity in approaching new tedious tasks clearly demonstrated
for me, she is a professional with a significant flair for formatting. While very fair with fees given her experience, Joan is well positioned to offer practical creative suggestions to solve unexpected issues that can arise when creating eBooks or tangible books to a particular format.

I definitely recommend Joan to anyone who needs the skills of an experienced formatter to get their manuscript ready for createspace, ultimately Amazon or other sales avenue.

Diana Todd-Banks
Int’l Best Selling Author, Interviewer & Mentor

Sonia Crystella

'Unlocking the Secrets to Longevity'

Sonia Crystella 'The Secrets to Longevity'Finding the right person to reformat the second edition of my book left me free to focus on business and my next book.
Joan’s formatting skill, as well as her help in tweaking the book cover, has left me with a professionally presented book.
...Sonia Crystella Author“Unlocking the Secrets to Longevity - Handing You the Key”

'Pacific Heart' - Ocean May Johnson

Pacific Heart - Ocean May Johnson"I am thrilled with the end product.
The book looks amazing. The service was very professional and quick.
 I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending you to others. It was a pleasure to deal with you. Thank you so much Joan" ..
Ocean May Johnson

Discovering My Own Camino' Ocean May Johnson

Discovering My Own Camino - Ocean May Johnson

I can highly recommend Joan to assist you in
self publishing your book. I very much appreciated
her expertise, patience and advice on my book.
Joan makes it all so easy without any fuss.
Thanks once again Joan, love ...
Ocean May Johnson

An Ocean Reflection - Carolyn Jackson

'An Ocean Reflection'
Carolyn Jackson

It was so exciting to see my book in print. Thanks for your patience with me with all the changes I made. I am very happy with the front and back cover of my book....looks absolutely sensational....thanks to you!
My mother loves it too and it actually bought a tear to her eye when she turned to the back cover (my mother doesn't cry much!) so it really touched her heart. This book means a lot to her and me and I know Little Dave's spirit lives in our hearts ... Ocean's too!
With much gratitude
... Carolyn

What People Say About
Joan Small's
Self Publishing

Heaps of Information Thankyou for an amazing day. I really have got heaps of information and it has closed the gap between wanting to write a book and not knowing where to start. I really appreciate the follow-up offered. ... Linda Harden, Business Owner, Teacher

Excellent Facilitation

Thanks for your excellent facilitation, comfortable environment, very comprehensive background resources and bringing together a powerhouse of experienced participants. ... Peter Meggitt author of 'A Walker's Guide to the Gold Coast'

You have researched the workshop thoroughly and are very approachable, making participants feel really comfortable. Congratulations...
Aldwyn Altuney, Photojournalist

Thankyou for such an informative and extremely useful workshop. Very enjoyable. ...
Deborah Leigh-Russell..Singer, empowerment facilitator
...Deborah Leigh-Russell


Helensvale Writers' Group
Helensvale Writers Group - Joan Small3rd Thursday each month
Helensvale Library - ground floor meeting room
11.30 am to 1.30 pm


Contact Joan:

Poetry in Paradise
Poetry Club
Poetry in Paradise - Joan Small
3rd Sunday
each month
Southport Library meeting room
1 pm to 3.30 pm