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Silver Spring, MD
United States


Stories To Tell is a full service book publishing company for independent authors. We provide editing, design, publishing, and marketing of fiction and non-fiction. We specialize in sophisticated, unique illustrated book design.

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How We're Different


We’ve set up our company to be fair and ethical. There are a lot of sharks in "vanity" and "subsidy" self-publishing, and we offer an alternative. Our business model is called “independent author services” because we will provide services without taking a percentage from book sales, as a publisher does. That's why there are so few businesses like ours.

I am elated by the splendid work you did. I know you're being paid, but one cannot pay for dedication. You put your arms around my project. —John de Melo, author of Chasing the Dream

I am elated by the splendid work you did. I know you're being paid, but one cannot pay for dedication. You put your arms around my project. —John de Melo, author of Chasing the Dream

Here’s a secret: there is no one right way to self-publish. Instead, there are many choices to make along the way, in the book’s content, its design, publishing, and marketing. We support independent authors by having an unbiased, multi-path approach. We provide a lot of personal guidance and consulting and technical support. And we make professional, beautifully designed books.

The kind of PEOPLE we are.

You'll get to know the owners, Nan and Biff Barnes,  the ones who answer the phone and emails. We personally handle every one of our books. (If you’re looking for a corporation with an overseas call center, you’re in the wrong place.) We and our team are experienced writers and editors. We’re book lovers.

We believe that the best self-publishing requires communication, careful choices, and collaboration. We provide our experience and expertise in all stages of editing, design, publishing and marketing. We help each client to chart their unique course, to publish in a way that is best for them, their book, and their budget.

The kind of OPPORTUNITY we give.

We understand that you'd rather not spend the money. Yet self-publishing, by definition, is a paid service. Does it have to cost so much? No. We offer "à la carte" services, so that you can purchase just what you need, no more. And we’ve bundled our services into easy to understand packages as well. They actually provide a discount for our authors who will need complete services.

One of the biggest advantages we provide is the way you pay for books. We shop around for the best deal for your book, and then you pay that printer’s cost―no markup! Also, we don’t set your cover price; you do, so that you can control your profit per book. Put these two savings together, and independent self-publishers have their best chance at profits.

The kind of INFORMATION we share.

Nancy and Biff are both former teachers―English and history. So it's hard for us not to teach, when people want to know how. That's why we blog extensively about our interests in writing and publishing, and why we make a tremendous amount of information available to our followers on Facebook and Twitter. It took us many years to learn about publishing. You can take a crash course from us. Check out our extensive FAQs, consider taking a class with us through Profitable Authors Institute, and you can get a live video consultation if you're working on a family history book through geneaologyDOTcoach.

Learn more about self-publishing in our monthly newsletter.

Useful information, just once a month! (Sometimes it takes us longer.) Our latest writing about:

  • writing skills
  • publishing for profit
  • memoir/family history craft
  • book cover design
  • recommended reading

And to keep you motivated, each issue also contains:

  • an entertaining video
  • discounts and special events
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*We won't send you spam, or other mailings, or share your email address. And it really is just once a month.

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