Connections: your self-publishing journey

About - - J is for Jody

Greetings from the American East Coast! (For now, anyway.) I’m Jody Skinner, a military spouse who loves connecting with writers and editing professionals and pretty much anybody else.

Can I just say that I LOVE it when a writer’s dream comes true? I’m talking about the day a writer becomes a published author, holding their own book in their hands!

Are you a first-time author, navigating the crazy process of self-publishing? The world is changing, so a trusted voice is essential. Whether you work with me or a trusted colleague, you, too, can be successful in self publishing on Amazon or other retailers.

Service with a smile 🙂

Partly because of how COVID-19 has changed the world, my availability is a bit less these days, while others’ schedules have opened up. My “treasures” in the book design world are other providers who serve their colleagues and their clients with a smile, with positivity, and with integrity. Does that sound like someone you would want to work with?

I’m currently tweaking my Resources page behind the scenes to prioritize the people in my circle, ones I’ve worked with directly and have trusted with my own projects. Sure, you can always use recommendations for programs and courses. Trusted people, though? That’s next level.

I aim to connect you with high-quality professionals and curated resources so you, too, can succeed in your self-publishing goals.

I’m Jody Skinner.

I am a proud military spouse who loves Jesus, jeans, sunshine, and a good middle-grade or young-adult novel. I’m currently working through COVID strangeness with my two teens and a tween sorting out virtual school, my hubby working at home, and me trying to figure in which space *I’m* supposed to work now.

Extracurriculars involve grocery expeditions and leash manners training for my Vizsla pup. Coffee donations and dog playdates welcome. 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Over the last twenty-plus years, Jody has served as a pro bono proofreader and project formatter for many charitable organizations. After several volunteer projects for self-publishing friends, she launched “Every Smidgen Matters,” now “Skinner Self-Publishing Services,” in 2017. Since then, she’s invested thousands of training hours into programs like Adobe InDesign, Vellum 2.0, and Microsoft Word, and is continually researching modern publishing best practices.