Love of Books-Testimonials

Ricci Carr

‘It is my pleasure to have discovered the self-publishing business Love of Books. My thanks go out to the team @ Over the time of development through publishing my book, I can sing but where is my voice? I have had the most wonderful experience of attention to detail AND getting the job done right. Being a new author, I was on shaky ground – I should not have worried, as the team was there for support and getting the job done. I cannot thank Love of Books enough and can highly recommend them to other searching authors. Feel the first time fear and do it anyway. You will reap the benefits. A truly professional business with a publishing team that knows their stuff has a genuine care factor.

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Canon Jim Glennon

‘I was delighted to find Love of Books when I was looking for a way to self-publish my book Healing is a Way of Life. Love of Books, having the advantage of being based in Australia, made self-publishing a real option. As I went through the process, the Love of Books team was accommodating– patiently answering my questions, either by email or phone. She made the whole book publishing process an exciting and rewarding experience. I have gained a friend, not just a business contact, and can thoroughly recommend Love of Books, especially for Australian authors. Zillah Williams’

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John R. Small

‘I recently had my book – ‘My Budget Mate’ – published through Love of Books. Although my daughter did the formatting and other computer work for the book, she did so under Shays guidance. Also, we had our artist who provided many ‘cartoony’ drawings for the book. Again, with the teams’ assistance, these were provided to her in printing quality. THE Love of Books team was always accommodating our requests, and nothing was a bother or inconvenience to her. We were delighted with the outstanding service provided by her team.

As far as the physical production of ‘My Budget Mate’ was concerned, it came with some challenges to the team. The book is a ‘hands-on’ workbook, showing how to create a budget, and more importantly, how to operate a budget. Being a 368-page workbook where entries inserted in the book, the book needed to open out flat no matter which page was utilised. Shay went to great lengths to find a printer who could do this at an affordable price. The result is fantastic – thank you, Love of Books team.

If you are looking to self-publish your work, you will find it difficult to go past Love of Books for the professionalism and affordability offered by Shay and her team. I highly recommend Love of Books. John R Small <a href=””

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Charli Winters

‘The team at Love of Books has been very supportive, courteous and professional. They have helped me publish my very first book called Unexpected Magic. If I had any concerns or queries along the way, they addressed them immediately. I like the fact they are happy to work with me not just during editing, typesetting, formatting and marketing, but also after the book is print-ready and is set up on the various selling channels. I told Julie – the owner of Love of Books – that she’s a superwoman. She’s always working, even late into the night at times, to make sure clients are well taken care of, as I discovered when sending out emails a few times early one evening. Thanks, Love of Books, for helping me getting my book published!
All the best, Charli Winters’

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Tony Hogben

‘After many decades in the Racing Game. I decided to collate all my notes and publish a book…..well, two and half years on, I concluded that publishers and their agents were just a bunch of miscreants…….then I found Love of Books……a brilliant, very professional business service that knows the publishing game backwards and treats customers as vital to the success of this business…. …..Authors, spoil yourselves, deal only with Love of Books…..and you will avoid the heartbreak, despair and financial loss that comes with searching for an agent/publisher.’ Tony Hogben. ‘Winners, Losers and Lowlifes’

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Ken Butcher

‘Love of Books staff worked with me to publish a large and complex theological book of 718 Pages in Crown Quarto size. During this time, I was most unwell, battling terminal cancer and palliative cancer treatments. I needed someone I could lean on and trust and who would see this project through, if necessary, posthumously. Although there were difficult periods where I wondered whether I would live to see it completed, the project is now in its final stages. I am grateful for Melanie supporting me with all the final details in the crucial stages of completion to ensure everything is complete to my satisfaction’.’ Ken Butcher ‘The Church; What On Earth Is It?’

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John Duffy

‘I want to thank Love of Books, and all the staff, for a wonderful experience in producing my book, the “Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide”. From initial contact to completion of dispatch, I have been impressed with Love of Books constant level of professionalism, care and support all round. They were sensitive to the personal loss in my family (when I first expressed interest in their business). They offered me a fantastic range of services and advised me on doing “little things” under my own volition (to increase the satisfaction of personally achieving various aspects of production). Julie was amazing in producing the product and advice for marketing and future development of the book. The Dispatch department was brilliant, contacting me personally regarding distribution and related requirements. I found their attention to detail extremely beneficial, and their advice based on years of experience invaluable. After seeking a range of suppliers, they are the most economical for quality publishers I encountered. I cannot adequately express how impressed I was with the final product. They assisted my plans with self-publishing into a reality, and I am grateful.

I look forward to Love of Books continued support and services in the future and recommend them to anyone seeking self-publishing. Australian Bus and Coach Drivers’ Guide by John Duffy:

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Lora Brand

‘I have found working with Love of Books has been a great journey. Getting a book published through Love of Books was made easy and uncomplicated. All the fears I had were dissipated as I was walked through a step by step process along the way. Being unfamiliar with Formatting, files and programmes, the team was very helpful in my accomplishment of having my book published. No question was too dumb or hard. Thank you, Love of Books.’

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Peter Boey

‘The question for every new writer is whether to self publish or try your luck through a traditional publishing house. If you believe in your dream and want to get your book published, Julie, Clare, Paul, and the team at Love of Books will help your dream be achieved. To hold your cherished life’s work as a professionally published book in your hands, confident to show friends and customers the culmination of all your hard work, is unsurpassed. Julie and Clare have endless patience as you work together, on a personal level, on all aspects of the business to get the job done. If you’re wondering what to do with that “finished” manuscript hiding in your top drawer, then I recommend that you give Love of Books a call. Publishing a book is a gratifying experience. Regards, Peter.’

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Janet Poole

“I am delighted with the quality of my completed book, and the response to my cover has been amazing. My book has gone on to receive many rave reviews and several internationally recognised literary awards. Julie and her team have the utmost integrity, and they helped me realise my dream of self-publishing my book. I was unwilling to hand over the rights to a publisher, yet I needed professional assistance in cover design, formatting and printing. Julie’s willingness to help is genuine; when you work with her, you keep your rights, get peace of mind, and sign off on the finished product. Love of Books self-publishing success provides a much needed and trustworthy service for authors.”

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Matthew Mazzaferro

“I recently used Love of Books for the first time, and the standard of service and quality was fantastic. Considering my situation where I needed a quick turnaround timewise for a charity function after a similar company, let me down. The Love of Books team was quick to help me pick the pieces and get the job complete. I highly recommended them and look forward to working with them in the future.”

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Emma Hill

Life is amazing. That is one thing I know for a fact. In 2001 I wrote a manuscript that changed my life – quite literally. It took me three months, and once I was finished, I put it aside and continued to live my life. Eight years later, I picked my manuscript, knowing that it was time to bring it to life and self-publish it. With the help of a very good friend, we read it over and edited it many times over until it was almost perfect. Then I contacted a printing and publishing company named ‘Love of Books’ in Brisbane. When I phoned, I was attended to by a cheerful woman, Julie, who was more helpful than anyone I had ever met in my life. I sent her my manuscript, and with her help, we turned it into my first self-published book. Julie helped me with all the requirements need to self-publish my book. My formatting, front cover design, paper size and type, and everything else from behind the scenes that go into getting a book created for retail sale. Her husband, John, also had a hand in organising my books’ printing and delivery. After that, she organised my web page, my press releases and then helped me with absolutely everything else that I asked her. Three years later and Love of Books have helped me self-publish and print another two books, which make up my Saga, and the help I had received in the beginning turned in to much more… support, and that is something that any up and coming author holds dear to their heart.

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Julian Ledlin

Thank-you, Love of Books, for guiding me through the unfamiliar territory to get me self-published. The book publishing process was extremely smooth, and I’m pleased with how my new books have turned out and at such a reasonable rate. I am very appreciative of the amount of time taken to field my many questions; the communication level leaves other self-publishers I have approached for dead. I found my emails would be replied to within minutes and felt genuine care and dedication towards the book I had poured my heart into over the last 12+ months. When they see the finished book, people’s initial comments are, “It’s just like a real book.” And it is. It sits confidently alongside any book produced by a massive publisher. The cover’s colour reproduction was spot on – there is no variation in the 100 copies I had printed. The matt finish on the cover is perfect and of excellent quality. The Love of Books process was just too easy. Thank you, team, at Love of Books- for helping me get the best possible result. You made it a pleasure to dive into the world of self-publishing and cut out the middle man once and for all. Order Johnny Foolish at for just $15 plus postage – All profits got to Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) 270 page Paperback for kids aged 7-11. and Julie McGregor

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