One of the most precious people I've found in the process of self-publishing is my editor: Leslie Noble.
They say, nomen est omen. The man is indeed noble.
Not only is he an excellent editor - knows his way through the labyrinth of the English language like an intrepid archaeologist with incentives - knows byways and passages I had no idea about.
For my own piratical purposes even better, he is a yachtsman with hands-on experience of flying a sailing yacht, surfing a freak wave, and all the moods and idiosyncrasies of the ocean.
Most importantly, he's a Noble knight on a white charger where it comes to rescuing a distressed damsel from going to Cuckoo Home (it's somewhere in the Transylvanian Alps, I'm sure). The file that was driving me round the bend yesterday? Around midnight it won against me and I gave up on it (LibreOffice Writer, Winword 2007 - neither could help me) and launched it in a missive to my noble editor, with a plea for help.
This morning as I open my emails, the file is back - all fixed! I could take it exactly as is and upload it to Amazon, no further tweaks required! How's that forya?
Les, thank you. Your help is absolutely indispensable and worth gold. And diamonds!
I don't know if anyone sees these posts but if you do, pls be aware that Les is also our most prolific author - having written Tabika (1 and 2), Baa Baa Black Belt, Regina, Forest Circle Quest, and the "Immy" series of 5 delightful toddler-shaped multimedia toy-boxes parading as books. The stories are so cute that as adults we smile and chuckle as we read them. Definitely worthy of our little ones, much more so than a lot of the toddler literature that is currently out there.
Here are his books:
He is also a composer (Immy features a Peter-and-the-Wolf style themed musical background of his own composition) and his classical-style CDs are on our web shop too:
(The photography featuring on the covers of these CDs is also his own.)