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Book Manuscript Formatting Tips: Essential info for proper manuscript formatting to avoid  typesetting and eBook design and conversion problems.

How to Self-Publish a Book: Your Print-on-Demand (POD) Self-Publishing Options, with Perspective on eBook Editions.

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The website of Barbara Brabec
author and self-publisher, book manuscript editor, and author's consultant

Self-employed at home for most of her adult life, Barbara Brabec continues to move in new directions as an author and self-publisher, book manuscript editor, and author's consultant. This site reflects her professional and personal interests, philosophy, and beliefs.

Tips and Strategies for Living and Working More Safely and Productively in These Unsettling Times. In today's constantly changing high-tech world, every day of working on the Web and just plain living is a new learning experience for most of us. This special edition of Barbara's BRABEC BULLETIN discusses several important things she has recently learned from personal experience and diligent research.

How to Enrich and Empower Your Brain as You Age. As business owners, we all want to stay as mentally sharp as possible as we age, and one way to do this is to pay attention to our overall health, which directly affects the health of the brain.

Living in the Age of Electronic Friendships. A reminder of all the personal and business friends you have now that you never would have had if you hadn't begun to correspond by email, opened a website, started a blog or got active on one or more social networking sites.

Memorial Pages

Barbara and Harry Brabec—partners in both life and business for nearly 44 years. See THE DRUMMER DRIVES, Barbara's memoir of their unusual and adventurous musical life together.

The Thoughts and Advice of a New Widow—Perspective and encouragement for new widows. A series of articles by Barbara (2005-2010).

How to Get a Handle on Your Schedule C Deductions and Work with an Accountant.

a pair of Harry's rosewood drumsticks

Barbara's highly praised memoir
about her unusual life with a legendary Chicago drummer


THE COMPANION WEBSITE to my memoir about my life with Harry, which I started in 2010, will be closed on November 28. I haven't yet decided what to do with the wealth of music-related historical articles on the site; for now, I only know that I can no longer devote time to this nostalgic endeavor. If you've never visited the site, I suggest you do it now if you'd like to know more about Chicago's musical history.