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Barbara's Office Environment — See her "Tiger Wall" of cross-stitch embroideries that took thousands of hours to stitch over a period of several years.


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.

Will You Be Still Working In Your Seventies? Here's a story about retirement planning with the simple financial exercise that changed Barbara's life and the way she was looking at work itself. It might change your retirement outlook too.

Paying Estimated Taxes—Julian Block's tax tips for home-business owners, freelancers, and other Self-Employed Individuals

How to be a Fearless Dreamer and Reinvent Your Life at Any Age. Barbara's thoughts and research about the importance of dreaming and changing your life if it's not all you want it to be.

Out with the Old, In with the New—The Thoughts of a Widow Now Ten Years Into Her Journey. In this continuing series of articles for widows, Barbara talks about how nearing the ten-year mark in her journey prompted her to take another life-changing widow's step.

Looking at Your Life in An Exciting New Way. This article could prompt you to seriously rethink your whole life and career, job, or business ambitions.

  Pruning Your Life to Encourage Growth. Is it time to think about ridding your life of things that are stressing you or taking more time than you want to give them, or are simply becoming a burdensome physical responsibility?

Memorial Pages

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


Hear Barbara read excerpts from several chapters of The Drummer Drives!

a pair of Harry's rosewood drumsticks


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.

A Widow's Thoughts and Advice—Barbara's continuing series of articles for widows and other grieving hearts.