PERSONAL HELP for Writers, Authors, Self-publishers, and Dreamers too!

Set up an inexpensive telephone chat with Barbara Brabec when you need answers to your self-publishing questions, or a plan, a key connection, or encouragement to do what you need to do to make your dream come true.

She's "been there, done that" and wants to help you "get there and do that" too. 

On Following Your Dream

How to be a Fearless Dreamer and Reinvent Yourself 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.


"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain

“Many people die with their music still in them. Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.” ~ John Ruskin

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” ~ Pamela Vaull Starr

BARBARA'S VARIOUS BOOKS illustrate the extent of her knowledge on how to turn talents, experience, and know-how into a profitable business based at home. She has a lifetime of personal experience in the creative fields of art, craft, design, music, speaking, teaching, writing, editing, and self-publishing, with considerable experience in developing and managing her own websites and publishing ventures. (See complete bio here)


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Copyright 2000-2018 by Barbara Brabec. All Rights Reserved.

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Have you written a book you want to self-publish?

Having someone to talk to who has done what you're still dreaming about doing could make all the difference, as these authors (just two of many) confirm:

"Barbara Brabec provides wonderful help for sorting it all out. She has the experience and contacts to quickly understand where we writers are on our journey and help us right now. In one short consultation, she gave me more than I expected—a critique of my cover, suggestions on e-formatters and typesetters, materials to read, and immediately followed up with an e-mail and links to excellent sources for what I needed. I've been about the writing of novels for over ten years, and the marketing and selling of them for about seven years. Barbara is as good as I've found to guide us on our journeys." ~ G. J. Berger, author of South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon

"After four decades of running several businesses, I have never encountered such a useful, wise, caring consultant. Three days after my consultation I was in the middle of publishing my first eBook." ~ Gary Unruh, author of Golden Rule Parenting—Treat Your Child the Way You Want to Be Treated

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IF YOU'RE AN AUTHOR with a contract from a trade book publisher and need help in understanding all the legalese in it, see Barbara's special Author-Publisher Book Contract Consulting Service.

"Barbara is incredible! Thanks to her help, I wound up with some major concessions and a higher royalty! I recommend her highly to any author involved in contract negotiations. (more)" - Lisa Kerber, author of Hardworking Cats.

READ ALL PRAISE from Authors who have successfully negotiated more profitable contracts after consulting with Barbara.



LEARN HOW Barbara's critique of your manuscript prior to its being edited will not only result in a much better book, but could dramatically cut your editing costs. Details here.

Read comments from authors who have benefited from this service.

Barbara Brabec offers expert advice on 
home-business management and self-publishing


A CLOSE LOOK AT MY WEBSITE will tell you that my primary interest at this time is in the field of writing and self-publishing books (both print and electronic), and I'm passionate about encouraging writers to follow in my footsteps here, as evidenced in this article on "Life Writing." However, my interests in helping others doesn't end here.

DURING MY LIFETIME as a self-employed individual working at home, I've interviewed countless home-business pros and other experts for my books, periodicals, and magazine columns. I've also communicated with thousands of business-minded people at home-business conferences and in my workshops—plus fielded thousands upon thousands of letters and e-mails from people in all walks of life and work. As a result, I have a keen understanding of what works and what doesn't ... know how to get "from here to there" ... and know what one has to do to keep moving and growing in any creative endeavor or home-business pursuit.

While I can be helpful to anyone who is trying to start or get ahead in any kind of self-employment endeavor, I am no longer active in the crafts and home-business industries and thus cannot provide selling or marketing guidance other than what is in my website articles or books.

Let me Help You Follow Your Dream

IN EVEN A SHORT PHONE CONSULT, you will quickly benefit by getting answers to whatever questions you may have. (Make a list and have it at hand when we talk.) You'll also learn whether you're on the right track or need to investigate some things you overlooked or just didn't know about before. (I generally give my consulting clients leads to helpful Web resources and people they might want to contact.)

Consulting Fee Options

$20 for fifteen minutes - for some quick answers
$35 for thirty minutes - recommended for most clients
$60 for one hour - when you need a lot of help

Consultations are payable in advance by PayPal. I generally limit consults to weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CST), but will accommodate individuals whose job necessitates a consult after five or on a Saturday.

TO GET STARTED, email me with information about what you want to discuss, how much time you want to reserve for the consultation, and what days or times are good for you to talk.

If I know I can be helpful to you, I'll get back to you with one of those days/times that also works for me and ask for your PayPal email address so I can invoice you in advance of the consultation. At that time, you can tell me the best way for us to connect.

You can call me at the appointed time, or I will call you if you don't have unlimited long distance service and live in one of the geographical areas served by my long-distance provider (see below). Or, if you are located elsewhere, we could communicate by Skype.

My long-distance service includes: Continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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