Joe Eckstein

Two Homes for Daniel

I Am Published! helped California author, Faydra Koenig, publish her book, Two Homes for Daniel, which was inspired by the issues her own family faced with divorce. Faydra is a mental health professional who helps clients deal with radical life changes, including divorce.Two Homes for Daniel (book Cover), By Fadra Koenig, MA, Illustrated by Joe Eckstein

Ms. Koenig was very pleased with the experience of working with I Am Published! She loved the artwork and was completely satisfied with the exceptional quality she received. As a busy professional, who had used I Am Published! in the past for other publications, she was confident to trust the details to the team.

In Two Homes for Daniel, Daniel the Dinosaur—a velociraptor—has a mommy and a daddy who are divorced and has to learn to live in two houses, apart from each of his parents. In this book, Daniel discovers that divorce doesn’t have to stop families from loving one another.

The I Am Published! team handled the entire publishing of the book, including copy editing, illustrations, book design, formatting, e-book formatting, distribution, and providing marketing materials.

Illustrator Joe Eckstein had fun drawing the dinosaur characters for this book. He worked closely with the author to develop the look of the characters she had in mind as well as each of the illustrations, from the initial sketch to final approval. Joe surpassed Faydra’s expectations by creating illustrations that were animated and engaging while conveying emotion.

Two Homes for Daniel is one of three books in the Daniel the Dinosaur and Friends series.

Daniel the Dinosaur was very sad. He cried at night, because he missed his dad. He loved his mommy, there was no doubt, but without his daddy, he felt left out.

"We promise, Daniel, no matter how hard it seems, to do our best to help you reach your dreams." D"divorce is hard, but it doesn't have to be when Mommies and Daddies make kids a priority."

You may order Two Homes for Daniel on, other online retailers, or through your local bookstore.

 I Am Published! recommends getting this book for any child you know who may be dealing with this life situation.

Also check out the post “Helping Children Deal with Divorce” on Faydra Koenig’s blog. To learn more about Faydra Koenig and her work, visit

Writer’s Workshop

Recently, our I Am Published! Director, Joe Eckstein, had the opportunity to speak to a group of writers at Joanne Derstine Curphey’s 6th Annual Writer’s Workshop in Bradenton, Florida.

Joanne Derstine Curphey's Writer's Workshop, Joe Eckstein at podium



His topic was, “The Quest to Getting Your Book Published and Why You Need Help!”. Joe’s talk was an honest look at the details of publishing a book and the many areas that require expertise for a book to be respected in the marketplace.

Joe’s talk was recorded and if you’re interested in hearing what he had to say, contact us and we will let you know how you can obtain it.


Writer's Workshop-Joe Eckstein at the podium and attendees










Joe was able to attend the entire conference and met some seasoned and aspiring authors who showed their appreciation for his talk and came by his table between sessions to speak with him and ask questions about publishing their books.

Joe Eckstein's Book Table at Joanne Derstine Curphey's Writer's Workshop


Joe is always impressed at the creativity and passion of people who want to put their vision in print. He met many of them at this conference and looks forward to staying connected.


Writer's Workshop Joe at Book Table


If you’d like more information about Joanne Derstine Curphey’s Writer’s Workshop, she has a Facebook Page where she shares information about the event and speakers.

If you’re writing a book and need help with the publishing process, please let us know how we can help you. We offer a wide range of services and several affordable packages depending on your needs.


12 Reasons You Should Write a Book

12 Reasons You Should Write a Book


The fact that you are on this blog site shows you are curious and that it has entered your mind to write a book before this moment in time.

Even though it may not be a brand new idea, you’ve taken an important step by browsing and seeing what you can learn.

No doubt, you’re looking for some kind of encouragement that would lead you toward making some kind of commitment or at least moving ahead from where you are now.

Read these 12 Reasons Why You Should Write a Book and if you are feeling even more adventurous, look around our website. Be sure to contact us if we can help!


1. To share your expertise

2. A book is the best possible image development tool to help you build your business

3. A book is a great product to sell through a blog, seminar or speaking engagement

4. As the basis for other creative works, such as a movie, play, speech, etc.

5. To set yourself apart from your competition

6. To create a legacy

7. Because you have a story to tell

8. To help others do something better

9. If anyone has ever told you that you should

10. For the purpose of documenting an experience

11. To memorialize a person

12. To fulfill a dream…because it’s an awesome feeling to publish your vision


In the comment section below, tell us why you want to write a book!



21 Reasons to Use I Am Published to Publish Your Book

Personal one-on-one coaching, Your own on-demand printer account, worldwide distribution, meet bookstore requirements, professional, custom book cover design, branded, professional custom book layout, eBook conversion: Kindle, iPad, Nook, Dozens of book sizes, Professional copyediting, Timelines that fit your schedule (in as little as 45 days), Retail Distribution: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor and more, 100% Royalties, No minimum orders, Print cost based on specs (not retail Price), Direct Distributor Access to Track Sales, Free ISBN Barcode, Easy, Worldwide drop ship ordering, Everything done for you, All rights retained (including distribution repurpose), Personal one-on-one account training, Useful marketing materials

Assisted self publishing is a happy medium between DIY and traditional publishing. It might be the right fit for you!
Every registration is done in your name as the publisher of record. There’s no middle man, no vanity “publishing” company slapping its name on your book and stealing profits from your hard-earned book sales.
  1. Personal one-on-one coaching
  2. Your own on-demand printer account
  3. Worldwide distribution
  4. Meet bookstore requirements
  5. Professional, custom book cover design
  6. Branded, professional custom book layout
  7. eBook conversion: Kindle, iPad, Nook
  8. Dozens of book sizes
  9. Professional copyediting
  10. Timelines that fit your schedule (in as little as 45 days)
  11. Retail Distribution:
    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor and more
  12. 100% Royalties
  13. No minimum orders
  14. Print cost based on specs (not retail price)
  15. Direct distributor access to track sales
  16. Free ISBN barcode
  17. Easy, worldwide drop ship ordering
  18. Everything done for you
  19. All rights retained (including distribution repurpose)
  20. Personal one-on-one account training
  21. Useful marketing materials


Some Publishing Facts

As you’re contemplating how to publish your manuscript, you will find several schools of thought on the topic. If you are a first time author, it can be especially confusing to know the difference between traditional and self-publishing.

The information in this post will give you a concise comparison of these two methods and some of the facts you should know before you make your decision.

some publishing facts TRADITIONAL SELF • A handful of the largest publishers control the majority of book sales. These companies typically won’t accept a title unless they feel it will sell at least 50,000 copies--10,000 within the first year. • Most publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, so you will need a Literary Agent. • Royalty amounts are typically 6–8% of the retail price. 10–12% is exceptional. • The timeline from acceptance of your manuscript to seeing your book in print is 11⁄2 years. • Midlist and lowlist authors must do almost all of their own promotion and pay for it themselves. • Being traditionally published once does not guarantee future projects. • Publishers will typically change the title, content, and even the main characters of an accepted manuscript. • Most publishers only pay out royalties once or twice per year. • “A larger publisher must sell 10,000 books to break even.” ~Brian DeFiore, Maui Writers Conference • “70% of the books published do not earn out their advance or make a profit.” ~Jerrold Jenkins • A higher percentage of in-print titles come from a small press or self-publisher. • “The largest risk in self-publishing is often the author’s time.” ~Peter Hupalo • Of the authors surveyed by Business Week, 96 percent said they realized a significant positive impact on their businesses from writing a book and would recommend the practice. • Start-up costs are significantly lower than they used to be. • Pre-established distribution is available. • Fully self-published authors keep 100% of the profits (Typically 50–70% of the retail price). • Books can be designed, printed, and distributed in as little as two months. • Self-published authors retain 100% control over the title, cover, and content. • If your book is discovered by a traditional publisher after it’s been proven a seller in the marketplace, it is worth more and you can negotiate a higher advance. • Self-published books that have a wide audience range and sell at least 3,000 copies are a good candidate for a traditional publisher. Copyright Imagine! Studios -

Eight Things Should You Expect From Your Book Cover Designer

Eight things you should expect from your book cover designerReaders do judge a book by its cover, so it’s important to make your book or e-book stand out. A good book cover designer will create a custom cover for your paperback or hardcover book that will attract readers’ attention and give your book professional credibility.

  1. Your book cover designer should be able to provide you with a fully custom, professional book cover design that includes the front cover, back cover, and spine for either a paperback or hardcover format of your book.
  2. If you are planning to publish an e-book, only a front cover design is needed, so you can expect to pay less than you’d pay for a full book cover design.
  3. For paperback, hardcover or e-books, the design you receive should include multiple concepts and incorporate stock imagery, custom graphics, or feature photos or artwork you provide.
  4. Chances are good that you may want to fine-tune your cover during the design process. You should be allowed the opportunity to make changes to the color, text, layout or images on your cover, with no hard feelings.
  5. In case you want to create multiple books or e-books in a series, your book cover designer can create your cover as a template that can be saved and later applied to subsequent books for a discounted price.
  6. Your book designer should either insert the ISBN and EAN barcode or allow the space for the barcode according to required specifications for book printing.
  7. The designer should provide the final files for the printer according to the printer’s specifications.
  8. Images of your cover should be made available to you for an e-book format and for the purpose of promoting your book.

Click here to find a book cover designer who will meet or exceed all of the above.