Professional editing, writing,
and publishing advising



At The Publishing World, we work one-on-one with authors to help write and publish their books.

Whether a first-time or experienced author, we specialize in memoir, nonfiction business, politics, and entertainment, as well as literary and crime/thriller fiction.

Our work is customized for clients at every stage
of successful publishing:

Pursuing a traditional publishing deal? We can help you prepare the best possible version of your manuscript when pitching to agents and publishers. We research the best agents and publishers for you, and help write a professional query letter tailored to you and your book.



For self-published authors, we offer full-service packages, or we can help with one or more of the main steps of professional publishing: developmental and copy editing, book design, printing, ebooks, audiobooks, and distribution. We also love to help with author platform: author websites, social media, reviews, media outreach, publicity, and events.


Learn the industry knowledge and skills when and where you need them so your self-published book will meet or exceed the quality of the big publishers.

Editorial Services
Design & Production
Marketing & Publicity
  • Manuscript Evaluation

Assess the potential for publication based on the quality  of writing and market positioning. We work with authors of fiction and nonfiction.

  • Developmental Editing

For fiction, focus is on all major elements (plot, character, dialogue, etc.) and any special techniques in the genre. For nonfiction, including memoir, we evaluate structure and logic of the main themes and argument, as well as the narrative, necessary research, and more.

  • Collaborative Editing & Ghostwriting

Long-term, one-on-one work with an experienced writer and editor to plan book concept and focus, with the right measure of market strategy;  writing and editing of several drafts with a final manuscript prepared for publication.



  • Copy Editing & Proofreading

Style, grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, tense, and a lot more. Routinely use Chicago Manual of Style, and we know several other popular and academic styles.

  • Cover Design

  • Interior Layout

  • Printing

  • Ebook Production

  • Audiobooks

  • Metadata

  • Distribution

  • Website Design & Development

  • Author Websites

  • Social Media

  • Reviews

  • Publicity

  • Events

  • Agent Research

  • Query Letters

  • Book Proposals


Our authors have sold thousands of books at major and independent stores, physical and online.


They are lawyers, musicians, athletes, doctors, farmers, teachers, YA novelists, and more. Their books are about racism, religion, football, education, fitness, physics, bees, music, and murder (mostly in the fiction).

Select any cover for more details on the book and our involvement.

Racism: Reality Built on a Myth

Racism: Reality Built on a Myth

by John Lovchik Developmental and copy editing, followed by assisting the author to find his publisher, Wipf and Stock.

Born Fanatic

Born Fanatic

by Michael McCormack Full-service self-publishing, including developmental and line editing over two years, book design, author platform including website and social media planning, market testing, publicity, media, sales and marketing, distribution, and events.

The Way of the Life Athlete

The Way of the Life Athlete

by Peter Shmock Author platform for this two-time Olympic athlete and creator of the Life Athlete brand, including website, logo, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube). Production and distribution management. Media outreach.

A Time for Purpose

A Time for Purpose

by Stephen J. O'Connor Full-service self-publishing, including developmental and line edit for two years, book design (hardcover and paperback), author platform, media, conferences and other events, sales and marketing, distribution.

The Singing Earth

The Singing Earth

by Barrett Martin Text design and book production management. Publicity, media, and marketing planning for the author, a Seattle musician and professor, whose bands include Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara, and Walking Papers.

Craft Brewed Jesus

Craft Brewed Jesus

by Michael Camp Developmental editing, social media, followed by assisting the author to find his publisher, Wipf and Stock.

The Recipient: Emerald City Thriller

The Recipient: Emerald City Thriller

by Audrey J. Cole Developmental and copy editing on a series of books, The Emerald City Thrillers.

Song Of Increase

Song Of Increase

by Jacqueline Freeman Publishing advisor on first, self-published edition. After, agent research and query that resulted in a small bidding war, with the second edition published by Sounds True Press.



Book One of the Tempest Trinity Trilogy By Leslie Calderoni Full-service project management of professionally self-published Young Adult trilogy, including book design, author platform (website and social media), book release events, media, publicity, marketing, and distribution.

A Catholic Childhood

A Catholic Childhood

by Donna Eisel Full-service self-publishing, including editing and book design (small case laminate hardcover); the book is meant for the author's family, and serves as a lead-up to her memoir, a much larger project for which I'm working as her editor.

Tuna on Toast, Sister Clotildis...

Tuna on Toast, Sister Clotildis...

by Sherri Bobzien Author platform, including website, blog, and social media. Design and production advisor. Independent bookstore sales and event planning (signings and release party).

Green Girl

Green Girl

by Kate Zambreno Literary novel first published by Emergency Press in 2012, and later sold to Harper Perennial. Worked as editor and managed design, author platform, media, publicity, sales, and events. Negotiated sale of book to Harper.



by Erika Rae Memoir about growing up Evangelical, published by Emergency Press in 2012. Worked as editor and managed design, author platform, media, publicity, sales, and events.

Stupid Children

Stupid Children

by Lenore Zion Literary/Commerical novel published by Emergency Press in 2013. Worked as editor and managed design, author platform, media, publicity, sales, and events.



As the owner of The Publishing World, I have dedicated twenty-five years of my career to making and selling books. For much of that time, I also worked as a professor of writing and literature.


I work hard for authors using my experience as an editor and publisher, which includes all aspects of book production and promotion. My clients also appreciate that I can teach them about the publishing industry, when and where they want.


Where an author's book calls for it, I maintain a team of top-notch editors, marketing experts, and print and web designers who I can assign to the project.


- Bryan Tomasovich




Rebecca Pillsbury, Duende Press

Rebecca Pillsbury is an award-winning writer and ghostwriter specializing in nonfiction personal development books and memoir. She has been recognized for her ethical approach to writing celebrity memoir, using vulnerability to exhibit strength and humor to remind readers not to take life (and fame) so seriously.


Rebecca is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and inspirational entertainers reach new heights in their careers, so their audience grows, and more lives are transformed.


When not reading, writing, and editing, she enjoys lindy hop and blues dancing, hiking and kayaking in the incredible Pacific Northwest, and listening to live music.

More about Rebecca at Duende Press.


Lindsay Gatz, von Rocko Design

Lindsay Gatz has been creating book designs with The Publishing World since 2014. She believes that design is the intersection where art informs, and transforms experience—be that experience 2D or 3D, visual or tangible. Having studied graphic design in Germany, home to the birth of typography, she is deeply connected to the fundamental thought processes that go into modern graphic design.


While maintaining her own design aesthetic, Lindsay is able to approach each project and client differently, offering a unique design solution that always delivers. Her scope of skills cover traditional print design, brand strategy & identity, digital design, and website development.

See more of Lindsay's print and website design!




For hundreds of years, writers and their publishers have formed life-long relationships around the books they made together.

We understand the value of that at The Publishing World.  We create long-lasting relationships with our clients, and we equip them with the real knowledge they need to achieve success within the publishing industry.

“Bryan's editing expertise has been invaluable to the success of my Emerald City Thriller series. Thanks in a large part to his developmental editing, my books have received fantastic reviews.  Bryan's help with my book descriptions have helped drive sales, and my books have reached bestseller status on both Amazon and USA Today. I can't recommend his editing services enough!”


—Audrey J. Cole, author of Viable Hostage, the latest in the Emerald City Thriller series

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“It's hard to sum up Bryan’s value to my memoir in just a sentence or two. From specific editing suggestions to broad expert analysis about the narrative themes, Bryan's input is helping me improve my project beyond my imagination. And that's just the writing part. His coaching about how to get published is indispensable. I'd be lost without his guidance. ”


—Michael McCormack, author of Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL


“Thank you to Bryan for all your effort and energy in creating my first book. It turned out great. It's been a pleasure to work with you.”


—Peter Shmock, two-time Olympian and All-American NCAA track and field athlete, creator of the Life Athlete brand

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“Using Bryan's services has made the difference between my books going relatively unnoticed and my becoming a notable author with both an online and real world presence usually reserved for writers represented by traditional publishing houses. The opportunities for publicity and promotion I've received using The Publishing World have put me on the map.”


—Leslie Calderoni, author of the Tempest Trinity trilogy (YA fiction)


“As author of a memoir, I have worked with Bryan for nearly three years. I have found him to be consistently excellent in his wide-ranging skills in editing the book. Bryan has taken my story in its raw form and transformed it to be organized, sequential, factual, and compelling. He is keen on pointing out what readers will notice or want to hear more about in the story.”


—Stephen J. O’Connor, A Time for Purpose: A Survivor’s Path to Trial, Truth & Justice


“I cannot overstate the importance of Bryan’s contribution to the publication of my book. He provided input on the development of the issues covered, guidance on the organization of the book, and line editing of the final manuscript. The result is a book I can take pride in. Bryan was easy to work with and provided encouragement throughout the process. His knowledge of the book industry was instrumental in my finding a publisher.”


—John Lovchik, Racism: Reality Built on a Myth, anti-racism activist and trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.




Set up a free half-hour phone consultation to help you decide what you need next to publish, and how we can help. 

In the form below, give us a sense of what your book is about, your goals for it, and the services you are interested in. From there, we'll plan a call that fits your schedule.

We're based in Seattle, and we can work one-on-one locally, or internationally by the communication channels you prefer.


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