At The Publishing World, we work one-on-one with first-time and experienced authors to help write and publish their books.
We specialize in literary and crime/thriller fiction, and in nonfiction: memoir, leadership, cultural criticism, and entertainment.
Our work is customized for clients at every stage
of successful publishing:
Pursuing a traditional publishing deal? We can help you prepare the best version of your manuscript when pitching to agents and publishers. We research the best agents and publishers for you, and help prepare queries and proposals 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.
Design & Production
Marketing & Publicity
Assess the potential for publication based on the quality of writing and market positioning. We work with authors of fiction and nonfiction.
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.
Website Design & Development
Our authors have sold thousands of books through traditional and self-publishing routes.
They are musicians, athletes, business leaders, physicists, fishermen, teachers, trainmen, thriller novelists, and more. Their books are about racism, religion, the environment, education, fitness, personal growth, eloping, music, and murder.
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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.
- 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.
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.
For hundreds of years, writers and their publishers have formed life-long relationships around the books they have made together.
We understand the value of that at The Publishing World. We create long-lasting connections with our clients, and equip them with the real knowledge they need to achieve success within the publishing industry.
“As a first-time fiction author, Bryan has been an invaluable mentor, coach, and collaborator to me. His advice gave me the confidence to finish the work and market it effectively. He provides a compelling balance of insights for both the publishing industry and the editing process. I highly recommend him to anyone serious about a writing career.”
—M.P. Woodward, author of The Handler, espionage thriller, Penguin Random (Berkley), May 2022.
"A brilliant thriller…this is one you don’t want to miss!" —Mark Greaney
“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 The Pilot's Daughter and the Emerald City Thriller series
“Bryan knows the ins and outs of publishing and without him, I certainly would have been at the mercy of the publishing machine and made many errors just because I didn't have that inside info. He took my visuals-intensive book and not only made a gorgeous print format, but successfully transferred it into ebook format as well (no small feat)! He was instrumental in coordinating all the moving parts of publishing a book (editing, cover design, publicity, ebook format, etc.). If you're publishing your own book, you'd serve yourself well if you hired Bryan as your publishing manager.”
—Sam Starns, adventure elopement photographer and author of Elope Your Life: A Guide to Living Authentically and Unapologetically, Starting with “I Do”
“I have been working with Bryan for over three years—throughout the publishing of four volumes of a memoir. I had a few concerns when initially approaching publishing, but they were quickly allayed by Bryan’s knowledge and experience in the industry. He’s still with me, and I am starting Volume 5 now. His assistance and guidance has made my work easier. I am clearly quite satisfied.”
—Ronan Short, Short’s Stories Volume 1-4
“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
“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
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.