Victoria Twead of Ant Press walked me through every step of the way to reach professional standards for publishing my book “Crowning: True Stories of Birthing and Women in Nepal” (2019). Her personal knowledge, courteous manner, and meticulous attention to detail were some of her outstanding characteristics. Her patience and experience with formatting the book were blessings indeed. She had answers for me as an inexperienced, non-tech savvy person — responses and guidance that made the whole process easy.
Victoria and Ant Press have my Highest Recommendation.
Geeta Pfau, Ph.D.
I highly recommend Ant Press to any author looking to self-publish their books.
I was introduced to Jacky Donovan when I was looking for a copy editor. When I checked out one of her own books, I immediately realised that I would be dealing with a person who is a very skilled writer, so that was good enough for me.
I soon found out that, in addition to copy editing, she would also give me editing suggestions, arrange to format the book for both Kindle and print and help out with the artwork for the cover. In fact, she held my hand through the whole self-publishing process, including providing valuable help and suggestions for marketing when published.
What a find! Jacky is amazing. Her suggestions were always spot on and made with the book’s best interests in mind — she really knows what she is doing. On top of all that, I have made a lovely new friend.
“I chose Ant Press because it is a small publishing house, and I have not been disappointed. As a newbie, and knowing nothing about publishing, I wanted to be guided through the process carefully and needed to trust someone else to have the knowledge that I didn’t have.
Ant Press has been amazing! I have worked with Jacky Donovan and have been lucky enough to have had one-to-one guidance from start to finish. I have had reassurance and advice given freely and patiently, with quick, friendly, and professional responses.
I am absolutely delighted with the final result and so impressed with Ant Press’ marketing performance and strategies. Within days of the release, my book had whizzed to No.1 in 3 New Release categories on Amazon and is now a No. 1 best seller with Amazon.
Ant Press offers a full-on, professional service that is at the same time nurturing and directive. I personally felt safe at all times and also felt that my book was in safe hands. It has been tweaked to make it better, but the essence remains the same.”
Thank you, Jacky Donovan and Ant Press. It’s been a pleasure, and I could not recommend your services any more highly.”
A Kiss Behind the Castanets
“Ant Press were amazing. They took care of everything. They were professional, very helpful with suggestions (that improved the book considerably) and responded to my emails very quickly. As someone whose computer skills are on a par with the morris dancing skills of a camel , it was a source of great relief to have Ant Press at my side at every step. I would definitely us them again.”
The Alternative Christmas Letters
“Having had my first book published by a major NYC, I didn’t know what to expect when working with Victoria Twead and Ant Press.
What a revelation! She responds quickly, kindly, patiently, and accurately, and she’s a whiz at promotion and marketing. Six beta readers proofed my final manuscript. Within 24 hours of the eBook being available for pre-order, my memoir, Midwife: A Calling, was #1 in two of Amazon’s categories of similar content, and #5 in a third.
Best of all, from my perspective, was Victoria’s ability to calm my meltdown when facing computer and technology issues. She finally said, “I’ll do it for you. Just give me your password.” I did, and she did, and I slept soundly.
I’ll be writing at least two more books, and I’ll definitely use Ant Press again and again.”
“I was delighted with the editing and publishing work done by Jacky Donavan and Ant Press on my children’s books. Jacky made so much difference to the presentation of the books and was able to explain everything to me as we went along. I am not technical or computer minded and could never have achieved all this for myself. It was great to not only receive the necessary services, but so much advice on promoting the books as well. I cannot recommend Ant Press highly enough; lovely people and a very professional service.”
“If you are lucky enough to publish with Ant Press, you are very lucky indeed. Victoria Twead and Jacky Donovan provided me with a full-on professional publishing effort and they did it with kindness, patience and a professionalism rarely seen. Jacky had an exquisite sense of my voice and her editorial expertise resulted in a book that captured the true feel and sense of my memoir. Her communications were always timely and on point and her unfailing good humor and encouragement helped me achieve my long held dream of publishing, Tell Me About It, the story of my clinical career. Ant Press embodies the saying—Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Pinny Brakeley Bugaeff
Tell Me About It – Memoir of a Psychotherapist
“I cannot think of anyone I’d prefer to work with than Victoria Twead of AntPress. She helped me through every step of the way with the formatting necessary for me to self-publish both a print paperback and a kindle version of my book. She seemed to intuit what I needed before I could even think what it was I needed.
She is a dream to work with, handling all my inexperience with grace, alacrity, and complete knowledge of the publishing world. She also has a good helping of humour and patience; very necessary when dealing with a first-time-publishing writer. All of this was done for a reasonable fee.
I shall definitely hope to work with her on my next books, and I cannot praise or recommend AntPress highly enough.”
Prince Oliver Penguin and his friend, Olivia
“In one form or another I have been writing my entire adult life. I have worked with many different traditional publishers, newspapers and literary agents around the world. I truly wish I would have found Ant Press sooner.My experience working with this company has been nothing short of amazing. Not only are they the very best in the business – but what sets them apart from the lot is that they truly care. They care not only about your writing and your success – but they also care about you as a person. They are not happy with the status quo and they go above and beyond to ensure all of their clients are 100% satisfied. They are responsive, thorough, meticulous and detailed. They really made this experience as stress-free as possible.I highly recommend Ant Press, Victoria Twead and Jacky Donovan. Had I found Ant Press sooner I would have eliminated a lot of pain from my career as a writer and author. ”
“We were very impressed with the fast service Victoria provided, regarding the editing and publishing of the book and making it available on many online retailers as fast as possible.
We recommend Ant Press to any writer looking to publish their works.”
Rashpal Rani Singh
“As a first time author I can not recommend Ant Press enough. From the initial contact with Victoria who responded in a timely and personal way to Jacky’s meticulous and encouraging editing work my experience has been totally positive.
I can certainly recommend Victoria’s excellent ‘How To Write a Bestselling Memoir’. It is full of practical advice.
The feedback I got throughout Jacky’s kind and critically honest advice was always detailed and encouraging. Jacky is supremely efficient and my first memoir, ‘South to Barcelona’, is a better book thanks to her. Jacky is also social media savvy and freely passes on her knowledge of how to improve book exposure and promotion.
In summary, I am confident that I can apply what I have learnt to improve as a writer.”
South to Barcelona: A New Life in Spain
“After self-publishing my first memoir and alligator wrestling the Kindle version into place, I joined We Love Memoirs on Facebook. I fit right into the group with shared interests of travel, culture, animals and humor. Subsequently, I submitted my second memoir to Ant Press and it was accepted! Working with Jacky Donovan turned out to be fun and she showed great enthusiasm for my manuscript. Also, since I struggle with low vision, I didn’t have to worry about all the technical aspects of publishing. Jacky’s eagle eyes caught all my niggling errors and she saw to it all my files uploaded properly. Guess what? No more toothy smiles from the cunning Kindle ‘gator! Jacky also patiently taught me about marketing, including how to set up promotions. My Kindle reached bestseller status and stayed there for five days! Even though Jacky travels extensively, she maintains strong communication and ensures an author’s work is her top priority. It’s been a great experience working with Jacky and the Ant Press team, which has enabled me to move to the next level in my writing and become friends with other memoir writers.
“As a first time author, I had no idea what to expect during the publishing process. I heard many a story on how often the author lost part of their voice and much of the control went to the publishing company themselves. I never once felt that with Ant Press or Jacky Donovan. The personal touch was remarkable from beginning to end.Jacky walked me through the process step by step and eased my mind with her speed at answering any inquiry I may have had. She cared about me personally and the message I was trying to convey making sure my voice was not lost in the editing process. I never once questioned choosing Ant Press and am very grateful for the experience.”
“As a first time author who thought a book was done when the last word of the draft was typed, I am very grateful to Ant Press and my editor Jacky Donovan for helping and mentoring me through the daunting challenges of editing, cover design, publishing, and publicity. I felt that my editor cared about me personally, and my book’s message, as she professionally guided me through the journey and mentored me towards becoming a better writer.
The biggest compliment I can give is that I trust my family’s story to her and to Ant Press. Thank you for standing in my corner on this publishing journey!”
“Working with Ant Press has been effortless. I contacted this publishing company with a book and no idea how to get it from A to B. Victoria Twead and Jacky Donovan talked me through every step of the journey, offering advice and guiding me.
I am thrilled with the finished product, with the service that this incredibly friendly company provided and I feel like I have gained some wonderful friends. Rather than taking over and running with it, we worked together and I learned so much. I cannot fault Ant Press in any way and would highly recommend them. Looking forward to presenting my next book to them in the future.”
“Quite simply, Ant Press was fundamental to the success of my book. Self-publishing, particularly for a first-time author, feels daunting and lonely; Victoria’s input, proofing skills and thorough knowledge made the whole process easier and much more enjoyable.
Knowing the support you need is only an email away… Well, who needs a publishing deal? I cannot recommend Ant Press highly enough.”
Tales from the Coop
“Ant press went above and beyond my expectations in formatting my memoir. I highly recommend their services.”
When Angels Fly
“Victoria and Ant Press have been a massive help to me as a first time author. Victoria is always available to ask advice and their service was quick and pain-free.
My ebook is now an Amazon bestseller and I couldn’t be happier.”
Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?
Seriously Mum, Where’s that Donkey?
“Publishing a new book can be very daunting for authors, whether new, or already published. It’s great to find Ant Press who have experienced both sides of the process as Authors AND Publishers. Thanks Ant Press for sharing your experience, advice, integrity and help during the editing and publication of Costa Women’s first book! We would thoroughly recommend your service to others.”
“Ant Press provides all the benefits of a small publishing company – they know their authors, care about each project, and pay close attention to every detail – and they’ve got the know-how and professionalism of a much bigger firm. I knew I was in good hands from the first moment. My previous book was handled by a large American company, and they did a very good job. But Ant Press is better. They go the extra mile to make sure each book is well-produced and properly launched. And they’re great to work with, making it fun to be a part of Ant Press.”
101 Ways to Enjoy Living Abroad
“If I haven’t thanked you before, I would like to officially thank Ant Press, (both Vicky and Joe) for your dedication, hard work, putting up with me, your encouragement, and all the other adjectives which have helped me on my way to at last getting ‘The Multicoloured Hat’ established.
You have been amazing, more than the call of duty.”
The Multicoloured Hat
“It was so exciting to see the finished version of our book up there for all to buy for the first time. From the very first discussion to the finished project, I felt in very safe and capable hands. Each step was explained in detail so I knew exactly where I was and what was next throughout.
Victoria and Joe’s attention to detail was amazing and their friendly, professional and personal approach made eveything go smoothly and stress free. I would recommend them without hesitation and will use Ant Press again for sure! Thank you so much.”
“You have my undying gratitude for your patience, your kindness and all of your personal and extra help which has been vital to achieve this production. Let’s hope we can work together again on my next one (which is half finished by the way!)”
“I self-published my first book and was pleased with the results. But I still felt there were markets out there into which I could break but hadn’t yet done so. I’d met Victoria Twead on Facebook so approached her about putting my sequel with Ant Press.
I have been absolutely delighted with the arrangement, from the amount of time and effort which went into getting the manuscript just right, to the pleasure of seeing how well it is doing in those new markets.
Ant Press are totally professional but always very friendly and approachable. I could not recommend them highly enough.”
Sell the Pig
Is that Billinge Lump?
“I am so pleased I chose to publish my book through Ant Press. Victoria was not only speedy and wonderfully thorough, but always happy to answer any questions I had with helpful emails – such a bonus for a technophobe such as myself.”
Adventures in La-La Land
“Thank you Victoria for your speed and clarity in getting my book “out there” and for your willingness to help another Old Fool enter a new world.”
Monsieur le Président
“In the short time it has taken Victoria Twead, on behalf of Ant Press, to make my book available to the public, I have got to know her as a patient friend. She has dealt with every enquiry and problem with impressive efficiency and professionalism accompanied by a personal touch that made me feel valued as a writer. I have felt totally involved in the whole process, which has been very reassuring for this novice! I look forward to working with Victoria again soon, knowing that I will be in safe hands.
And I mean every word!”
“I am a first time author, and Ant Press’s help, guidance, encouragement and belief in me have been invaluable. I am sure many publishers would have given up on me, but Victoria wants the best for her authors and this ethos is ever present.
No matter how trivial the enquiry might have been, she was always willing to help and give answers to questions others might have considered to be pointless.
I cannot speak more highly of Victoria, Joe and Ant Press and their patience and understanding of what newby authors go through.”
John C T Miller
“I had self-published my book previously and it was a difficult and lonely journey. This time it has been a much easier and enjoyable venture with Victoria’s guidance and support and my confidence in her wealth of knowledge and expertise.”
Saffron Mello Castro
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
“I had a more than wonderful experience with ANT PRESS. Victoria responded to my arcane questions and suggestions usually within minutes with cogent helpful information in a lively personal manner, even occasionally after midnight on weekends. How could anyone ask for more?
Joe’s editing and Victoria’s helpful suggestions and willingness to accommodate my preferences clearly improved my book and made the entire publishing experience a smooth, pleasant and rapid one. I’m extremely satisfied with ANT PRESS and highly recommend them.”
“As a first time author I’m so glad I decided to go with a publisher and even more thankful that it was Ant Press. Victoria has been so patient even when I’m obsessing about something late into a Sunday night (book cover colour). She must have a degree in psychology and remaining calm under fire. I’m delighted with the final result and should I ever be moved to write another memoir, Ant Press would be my choice.”
Joan’s Descent into Alzheimer’s
“It has been a joy to work with Ant Press during the publication of my first book. Victoria has provided me with unlimited support through the whole process, always on hand to answer questions and guiding me through the more technical issues with admirable patience.
My book became a bestseller within two days of publishing, then later a New York Times bestseller. I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have discovered such a friendly and professional publisher.
Quite simply I could not recommend Ant Press highly enough and sincerely hope that I will have the pleasure of working with them again in the future.”
“Victoria is experienced, meticulous, helpful, gentle, critical, and savvy – everything a writer needs in an editor and publisher. Beyond her numerous professional skills, Vicky is truly kind. I would recommend without hesitation Ant Press to any writer looking for support and guidance.”
Ant Press were the publishers of my first two books. Being a complete newcomer to the publishing world, I was overawed by the amount of help, encouragement and guidance offered by Victoria Twead. Both of my books have reach Amazon’s No.1 position in their category, which I am sure would not have happened without the help of Ant Press. By my third book I was ready to ‘go solo’ but still used the incredibly professional services of Ant Press for formatting.
I can highly recommend Ant Press to any writer, be they complete novices or established authors. To say that Victoria Twead goes above and beyond the call of duty in helping her authors is an immense understatement. Ant Press ROCKS!
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