It Takes a Team

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center

No one writes and produces a book alone. It takes a team of professionals to turn your written words into polished prose that will jump off the shelf, or Amazon’s website, and into a reader’s shopping cart. No matter how well written your book is, it is the raw material that will be transformed in the hands of an experienced book editor and graphic designer—especially when they function as a well-oiled machine.

Editors and designers bring two different perspectives to books. Editors are verbal; designers are visual. Editors use words to deliver the authors message; designers use images and type to package that message.

Some books are easy, fun, and uncomplicated. But frankly, those are rare. Most books present stumbling blocks for either the editor, the designer, or both. If authors knew ahead of time how to avoid those hurdles, the editing and design processes would take less time, cost less money, and create fewer misunderstandings. That is what this program will help you learn.

Bobbi Linkemer and Peggy Nehmen have collaborated on twenty-one books since they met at an SLPA meeting in. The first book they worked on was not a team effort. Corinne Richardson had begun writing Dressing Nifty After Fifty in Bobbi’s class at Meramec. Bobbi did the first round of editing, and Peggy designed the book. Their partnership didn’t begin until their next book, when they learned the hard way what it takes to work with each other to produce a quality product.

Bobbi Linkemer is a writing coach, ghostwriter, editor, as well as the author of eighteen books, six of which are on writing. Her passion is helping writers at all levels convey their messages through books. To that end, she has guided twenty-four published authors through the steps of writing, publishing, and promoting their nonfiction books; taught for seven years at Meramec Community College, and launched a successful online course. Contact Bobbi at, or 314-968-8661. 

Peggy Nehmen, a veteran graphic designer, has a love of typography, book design, and all things creative. Her design studio, Nehmen-Kodner, helps self-published authors through the design process to produce customized book covers and interiors, as well as provide branding and marketing. Every book is unique, and every author has a distinct story to tell. Peggy goes beyond the ordinary to create book covers and interiors that reflect that individuality. See book design at or call 314-548-6001.

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