Hear what some of our authors are saying about us...
Author of The Fourth Element Series
"Holly and Jessica guided me through the process of publishing my first book with a comprehensive and user-friendly blueprint of exactly what had to be to done when, along with effective promotion strategies. Bringing your book to market for the first time (or the second or third!) can feel like a daunting process, but they had terrific recommendations on everything from editorial to cover design and launch day. The best part is that they're both talented writers with years of experience in the business, so they truly get it. I'm about to publish my fourth book with Acorn and I'm just so grateful to be part of this wonderful community of writers and editors. It's such a warm, nurturing place, I feel like I've come home."
Author of The Children of the Gods Series
"I love being a part of this wonderful family of authors. It's fun, rewarding, and I feel so proud to see my books alongside so many great stories."
Author of Kingston Court
"We have such an amazing team. The continuous support of this close-knit group of authors is priceless. I feel so grateful to be a part of it."
Author of Your Words Count
"Holly and Jessica have been excellent role models and teachers through the process of learning the publishing process. I owe everything I know to their guidance and superior teachings of the industry."
Author of Shadows of Shame
"When I finished editing and my book was good enough, publishing was another animal entirely. I found myself in proofreading hell…over and over again the manuscript kept coming back from the printer with unnoticed mistakes. While this was going on I had to build my website, a technological hell for someone my age. And then there was the cover design, back and forth with the artists and the printer. Through all this the ladies of Acorn were with me. Jess took over the web design when I proved hopeless at the task. Holly helped me with the cover, from writing the blurb to encouraging me to select the artwork. I am so glad I published with Acorn."
Author of Somehow I Am Different
"I feel empowered by my work with Acorn Publishing and grateful to have found Holly and Jessica at a relatively early stage in my writing journey. Leading up to the release of my debut nonfiction anthology, Somehow I Am Different, I maintained control over creative decisions like cover art, font choice, and formatting decisions. My involvement in this process has given me invaluable knowledge and ownership of the material to an extent I would not have otherwise. Since my book's publication in March 2016, Holly and Jessica have been a consistent support system, particularly in guiding me in joining them at the L.A. Times Book Festival and Vegas Valley Book Festival, which both led not only to book sales, but to heightened confidence and excitement about the work. I feel well versed and grounded in industry knowledge and norms. Most importantly, I feel heard and supported in the work that I love to do. Thank you, Acorn Publishing, for my "crash course" and for ceaseless community and encouragement."
Author of Uncaged
"Holly and Jessica were great. I'd had some bad experiences in the past with publishers, but they put me at ease immediately. They also guided me through everything I needed to know. They even helped me pick out the best cover art. From marketing to setting up accounts, they were there. It was especially helpful that they were writers themselves and knew what my issues would be and how to get through them. In such a crazy industry, it was nice to have two people like that on my side."
Jordan Sala Tenna
Author of El Awake
"I was clueless as to how to bring my story to the public. I mean, how do people actually find your book once it's complete, and what makes someone want to buy it? I'm so thankful for Acorn's assistance as they guided me through the windy road of self-publishing. They have been there themselves and they know how to navigate with success. Thank you Acorn Publishing!"
-Jordan Sala Tenna
Author of Seasons Within
"Acorn has been by my side from the beginning. From helping perfect the back cover blurbs to setting me up with a wonderful blog tour company. I love that I can email them about any little thing, any time of day, and they are there to help. They've truly helped me understand publishing and their guidance has been invaluable. Thank you Jess & Holly!"
Author of Kids Questions About Life
"Holly and Jessica were great. I'd had some bad experiences in the past with publishers, but they put me at ease immediately. They also guided me through everything I needed to know. They even helped me pick out the best cover art. From marketing to setting up accounts, they were there. It was especially helpful that they were writers themselves and knew what my issues would be and how to get through them. In such a crazy industry, it was nice to have a two people like that on my side."
"I joined Acorn Publishing after a year of trying to figure out how to publish my books on my own. Best decision ever! I had been struggling for every step on the way, and now I feel like I am on a track, things are moving and I just have to follow along. Great support! Very professional and helpful feedback! Great enthusiasm and encouragement! And the best part is: Excellent guidance where I felt stuck! What a relief, just what I needed! Thank you Acorn!"
Illustrator of The Loneliest Whale & Sammy's Flame
"Acorn Publishing was the perfect partner for my first run at illustrating. They have a great eye for what would appeal to kids and be a favorite of parents, and every other word out of Jessica's mouth was encouragement. Acorn has a passion for creating high-quality books people will love, and that passion is contagious. They made the process such a positive experience that I am now working on two more books coming out soon!"
Author of Storm at the Keizer Manor
"Acorn’s constant support kept me motivated through the publishing process, and I thank them for that."
Author of Constant Gray
"Where would I be without a random day at Wondercon? I wouldn’t be selling my own book today, that’s for certain. Thanks to the team at Acorn Publishing, I am able to do so now. They answered my crazy questions anytime I had them pop in my brain. They calmed my nerves and eased me through the process of delivering my vision to my audience. I have a lot to look forward to now, thanks to them."
Author of The Mourning Dove Mystery Series
"I made the right decision when I signed with Acorn Publishing. The team at Acorn offered me a clear path to success in publishing my first mystery novel. In addition to giving me insightful feedback that strengthened and elevated my book, they provided a clear, step-by-step process for shepherding it to publication and beyond. They were not only instrumental in the success of my book’s debut, but also in the launch of my new mystery series. They’ve been my strongest advocates and my biggest cheerleaders, and I look forward to publishing with them for years to come."
-Mikel J. Wilson
Author of Reversed
"The day Holly and Jessica accepted my manuscript was by far one of the most exciting days of my life. Someone wanted my story and saw its potential. They walked me through the entire publication process, proving an invaluable blueprint that became my bible. And, even on opposite coasts, they stayed in constant contact through email, helping me keep on track.
As my “baby” finally entered the world, I found myself opening the Acorn publishing guide daily to follow their detailed instructions for book promotion. I’m lucky to be part of the Acorn family; I’ve connected with their other authors where further ideas have been shared and discussed—a priceless resource. Acorn’s professionalism and standard for high-quality books truly shines through, making this small company stand out in such a competitive field."
Author of Touchy, Feely, Squeezy
"I'm just a writer who loves to write. I didn't know the first thing about publishing, content editing, line editing, copy editing or online marketing. Luckily for me, Acorn loved my book and took me under their wing, teaching me the ropes every step of the way - even seeing me through tantrums and meltdowns! I couldn't have become a published international author without their expertise and guidance. They are my cheerleaders!"
Author of Sammy's Flame & Sleeping on Concrete
"Acorn really is the best of both worlds. You get the help of incredibly talented people while still retaining the rights to your work and all of your profits. The wonderful ladies at Acorn guided me through a publishing process that I'm positive would've overwhelmed me had I done it on my own."
Author of Dark Paradise
"Destiny, that’s what I think of when I think of Acorn. I woke up late to attend a writer’s conference in Irvine and as I walked into the hotel, I ran into Lacey. I joked about us both being late and she said that she was actually helping with a panel. She had a relaxed demeanor that put me at ease. She told me about Acorn and the wonderful caring people who started it, Holly and Jessica. I cancelled my plan to attend another panel and went to Acorn’s. As I listened to them describe their philosophy and publishing model, I pulled out my laptop and submitted my book. Their patience and transparency captured my attention. I knew I had stumbled onto my publishing muses. My experience has continued to reflect that first feeling of being in the right place with the right people."
Author of Bubby Knows Best: Advice From a Jewish Grandmother of 15
"My book started out as a very small Acorn of an idea and blossomed into a giant oak tree that is securely rooted in place.
Could I have done this without the help of Holly, Jessica and Lacey? NO!! Would I have done this without the help of Holly, Jessica and Lacey? NO!! If you want to work with the best and brightest team, then Acorn Publishing is for you. If you go some where else you will likely be sorry."
Author of Courting Kate
"There from the beginning, Acorn Publishing has been by my side as my greatest champion. I am thrilled to be publishing my sports romance series through such a great imprint!"
E. A. Fournier
Author of Still Breathing
"I would like to thank Holly, Jess and Lacey for leading this acorn along the harrowing paths that turn manuscripts into books. They pointed the way to a brilliant cover design company and matched my writing with the perfect editor. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They’ve been supportive, responsive and unflappable. Here’s the key. They’ve acquired a staggering amount of expertise and best practices in publishing, social media and marketing, which they share in a documented, step-by-step process delivered in timely, actionable bites. The material is good. It’s very good. I’ve just launched my first Acorn book and I couldn’t be prouder of the results."
-E. A. Fournier
Author of TRUDGE: A Mid-life Crisis on the John Muir Trail
"The love and patience you all showed as I literally trudged along in this journey was admirable. You guys are the best. You inspired and drove me on. I can never thank you enough."
Author of The Scent of Heat
E. P. Sery
"I’ve been told not to think of my debut book as a baby, rather as a product. After all, it IS for sale! But I still can’t stop thinking of Holly Kammier and Jessica Therrien as my midwives. Without them, there would have been no baby. I mean, no BOOK! They kept me on the straight and narrow every time I got lost; from Holly’s editing, Jessica’s professionalism and the team of ‘midwives’ they introduced me to: from the talented book designer, and the brilliant ‘final eyes’ editor to the amazingly diligent formatter. Thank you Acorn Team for your support and guidance.”
Author of Maiden
"The Ladies of Acorn Publishing have been amazing. Always there to support or advise or even nudge me along when I get lost in the process. I never feel like any question is too silly. They have cultivated an amazing group of authors who are also very caring and helpful to each other. With tremendous support and the real feel of being part of a family, I took the steps to move forward and now my release date is just around the corner. I would never have been able to figure this out on my own. Cover Art, formatting, social media, websites, etc. I didn’t even know what an ARC (advance reader copy) was. They know all the bits and pieces it takes to get a book out and market it successfully. And they happily share that information. I know everyone’s success is important to them."
Author of Flygirl
R. D. Kardon
"The attention I received from the principals of Acorn Publishing during the process of getting ‘Flygirl’ to market was immeasurable, and their patience endless. Always available, Holly, Jessica and Lacey weighed in honestly when critical decisions needed to be made. I am truly grateful to know the folks at Acorn, and to have had them by my side as I published my debut novel."
-R. D. Kardon
Author of Ricochet
"Any success I may achieve will be predicated on signing with Acorn earlier this year. Besides providing a detailed blueprint for self-publishing “the right way”, they remain in frequent contact, both to monitor progress and to just cheer me on. They are remarkable gals. Becoming friends with the other “Acorns” is also a pleasure, as well as being highly informative. What a swell group!"
Author of The Power Trilogy
"Thanks Acorn! You really made me feel like one of the family."
Roger L. Liles
Author of The Berlin Tunnel
"Holly and Jessica presented another path to being published. First and foremost, you get to see your book in print and available to the world. Along the way, you get a detailed written guide and strong hands-on support from two of the nicest people in the world, you get to retain the rights to your book, AND you receive 25% to 30% of the sale price of each book (they don’t take a dime). Acorn Publishing gives you a real chance to actually make some money. Jessica and Holly will help you through every step in the process and very soon you will be able to brag that you’re a published author under an imprint that is growing in name recognition and prestige."
-Roger L Liles
Author of Jen's Hens Make New Friends
Author of The Winner's Circle
"Gosh I love this group, which seems to convene only for me. Though I know it can’t (and shouldn’t) be true, you all are extraordinary beyond words. So proud to be an Acorn!"
Author of Path of Progress
Flora Beach Burlingame
"Holly, Jessica, and Lacey of Acorn, want their authors to end up with a quality product. Sometimes the process seems tough, but Acorn personnel are always there to answer questions, and in the end it is worth the journey. I am proud of the results and love my book. Thank you ladies!!"
-Flora Beach Burlingame
Author of Chasing Beverly
"The team at Acorn Publishing was exactly what I needed to publish my debut novel, "Chasing Beverly." They graciously walked me through every step and guided me to success. The patience, knowledge, and support I received surpassed all of my expectations. I'm beyond grateful to be a part of Acorn and look forward to writing many more books with them! I highly recommend Acorn Publishing to any writer looking to take their career to the next level!"
Author of My Name Is Rose
"The brilliant ladies – my young wizards - of ACORN PUBLISHING, Jessica Therrien, Holly Kammier and Lacey Impellizeri wrapped their arms around me from start to finish and provided me with the tools and knowledge to create a polished manuscript that sparkles and shines."
Author of The Haunting of Elmwood Manor
"Working with Acorn was a dream. They smoothed the way to make a very complicated process easy to navigate, and provided me with a finished book that I’m in love with. I wouldn’t think twice about asking them to help me publish another book. Being a first-time published author, as you can imagine I had a million questions and concerns. Jessica, Holly and Lacey were on-the-spot in responding to me. Thanks, Acorn. I can’t wait to do it again."
Author of Ageless
K. A. Fox
Author of The Devil's Own
"My experience with Acorn has been everything I hoped it would be. I know, without a doubt, that I wouldn't have been ready to publish my book as quickly as I did if it hadn't been for the entire Acorn team. Their guidance and encouragement were exactly what I needed to get my story from draft to publication. What I've learned from them along the way has been invaluable and there have been more opportunities to grow my readership and my career as an author because of them. I can't wait to do it all over again. Thank you Acorn - you made this author's dream come true."
Author of Shoes on the Stairs
"Honestly, Acorn Publishing is amazing. I would have never been able to do this on my own. There are so many things I would have never known to do. Their guidance and support is invaluable."
Author of Section Roads
"Through Acorn Publishing, Jessica, Holly, and Lacey have created a fellowship of authors and teachers. Writing can be a lonely journey. Being accept into Acorn affiliates a writer with a group of talented people who offer validation that we are not just wandering an endless path. True, most of us write because we love writing, but we also write because we want to be read. Acorn provides structure, direction and support along that path, while demanding a high standard of quality in all aspects of the process. I feel fortunate that Acorn believes my work merits inclusion. The learning opportunity has been off the charts. I eagerly look forward to continuing this partnership."
Author of Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets
"I wouldn't be a published author today if it weren't for Acorn Publishing. They believed in my book and in me, walking me through every step needed to reach book launch day. I appreciated the weekly emailed process sheets that guided my every step, Acorn's patience when I needed extra help, and their stable of talented editors, formatters, and cover designers. I cannot recommend Acorn Publishing highly enough. Writers, you'll be in great hands."
Author of The Wingless Angel
"The skills required to write a book, and the skills required to publish a book, are very different. Acorn takes the hand of the writer and carefully guides them through the often-predatory landscape that is self-publishing. Without Acorn, my book, which is now flourishing, would just be a forgotten Word file."
Author of Haskell Himself
"Acorn was always helpful, consistently patient, and extremely responsive. I loved the fact they got back to me right away and maintained a professional approach to a business that sometimes feels overwhelming and frustrating. Their creativity also helped us come up with a great title and a wonderful cover. I couldn’t have done this without them, and I highly recommend ACORN for anyone thinking of hybrid-publishing their book."
Author of What Remains
Author of The Diseased Ones
"Meeting Acorn Publishing at the Southern California Writer's Conference was a dream come true. The day I woke up to a contract changed my life! The Acorn team provided clear direction for my novel, a step-by-step publication process, and an encouraging atmosphere that allowed me to flourish as an artist. I'm deeply thankful for their guidance and kind hearts. They turned my book into an incredible masterpiece, and I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to release my debut with them. A highly recommended team! You won't regret signing with them."
Author of Sticks and Stones
"I'm grateful every day that I found Acorn Publishing. I am truly so appreciative of all they did to help me make this dream come true."
Author of Once in a Blood Moon
Dorothea Hubble Bonneau
"Competence, compassion and creativity hallmark my experience with Acorn Publishing. Jessica and Holly and have been there and done that when it comes to their own books, and they have graciously honed their knowledge of how to publish and promote with aspiring authors like me. Their compassion and patience in answering my questions as a novice in the publishing world encouraged me to push forward, buoyed by their "you can do this" confidence. I am impressed by Acorn Publishing's review and revise mentality, a proactive, creative approach that seeks new ways to enhance the success of their authors. Thank you for helping me launch Once in a Blood Moon and for continuing to celebrate its foray into the world of books."
-Dorothea Hubble Bonneau
Author of Nightmasters & Third Time's the Harm
"Writing is easy. You sit at the computer and your thoughts get translated into a story. Then you look for someone to appreciate your story. If you are lucky enough to find one, you are introduced to a whole new world of publishing. One can only hope to find a group of people as congenial, helpful, and welcoming as those at Acorn Publishing. My profound thanks go especially to Holly Youmans and Jessica Therrien for their guidance every step of the way."
Author of The Voice of Reason
"Acorn was nothing but conscientious and professional. I'm very grateful to Holly and Jessica. They've been great to work with."
D. James McGee
Author of Beauty is the Beast
"Writing a novel has always been a dream of mine, but in the past I had concluded it to be such a monumental task, that it would be almost impossible for someone like me to complete, let alone bring it to print. After completing a few drafts of my first novel, I was fumbling around on various search engines looking for resources when I came across Acorn. Since then I have never looked back. Holly and Jessica have done all the heavy lifting. They are literally literary mind readers, who’ve listened, understood and displayed my vision exactly how I’ve perceived it. Everything from; editing, formatting, and uploading the work has been done for me. When it comes to the book cover, there isn’t a single person who doesn’t love it. I would never have been able to design such a thing myself. Holly and Jessica are there constantly for support. They never fail to answer emails and go over and above to ensure their clients are thoroughly satisfied. I’m so thrilled to be a part of such a supportive and talented community of writers. I’m looking forward to releasing many more novels under the guidance of the team at Acorn."
-D. James McGee
Author of First Second Coming
"If you’re a writer seeking to publish your first book with a hybrid publisher, you can’t do better than Acorn Publishing LLC. The founders, Holly and Jessica, have exactly those qualities a debut author unfamiliar with the pre-publication process needs: accessibility, knowledge, and a highly organized procedure that guides you forward from the day you sign your contract to the release date of your book. Add to that the support provided by Acorn’s other authors and you’ll find an environment that doesn’t exist with any of the big traditional publishers. Holly and Jess are both award winning authors who were once newbies themselves. They understand and empathize, answer your questions and act on your behalf with all the people you’ll encounter along the way. That many authors stick with Acorn for their sequels or new books is the surest sign that Acorn does things the right way."
Author of Death's Legacy
"For a debut author, navigating the publishing waters can be intimidating, if not terrifying. I cannot say my publishing experience would have been as enjoyable and educational with any company other than Acorn. Holly and Jessica an amazing team, the perfect mentors. Their experience in the business, combined with their patience, is the perfect formula for steering authors down a path toward success. I felt comfortable, included in every decision, and most of all, I felt that my work and my writing goals were valued. I cannot thank Holly, Jessica, and the Acorn Team enough. Working with them was absolutely the best decision for my writing career."
-Dennis K. Crosby
Author of Eris Rising
"I am so grateful for Holly and Jessica at Acorn Publishing who helped guide me every step of the way as I worked towards publishing my first book. Along with a wonderful community of fellow Acorn authors, they provided genuine support and encouragement that I greatly appreciated."
Author of Uphill And Into The Wind
"When I heard Acorn present their hybrid publishing business model at a writer’s conference, I knew this was for me. I loved the idea of keeping the rights to my story, and was tired of writing query letters to literary agents. I didn’t want to wait for years to see my book published. Throughout the process Jessica and Holly offered encouragement, were thorough, gently persistent, and worked tirelessly to bring me to press. They offered guidance when I felt awash in details I knew nothing about, and remained steadfast the entire time.
I’m so glad I became an Acorn writer."
Author of Young, Broke, and Educated
"If you have enough passion and drive to spend years of your life working on a book then you owe it to yourself to have the best product possible. You deserve to be proud when you display your work of art on the mantle and have your family and friends read it. Acorn Publishing will provide you a product that is as good if not better than the vast majority of professionally published books out there. Thank you Holly and Jessica, I have something that I can be proud of for the rest of my life."
Author of Counterfeit Lover
"Acorn Publishing is a model of professionalism combined with great knowledge and enthusiasm. What a special opportunity for a new author to be surrounded by such talented individuals! The Acorn team is always attentive, hardworking and sincere. And, the other authors in the Acorn family were incredibly friendly and helpful. I am grateful for all the encouragement and support I received at every step along the way."
-J. C. Farmer
Author & Illustrator of What to do About Your Monsters
"Jessica and Holly are amazing. They have a great system of not only stepping you through the publishing process but teaching you about it as well. I would have been a lost puppy without them. They answered every email and were incredibly patient with me and my 5 million questions. Jessica and Holly were more than just publishers, they really help connect you with a community of people and are cheerleaders to helping you release a successful book."
Author of Blood Money
"I decided to work with Acorn Publishing because I had a story with great national interest that became time-sensitive, and we needed to get it out. Acorn not only worked with our tight timeline, but put their full expertise to work to produce an absolutely beautiful book and cover that conveys both the spirit and tone of my story. In addition, they consulted with us on marketing and promotional strategies that added to our social media and media campaigns. There's an advantage to having publishers who know what it feels like to write books themselves, and we reaped the benefits of that. Acorn went out of the box for us, and the results speak for themselves. I'm delighted to be an Acorn-published author."
Barbara Meyer Link
Author of Chokecherry Girl
Author of The Walls of Orion
"I'm so thankful for my time learning and growing with Holly and Jessica and the incredible Acorn team! Seriously, the editor they connected me with has become an awesome mentor in the industry, and I'm so grateful for the expertise and guidance of the team as I've tackled publishing my first book! This experience has been invaluable in launching off my writing career. Thanks guys!"
Simone De Muñoz
Author of Manflu
"My experience working with Acorn has been excellent. Holly and Jessica are extremely responsive and professional. I met them at a writing conference in February of 2020 when I had just started writing Manflu and they encouraged me to finish quickly since my book was so timely. When I was done, I contacted them immediately and they were able to get my book published in about 6 months, which never would have happened with a different publisher. They also helped with my launch strategy, which propelled Manflu to number two in new release medical thrillers on pub day, ahead of a James Patterson book! If you are curious, I recommend contacting Acorn and having a conversation - they are very upfront about what they do and do not offer. If you do choose Acorn, you can rest assured that they are great to work with."
-Simone De Muñoz
Nancy "Pants" Johnson
Author of Things My Mama Never Told Me
"I am grateful to Holly and Jessica at Acorn Publishing for the opportunity to complete my dream of publishing Things My Mama Never Told Me. Their step-by-step guides got me through the alternating days of elation and frustration as I learned how to negotiate the many responsibilities in the author-driven process. As a retired English teacher, I am constantly amazed at what it takes to be a life-long learner. Both Holly and Jessica’s patient support got me to the finish line. Two most fulfilling moments? Seeing the finished cover and becoming #1 in two categories on the first day of sales. (Ask Holly how to do this! Pretty darn exciting!)"
-Nancy Mae Johnson
Author of The Last Stop
Christina Mai Fong
Author of Under the Lavender Moon
Author of Heavy Lies the Crown Series
"When I think of Acorn Publishing, I think of family. The community welcomed me with open arms, and for the first time in a long time, I've felt like I was taken care of. I am confident that Acorn Publishing will bring me to new levels in my author career!"
Author of Phone Warriors
Paul D. Olsen
"Writing my book, Phone Warriors, was a snap compared to navigating the publishing process. I naïvely thought the normal process was to write the book, review and edit it, and call a publisher to get it in print. As a first-time author, boy, was I wrong! Going through various publishers and agents was wasting lots of time, and some of the blogs I read convinced me I was on the wrong track. I wanted a smaller, young publishing company that knew what they were doing, would be a responsive ally, and walk me through to a finished product. After reading a newspaper article about Acorn Publishing, I knew what they offered was what I needed. I was right. Holly, Jessica, and Leslie were by my side all the way. It has been a wonderful relationship and one I know will continue. I wish I would have contacted Acorn first!"
—Paul D. Olsen