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What to Expect: 

Hi Everyone!  I know the satisfaction of having a story worth telling and being able to share it publicly.  I am a self-published, independent author and this is what you can be too.  I am a personal publishing coach who will work with you 1:1 to get your story into print. I do not collect any of your royalties. I charge reasonably for my services that take you from manuscript to publication on Amazon and/or on Amazon Kindle. Extra charges are based on the length of your book and complexity (illustrations etc). We will work together to create a plan and a price to achieve your specific personal goals.  Let's make that dream come true!  All you need is an Amazon account, a computer/laptop/tablet, an internet connection, and the determination to share your story.

An initial investment of $299 covers a complete review and assessment of your manuscript with feedback related to publishability.  This payment is your commitment to follow through on your project. My commitment to you in return is to work with you until your book is published (timeline 6-8 weeks or less). Your completed manuscript must be submitted in as finished condition as possible. Submit it as if you are submitting it to a publisher.  I will then consult with you to give you feedback as well as to direct you in the exact steps necessary to get your book where you want it to be.  My book, A Story Worth Writing: 20 Steps to Publishing Your Amazon Paperback is required reading to help you to know what to expect from the process.  Please read it before sending your manuscript. You can find it on Amazon Worldwide in paperback or on Kindle. After all, you don't yet know what you don't know.  Throughout the book, I teach you to do most of this for yourself, but I'm here to give you additional service, guidance, and support along the way. 

CLICK HERE to see additional/optional services available, complete with pricing. There are never any hidden charges. Kate will always be upfront, honest, reasonable and will work with you to save costs where possible if you struggle with budget constraints.  The only charge that is not flexible is the initial $299, for this is evidence of your commitment and determination to complete the project. You can do this!  

Your initial investment of $299 includes:

1)  Initial Consultation to discuss your personal goals related to your manuscript and to help you to understand the 20-step publishing process (be sure to download my 20 Item Checklist);

2)  1:1 Review and Assessment of your manuscript with recommendations;

3)  Coaching you step-by-step through the process through the publication of your book. 

There is never any pressure to hire Kate for additional services but she offers all for an additional charge.








If you have already discussed your project with Kate, simply email your completed manuscript attached (preferably as a Word Document). Be sure it is in the best possible submission condition (because the more work I have to do for you, the more it will cost). I will then review it and send you an estimate of recommended additional costs to complete the project. It's my ultimate goal to honor your process and to help you to publish the best book possible at the most reasonable cost.

Feel free to write me if you have questions! 


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"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Kate McGahan for all of the help and guidance she gave me regarding my book "The Twelve Trees of Christmas." I have always enjoyed writing short stories but never thought for a minute they would ever be published but with Kate’s encouragement, I finished the stories with the intention of giving them to family members. I sent my stories to Kate and couldn’t believe what she turned them into, the most beautiful book, she proofread my stories, corrected all of my spelling and grammar mistakes, the cover is absolutely beautiful, better than I could ever have imagined, she turned a dream into reality. She suggested I put it for sale on Amazon and to my surprise I have sold quite a few copies. I am now working on my second book of short stories which I hope with Kate’s help will be as successful as my first effort.  Thank you, Kate."  Teresa Barker
"Hello, Kate and I are lifelong friends, both from Upstate New York. We are separated now by many miles. A few years ago, I asked her if she would help me write a book that had been hidden away for a long time. Writing a book let alone publishing one was something totally foreign to me. Well, I just published my third book and could not have done this without her help and guidance. Kate is the most patient person I have ever known. She will take care of you every step of the way. She knows her stuff and will help you; no worries about working with people who may try to take advantage of you. She is more than fair with pricing too. You will have a very pleasant and positive experience with Kate. "  Sincerely,  Joanne Patterson


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Rebecca Steele Book 3


Much to everyone’s delight Becky has returned for Book 3 in the Rebecca Steele series. The best has been saved for last as this is the most dramatic, most exciting book of the series. Becky is enjoying her life on the country music stage and has no way of knowing what the Universe has in store for her. She will need all her strength and resolve to come out on the other side. Once again she proves how her attitude and faith bring her happiness in the face of the utmost adverse conditions. You’ll be proud of her. Her old friends are back along with a couple of new faces that make life interesting. Her daughter Cassie is a shining star in this book and you will love her. Enjoy this final book in the series.

Twelve Trees of Christmas


A heartwarming journey of stories told in their own words by twelve Christmas trees that were taken to the Christmas Tree Dump, where they are chipped up for mulch. All had tales and secrets to tell of their very own Christmas experiences. Some were happy, some were sad , all very different from each other, all very endearing. There is much we can learn from trees. How they feel and react to different circumstances and how they are treated. They feel everything, especially love, so please treat your Christmas Tree with the respect it deserves and have a very merry Christmas , from all of the very special trees at the Christmas tree dump.

Song of the Husky


A story of how humans and dogs became boon companions in the journey of Life. Told from the perspective of a Siberian Husky to the next generation of pups, Hero's Wisdom weaves the tale of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio from a Dog's Point of View. Touching, warm yet challenging, humankind is given a picture of Life's difficult moments and how our interactions with one another, God and ourselves forge the path to deeper understanding and ultimately love and care for all of God's Creatures and the Creation of which we are all a part. Hero's Song is The Wisdom of Life a song for all to hear and to live with all creatures in joy and wonder. Let Hero's Song and story find it's home within you.



The Story of the First Christmas Scene as experienced by Animals who where present and told
by Brother Masseo, an early follower and contemporary of St Francis. Taking inspiration from the Fioretti of St. Francis of Assisi, the reader is invited into the recollections of This Franciscan Brother. An insight into the intimate relationship we have with each other through the vision of St Francis' love of the Poor Christ experienced through all of creation. An invitation is given to experience life in a simpler yet profound way. Come sit with Brother Masseo and listen to the story of God's love for all creation as St Francis of Assisi expressed it, Brother Masseo experienced it and shares the message of God's Love in Creation to this very day.


"Ms. Kate McGahan's willingness and enthusiasm to help get an aspiring author started is magnetic. Her approach makes the whole operation seamless and her expertise guarantees a no-fail safe experience especially in the technical "ins and outs" of publishing for the first time. With each easy-to-follow step fear dissolves and confidence builds reaching a crescendo when the cover is created and you see your creation online and available to the world. Kate is a wonderful energetic teacher who is willing to share what she has learned in the publishing business to give the novice a decided edge up on the rest of the newcomers to writing. I can attest working with Kate Mc Gahan can guarantee you a place among the published authors in the world; where you go from there is limited to your ability and imagination! Let Kate help you gain what you need for recognition and publication."

Fr Carmen Scuderi OFM 

The Big Apple Horse Racing Novel


This colorful horse racing action book portrays the horse racing scene in the post-war 1950s. Complete with track lingo, strategies, and diverse characters. It brings to life the style and attitudes of the owners, trainers, bettors, and those that love them. Written by an owner/trainer, The Big Apple is filled with vivid details that put you right into the grandstand or the paddocks. Drechsler teaches as he writes and shares his great passion for every aspect of life on the racing circuit. He truly lives the Thoroughbred Owner's Dream!

"I was fortunate to meet Kate when she moved to Tubac, Arizona. She was an author then and I was impressed with her writing discipline. A person, who besides walking her dogs, found the time to always be creative and yet accessible to myself and others. I believe this empathy that she has at her core has brought this best-selling author to a point where she can effectively share her skills and knowledge of the self-publishing community. While maintaining her writing output she still finds the time to encourage, guide, edit and aid one in their own author journey. Kate edited and facilitated my book that has now been published. Without Kate the novel would still be collecting dust! I have felt fortunate to have gotten to know her. “A Story Worth Writing” digs into the whole of the self-publishing universe with proven strategies. It is a time saver in identifying what comes next in “the process”. The book identifies the skills and tools to utilize besides the mighty pen! Thank you, Kate! "      Ivan Drechsler, The Big Apple

Faith a Lost Dog Found

The purpose of this book is to help those who are experiencing frustration and desperation when their pet goes missing. There are a lot of specific things to do in the beginning such as putting out clothing, posting signs, and contacting the right community assistance organizations. The people who volunteer their knowledge and time to help reunite pets with their families do a remarkable job. Family and friends can be so supportive but as time goes on it is important to know that we are not alone in this nightmare. It is very important to realize that God has a bigger plan for us. We must be open to where we are being led. All is not in vain. As the author's faith has been strengthened by her search for her dog Tia, yours can be too. She is hoping to touch others in learning that we all have a purpose to fulfill. Miracles happen!

"Kate has been gifted with an amazing talent.  Reading her book “A Story Worth Writing” was just the beginning.  She spent countless hours helping me every step of the way.  She taught me so much from proofing, formatting, setting up a publishing account and marketing strategies etc. There is no way I could have done it without her.  Her enthusiasm and encouraging ways never let up. Life has a way of opening doors we never expect to open.  I am so very thankful that the door I opened led to this very caring woman who helped my dream become a reality. Thank you Kate, you’re the best." Rose Reese, Tia's Journey to Faith

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