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Lisa Ferland has a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University, which she almost threw out the window when she quit her job to focus on her entrepreneurial endeavors and work as a public health consultant. She thoroughly enjoyed her two-second commute from her bedroom to her kitchen—where the majority of this book was pulled together.

While living abroad, Lisa had her second birth in Sweden where she hypnotized her way to an unexpectedly pain-free, natural, and unassisted home birth.

Lisa’s writing has been featured in the Wall Street Journal Expat, ParentCo, Mamalode, Good Men Project, and Motherly, among others and has been a guest on numerous podcasts.


I offer the following consulting services

What is it like to self-publish a book? How much does it cost? What types of things should I know before I get started?

Self-Publish Like A Pro Services

Pick My Brain

If you want to Pick My Brain on the self-publishing process and what to expect, you are welcome to ask me any questions you want.

I can save you a lot of wasted time and effort by steering you in the right direction before you set off on your self-publishing project.

Starting at only $250, learn more about this service here.


Technical Assistance

How wide should I make my margins? What’s a gutter, anyway? What is kerning and line spacing? Do I really need an editor/proofreader?

Every book should look and feel professionally published. 

I’ve seen traditionally published books with tiny margins and invisible gutters. I’ve seen self-published books that look beautiful and can stand on the bookshelf next to any traditionally published book and the reader would never know the difference.

People judge books by their covers…and their interiors whether they realize it or not.

If you’ve already started your self-publishing journey and have more advanced technical questions, I’m happy to provide interior formatting assistance, Createspace settings advice, and other issues that only seem to surface when you start loading your files into Createspace.

I want to help you make your self-published book look like it had a team of professionals working on it for months.

If you’re looking for someone to answer all of your self-publishing questions and a dedicated cheerleader in your corner, then you need Technical Assistance.



Don’t take my word for it…testimonials

“Lisa Ferland’s help was invaluable for self-publishing my book. Lisa not only shared her experience of self-publishing two anthologies, she also helped me with the book’s interior design.

She taught me some functions I never knew Microsoft Word had (kerning, anyone?), and her advice made me aware of what to look out for when formatting a book. Moreover, she pays a great attention to detail and to the book’s aesthetic look and feel.

In other words, Lisa will not just make a book for you. She will make you a beautiful-looking book that you (and your readers!) will be happy to read, look at and enjoy.”

~Olga Mecking, writer, publisher of One Chance in a Thousand. A Holocaust Memoir

“It’s so challenging when you have a book that you know will serve the needs of others, fill a pain-point in the marketplace, and provide value but you don’t how to get it out to others. I know that it takes financial resources that us boot-strapped folk don’t often have.

Learning from Lisa about how she turned her idea into a best-selling book, held in the hands of her tribe and not just collecting proverbial dust in her computer, is incredibly valuable information!”

~Ambra Jo Junquiero, Ambra Jo Design Co

“Lisa was amazing to work with.  I was privileged to be one of the authors on her Knocked Up Abroad series of books and was astounded by the amount of time and effort she put into it.

Getting the manuscript into shape, organizing the design, color, print, layout of the book cover, getting reviews for the back cover, finding the appropriate distribution channel (CreateSpace/Amazon of course!) proofreading, and of course editing, editing, editing.

She devoted so much personal attention not only to the product but also to encourage and build up her team of authors so we all took ownership of the finished product. Lisa created an amazing amount of interest in the book, engaging all to create momentum, roping us in with her enthusiasm and non-stop energy. Her input was amazing, a truly extraordinary person who delivers what she promises.”

~Rosemary GillanKnocked Up Abroad Again and Once Upon an Expat

Crowdfund Your Book Like A Boss Services

Crowdfunding—fund your book in 30 days.

If you are adventurous, have the time to plan out your campaign strategy, and want to have someone else pay for the publication of your book, then crowdfunding may be right for you.


Anyone can be successful at crowdfunding their book if they have a solid strategy before they launch.

Crowdfund Your Book Like A Boss Services

One-on-one crowdfunding coaching

I will hold your hand and help you design the best strategy to successfully launch your crowdfunding campaign on either Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. I have experience with both and can advise you on which platform fits your needs the best.

When you launch your crowdfunding campaign, your inbox will be flooded with offers for press releases, Tweeting out your campaign to a bunch of bots, and other services that are designed to prey on your insecurities.


**Self-publishing clients (existing or former) receive a 15% discount on all crowdfunding services.**

Find out if you’re ready to crowdfund your book like a total boss.

Read more about my services here.



Kind words…testimonials

“I was privileged to be one of the authors on Lisa’s Knocked Up Abroad Again and was completely blown away with her professionalism from start to finish.

She worked tirelessly on the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, getting in front of as many people as possible, reaching out personally pulling favors, emailing, posting in online communities, constantly updating so that investors were always aware of how the campaign was doing and how much their efforts were appreciated.”

~Rosemary Gillan, contributor to Knocked Up Abroad Again and Once Upon an Expat

“I was incredibly impressed with Lisa’s organizational and managerial skills when she sought to fund the second volume of the Knocked Up Abroad book series.

Through her leadership, flexibility, and innovation, she was able to quickly change plans to go with what works for raising money.

~Vanessa Jencks, rue Run Media (theBeijinger | beijingkids | JingKids)

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Lisa on the Knocked Up Abroad Series and Kickstarter campaign. As contributors, Lisa kept us fully informed and engaged throughout the whole process, which I really appreciated.

Her commitment to getting this project more than fully funded was unswerving, and her passion nothing less than inspiring.”

~Lucille Abendanon,
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