My Connection Statement

I support writers and business owners 45+ to achieve their dream of becoming a published author. Through my 5-step Let’s Get Published framework, I help prevent overwhelm for my clients by streamlining all the steps involved in self-publishing a book.

About Me - My Biography

As a qualified publication designer and editor, and the owner of Brisbane Self Publishing Service, Kirsty Ogden is committed to helping authors produce eloquent, appealing and professional-looking books. With over 30 years’ experience in desktop publishing, editing and librarianship, she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the book industry.

Working closely with a team of freelance editors, proofreaders, illustrators and graphic artists, plus with access to a trusted network of publishing professionals (including printers and print brokers, ebook conversion and audiobook production specialists), Kirsty offers clients a streamlined process to self-publish their book via her Five ‘C’s of Self Publishing framework.

My Expertise

Having worked in libraries for many years, I was seeking a change in direction so I took the plunge to fulfil a long-held ambition to study graphic design. After graduating from a Bachelor of Design and Communication, I enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing with a view to running my own freelance editing and publishing business. In 2012, I established my original business – Epiphany Editing & Publishing. Then, in 2014, I set up a separate business – Brisbane Self Publishing Service – to support writers and business owners to self-publish their book.

When I look back over my career, I’m conscious of how I’ve come a full circle: from dealing with the final product – books in libraries – to being involved in their creation. I enjoy helping my clients with all the steps involved in publishing their book, including editing and proofreading, internal page formatting/typesetting and designing the book cover.

I gain a great deal of satisfaction from supporting authors to achieve their goal of sharing their story with the world. Like them, I’m thrilled when I get to witness the reward of all their hard work – receiving a ‘Proud Author’ photo with them holding a printed copy of their book in their hands!

My Passions

Launching my own business was a huge step for me. Yet, now I look back and wonder why it took me so long to recognise that this destination would be my ‘happy place’ in my work life.

I love the freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss. Also I find the opportunity to continually expand my horizons through gleaning useful information and learning new skills through developing relationships with other business owners a source of enjoyment.

For me, working with other creative people and helping them to realise their publishing dreams is both a privilege and a responsibility; I’m passionate about delivering an end result that makes my clients’ heart sing! I also place great value on building a connection network of industry professionals in order to assist my clients and ensure that I keep up-to-date within my field.

My Interests

My interests include:

  • Books and reading (of course!)
  • Art and design
  • Films and theatre
  • Meditation, yoga and natural health
  • My family and friends
  • Meeting new people

How I Can Help Other Members

As a life-long student and aficionado of language and words, I’d be very happy to offer writing/publishing advice (via a 10–15 minute phone call) to other HerBusiness members.

I’m keen to make a positive contribution to the HerBusiness community via the Goals Groups and help other women in business with support and feedback.


Why I Became a HerBusiness Member

Working as a solopreneur, I’ve explored various networking options over the years – often without a great deal of success. But when I registered for the free online networking event that HerBusiness hosted a few weeks ago, I was so impressed at how geniuely welcoming everyone seemed to be and how well organised the events and communication were that I wanted in staightaway!  I’m looking forward to getting to know other like-minded women business owners within the HerBusiness community – sharing notes with them and learning from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

My Member to Member Offer(s)

Any HerBusiness members who wants to learn more about the steps involved in publishing a book might be interested in signing up for my FREE 5-day self-publishing course – LET’S GET PUBLISHED with the Five ‘C’s of Self Publishing:

For HerBusiness members who’d like to ‘Pick My Brain’ about the steps involved in publishing their book, I have a special offer price of $45 for a 30-minute publishing consultation (via phone or Zoom):