Kim Bookless, self-publishing advisorI’m Kim Bookless, a publishing consultant, editor, and proofreader.

That really is my last name. People ask me about it all the time, and some are sure I’ve made it up. The name is pretty ironic, considering that my life revolves around books and other forms of the written word.

I believe it’s a privilege to help bring books into the world. I guide and assist self-published authors through the process of bringing their books to life. I am the Founder of the Chicago Self-Publishing Group and former President and Vice President of Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP). Visit my LinkedIn page for details on my expertise and experience.

Click here to read my best self-publishing advice: Top Tips for Better Books

Feel free to take a look around my site to learn more about me and check out my publishing and editing services. If you like what you see, contact me and we’ll set up a time to talk about how I can help you.


I work with authors to customize the book production process to fit the needs of the projects. I’m honored to have been the project manager, copy editor, and/or proofreader for these books:




Hacked Again

Chicago Street CopMaxzyneCall to Virtue

       The Counselors      Restoring the Consent  Addiction is the Symptom

Side Effects Seven Dogs         Branding Sutra

The Power of 10Bright Lights   Content Chemistry

The Dolphin    I Am        Superhighway


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Just a note of thanks for your fine work on my book. I agreed with almost every change you suggested . . . very smart. Looking forward to working with you again.
Duane Cerny
Author of Selling Dead People’s Things: Inexplicably True Tales, Vintage Fails & Objects of Objectionable Estates


I hired Kim as my publishing project manager for my first publication. From the instant I spoke to her I knew she was the right person for the job. Kim’s approachability, combined with her knowledge and expertise, really made the publishing experience a whole lot of fun, and the end product was phenomenal. Under Kim’s management, I was put in touch with the best in the field of editing, e-pub design, and marketing, and her personal attention to my manuscript as a copy editor ensured an exceptional quality product. I’ve never met anyone who is more thorough and meticulous as Kim, and I couldn’t be happier with my book. I will most certainly be coming back to Kim for my next novel.

Brigette Gallagher

Subject Matter Expert, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

Author of Tethered Through Time


Kim helped me self-publish my first book, Finding Success in Balance: My Journey to The Cheerful Mind, which was released in March 2017. She also served as my copy-editor for the book. I was introduced to Kim by a friend and colleague, and before deciding to work with her, she gave me all the information I needed to decide how I should publish my book. She was so detailed, not pushy, and open to helping me before I even paid a dollar to her. Kim was a PLEASURE to work with. I very much enjoyed being 100% in control of my publishing project, but having Kim hold my hand the whole way through so that I didn’t have to figure it out on my own. She’s very thorough and answered all my questions (which there were many!). She has wonderful integrity and if I publish another book down the road I will definitely be a repeat customer.

Apryl Schlueter

Chief Energy! Officer, The Cheerful Mind, Inc.

Author of Finding Success in Balance: My Journey to The Cheerful Mind


Kim has been an excellent partner to guide me in getting my book self published. She is thorough, indefatigable, reliable and a real pleasure to work with. My book went live yesterday and wished I met her before I wrote the first word. In terms of professionalism and customer service, she is the gold standard I will measure all other experts against.

Willy Steiner
President, Executive Coaching Concepts
Author of Discover The Joy of Leadership: A Practical Guide to Resolving Your Management Challenges


Kim worked with me to create a new edition of my book and to release it as an ebook. She exceeded every expectation I had and surprised me with the level of organization, expertise, and real caring she brought to the project. Kim took what I sought to accomplish, broke it down into steps and timeframes, and executed each stage until we had a live ebook with landing site: thecounselorsbook.com. I recommend her involvement in any publishing endeavor as a Project Manager, Editor and Consultant without qualification.

Elizabeth Vrato


Author of The Counselors: Conversations with 18 Women Who Have Changed the World


Once I decided to independently publish, I realized there were many moving parts that needed to be managed in order to make a proper book. Kim Bookless was the perfect match for my project; an organized book coordinator, skillful copy editor and author cheerleader. She oversaw everything, beginning to end, even down to the smallest bits and pieces of the production process. Do yourself (and your book!) a huge favor. Take advantage of her expertise. She is a wealth of information, has an amazing eye for detail and takes the scary out of self-publishing.

Caroline Lee

Pendant Press LLC

Author of Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins