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Ella M. Lee, the author of the Fire Within series and Soul Bound, gives a behind-the-scenes look into her self-publishing experience. From drafting and editing to cover design and marketing, we describe the entire process from start to finish. Ella is also a freelance editor working under the name of Angela Traficante, and she’s edited a number of Story Garden projects.



Developmental editing is the stage in the revision process that focuses on the story’s big-picture elements, including plot structure, pacing, characterization, world-building, and themes. In this video, editor and author Angela Traficante provides insightful developmental editing tips. Angela has worked on several books for Story Garden and publishes her own fantasy novels under the pen name Ella M. Lee.


Ami Agisi, Story Garden’s resident artist, shows the step-by-step process for drawing a fantasy setting from the novel Unbound Life by Riley Rookhouse and Marie McCue. Buy the illustrated version of Unbound Life to see more of Ami’s amazing work! (Riley Rookhouse is my high-fantasy pen name.)