My name is Kate Winter. I have been writing and making books since I was a child. My senior project in high school was a very limited run of a poetry chapbook, which I copied and bound at Kinko’s in vinyl and tape, and hand-decorated each cover. The first edition of my first real book, Kharis, was printed by Cafepress as a perfect-bound paperback, with no ISBN, and had to be sold by word of mouth alone. I also worked with some of the early print-on-demand companies on behalf of friends, such as iUniverse and BookSurge. Then Createspace arrived and I have been using them for my own projects and for clients ever since.
I am an autodidact in most aspects of my life, and taught myself the skills I needed as I went along, such as graphic design, layout, formatting, web design, etc. Some things, like proofreading, came naturally to me, considering the vast amount of reading I do on a regular basis (mostly non-fiction, though I have a penchant for young adult fantasy novels). I also have an inordinate love of typography and archaic words.
I have thus far published four books (some of which are shown below) as well as one instructional booklet. I am always working on more writing projects. My many websites, blogs, Etsy shops, services, and other information can be found at www.birdspiritland.com. I live in Eugene, Oregon.