Testimonials

“With all of my gratitude and respect

As a writer since childhood, it was always a dream to have my own published book in my hands. Career and family occupied the majority of my time, but on retirement, I decided to prioritize writing my book and having it published. After a false start with another publishing company, I called a friend, Margaret McEwan, who had happily and successfully published her own book with Lisa Akoury-Ross and SDP Publications. I contacted and then worked Lisa as publisher, and Beth Epps, editor. With their able assistance, kind encouragement, and always welcome recommendations, my book, DORCHESTER GIRL became a reality and was published in April 2021. With all of my gratitude and respect, Judith Kirwan Kelley.
Dorchester Girl, NON-FICTION (SELF-HELP, BUSINESS, MEMOIR)
Judith Kirwan Kelley

A Few Words of Praise for the Staff at SDP!

Writing a book is a beautiful fulling experience for every writer. The next phase is finding someone you are not only comfortable with but whom you can trust to bring your story to life. This is where Lisa and the staff at SDP Publishing come in. Right from the start, Lisa makes you feel at ease. She guides you through finding the perfect person to edit your manuscript. Lisa and the editor keep you informed about the progress and the details that need attention. It is a wonderful experience to learn how the whole publishing world works. You see your story evolve as your dream comes to life. Lisa and her team handle everything from editing to getting the copyrights to your book cover design. They also help market and prompt your story. There is a lot to be said for having a local independent publisher, you are not a number or just another client, but you come to have a friend that will give you good advice all the way through.

Heaven’s Window,  ADULT FICTION

Bill Selvitelle

Simplified a Daunting Task

I was introduced to Lisa Akoury-Ross serendipitously through one of her other authors that I play golf with. I just published my first book with Lisa, and it was a tremendous experience. Lisa is not only fun to work with, she is both professional and knowledgeable, and has a great team that works with her to guide her authors through the very daunting task of publishing a book. I am looking forward to working with Lisa on my next book.

Smell the Bacon, Charlie!: A CEO’s Guide to Implementing Organizational Change, NON-FICTION (BUSINESS/ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE)

Robert J. Haworth

Value the Whole Way Through!

When I came to Lisa Akoury-Ross and her team at SDP Publishing, my book (a memoir of sorts) had been a work in progress for about a year, and I was at my wit’s end. I’d managed to capture stories and facts, but structuring all of that into something compelling to readers was beyond my pay grade. Lisa teamed me with a developmental editor who could not have been a more perfect fit. She really “got” what I was trying to do and helped me weave my stream of facts and stories into a book that achieved my vision: part memoir, part how-to, and part self-help. I did not want to self-publish, and the additional support and services Lisa and team delivered along the journey were worth every penny, giving me the peace of mind to know that no crucial steps would be missed, and that I would also have marketing support to help me get my book into the world.

Zen (and Rage) and the Art of a Never-Ending Home Renovation,  NON-FICTION (HOME REMODELING)

Marcia Formica

Highly Recommend

As a first-time author, the idea of publishing my book was a daunting one! Then I found Lisa Akoury-Ross and her team at SDP Publishing Solutions who shepherded me through the entire process with ease. I am so grateful for their expertise and invaluable advice that I am looking forward to working with them again on my next book. I would highly recommend that any author connect with Lisa Akoury-Ross for her guidance and support!

Please Don’t Tell Cooper He’s a Dog, CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Michelle Lander Feinberg

Beautiful Volume

When I wondered how to publish my illustrated book of rhymes the idea of self-publishing was a mystery. Then I found Lisa Akoury-Ross and her team at SDP Publishing and the process was a dream. Lisa provided necessary information,  guidance, patience and full attention to my vision of the book. Because of Lisa and her team’s expertise the published book is exactly the beautiful volume I hoped it would be.

A Zoo Full of Rhymes,CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Katharine Stanley-Brown Abbott

Perfect Fit

“As a first time children’s illustrated book author, I knew SDP Publishing was a perfect fit for me!  From the beginning, Lisa and her team provided professional guidance throughout the entire process.  Lisa and her team’s honesty, feedback, expertise, and responsiveness to my questions were extremely helpful and timely!  I am truly blessed to have had Lisa support me through this undertaking!”

Anna’s Big Wish: How Love and Faith Can Help Us Say Goodbye,CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Tracy Harding

Responsive & Thorough

“Being a first-time author can be a daunting task particularly deciding to independently publish.  I knew from the beginning that I wanted my first book to be a high quality product that would be comparable to books coming out of a large publishing house, so I sought experts in this space. I’m glad I chose to work with Lisa Akoury-Ross and SDP Publishing for my first book project.  From rough manuscript concept to publishing, Lisa was responsive, thorough, and well versed in navigating the publishing process. I really appreciate her service and highly recommend it for first time authors.”

The MECE Muse: 100+ Selected Practices, Unwritten Rules, and Habits of Great Consultants,NON-FICTION (BUSINESS)

Christie Lindor

Rock Stars

“I knew I had a story to tell.  What I didn’t know was how to put it together and share it out into the world.  From a trusted friend, I got a referral to Lisa Akoury-Ross and SDP and I knew from that first conversation that I had the right person to partner with me.   The editing and publishing process can be overwhelming and bewildering for a first time author and Lisa and her staff made it easy to negotiate.  Kudos to the team at SDP – you are rock stars!”

More Space. More Time. More Joy! Organizing Your Best Life, NON-FICTION (SELF-HELP, BUSINESS, MEMOIR)

Lisa Dooley

Amazing Team

“I started working with Lisa Akoury-Ross at SDP Publishing Solutions in May, 2010. Over the past year, she and her amazing team have literally transformed my story into an amazing, high-quality children’s book, which can hold its own next to any top-notch book you’ll find on your child’s shelf.”

Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Jenifer Gershman

Very Pleased

“I was very pleased with the high level of professional help I had on the editorial and design portion of my book. Lisa Akoury-Ross was very helpful and informative. She taught me the ropes in independently-publishing and how to get the marketing up and running for low costs. I highly recommend using SDP Publishing for all of your self-publishing needs.”

A Wayward Oath, JA/ADULT FICTION (MURDER/MYSTERY)

Bill Jacques, Writer, Actor, Teacher

Personal, Timely, and Efficient

“Working with Lisa and SDP Publishing Solutions was one hundred times more comfortable than other publishing houses that I’ve worked with in the past. The service was personal, timely, and efficient. I would recommend Sweet Dreams for both the amateur and experienced author. Communication was excellent and I always felt as though I was in the loop.”

Streets of Rage, JA/ADULT FICTION (CRIME NOVELLA)

Richard Chandler, Film Director, Actor, Author

High Standards

“I have worked closely with Lisa Akoury-Ross of SDP Publishing Solutions for the last 5 months and have the highest regard for her expertise in the independent publishing industry. Her integrity, commitment and knowledge made the publishing of my first book an enjoyable experience. Her staff of editors, illustrators, and layout people have the same high standards. I look forward to working with Lisa again when I publish my next two books.”

The Emperor’s New Throne, CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Julia Broomall-Millington

There for me every step of the way

“Writing and publishing a novel was a lifetime dream for me. As a first time physician author, I was excited, nervous and totally naive about the process. Lisa and her team at SDP Publishing Solutions, have been there for me every step of the way with a wealth of talent and unfailing encouragement–from editing to cover and interior design to sales and marketing. I’m looking forward to working with SDP when I publish my next book!”

When Dreams Touch, JA/ADULT FICTION (WOMEN/WARTIME)

Rosemary Edwards, MD, MPH

Highly Recommend

“I am delighted to share my high praise for Lisa, my manuscript editors, and the interior layout and cover design editor. The team exhibited all the attributes desirable in a publisher—experience, great competence, and a commitment to excellence. My working relationship with all members of the team was excellent. I especially appreciated the team’s willingness to consider my suggestions when we didn’t agree, and their insistence that all changes require my final approval.

I highly recommend Lisa and SDP Publishing. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, by email or through my website, for further discussion.”

Unhinged, JA/ADULT FICTION (THRILLER)

Gary McCarragher, MD

Refreshing

“I searched and contacted a number of publishing companies before I found Lisa Akoury-Ross at SDP Publishing. I found it refreshing to speak with a publisher who tailored needs to individual authors and projects and who was willing to work with me on a unique set of requirements. I’ve published two children’s books thus far with SDP and each exceeded my expectation with respect to not only the publishing process in general but with editorial, illustration and design services. Highly recommend SDP and look forward to working with SDP on future projects.”

Your Inside Shape & Who’s Going To Be You?  CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Christine Sarno-Doyle

Love the Finished Product

“I started with an unedited manuscript, worked with Lisa Akoury-Ross, and we finished with a great book. She was able to answer my questions promptly, address my concerns patiently, advise me thoughtfully, and edit my work meticulously. Lisa’s experience and enthusiasm made a complex process easy and efficient. I greatly enjoyed working with her and love the finished product.”

Blood, JA/ADULT FICTION (CRIME/DETECTIVE)

Lewis Lefer, MD

Helped Me to Become a Published Author

“As a physician my only experience with the publishing field was submitting a research paper to a medical journal. I thought this experience qualified me to publish my own book. Using the self—service programs offered by Amazon I quickly learned that I had botched the entire process, wasting time and money. Thanks to Lisa Akoury—Ross and SDP Publishing my chest pain and migraine headache were soon cured. Lisa took a total novice in hand, recommending professional copyediting services and first-rate printing and publishing services. My novel is now not only beautiful to look at, but reads like it belongs on a bookstore shelf. SDP has helped me to not only be a physician who writes, but also a published author who practices medicine. Thanks Lisa.”

Blood, JA/ADULT FICTION (CRIME/DETECTIVE)

Irv Danesh, MD FACEP WGAE, Emergency Physician, Television Producer

Consummate Professional

“As a broadcast journalist and documentary producer, I didn’t know how different the publishing world would be. Lisa Akoury-Ross made adding a book to my resume an enriching and exciting experience. She not only cares and is creative; she also has high standards for excellent results and keeps her cool in a crisis. Her bottom line is helping you deliver your dream and tell your story not only your way, but also the best way possible. I had no idea how much I would need her and how much her experience would help my vision become a wonderful reality.

She’s the consummate professional and I highly recommend her. She was able to see my vision, and orchestrate the right people and process to make my book a reality. Her intense commitment to me as an author and a business partner/client was reassuring and encouraging. She has a keen eye for detail and high standards of excellence. With unusual parameters, and a tight timeline, we both moved through an epic project with mutual respect and enthusiasm and the results are stunning and a milestone for us both.”

One on One: My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars, NON-FICTION (MEMOIR)

Jane Mitchell, San Diego Television Host/Producer/Author

Worth Every Dollar

“People told me it was so easy to go on line to write and publish a book. They were so wrong!! I was so fortunate to have been recommended to Lisa Akoury-Ross that I can’t begin to tell you other than she is great and she would be the first person I would call to do it again. She is knowledgeable, patient and easy to work with and has great follow through… along with her group of wonderful colleagues that she has aligned with. I loved working with her and them. Lisa guided me through the whole process and every dollar I spent was well worth it. I loved the end product from front to back cover.”

The Best Therapy Experience, NON-FICTION (BUSINESS)

John Vacovec, Physical Therapist

Great Experience

“What a great experience to work with Lisa and the staff at SDP. From the beginning Lisa was straight-forward, honest, helpful and was able to anticipate my questions and concerns as a first time author. SDP went above and beyond the call of duty on every aspect of creating my book. Lisa was very intuitive helping to place me with the right editor, artist, marketing team and everything in between.

That is another thing about SDP, they offer and have available a variety of professionals who can help with every part of the publishing process, even the parts that a new author doesn’t even know exist! I always felt genuinely cared for and that Lisa and her team had my best interest in mind. Lisa is also so proactive in making her business the best that it only helps her authors. Writing a book is a huge process, but SDP made it a journey I would like to travel again and will most certainly do it with SDP.

If you are a first time author or already have several books, SDP has years of connections and contacts in publishing that will help you. SDP thinks beyond just the book, but also how to make it a success.”

Six Weeks to Love Running, NON-FICTION (SELF-HELP)

Julie Sieben, DC

My Go-To Partner

“I had an idea, a concept and a whole lot of passion to get my thoughts down on paper and bring it out the world…great now what? I happen to have met Lisa at a networking event and had an instant connection and then saw her again knowing she is the right person for me. Lisa was able to get me to focus on the words and she would help me with the rest. Lisa’s resources are top notch and deliver great results from editing to cover creation and most importantly, the layout of the book. Lisa was involved throughout the process sharing her expertise with great results. When I decide to write my next book, SDP Publishing will be my go-to partner in the process.”

Build Your A Game, NON-FICTION (BUSINESS)

Carole Sacino, Board-Certified Executive Coach, Turning Institute

Elite Publisher

“I met Lisa Akoury-Ross and the SDP Publishing team in New York City at the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors conference five years ago. She’s a pro, an elite publisher. She’ll find the right editor to elevate your manuscript and will guide you through production. In April 2017, Lisa and her team helped me create my dream book, Sentio. In April of 2018, SDP launched our second book together, Strange Love in America. Lisa and SDP Publishing have earned my five-star recommendation.”

Strange Love in America & Sentio, JA/ADULT FICTION (MYSTICISM)

JC Howell

Very Positive Experience

“As a first-time author, I was overwhelmed with the process of publishing and distributing my book. From the start of our working relationship, I knew that SDP Publishing was a good choice. As I continued to work with Lisa and her staff, I realized it was a great choice.

Everyone was professional, knowledgeable, personable, supportive, honest, and helpful in every aspect. They were responsive to all my questions and guided me throughout the process. Publishing my book with Lisa and her team was a very positive experience.”

Every Day is a Gift: A Couple’s Cancer Journey, NON-FICTION (MEMOIR)

Margaret McEwan

Helpful, Patient, and Informative

“Working with Sweet Dreams Publishing has honestly been an enjoyable and positive experience. Working with Lisa and her team have taught me so much about the writing, editing and publishing process. Lisa is always helpful, patient and informative about any inquiries I have. She is honest and well informed about the industry and is more than willing to share her knowledge. Sweet Dreams offers everything from soup to nuts. I have been working with Lisa for more than four years on several projects and have only had positive reviews on each of my five books. She has been very supportive in working with other agencies and organizations when inquiring about my books through Sweet Dreams Publishing. If this is what you are looking for when you want to make your publishing dreams come true, Lisa and her team are definitely the way to go.”

The Whale, the Ocean, the Duck and the PondDUANE: Don’t Underestimate Any Natural Elements: Extreme Weather. Be Prepared, I Don’t Care What You Wear So Long as it’s Clean, How My Daddy Taught Me to Dance & Too Much Hopscotch,  CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Susie Rich, SusieStories, Owner/Manager

Personalized Service

“I have worked with Lisa Akoury-Ross and SDP Publishing and can’t say enough about the personalized service, the honesty and commitment to help with marketing and publicity.”

Chicken Fried Steak, HOA Gold!, Kick the Can, Onion Dome, Picasso’s Zip Line & Rattlesnake, JA/ADULT FICTION (ACTION ADVENTURE)

Steven I Dahl, MD

Light Years Ahead

“My manuscript is light years ahead of where it was before I met Lisa Akoury-Ross at SDP Publishing Solutions.”

Warpath, JA/ADULT FICTION (MILITARY THRILLER)

Richard Blomberg, MD
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