Joe and Jan McDaniel began self-publishing their own books in 1996. BookCrafters was established and began assisting clients in 2007. To date (2014), they have published over 250 titles using Lightning Source Inc. (LSI), BookPartners (HF Group), Snowfall Press (SFP) and other printers for special projects. They are members of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). BookCrafters books have won multiple CIPA EVVY Contest Awards. Joe has served on the board of C.I.P.A.
They are a home-based business in Parker, Colorado, USA, and work together to complete book projects from inception to distribution. Jan does the text editing and formatting; Joe handles the photo editing, cover designs, registrations and technical matters. Most of the work is done in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
Jan's degree in education led to teaching and many years' experience as administrative assistant to corporate executives. Joe worked in marketing and international project management, although his degree is in biological sciences. He lived in southern Africa for 25 years and is an award winning photographer. They have traveled many places but Africa is their favorite destination.