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Portofolio: all the self-published books we have produced

We produce publications ‘from go to whoa’: i.e., from handwritten or typed manuscript, or spoken story,  through editing and graphic design, to self-published book stage. 

All of the following books have been produced by Sally-Anne Watson Kane and her team of typists, editors and designers at On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading, and On Time Typing Books and Life Stories.

We have produced them from spoken word, handwritten manuscript or typed manuscript stage, to professionally designed and printed self-published book stage. Our specialties are memoir, autobiography, family history, local history, poetry, anthologies of stories; or combinations of any of these (e.g. memoirs or autobiographies that include poems and essays).

Publications currently in process (mid-2024)

  • Memoir of a Torres Strait Islander man living in the NT: documenting oral histories by he and his family members and friends, ghost-writing and editing.
  • Memoir by a woman living in Gippsland VIC. Developmental (structural) editing.
  • Coaching in writing and editing, and editing for:  a Queensland writer (memoir); a NSW writer (memoir); ten writers who are NDIS participants (seven are writing and self-editing memoirs including poetry and three are writing novels); a Gippsland writer (family history); a writer from a non-English speaking background (stories and poems).

Self-published books produced to date

  1. Good night sweet prince. Author: David W G Witts.  150 pp. Large format hardcover (casebound), print. Poetry book: a journey through the mosaic that is life, including “love, grief, despair, ecstasy, tragedy, and – in all its terror and beauty – mundanity, with occasional glimpses of the essence of life that makes everything worthwhile…” All artwork by David W G Witts. Edited and produced collaboratively with On Time Typing Books and Life Stories editor and publishing consultant Sally-Anne Watson Kane and our designer Claire McGregor. ISBN 978-0-6486485-0-5. 1. Poetry collection. 2. Autobiography and memoir. Self-published in print by (C) 2024 David W G Witts.
  2. Among the Wildflowers. Co-authors: Delia Tobin, Seamus Foley and Sally-Anne Watson Kane. 96 pp, print. Poetry book comprised of three sections (one per poet) with poems based on their experiences of life, love, family and nature in Ireland and South-Eastern Victoria.  The three poets edited one another’s poems and produced this book with the support of On Time Typing Books and Life Stories and our designers. Self-published in print under the imprint of On Time Typing Books and Life Stories. (C) 2023 Delia Tobin, (C) 2023 Seamus Foley and (C) 2023 Sally-Anne Watson Kane.
  3. Worldwide recipes. Compiled by: Shirley Reynolds. 90 pp, print. Recipes from across the world, shared by Shirley’s friends and family. Edited and designed by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading. ISBN-13: 978-1-921216-05-3. Self-published in print by Shirley Reynolds under the imprint of On Time Typing Books and Life Stories. (C) 2023 Shirley Reynolds.
  4. Whanau adventures. Author: Shirley Reynolds. 32 pp, print. Illustrated children’s picture book based on memoir/family and cultural stories and knowledge. Based on consultations with author (storytelling) and handwritten story to printed book stage (including typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2022 Shirley Reynolds.
  5. Monty – The amazing adventures of Montague Richard Leverson: political idealist, architect of colourful practices, black sheep, and a crank on all sorts of subjects. Author: Tony Taylor. 146 pp, hardcover, print. Biography of the colourful M R Leverson. Produced from manuscript to printed book stage (editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2022 Tony Taylor.
  6. The Dark Door. Author: Shirley Reynolds. 32 pp, print. Memoir: poems and stories based on the author’s own experiences; themes include the dark side of life. Produced from consultations with author (spoken word) and handwritten story to printed book stage (typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2021 Shirley Reynolds.
  7. Bright Lights. Author: Shirley Reynolds. 120 pp., print.  Memoir, short stories, poems; themes include animals, nature, family. Produced from consultations with author (spoken word) and handwritten story to printed book stage (typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2021 Shirley Reynolds.
  8. Their lives, their times. Author: Tony Taylor. 400 pp, hardcover, print. Family history of the various branches of McCaughey, Taylor, Rantzen, Meyer, Leverson and Green families. Produced from manuscript to printed book stage (editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2021 Tony Taylor.
  9. Hold your head up high. Author: Garry Chippindall (dec). 452 pp., print. Memoir: themes include childhood in the bush (Australia) 1950s-60s, Vietnam War, PTSD, family and love. Produced from consultations with author (spoken word) and handwritten notes, to printed book stage (typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2021 Sally Barlee.
  10. Hope unfeathered. Author: Kate Erlenbusch, print. Poetry based on memoir (own experiences). Themes include faith, doubt, hope and self-acceptance. Editing and design of inside pages by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Cover by Kate Noseda. Self-published by Kate Erlenbusch. ISBN -97806-4879-6909. Self-published by (C) 2020 Kate Erlenbusch . Available for sale at Booktopia.
  11. My Story. Author: Shirley Reynolds, print. Memoir about the author’s childhood in New Zealand and adult life in Australia. Themes include childhood, family, bipolar disorder, violence, and love. Produced from consultations with author (spoken word) and handwritten story to printed book stage (typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). Self-published by (C) 2020 Shirley Reynolds.
  12. A life: I am what I am, Author (written + oral): Joan Sammon. Memoir/ poetry/ essays of themes including child sexual abuse, mental illness, life as a gay woman, and the best medicine: laughter. Produced from handwritten story and consultations with author (spoken word) – including typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison – by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading. Self-published in print by Peewee Press (now On Time Typing Books and Life Stories).  ISBN -13:978-1-921216-02-2. Barcode 9 781921 216022. (C) 2019 Joan Sammon.
  13. Riding the bumps with a grin… At Crib Point! History of the Mornington Peninsula Magpies. Author: Michael Cusick. 400 pp, print. Local history of Crib Point Football and Netball Club. Produced from handwritten document to printed book stage (including typing, editing, design, proofreading and printer liaison) by by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). ISBN -13:978-0-646-80244-2. Self-published by (C) 2019 Michael Cusick.
  14. Jakman vs the evil space dudes. Author: Jak Kane, 2017 (aged 9). Children’s story: what happens when Jakman is confronted by the evil space dudes? Illustrations, text, design and production by Jak Kane with the assistance of Sally-Anne Watson Kane. Self-published in print by Peewee Press (now On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). (C)  2017 Jak Kane.
  15. 100-Up – From Here to Here – Trafalgar Bowls Club Inc 1915 – 2015. Compilers: Joanne Savige and Graham J Hill, 2015. Local history. Edited, designed and produced by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading. Proofread by Trafalgar Bowls Club (TBC). Self-published by Peewee Press (now On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). ISBN: -13:978-1-921216-01-5. (C) 2015 Trafalgar Bowls Club Inc.
  16. Rocket Power. Author: Evie Watson, 2011. Poetry; 17 poems by about tree ferns, rockets, Darwin, caterpillars, bats and more. Cover design by Darren Kane. Produced by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading. Self-published  by (C) 2011 Evie Watson.
  17. Sharing our Stories – Territory Women 2005 – 2006. Authors (spoken word): Anthology of oral  histories by 7 Territorian women, 2005-06. Typed and edited by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading. Compiled by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] and Susan Foster, 2006.  Sponsored by YWCA of Darwin Inc. Self-published by Peewee Press (now On Time Typing Books and Life Stories). ISBN 1-921216-00-X. (C) 2006 YWCA.
  18. Flitter-Squeak. Author: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. Children’s story: what happens when Flitter the bird and Squeak the bush-mouse fall into adventure together? Self-published by Peewee Press (now On Time Typing Books and Life Stories. (C) 2003 Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] .
  19. Buibere: Lian Feto Timor Lorosa’e Nian, vol. 2 (in Tetun language).  Compiler: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. 22 oral histories including updated information recorded and transcribed in Timor Leste in 2001. Anthology of oral histories of 22 East Timorese women recorded in 1999 and in 2001. Produced by Sally-Anne Watson Kane. Editors: Sally-Anne, Rosalia Soares and Manuela Leong Pereira. Designer: Gonzalo Pinto. Self-published by Fokupers. ISBN 0_646_41719_3. (C) 2001 Fokupers (on behalf of the 22 storytellers).
  20. Health and nutrition in Coleato Leotelo according to the people of Coleato Leotelo. Authors: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] and the Chief and community leaders of Coleato Leotelo, Ermera District, East Timor, 2001. Report. Sally-Anne scribed oral testimonies in Tetun then wrote and edited this report in English. Presented to World Food Organisation and World Health Organisation in East Timor in 2001 by Sally-Anne. Self-published by ETISC. (C) 2001 Sally-Anne Watson [Kane].
  21. Ekka’s Journey. Author: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane], 2000. Children’s story: Ekka is newly hatched and wandering through the bushland of the tropical north, meeting other wildlife and trying to find out who he is. Self-published in print by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. (C) Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] 2000.
  22. Buibere: Voice of East Timorese Women, vol. 1. Compiler: Sally-Anne Watson Kane under pseudonym ‘Rebecca Winters’. Anthology of 22 oral histories, recorded/scribed in Timor Leste in 1998. Edited, compiled and produced by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane], working closely with Timorese translators to translate  the Tetun/Portuguese testimonies into English. Introduction by Bishop Belo, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Self-published in print by ETISC. ISBN 0_9577329_3_7. (C) 1999 held by each oral storyteller.
  23. East Timor Interviews Recorded November 1998. Compiler: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. Anthology of 11 oral histories recorded/scribed by Sally-Anne in Timor Leste in 1998. Edited, compiled and produced by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane], working closely with Timorese translators to translate the Tetun/Portuguese testimonies into English. Self-published in print by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] 2001. (C) 1999 held by each oral storyteller.
  24. The Mermaid’s Tale. Author: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. Children’s story of life and love under the deep, blue sea. Self-published in print by Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. (C) 1997 Sally-Anne Watson [Kane].
  25. Children of the Resistance. Author: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] under  pseudonym ‘Rebecca Winters and Brian Kelly’. Creative memoir (stories)  based on oral histories recorded by Sally-Anne, and Sally-Anne’s experiences, in Timor Leste in 1996. Edited by Sally-Anne, and designed and produced by Martin Goreing/Sally-Anne. Self-published by AFFET. ISBN 0_646_30388_0.  (C) 2006 Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]/AFFET.

For queries about any of the above publications, please Contact us and we will answer your request and if appropriate refer you to the copyright owner/s.

Sally-Anne Watson Kane has written:

  • Among the Wildflowers. By  co-authors Sally-Anne Watson Kane, Delia Tobin and Seamus Foley. ISBN-13: 978-1-921216-04-6. 2023 (C) Sally-Anne Watson Kane, (C) Delia Tobin, (C) Seamus Foley.
  • Flitter-Squeak. By Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] (C) 2003.
  • Ekka’s Journey. By Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] (C) 2000.
  • The Mermaid’s Tale. By Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] (C) 1997.
  • Children of the Resistance. By Sally-Anne Watson [Kane] under the pseudonyms Rebecca Winters and Brian Kelly. ISBN 0_646_30388_0. (C) 2006 Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]/AFFET.
  • The Caracol. Author: Sally-Anne Watson [Kane]. Creative memoir set in Central America early 1990s. (C) Sally-Anne Watson Kane 1995.  Unpublished.
  • Regular articles  in our blog and on LinkedIn from January 2016 to current.
  • Our article, Because We’re Worth It, about the new library in Moe: Latrobe City Council, and International architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT) Pty Ltd,  included excerpts from this article in their Annual Reports in 2018. Excerpts from the article to appear in their book (about space, architecture, community etc.) published by Hoyne in 2022. In 2017, International architects FJMT Pty Ltd commended our article ‘Because We’re Worth It’: see Glowing praise for ‘Because We’re Worth It’.
  • Victorian Small Business Commission Annual Report included excerpts from our above article, VBSC: Saving Small Business, in 2018.
  • 1990s: various articles in journals and newspapers.

Our self-publishing services

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading, also trading as On Time Typing Books and Life Stories, produces self-published books for  authors and organisations.

  • We can produce the publication from spoken word (typing while you speak, or typing recordings of your oral stories) or handwritten/typed manuscript, to self-published printed book stage.
  • This includes project management, quotes and invoicing, collaboration, editing, proofreading, graphic design, printer liaison, and obtaining ISBN and barcode.
  • Whlie we do not offer marketing services we can give you some basic advice in regard to the options around self-publishing and marketing.
  • For more information, go to: On Time Typing Books and Life Stories.

Image: book cover images owned by various authors. Photograph by SW Kane.


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