I can’t tell you how amazed I am at all the extra work you do on our behalf. I really do think the world of you people. I can’t believe how professional the website looks. STEPHENS PRESS ROCKS! You’ve gone to great lengths to make our committee’s goals a reality and many people including myself are extremely grateful. I can honestly say, it’s evident your primary goal is to help others and do something good for our community. You’ll always have my sincere thanks and gratitude.
Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial
From the beginning, you expressed a “can do” attitude, especially with all the special requests we made along the way and you were very receptive to all the “curve balls” we threw at you during the editing stages. But you guys absolutely hit the ball out of the park! When I had one firefighter write, “I will be proud to pass this book down to my kids and grandkids…”, I knew we hit the mark! And honestly Carolyn, the final product was so much better than I could have ever imagined. You are truly a master of your trade!
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Carolyn’s professionalism and personal input produced a book far beyond my expectations. She continued to press for the most professional approach with the greatest bang to attract the public readers. A true friend and a great publisher.
Michael K. Riffey
Past president, Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Author, More Than a Parade: The Spirit and the Passion Behind the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Carolyn is a student of the book publishing industry and puts her extensive and always-growing knowledge to work in producing some really great books for Stephens Press. Carolyn is wise, patient and understanding with writers and editors. She has an excellent eye for design and is a savvy marketer.
Director of Community Publications, Stephens Media
Author, Howard Hughes: Politics, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue and Sun, Sin & Suburbia: An Essential History of Modern Las Vegas
Carolyn gave us some real insight as to what publishers expect from us and it’s clear we can’t fake it. If our manuscripts aren’t “clean,” fuhgetaboutit. Her excellent presentation could have been titled: “Survival Techniques for Aspiring Writers.”
Las Vegas Writers Group
Carolyn Hayes Uber knows her audience. She engages people with her authenticity and easy sense of humor, whether speaking to small groups about marketing a book or addressing large gatherings, such as at a writer’s conference or a city gala introducing a historic book. Listeners feel empowered, trailing her afterward for more of her savvy enthusiasm and perceptive knowledge. I’ve never seen Carolyn speak from notes, although papers must be nearby. She knows publishing and marketing like the back of her hand. She’s articulate, creative – and fun. From the word go, Carolyn steered the layout, publishing and marketing of our award-winning, “coffee-table” book.
Ann and Farley Olander
Author and Photographer
Call of the Mountains, the Beauty and Legacy of Southern California’s San Jacinto, San Bernardino, and San Gabriel Mountains
Our newspaper, the Pine Bluff Commercial, contracted with Stephens Press to produce a coffee-table-styled book celebrating our 125 years in business. The result – outstanding! The quality – outstanding! Carolyn and her staff were highly professional and directed our project in a manner beyond our expectations. Carolyn knows publishing … and she knows how to make a profit!
Kersh E. Hall
Associate Editor, Pine Bluff Commercial
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
When my book-writing clients ask me what makes a good publisher, I always point to Carolyn and Stephens Press. Carolyn is, I tell them, first and foremost a lover of fine, beautiful and significant books, but also (as former president of Uber Advertising & Public Relations) a savvy businesswoman and marketing expert. She publishes books she loves and respects and that she feels have audiences she can reach through the kinds of marketing strategies she knows so well. The publishing model and approach she has pursued has led to award-winning books, high-profile and history-making special-events books, bestselling books, books that have later re-sold to major New York publishers, books that have received attention from Hollywood, and in all cases books that have changed the lives of their authors. All of this makes Carolyn’s lens on both the creation of good books and the world of publishing a rare thing, and she brings this lens to bear in her talks to writers and fellow professionals. She was the special guest during an all-day non-fiction-book workshop I recently offered and all dozen members of the group found her the most inspiring speaker they’d ever heard on publishing–encouraging and yet totally aware of the challenges that the publishing world faces these days, challenges that writers, if they’re to be published, must dance with as well.
Writing Coach and Publishing Consultant
Over the past 20 years, our newspaper published three books that focused on history and photojournalism. When it came time to republish our “Turn of the Century” chronicle of the top stories in the area in the 21st century, we turned to Stephens Press and met Carolyn. I was mightily impressed from the get-go by her sunny professionalism, organizational abilities and knowledge of everything from typography and layout to picking the best weight of paper. She made excellent suggestions for the design of the cover, provided marketing advice and delivered the books on time and on budget. We have sold nearly 5,000 copies in all, quite an achievement for a regional history book. She is a complete pro.
Manager, The Legacy Project for Washington’s Secretary of State
Former Editor and Publisher of The Daily World, Aberdeen, WA
Carolyn Uber is able to take the complicated world of publishing and make it clear to her audience, whether they be writers and would-be writers, editors, booksellers, or publishers. She can speak to a variety of topics with amazing detail, providing necessary insight and timely information. She shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with humor and candor, making the publishing process less frightening and stressful for novices and veterans alike. I learn something new every time I see her!
Host, Vegas PBS Book Club
Editor, American Book Publishers and Stephens Press
Carolyn Hayes Uber knows the book business — from publishing to promotion. Her programs are informational — full of helpful knowledge for the person wanting to write a book or the already established author who wants to know how to promote. Carolyn pulls no punches. She tells it like it is!
I’ve been privileged to work and collaborate with dozens of highly qualified writing, editing and publishing professionals. Most are truly experts, but typically, in just one or two specialized areas related to the art and craft of writing. Not so with Carolyn Hayes Uber. She understands the business from the get-go. She knows how to help an author take a raw idea, shape and massage it into a story (or a book), and then turn that manuscript into something which is publishable and marketable. She also understands the relationship of design to a quality product. I’ve personally observed Carolyn work with authors. Articulate, witty, knowledgeable, and straightforward, she teaches, coaches and motivates. Carolyn is able to provide beginners as well as published authors with practical, functional and comprehensive insights into virtually all aspects of successful writing, publishing and marketing.
Former National Coordinator, Reader’s Digest Writing Workshops;
and Professor Emeritus, Journalism/Mass Communication
A passion for creative innovation, coupled with clarity of focus, support Carolyn Hayes Uber’s professional counsel and services to organizations that need to define their marketing objectives. Carolyn sees her role as the “reader’s advocate”, making sure that marketing communications are on the mark and readily understood. Her editing skills make the difference between good work and great. She keeps one eye on the big picture while the other scrutinizes the littlest details. Whether positioning a new book to optimize sales or detailing a product’s appeal for each target audience, Carolyn understands the role marketing strategy plays in success.
Creative Director, Ignite Design and Advertising
Carolyn Hayes Uber’s creative genius and talents make all of her publishing endeavors outstanding. She is a very insightful person, who knows the book publishing and marketing trade very well and is delightful to work with. She is a person of her word, who will do everything in her power to get a book completed in a masterful way. When she says that a book is going to be delivered on a certain date, it will be.
Adjunct Professor, California State University, San Bernardino National University
Carolyn Uber has a reputation for delivering a motivational presentation by using her expertise to share, not only, the fundamentals, but the crucial tips that contribute to our competitive advantage. Her presentations evoke thought and positive habits that bring results and captures the best of your group.
Publicity Chair, Las Vegas Writers Conference and;
Author, Granny McFanny
Carolyn speaks from the heart with passion and worldly knowledge of the practices and pitfalls of the publishing world. No matter what level of information you seek, trust Carolyn to tell you the unvarnished truth with wit, sensitivity and humility.
Sarah Lee Marks
Author, Artist’s Proof and Reservations Required
Carolyn’s true talent is working with the author to produce not only the written word but the illustrations to make the book marketable to a wide variety of interests — and then she knows how to position the product or partner with other entities to get it out there!
South Coast Media Services
I went to Carolyn on behalf of the Freedom’s Flame Foundation and asked her assistance in developing a website for our Foundation. The results are www.freedomsflame.us. I think the website speaks for itself.
Dennis L. Stout
Founder and Chair, Freedom’s Flame Foundation
When we first brought out our Jaya123.com order-entry web service for independent publishers and similar small businesses, Carolyn gave us excellent advice and counsel. Very few people know marketing as well as she does. She is also a dynamic personality. You will enjoy listening to her and working with her.
Carolyn is a natural born booster. She’s energetic, personable, and she treats her clients more as friends than customers.
Director of Public Affairs (retired)
Ontario International Airport/Los Angeles World Airports
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Carolyn Hayes Uber on a project and I can say that she is truly remarkable. Her knowledge and foresight in capturing multiple markets is amazing. Carolyn has mastered the art of reaching far beyond the parameters of conventional thinking. It was quite an honor to work with her. I’ve learned so much.
Laraine Russo Harper
Author, Legal Tender: True Tales of a Brothel Madam
A professional in every way, Carolyn’s integrity has made her business what it is today.
Chief Administrative Officer, Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Former City Manager, City of Upland, California
Carolyn Uber has provided dedication to our idea, implementation with the fullest intent, the extra desire to please and a final product that is complete and perfect.
Robert D. Pierre
General Manager (retired)
California Egg Board
Carolyn Uber and her firm have always performed in an exemplary and creative manner, meeting deadlines, pleasant to work with and professional in all dealings. Uber does the homework, immersed in the commerce of the client, striving to understand all facets. The results are marketing solutions that work.
Dr. Gail A. Zwart
Dean, Economic and Community Development
Riverside Community College
We’ve relied on Carolyn Uber for her depth of knowledge, strong work ethic and vision for our marketing needs. Her reputation within the community is of the highest level for professionalism and quality.
President, Monrovia Nursery Company
Working with Carolyn Uber has been a wonderfully positive experience. We benefitted greatly from her insights, flexibility and ability to execute under pressure. Uber has been masterful in providing creative, as well as composed and quick responses and demonstrated an understanding of the uniqueness of the Drucker Center’s educational products.
Jonathan W. Palmer
Director of Corporate Relations, The Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center
The Claremont Graduate School
Carolyn Uber demonstrates a “can-do” attitude when it comes to problem solving. She sizes up problems quickly and finds reasonable and affordable solutions.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Chaffey College
Carolyn Uber is a professional in every way. She is a highly talented and creative executive who can assemble and direct a remarkably well-organized team of experts. Her passion for detail, quality and timing is well known in the industry.
Retired Director of News Services, Donrey Media Group
and Editor, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin