Founded in 2014, Navigator Graphics is a book design and publishing consulting firm run by authors for authors. With over 15 years in graphic design and publishing, we are well-versed in everything the independent author needs to take their project from final draft to finished book.
The publishing industry is an evolving industry. Self-publishing doesn’t hold the stigma it once did and deciding to take an independent route is often the best choice for many projects. Unlike the traditional publishing track where authors lose creative control over their books, sign over the majority of the profits to the publisher and lose the copyright, Navigator Graphics assist the indie author in bringing their book to fruition as envisioned while keeping the rights and, most importantly, the profits from the years of work invested. We will design your book and guide you in choosing the best printing platform for you. Learn more about how the process works.
Services We Offer
We are not a book publisher. The services we offer are book design and publishing consultation.
Essentially, we help you to become your own publisher. Our services include:
Interior Layout/Typesetting • Cover Design • eBook Design • File Preparation for Both Print and eBook Formats (so you’re ready to go to the printer). • Media Kit Design • Guidance on Securing your Copyright and ISBN Number(s) • Finally, we offer insight on marketing your book and choosing which printer/distributor is best for you.
*Please note: We do not currently offer editorial services.
A Note from Our Founder
I founded Homebound Publications in 2011 as a vessel for my own work. I soon found dozens of fellow writers who, like myself, had produced quality works that didn’t fit neatly into a box of wide marketability and were therefore not given attention by larger publishing houses. I expanded my vision, formed a traditional publishing house and opened to unsolicited submissions. At present, Homebound Publication is thriving with 4 divisions and nearly 100 titles in print (over a third of which are award-winning). However, there was still a gap. Due to our modest budget and a small staff, I routinely find myself rejecting quality manuscripts, not because they shouldn’t be published but simply due to the press’ limitations. I founded Navigator Graphics as a means to bridge that gap and offer authors a chance to claim their independent voice and publish their book. While Navigator Graphics isn’t a traditional publishing house with an editorial process, we are the next best thing: a springboard for those writers determined to carry the banner for their work and be heard.
Leslie M. Browning
Founder Navigator Graphics
Leslie M. Browning started her career in graphic design right out of high school after graduating with National Art Honors. Since then she has accumulated 20 years of experience in art, graphic design, and brand development. She has spent the past eight years of focusing solely on book design, promotion and publishing as Co-Lead Editor and Director of Promotion for Hiraeth Press, Co-Founder, Designer and Associate Editor of Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics; Founder, Designer and Editor-In-Chief of The Wayfarer and finally, Founder, Publisher and Lead Designer of Homebound Publications.
Over her years of experience, Leslie has designed numerous titles, many of which have gone on to win awards such as Foreword Review’s Book of the Year, Nautilus Book Award, Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, and Saltire Literary Awards. Author of nine titles and recipient of numerous awards as both publisher and writer, Leslie has a full grasp of what is required to successfully take a project full-circle from manuscript to the final book.
Literary Bio | L.M. Browning (Leslie M. Browning) grew up in the small fishing village of Stonington, Connecticut. A longtime student of philosophy, nature and art, these themes permeate her work. In her writing, Browning explores the confluence of the natural landscape and the interior landscape. A proud native of New England, she travels often throughout the region using her photography, drawing, and writing to explore the ecological and cultural identity of the Northeast.
In 2010, she debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series: Ruminations at Twilight, Oak Wise, and The Barren Plain. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations and the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. She followed this success with, Fleeting Moments of Fierce Clarity: Journal of a New England Poet, which was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Leslie sits on the Board of the Art’s Cafe Mystic, a poetic art’s venue that has run for 17 years in Mystic, Connecticut and has featured authors who are Poets Laureate of the U.S. and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and MacArthur “Genius Award.” She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. With over 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the U.S. She is a graduate of the University of London and a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers. She is Partner at Hiraeth Press; Co-Founder of Written River: An Anthology of Eco-Poetics as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wayfarer. In 2011, Browning opened Homebound Publications and in 2015 went on to establish Owl House Books as an imprint of Homebound Publications devoted to children’s literature. She is currently working to complete a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Harvard University’s Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She has written for publications such as Coastal Connecticut Magazine, MEAD: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, New Plains Review, Contemplative Journal, and Ascent Magazine. She was named one of the “7 People to Watch in Connecticut” by Coastal Connecticut Magazine. Her latest works include: Vagabonds and Sundries: Poetic Remnants of Lives Past, Seasons of Contemplation: A Book of Midnight Meditations and In the Hands of the Immortal Weaver: Poems of Sacredness and Belonging. Her latest novel, The Castoff Children is now available. Visit www.lmbrowning.com