"Phyllis is a great editor, but not only that, during the time we were working together she took a personal
approach that was understanding of the busy schedules that we all have... she found times that would work
for me. She also was able to capture the concepts I was writing about in a way that allowed me to expand
on my work, rather than ever feeling led. As an editor, she has a very special gift of connecting with her
clients and pulling the best out of them. In that way she is a muse and not just the editor and
designer of one's work.
"Thank you again Phyllis, for helping my dream come true."
"As a newbie, learning about writing and publishing my first book, "Parenting a
Positive Reaction: A parent's guide to help promote safe care at school for your food allergy
child" Phyllis Peterson of Magnolia Studio, helped me with the last part of the process
(page layouts) which I had no idea needed to be done prior to publishing. She saved me time and
money by working with me on the interior of the book, back cover and highlighting the essence of the
book. She has a wealth of knowledge and knows her craft beyond standard. I highly recommend working
with Phyllis, whether you are seasoned or just learning, as she is also an excellent teacher.
Her guidance for improvements to make my book the best it can be were spot on!
Thank you Phyllis for all of your helpful tips and suggestions that will benefit many people."
Amy Seiwert's Imagery,Artistic Director ASImagery.org
August 24, 2015
"For the past three years Phyllis has designed the programs for our annual ballet performances to
great satisfaction. Phyllis is a pleasure to work with and her sense for design and composition is very
intuitive. The programs she designed for us fit perfectly with our company’s aesthetic and imagery
and I feel that her design work perfectly reflects what happens on stage. I would recommend her
design skills to anyone."
UkeDawg Productions,Holly Rudin-Braschi, Master of Music,
Manhattan School of Music, NYC, Culinary Instructor, Author, and Journalist UkeLesson.com GrillPower.com
July 9, 2015
"Phyllis Peterson did an outstanding job for me while accomplishing the impossible. She simultaneously formatted two very different books: Grill Power: Second Edition™ and Holly’s Ukulele Method™ both as hard-copy and interactive E-books. This was no small feat. Her first challenge was to create Grill Power: Second Edition™ out of incomplete, outdated QuarkXPress files. The first edition that sold 50,000 copies was originally published by QVC Publishing, who gave me the files over ten years ago. Since I never owned the Quark program, I didn’t know that the publisher failed to give me a copy of the cover! Not only did Phyllis do an excellent job reconstructing the cover, she also recreated the interior content and made both cover and interior formatting light-years better than the original. Phyllis also created an interactive full-color Ebook version of Grill Power that will get any E-cookbook user inspired to heat up their grill and try my recipes!
"Holly’s Ukulele Method™ was 10 years in the making. My wonderful music editor, Charylu Robert (selfpublishmusicbooks.com) started the publishing process by formatting and editing the music and did the initial content formatting. Phyllis then took over and turned the book into magic. She created a cover that is so engaging, people who have never played the ukulele are inspired to purchase an instrument and start playing. She enhanced the interior of the hard-copy book and then created a full-color E-book that simply rocks the house. She embedded all 86 instructional MP3s with each musical exercise and song, making the E-book extremely user-friendly.
"Through our 2-year business relationship, Phyllis was a dream to work with. She always had a positive, can-do attitude, an infinite well of patience, had great ideas to improve both books, a discerning eye for detail, did great editing of the material and always delivered on time or before. I would highly recommend Phyllis to anyone considering self-publishing."
"Phyllis designed and produced a great music lesson assignment book that had taken me years to complete. Her patience and follow-up with me was outstanding throughout the entire process. She was always helpful with each aspect of the project, such as purchasing and setting up the ISBN/barcode and understanding printing options. Phyllis is perfect for first-time authors and publishers. I will definitely be working with her again on upcoming books and future editions of Learn Today, Play Tomorrow®."
"Phyllis has done the layout and shepherded the printing of our Occidental Fools Day Parade poster for all of the five years that I have produced this event for the Occidental Center for the Arts. She was recommended to us by the parade's founder, Kate Price, and I see no reason to change. Phyllis is smart, responsive, efficient and reasonable."
GENERATE: Tribes,Chas Nol, Managing Director, Sarasota Springs Retreat Center GenerateGathering.org
April 14, 2015
"I’ve worked with many graphic designers over the years and I have to say Phyllis was a breath of fresh air. While we changed directions many times for our flyer, postcard and web collateral, and working with a design committee — all amateurs — cannot be easy, Phyllis was patient, understanding and completely flexible. She took all our ideas with aplomb and incorporated everything into the final product beautifully. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again and again."
"I am a designer myself, and so particular that I have even been guilty of replacing periods with different ones. So imagine how pleased I was when Phyllis created my column reprints looking better than I had hoped! She did what it took to get them right, and blended suggestions of her own to my thoughts. I never have to be ashamed of showing them to anyone: they're professional."
Map of Awakening and Embodying Universal Consciousness by Anadi,Anadi Editors AnadiTeaching.com
October 20, 2014
"Phyllis has designed several lovely, hardcover books for us. They are beautiful, modern and elegant and we’re really delighted with them. She has a wonderful sense of space and economy, and her creative graphical touches have added a special, personal feel. She has been a pleasure to work with — professional, punctual, precise, honest and generous — and has responded very sensitively to our brief and to the nature of the material that we are presenting. She’s now our go-to person for all our publications, and we look forward to working with her again and again in the future."
"I have worked with Phyllis Peterson of Magnolia Studio for the past few years on several graphic arts projects. She has assisted me in the conceptual and graphic design of brochures for my own business, Dragonfly Virtual Associates, and I have also hired her as an independent contractor to work with my clients. Phyllis has consistently produced stellar graphic arts pieces, finely attuned to the vision and needs of my clients. She is also very responsive and timely with the production of work, always on time, thorough, and has a precise attention to detail. I highly recommend Phyllis and Magnolia Studio for your graphic arts needs."
"What a pleasure it has been to work with Phyllis Peterson of Magnolia Studio on the creation of a website. It was a challenge to elegantly present forty years of Artworks representing my husband’s life-long career. Phyllis took on the task with enthusiasm, while being forthright that creating a website with slide shows in multiple galleries, and to organize the images into multiple galleries for Sculpture, Works on Paper, and Public Works would be a first for her. The website went up in six months and throughout this project I saw that it was in capable hands. I enjoyed our pleasant, collaborative weekly meetings and appreciated her dedication, organization skills and the efficient use of time. With attention to detail, she proofread, checked and tested each entry, solving problems with determination. I appreciate that she allowed me to play a part in organizing and preparing digital images to save on her time and thus lower the cost for me. I recommend Magnolia Studio highly and plan to continue to work with Phyllis and the studio."
Stan Wells,Singer/Songwriter of "High Tide" CD WellPerked.com
January 31, 2014
"I am delighted to have chosen Magnolia Studio to help me with my High Tide album release. Phyllis poured her enthusiasm and creativity into every aspect of the project. Services included album cover and booklet design, web site design and construction, and electronic transmission of the artwork to the CD manufacturer. The process of working with Magnolia Studio was collaborative with quick turn around and excellent results every step of the way."
Marta May,Publisher at Abuse Antidote Publications; Author of "For the Love of Benjamine"
and "Cuando Sali De Cuba" AbuseAntidote.com
February 14, 2013
"I wrote the books... That was the easy part. Without Phyllis Peterson of Magnolia Studio, I would not have been able to publish them. Phyllis is knowledgeable, passionate and talented. I love her forever!"
"I first worked with Phyllis in 1999 on my 18th book, "MP3s and the Digital Music Revolution: Turn Your PC into a CD-Quality Digital Jukebox!" which won an award for design. Her work was so good and her book design so innovative, I had her work with me again on another book a year later. Last year, when I was setting up a publishing company, I hired Phyllis again. She created a comprehensive book layout for the entire series of books I was working on. Phyllis provides incredibly good value for the money. I will be hiring her again whenever I need solid book design and page layout."
David Bennett,Editor and Publisher at The Petaluma Post: A Reader's Monthly PetalumaPost.com
June 1, 2012
"Phyllis composed text and created page layouts as well as graphic design for The Petaluma Post Newspaper for nearly 3 years. She did excellent work for the paper at reasonable pricing, was consistent with her work and always met the deadlines. I can recommend Phyllis Peterson to other future employers with utmost confidence."
Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen, Founder and Director of Vegetarian Connection TheVeggieQueen.com
March 16, 2012
"If you want a designer who provides great service, is thorough, detail- and deadline-oriented, fast and reasonable (in more ways than one), then I highly suggest working with Phyllis Peterson of Magnolia Studio. Phyllis has done work for me from simple business and thank you cards to producing my new cookbook, The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes with charts and photos. She also made it into a wonderful interactive PDF with bookmarks and hyperlinks to videos and other cool stuff. Phyllis has been a pleasure to work with. I am sure that my book would not be as aesthetically pleasing if Phyllis had not put her graphic design magic to work."
"Magnolia Studio used the best of today's most current applications in bringing my first cookbook, Love Italian Style, to publication. My book, filled with stories, photos and most importantly, my Italian heritage recipes, was both a challenge and a joy to create, but it would not have blossomed into the book it now is without the guidance of Magnolia Studio."
"Phyllis was an absolute delight to work with. She sensitively received my vision for the project and was a model of patience and professionalism as we collaborated to realize the final design. I was thrilled with the outcome! Phyllis was a joy to work with from start to finish."
"Anyway, are you serious about the Book? Let me tell you how it is viewed in these circles. I don't know if you're aware of this, but there is a plan to publish all the talks from January 2008 onwards. It's a mammoth amount of material. We pour over Book of Enlightenment on a regular basis to see how you structured sentences, how you implemented grammar rules, the style, the punctuation, hyphens... We had a meeting the other day about design. Michal said it was the most beautiful book she had ever seen on every level: content, design, layout etc. For the students it is our bible. People have post-it notes and bookmarks and pencil marks. So that's just on a very practical level, not to mention the actual content and the profound effect it has on our souls and our evolution."
(Anadi's Student and Future Editors)
Dona Frank, Managing Member at Organic Cannabis Foundation, LLC NaturalCannabis.com
December 12, 2011
"Take a look at the creative work Phyllis does. Her professionalism speaks through her lovely designs. You can't go wrong working with Phyllis...highly recommended!!!"
Andrew Walker, Director of Production, IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.
August 23, 2011
"I needed help and Phyllis was the first person I called. My job was to build a high quality production group quickly so I called the best publishing person I knew. Phyllis not only came to help, she left her home and flew across the country to help. This is the type of dedicated professional and friend she is.
"The reason I thought of her was her range of skills and experience. She is an artist, a designer, a book production savant and really fun to work with. The first time I met Phyllis she had a can of SprayMount in one hand, a bunch of typeset copy in the other and was having a heated conversation with a designer. That picture is clear in my mind because it encapsulates her skill, experience and passion for publishing.
"That passion and skill has carried over into the digital realm. Working with Phyllis at Ligature and IDG Books Worldwide I saw how she embraced technology as a way to improve publishing. Phyllis learned how technology impacted the process from authoring to publication. This not only improved her skills, but she was able to teach others about technology and how it can improve publishing.
"I value depth of experience and willingness to embrace change. Phyllis has these unique and rare qualities. She also honors the craft of publishing and its heritage of bringing quality content to all people. These are the skills and values that make a true Publishing Professional."
Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D.,Director, Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts College BaumanCollege.org
August 16, 2011
"Phyllis is an outstanding graphic and book designer. She is thoughtful, resourceful, delightful and collaborative. She has taken my work and improved it visually and at times, conceptually. She exhibits excellence with her high integrity, great results and personable service. I give her my whole-hearted recommendation."
Jessica Bauman, B.S., Community Outreach Administrator,
Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts College BaumanCollege.org
October 26, 2010
"...Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the woman behind this beautiful layout and book design, Phyllis Peterson. I have never worked with anyone who is more organized, more dedicated and yet, utterly a pleasure to work with. She has turned my simple words into a beautiful book. As both my co-worker and certainly my friend, thank you for putting this together. I've enjoyed it immensely."
Jennifer Miller,Culinary Program Administrator, Bauman College:
Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts College BaumanCollege.org
July 29, 2008
"I worked with Phyllis last semester on editing the Natural Chef Handbook for Bauman College. I was impressed by her expertise and her ability to work quickly without making mistakes. She is passionate about her work and amazingly detail-oriented. I learned a great deal about editing curriculum books from working with Phyllis and look forward to working on more projects with her."