Why Three Bean Press?

Three Bean Press is a custom publishing company that believes in personalizing the self-publishing process. We are a women-owned, Boston-based company known for creating visually compelling books. Our hallmarks are quality, creative control for the author and quick turnaround—all at a competitive price.
Partners Seneca Francione, Sandy Giardi and Julie Kelly have, collectively, over 45 years in the book and magazine business and have written, illustrated and self-published their own titles. Boston, Inspirational Women, by photographers Bill Brett and Kerry Brett and writer Carol Beggy; Fresh & Honest: Food from the Farms of New England and the Kitchen of Henrietta’s Table, by Chef Peter Davis (named “Best Cookbook 2009,” New England Book Festival); and The Pajamas of My Dreams, by librarian Laurie Collins and artist Margie Florini, are among the many titles we have edited, designed and published.
Compelling Writing and Design
Three Bean Press pays attention to detail. We have well-honed editing skills and an eye for sleek book design. Our aesthetic is fresh and current without being overly trendy, and we have endless ideas to help you achieve the look you’re seeking—from font treatments to cover details.
Creative Control
Large publishing companies are not for every author. Selling your title to a large publishing house often means giving up control of your book. Because we write and design our own books, we know just how important it is to have your vision realized. We will find encouraging ways for you to bring your book to its finest, most marketable form, but the last word is always yours. Think of us as your creative staff with a proven track record in publishing.
Customer Service and Project Management
Unlike some self-publishing endeavors, Three Bean Press won’t leave you to fend for yourself. We allow you as much or as little input as you’d like. You can even give us the entire job to produce from start to finish.
Your options are unlimited. Because we are not bound contractually to any one printer, we can shop around for the best rates and customize design details. Go bare bones with black and white or rev up the look of your book with endless special details, from spot varnished photos to individualized dust jackets. And we never mark up the price of printing. You pay what we pay.
If you’re looking to sell your book, of course you want a return on your investment. At Three Bean Press, the profits are all yours on any sales you make—between our services and the printing costs, you made the investment, so you should reap the rewards. The only time Three Bean Press gets a small percentage of the retail price is when we facilitate a sale. Use us, or sell them all yourself! With Three Bean Press you can make up to 100% of net sales.
Full Service
Three Bean Press offers one-stop shopping and can customize and package all of your printed needs. Everything required to create your book can be found through Three Bean Press and its affiliates.
With Three Bean Press, authors are in the driver’s seat. Have a launch party planned? Creating a piece for a corporate anniversary? We’ll keep your timetable front of mind.
Increased Distribution
We’ve teamed with Partners Book Distributing and with Baker & Taylor to widen our reach and make sure that our titles are accessible to major chains, gift shops, libraries, schools and independent booksellers nationwide. We make sales on easy, and our books are also widely available on the Internet on sites including and If you want access, we can submit your title to our distributors.
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