Small But Mighty Productions

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Working with smallbutmightyproductions has been a delight. Karen’s professionalism, sensitive understanding of our needs, efficiency and sharp eye for both quality and economy has made offshore book production a smooth and easy proposition for us as a small press. With a solid background in the Australian book industry as well as great networks in offshore production, and her personalized attention to book projects, Karen is the perfect book production manager, and we highly recommend her services.
— Sophie Masson. Publishing Director, Christmas Press
As a graphic designer and self-publisher, I have printed books and publications locally before, but never using an offshore print supplier. Having a ‘middle-woman’ (for lack of a better word!) to facilitate the production of my book through an overseas printer alleviated many of the hassles I may have encountered had I attempted to organise the process of offshore printing on my own -­ choosing a reputable and ethical supplier, comparing quotes, translation issues, timeline negotiation and ever‐present printing ‘lingo’. Karen never baulked at my questions or concerns at various stages of the process, but instead offered straightforward and informative advice at every turn. I had full trust in her management of my print job, which I’m pleased to say was delivered on time, on budget, and without error.
Thanks, Karen!
— Tess McCabe. Graphic Designer, Creative Minds Publishing Pty Ltd
Working with Karen has been a dream. Being my second self published book, I am no stranger to the hard work and stress that comes along with doing it all yourself. Attempting to put together a 240+ page full colour cookbook seemed almost impossible, and it would have been without the help and expertise of Karen. She made the whole process smooth and stress free, cushioning every bump in the road and talking me down from the ledge more than once. The result is a super high quality cookbook that stands proudly next to my big name cookbooks. I cannot thank Karen enough.
— Dr. Leandra Brady-Walker. Chiropractor, Speaker, Author, Cosmopolitan Hippy
I can’t imagine having worked on the production of our book with any other person. Karen has enormous knowledge and experience in every aspect of fine book production. She replied promptly to our various and numerous requests and gave careful consideration to every aspect of production, down to the smallest details.
She was always patient, never flustered, and, above all, got things done with great efficiency. Her liaison with pre-production and printers was flawless and her enthusiasm for our project, unflagging. I feel lucky to have worked with her.
— Tom Carment. Artist, Author
Thanks very much to Karen at smallbutmightyproductions for taking care of the final stages of production of my autobiography.
One Foot On the Podium was an amazing project, I had never self published a book before and I didn’t know all the steps to take. Having the completed manuscript, book design and cover, I was at a loss of how to bring it all together, fortunately Karen was able to take care of business.
There are few things better as a self-publisher than to see all your work come together. The timely delivery and ease of process made life easy and allowed me to get on with the other marketing and promotion of One Foot On The Podium.
Thanks again Karen I only wish I’d found you sooner in the process.
— Don Elgin. Paralympian, Author, Motivational Speaker
Karen Small is the most talented book production professional working in Australian publishing today. With years of experience working for major publishing houses, she has an innate ability to understand the needs of the author, publisher or client and to interpret their desires into the book’s physical look and feel. With Karen, your book is in very safe hands.
— Sally Webb. Publisher, Editor, Writer and Author of Travel without Tears
Working with Karen is an absolute dream.
Professional, calm, hardworking and knowledgeable, she always listens and finds the right solution for any given print project. Her style is elegant, high end and finely tuned. Collaborating with her on the many projects we have worked on has always been completely enjoyable and inspiring.
— Tracy Lines. Publisher and Creative Director
Karen has been an integral part in some of the more technically challenging book projects I have worked on in the last 5 years. Her knowledge and passion for her craft is outstanding and an asset to any production project that requires a creative and detailed execution.
Karen has a solid understanding of the design process which I found enables us to develop complicated briefs much further and create beautifully finished products. I have always valued this collaborative working relationship and hope she will be part of many more projects to come.
— Reuben Crossman. Creative Director and Designer
I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Karen Small for the past five years. During my time as Publisher of the food titles at Murdoch Books, I enjoyed a close working relationship with Karen in her role as Production Manager and was constantly blown away by her professionalism, knowledge and flexibility. Her determination ensured that complex and challenging demands and expectations were always met without fuss. She just ‘gets it’ and gets on to it!

Not only was she always able to source the best and most suitable material for each job in a cost effective way, she was also able to smoothly manage relationships between her team and demanding designers and creatives. She is detail driven, thorough, trustworthy and calm – promoting the same amongst her colleagues and clients.

Karen, to put it simply, is a gem! Her willingness to go the extra mile is instantly evident. I would highly recommend Karen’s talents to anyone seeking production of a quality publishing product with an edge.
— Jane Lawson. Publishing Consultant, Author, Food and Travel Writer
Karen has a wealth of experience and was knowledgeable and helpful in advising us on the production of our book. She had all the right contacts to help us make the book exactly what we wanted.
— Georgina Suttor. Author of Michael Suttor: Master of Proportion
Karen’s ability to bring the key components of quality book production together is unique. She has valuable contacts, vast experience and industry sensibility to create books that are not only unique but are also produced to schedule and on budget. She consistently produces books that surpass her clients’ expectations while being perfectly suited to their target readers. Karen is a delight to work with.
— Anneka Manning. Author and Founder of BakeClub
smallbutmightyproductions are all you want in a print production company: planned, organised, responsive and pre-emptive. Oh, and Karen is a joy to deal with!
— Stephen Schuetz. SSA Design
Karen Small’s knowledge and professionalism make a huge difference on any book, whether it be simple or highly complex. Karen is an absolute pleasure to deal with, and gives you total confidence that your project will be delivered on time and at the highest standard. I could not recommend her more strongly.
— Mark Lewis. Rafa Publishing