Small But Mighty Productions

{ bespoke book and print production }

I’ve just had my first major project, a pop-up cookbook titled “Katherine Sabbath - Greatest Hits - The Pop Edition”, produced by smallbutmightyproductions and I absolutely cannot speak more highly of Karen’s attention to detail, professionalism, and exceptional standards. She has made sure the whole printing process was far less daunting and efficient for our team, and has been with us every step of the way. As my first self-published project, my book team and I had countless questions but Karen handled our enquiries swiftly and with great care. She is as passionate about the project as the clients themselves, and this has made the whole experience working with smallbutmightyproductions so special! I am just THRILLED with the quality of my pop-up cookbook and the success of this publication is a reflection of Karen’s skill and expertise.
— Katherine Sabbath, Teacher / Baker / Cake Creative
We engaged Small But Mighty Productions to produce our cookbook, Life-Changing Food. This was a big project for Quirky Cooking, a self-published book with 7,000 copies sold in pre-orders. It was paramount that the book delivered and exceeded the expectations of our audience who supported us before even seeing a physical copy. Karen’s reputation for delivering books of the highest quality was completely justified. Not only did the book turn out more beautiful than we ever imagined, Karen’s professional approach meant that we were kept up to date throughout the entire process. Getting the book produced turned out to be the least complicated aspect of the entire process. Karen was clear about key milestones, giving us sufficient notice to get things ready on time, and that ensured there were no delays in the process. Her expertise in selecting the right paper and finish ensured that Life-Changing Food became an instant classic. She was also very graceful and flexible when we made all sorts of rookie mistakes. Thank you Karen for helping us get this book to our audience! We have now exceeded best-seller numbers; many people purchase the book on sight and we have Karen to thank for that. If you’re need a book published, you can’t go past smallbutmightyproductions!
— Jo Whitton & Fouad Kassab

Jo Whitton – Author, Blogger, Whole Foods Cook & Speaker |
Fouad Kassab – Chef, Food Writer, Author, co-host of the podcast A Quirky Journey |

Karen has been wonderful. Her advice has been first rate and communication is excellent. I rarely had to wait more than overnight for an answer to my many questions. She was very patient and kept me informed every step of the way. And in the end the book she delivered was of the highest quality, inside and out.
— Ross Brownscombe, Author and Publisher – Forever Wild Press
smallbutmightyproductions have delivered an excellent product, on time, within budget and with minimum fuss.
— Dr. Peter Creamer, Partner – Little Pink Dog Books
The idea of printing offshore made me nervous but having Karen as the middle woman for this project put my mind at complete ease. She completely understood my vision, which really helped the process of creating what I wanted. Karen was incredibly helpful, patient, professional and understanding. I feel very lucky and couldn’t be more thankful to have had Karen working with me on my very first large printed book project.
— Bianca Cash, Designer, Illustrator, Photographer
I highly recommend Karen to anyone wanting to publish a book. She is incredible at what she does and the end product was BEYOND my wildest dreams!! Watch this sneak peek video of me receiving my book for the first time and if you want that to be your response, I suggest you get in contact with Karen.
— Jasmine Jenke, Director, interviewer, photographer, distributor of Real, Raw and Relatable
Working with Karen from Small But Mighty Production was an enjoyable experience which made the production of our Golden Door at home cookbook a smooth and stress free process. We highly recommend Karen and can’t wait to work with her again in the future.
— Justine te Velde, Marketing Coordinator, Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia
As my second work was a biography of my artist parents I wanted closer artistic and editorial control of the project so decided on self-publishing as I only wanted a limited edition book. Many people have commented on the high quality of the book and its design. I would highly recommend Karen Small and her company for anyone thinking of going down the self-publishing path.
— Silas Clifford-Smith, Author, Artist & Horticulturalist
Publishing my first book, Reinventing Emma, was an extremely daunting process. However, knowing that I had a large network of skilled professional around me, including Karen, really helped. From the beginning, I was guided & received such amazing customer service & all the deadlines in my schedule were easily met. I could not be happier with the quality of the end result of my book. I’m so grateful to Karen for all her efforts in this production.
— Emma Gee, Inspirational Speaker & Author
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. 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 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.
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