The Pay-My-Rent Special


Each month, I take on exactly one project for $1355.

This project is either editing, formatting/design, or consulting/mentorship related—often a combination of all three. These types of projects typically cost many times as much, so this offer is a significant discount.

Send me an email to let me know what you have in mind and reserve your spot.


I dedicate most of my time to writing my own books and editing Paleo Magazine. But I used to spend a significant amount of my time assisting other authors as editor-in-chief of Asymmetrical Press. And while I don’t have the bandwidth to work with dozens of authors a month anymore, I still enjoy providing value on a one-on-one basis. I enjoy helping other authors by editing their works-in-progress or turning their finished manuscripts into beautifully formatted books. It brings me immense joy to take everything I’ve learned on my path to authorial and editorial success and use that to propel others on their own path.

Taking on one project per month, and at a substantially reduced price, is a good way to provide that kind of value while still spending most of my time and bandwidth focused on creating my current work.

As a bonus, it pays my rent.


I’m Shawn Mihalik. I’m currently managing editor at Paleo Magazine, the only print magazine dedicated to the Paleo and Primal lifestyle. I’m also the author of four independently published novels, and in partnership with Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists, I help hundreds of students a year learn to become better writers. I also spent years as editor-in-chief of Asymmetrical Press, a publishing company for the indie at heart, where I helped dozen of authors by editing and formatting their books and guiding them toward a path of authorprenurial success.

I’ve edited and/or formatted the work of many popular indie authors, including The Minimalists, Colin Wright, and Leo Babauta.

Here’s just a small sample of the books I’ve worked on.


If you’d like to hire me for a project, for which you’ll be charged $1355 (the cost of my rent), send me an email with a description of what you’d like to have done, and let me know if there’s a deadline for when it needs to be completed. I usually strive to have editing and formatting projects completed within just two weeks, although some more complex projects (especially design-heavy formatting work) can take longer. Once the initial editing and/or formatting is done, I’ll continue to work with you as a consultant, mentor, and guide as you make your way through the next steps in the publishing process.

This will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and while I do work with multiple clients at a time, I can begin working with only one new person each month.

Here’s my availability for the next several months:

February: Booked
March: Available
April: Available
May: Available
June: Booked
July: Available
August: Booked



One of the only things I can’t help you with is cover design work. However, my friend Brad Gantt does incredible work in that area. We’ve worked on many of the same projects at the same time. I highly recommend him.