Nowata Press is a publishing press for indie authors, complemented by coaching services. We help writers to turn their story ideas into published novels they can share with the world.

It’s about time budding authors stopped dreaming, and started writing.

The Founder

Dana 10 22 2011

There are plenty of folks who in the middle of their 40s decide to head back to school for an advanced degree.

Especially when the economy dips; people head back to school for those additional letters behind their last names that will hopefully mean job security and career longevity.

Dana Ellington, on the other hand, went back to school for a Master of Arts in Professional Writing.  Sticking it out for another so many years in corporate America was not the goal, instead, Dana wanted to become a well paid novelist.

“I’d always been known for doing things outside the norm,” Dana shares. “So, once I had my degree, I decided NOT to go for a traditional publishing contract and instead researched and learned how to publish my own work.”

Along the way, she met other writers like herself who wanted to follow the unbeaten path from writer to published author and thus, the idea for Nowata Press was born.

The Company


The name, “Nowata” comes from the area of Oklahoma where most of our founder’s great, great relatives settled, homesteaded and are now buried. Dana chose the name in honor of the strong entrepreneurial nature of her people, most of whom at some time or another had their own businesses or worked as university level teachers.

Nowata Press is a small publisher of unique, independent fiction that may struggle to find a home in a more traditional setting. Nowata also provides coaching for new writers; from single sessions, to three day intensives, and educational semester or quarter based series, our knowledgeable staff is available to guide novice writers from blank page to finished manuscript, anywhere in the world English is spoken.

While coaching and indie publishing are the main focuses of the business, Nowata is able to provide the following additional services:

  • Copy / Line Editing
  • Story Edits (aka Beta Reads)
  • Print and Kindle formatting

And thanks to our partnership with Alexis Chateau PR, we also offer the following public relations and marketing services:


Helping people go from Blank Page to PUBLISHED since 2008.