Our Story

Founded by Crystal Heidel, Byzantium Sky Press is a small indie publisher dedicated to sharing the voices of empowering, tenacious, magnetic, goddess-embodied women writers who are not afraid to be who they are and change lives with their words.



Books and the written word have always been Crystal’s passion. For years she has designed book covers for RBWG members, and, under her press, has won multiple awards from the Delaware Press Association’s Communications Contest. Holding her award-winning novel Still Life in Blood in her hands in 2013, she was inspired to put her years of experience and her creative skills to work helping other writers to experience the joy and satisfaction of publishing.



Traditional publishers give the author little to no say in the publishing process. Crystal structured Byzantium Sky Press to provide the support of a high-touch publisher, while uniquely maintaining an author’s control—from publication date to approvals of cover design and interior layout (for print and EPUB). BSP strives to smooth the publishing process for an author so they can get back to doing what they love—writing!



Many writers want to self-publish but they don’t know where to start. The publishing process—from correct file types to formatting, daunting platforms to paperwork—can be overwhelming. Byzantium Sky Press offers assistance in set up—creating author email addresses, necessary accounts for publishing (such as ISBN, LCCN), and even uploading properly designed and set up files for printing.



Byzantium Sky Press is especially welcoming submissions of fiction books with strong, empowering female leads. The first official book the press is publishing is Wanderlust: A Wartime Search for Hope and Home by Kathleen L. Martens. The novel was published July 28, 2021, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Browseabout Books, and other mainstream booksellers. Also forthcoming is Rising Women, Rising Tides: Stories of Women, Water, & Wisdom by Kathleen L. Martens.



Crystal is grateful for the support she has received through her membership in the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild that inspired her to establish Byzantium Sky Press.



Quote from client, Kathleen Martens: “Being in the hands of a dedicated publisher who is also a gifted designer and writer is a blessing to an author. She gets it!”



Visit our Services page for more information on book design, editing, and coaching. Or contact Crystal at byzantiumskypress@gmail.com for details.