Our love for the printed word motivates us daily. Whether memoir, cookbook, literature or poetry, we think everyone has a story worth preserving in ink. All ideas are novel.

We see a real need to preserve the time-honored techniques and traditions of publishing and believe client-driven customization allows the beauty of our books to stand out amid crowded retail or library bookshelves.

It is our treasured list of satisfied clients and our dedication to the self-publishing process that excites us to transform every manuscript into a finished book of which both the author and we can be proud.

From our home to yours, we look forward to hearing more about your project and tailoring our publishing services to best suit your individual needs.

Meet the Team Leaders

Edwina Woodbury

CEO & President

Edwina Woodbury developed her love of reading in childhood when her mother read to her daily. As a young girl, she devoured volumes of The Bobbsey Twins adventure novels and the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, later developing a love of poetry and a broad range of fiction and nonfiction.

Her fascination with publishing began in the 1980s when she helped two elderly women write and publish their memoirs. The tools available to self-publishers at that time were few and far between, but she found the process of working with authors both rich and rewarding.

After a successful twenty-one-year corporate career in finance at Avon Products, Inc., Edwina left Manhattan for her home state, settling in Chapel Hill where she had earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina. Once again, she was drawn to the idea of helping individuals write and publish their stories, which led to her acquisition of The Chapel Hill Press, Inc. in 1999.

Since then, she and her staff have seen the business grow to meet the demands of the increasing number of writers who want to self-publish their work. She finds every new project a learning experience, and has made life-long friends through their collaborations on book projects. Edwina’s greatest rewards come from enabling individuals to realize their dream of becoming published authors.

When she’s not working, Edwina enjoys creating organic sculptures, reading (especially fiction), traveling, choral singing, and discovering the latest farm-to-table restaurants. She and her husband Dennis McGill live in Chapel Hill with their Labrador retrievers, Seamus and Lola.

Luz Alva-Bullock

Publishing Director

Luz comes to us with a passion for the printed word, and the belief that everyone has a story worthy of a beautiful book. She was raised in Buenos Aires, learned  French while studying at La Sorbonne in Paris, and raised five beautiful children in Northern New Jersey.

She has worn many hats – from global services at American Express onto print media at United Media in Manhattan, using her language skills to offer translation services, and her artistic talents in making jewelry and refinishing furniture for her eclectic boutique. With a degree in Business and a minor in Marketing from UNC-Greensboro, Luz finds herself once again in North Carolina and fully immersed in the world of publishing.

After all, books have been her constant companions since childhood, and by a fortunate stroke of serendipity, she has found her niche within the Chapel Hill Press family. “There is nothing like the satisfaction I feel when an author sees their book for the first time – the outpouring of words into stories, years in the making, all bound in a beautiful, perfectly crafted book. It’s priceless.”

Dedicated to making the author’s publishing experience a smooth and enjoyable journey, she is fiercely devoted to assuring every step of the process is the brightest reflection of quality and commitment in bringing an author’s vision and dreams into tangible reality.

She resides in Chapel Hill with her youngest daughter and their loyal bichon mix, where you can find her baking bread and experimenting in the kitchen – unless she’s reading!