All About the Book Doulas

New York Times best-selling author, Kristine Carlson & acclaimed editor, Debra Evans

A joyous collaboration 


It all began when Kristine was starting to write a book that had been gestating for ten years . . .  

Her sixth book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, was underway when Debra came on board as her editor. 

The process of bringing the story to the page  –  a story of a profound love that transcends time and space  –  was a revelation to both writers. It was as moving and inspiring as it was productive and timely, as they happily delivered the manuscript to Kris's publisher on time.


This is when they decided to join forces and help others to "give birth" to the books they were born to write . . . and to do so with as much ease, elegance, and success as possible.   

Meet Kristine Carlson

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The one to come to when you are ready to be mentored by a master in the world of transformational books. 

Kristine Carlson has over thirty years experience in the publishing industry. Alongside her late husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, they co-authored the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book series. She has a deep understanding of what it takes to write books that have lasting impact, and to build a brand that leaves a legacy and touches every corner of the world.


Having sold over 25 million copies worldwide, translated in 35 languages and 126 countries, the series is indeed a global brand — a household name everywhere.

The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff books have enjoyed more than twenty years of success and are considered to be classic wisdom shared in schools as well as many universities.


In addition to speaking and teaching on stages around the world, Kristine is an extraordinary mentor and guide in the art and business of writing, publishing, and brand-building. With the 12-week Book Incubator Program, she opens the doors wide to her wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the industry. 

Kristine's published books to date

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"With her late husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, Kristine Carlson built a legacy of inspiration with the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series. She is a woman who lives the principles they wrote about together with such clarity — spiritual truths that extend beyond the field of positive psychology, reaching into the realm of the sublime.


With her new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, Kristine offers a process to heal the heartbreak of humanity, one that can reawaken love, hope, and vision even in those of us who still cry tears for someone or something we have lost.”

~ Marianne Williamson

Democratic Presidential candidate and the author of 
A Return to Love and Tears to Triumph

"Kristine Carlson's brilliant new book, From Heartbreak to Wholeness, accomplishes two vital tasks - making sense of the pain we suffer in loss and giving us a luminous map to find our authentic joy again. A teacher of profound insight, she shows us how to turn life's moments of crisis into grist for the mill of awakening. "

~ Shauna Shapiro, PhD

author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness 

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Adept at helping authors to bring their brilliance to the printed page.

Debra has over thirteen years of experience as a developmental book editor and writing partner to best-selling authors and newly emerging teachers and thought leaders – including New York Times best-selling author Debbie Ford, award winning filmmaker Barnet Bain, 
energy medicine scholar Cyndi Dale, the brilliant transformational teacher Lee Harris, and others.

To date, she has been book doula for the birth of twenty books. 

Meet Debra Evans

Additionally, Debra has thirty years of experience in the field of personal development books and events - as a bookstore manager and buyer, a marketing and content development consultant to authors, and, most notably, seven years as the national director of conference programming for Whole Life Expo, Inc. In this capacity, she worked closely with many of the most beloved teachers of the past three decades, such as Ram Dass, Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, John Bradshaw,  and many others.


As a complement to her work as an editor, Debra has a successful track-record writing book proposals that result in publishing contracts, connecting authors to literary agents, and helping those who wish to self-publish to navigate that unique terrain. 

In addition to editing Kris's book From Heartbreak to Wholeness,

the following are some of the other notable books edited by Debra.   

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"As my editorial assistant for three years, Debra edited my weekly newsletters, teleclass and radio show outlines, and vast amounts of website content and marketing copy. Not only was she instrumental in helping me to shape ideas for some of my most successful online courses, she skillfully helped me edit three of my books.


A woman of intuitive depth, Debra is one of the most gifted writers and coaches I know.” 

~ Debbie Ford

New York Times best-selling author and founder of
the renowned Shadow Process Workshop