"Natalie and Derek thank you too for having the courage to risk it all and trust in my message and my difference making ability. You not only gave of yourselves professionally, you gave of yourselves personally as well and it is with great pleasure and a humbling heart that I call you my dear, dear friends."
To Derek and Natalie: Two beautiful souls with truth as their guide. They are bringing goodness into the hearts of this world through the work they love to do. God bless you all and thank you!"
“It is so exciting to see this website exists and promotes true authentic health, wellbeing and a wholeness approach to life. A great resource for anyone on the conscious healthy path!”
"I first met Derek Barker in November 2010 through interviewing him about his book “A Gift of Gratitude” on my program, Mind, Body, Heart & Soul on Southern FM Radio. I knew as soon as I looked into his eyes he was a very special human being. I met Derek’s business partner Natalie Atkinson in early 2011 and just loved her bubbly, warm and open personality immediately.
It’s not every day you come across people like Derek Barker and Natalie Atkinson who radiate warmth, enthusiasm, sincerity, and heart. They are not only delightful to deal with, they are the perfect combination of creativity and good business sense. It’s always a pleasure to be in their company."
Maryanne Harrison, Author of “Ted’s First Day at school” Ted Books - Where we Treat Everyone Decently
"How do you put your experiences in a nutshell? Where do I start? Where would I be if not for the guidance of Derek Barker? I know for certain that I would not have achieved as much or in such a short time if I had not known of his existence!
I have a disability; I am deaf. I do not have a lot of confidence in myself, but Derek helped me to believe in myself and gave me the confidence to do what had to be done to make my children’s book a success.
Derek guided me during the process of printing, marketing and setting up my business. He did not do the work for me; he knew it was important for my self esteem that I do the work myself. He was truly interested in my project and it showed in his passion and dedication in all his dealings with me during the start up process.
Being a writer is not easy. I have a message that needs to be heard through my book; Derek has helped me to get that message out there and for that I will always be grateful."
Toby Wallace, LAND OF YOGA - A Centre for Health and Freedom! Teacher, Author and producer of ‘The Therapeutic Range of Yoga DVD’s’.
“I have known Natalie Atkinson for many years and seen how inspiring her abundant and positive energy is. She has always been warm and caring as well, which is an aspect of humanity I value. When she created Barker Deane Publishing I knew it was the fulfilment of her larger dream: to connect great artists and art with the humans who want to learn and grow from them. Natalie has such excellent business awareness and is so professional, that I know I can trust her to handle my own products. I trust her opinion, I appreciate her strength and commitment, and I still value her as a friend. She is a very special person, whose business would always reflect her own high integrity”
"Barker Deane Publishing make big things happen!
Their belief and support made sure our project was a great success, and we will be forever grateful to Natalie & Derek who invested great personal interest in my 15 year old son's Melbourne to Sydney fundraising bike ride. They showed their generosity & community spirit by sponsoring him a bike to ensure he could carry out his ambitious ride successfully, which managed to raise significant funds to assist impoverished Nepalese communities.
Their media connections and ability to network within the industry was second to none.
They are some of the best people we have ever had the privilege of knowing, and hope to remain in contact with them for a very long time. It has ignited an amazing journey for Lauchlan by simply supporting his ambitions to do something out of the ordinary."
"I feel so blessed to have met Natalie and Derek from BDP. This publishing house is exactly what I was looking for. The opportunities that they present are incredibly selfless and I am happy to say that I am associated with them, through my book and all my future books. I see how hard they work for their authors and how the authors are included every step of the way. Finding BDP has made me, as an author, feel more at ease with the whole process of publishing and distribution. I feel I can contact them anytime with any questions and I know that the response will be immediate. It is always a pleasure to deal with BDP and I look forward to working with them more in the future. I feel this is the publishing house to go with, if you are a first time author or coming back for more. I have not felt the same way with any other publishing house. Thank you so my BDP. I look forward to a happy, long relationship with you all. What a blessed journey!"
“Natalie Atkinson and Barker Deane Publishing are the epitome of success, professionalism and super-charged, no holds barred positive energy. BDP have bent over backwards in assisting me to make my book a reality and the entire process has been an absolute joy from beginning to end. Their uplifting energy and positivity knows no bounds and Natalie's tireless belief in my work has made this experience easier and more fun than I ever imagined. Avalanches of appreciation still do not come close to expressing how thankful I am for the opportunity to co-create together.”
“I have no hesitation in recommending Barker Deane Publishing as a way to send your message to the world. They bring an energy of purpose and service to the special work they do. When Darren sent me the cover design for my book I was spellbound and my book has now found its way into the hands of people all over the world. Thank you so much BDP for creating such a beautiful document for me to share ”
"When you hand your manuscript over to a publisher for consideration, it is one of the most vulnerable yet exciting times of your life. Those pages contain so much more than your sweat and tears – they contain your inner self laid bare, as well as your hopes, dreams and even doubts. It is a deeply personal process; but until I met Nat and Derek from Barker Deane Publishing, my experience of the industry was anything but.
It was a liberating experience working with the team at Barker Deane, for they foster a human, enlightened approach to their business. My journey with them has been characterised by notions such as mutual benefit, respect, perseverance, hard work and belief. Moreover, they have a fantastic knowledge of the industry nuts and bolts, as well as an ethic to work as hard as you do to get your work out there. My work is making its way into the world thanks to the team at Barker Deane, including their support IT and editing staff.
I could not recommend them highly enough and hope that we have a long and mutually beneficial future ahead."
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine my book would be published by an organisation that truly ‘walks their talk’ in every way. Thank you Nat, Derek and all your team for creating such a supportive, inspiring, happy and welcoming environment. I have been guided and assisted at every stage of the publishing process; from getting my book into print to gaining distribution online and in the retail market and beyond. This I could not have done alone. What I initially perceived as an overwhelming process has now become, and continues to be an absolute joy. It never ceases to amaze me the vision, belief and love Nat and Derek have for their authors, their books, their business and most importantly their ethics within the industry. My book has found its spiritual ‘home’ with Barker Deane and for that I will always be proud and eternally grateful. I could not recommend them highly enough!"