About Us

Raccoon River Press is an indie book seller and publisher in West Des Moines, Iowa. Women owned & operated. Online only. We can ship anywhere!


  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, 2021.
  • American Booksellers Association (ABA), 2021.
  • Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA), 2021.
  • Community of Literary Magazines & Presses (clmp), 2021.


Hi y'all! My name is Jena Best and opening Raccoon River Press is truly a dream come true. A Midwest native, I've lived all over Wisconsin and Iowa before settling in the Des Moines area with my spouse, son, and two dogs (Mya & Piper). My husband & I are both Wartburg College alumni (Go Knights! Be Orange), so you may notice small nods to our alma mater here and there.

A biologist by training, I took a leap of faith to leave the laboratory and pursue my passion for reading and editing!

For those wondering, yes! Raccoon River Press is currently in the early phase of becoming an indie publisher! I'm learning more every day so that I can bring the best local publishing services to the Des Moines metro that I can! You can see our current publication information here.

Thank you all for supporting my dream and I hope to see and serve you for years to come!

Owner, Jena (left), pictured with spouse (Adam) and son (Lochlan)   Owner's dogs, Mya (left) and Piper (right)