About Us

Raccoon River Press is a newly formed independent book seller and publisher in West Des Moines, Iowa & we are 100% women owned and operated. 

Currently we are online only, but look forward to opening a brick-and-mortar in the near future! We can ship anywhere!


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. 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 will one day be an indie publisher as well as book store! I'm currently learning the ropes of the trade so that I can bring the best local publishing services to the Des Moines metro that I can! 

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