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ANNE STANTON is an award-winning journalist, editor and ghostwriter, who has assisted with books ranging from two New York Times best-selling accounts of war to a highly lauded cancer memoir and vegan weight-loss guide.
Anne began her career with a Sacramento Beestory about elderly Cambodian refugees, who suffered deeply from culture shock and isolation. Her first foray into journalism garnered the Detroit Press Club’s highest collegiate award.
After receiving a Master of Arts degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of Michigan, Anne worked as an investigative reporter, writing stories of human drama and resilience. Her award-winning articles have covered a wide range of issues—from Catholic nuns accused of sexually abusing their young wards to a rural barber charged with murdering her troubled, teen-age son. She has also extensively written on health, business and education issues.
In the last decade, Anne has used her interviewing, research, and writing skills to expand into ghostwriting and editing. She can provide insights into book marketing, having co-authored the book, Publish to Win: Smart Strategies to Sell More Books, with indie publishing guru Jerrold Jenkins.
Anne’s emphasis at Mission Point Press is editing and writing. You can also reach her at AnneStanton.com.
DOUG WEAVER is a journalist and book publisher who has produced more than 350 book titles in his career on topics ranging from regional history to entertainment, art, architecture, travel, crime, and the craft of quilting.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Illinois.
Doug was the business editor at the Springfield (Illinois) Journal-Register, editor of Corporate Report Wisconsin, and business editor at The Kansas City Star. In 2000, The Kansas City Star named him Manager of Strategic Business Development to develop niche revenue opportunities for the newspaper, including book publishing and retailing.
In 2004, he was named publisher of Kansas City Star Books, the newspaper’s book-publishing division that resulted. Star Books operated three imprints under Doug’s direction – Kansas City Star Books, Kansas City Star Quilts and Rockhill Books – until January 2015, when The Star made the strategic decision to sell the book-publishing operation. Kansas City Star Quilts had grown into the third-largest quilt-book publisher in the United States.
Weaver was named a Davenport Fellow by the University of Missouri in 1984. He also has won a variety of journalism awards from the Missouri Press Association, the Associated Press, UPI and Copley Newspapers.
Doug’s emphasis at Mission Point Press is managing the business and strategic side of the company, including advising clients on the most efficient way to manage the costs of a book project. He also owns Chandler Lake Books. You can also reach him at ChandlerLakeBooks.com.
HEATHER SHAW was Managing Editor of Spirituality & Health magazine when they won the FOLIO Bronze Award for Editorial Excellence and the Utne Independent Press Award in Health/Wellness for outstanding journalism in 2009.
She was also Editor in Chief and Creative Director for ForeWord magazine and Editor in Chief of Spirituality & Health Books.
In 2008, Heather attended the Stanford Publishing Course for Professionals.
And Our Talented Team
Jodee Taylor has worked as a journalist, marketing writer and African lodge manager. During two stints at the Traverse City Record-Eagle she worked every job in the newsroom, from news clerk to features editor. She was integral in starting the paper’s social media presence. While working in marketing at a software company, she excelled in translating geek-speak to English and helped build the company’s first website, reluctantly learning HTML along the way. For several months, she and her husband managed a lodge at the foot of Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi. In truth, they managed a construction site until the owner’s funds ran dry before they were able to host the first guest. She has a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Michigan, a few graduate credits from the U-M School of Information and innumerable “certificates of completion” from EdX and other online courses.
A past-contributing editor for Sports Afield and Traverse: Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Bob Butz is an award-winning essayist and book writer from Lake Ann, Michigan. He is also a magazine writer whose byline has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, and numerous others. Butz is the author of four books of nonfiction, including An Uncrowded Place and Going Out Green: One Man’s Adventure Planning His Own Green Burial.
Developmental, line editing, coaching
Bob Campbell is the author of Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan, published by Mission Point Press.
Campbell worked for the Detroit Free Press for nearly 30 years as an editor and reporter before moving to the Traverse City area to spend more time doing what his license plate – IF1SH – suggests.
Before becoming an editor in 1989, Campbell was the environmental writer for the Free Press, Michigan’s largest newspaper. As a reporter he won national and state awards for feature writing and investigative reporting and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series examining the implications of climate change for the Great Lakes.
As an editor he was in charge of political coverage in Lansing and Washington. Campbell also wrote columns and stories about politics and the outdoors for the Free Press and other publications. After graduating with a journalism degree from Michigan State University, he was a political writer for 7 years at the Macomb Daily.
RUTH PERLBERG CAMPBELL
Ruth Perlberg Campbell was a copy editor for the Detroit Free Press for 14 years, editing entertainment, food and lifestyle features as well as the annual Free Press Summer Dreams and Celebrate Michigan sections. Before that, she worked for 10 years at the Detroit News, editing breaking news and business copy; USA Today, and the Port Huron Times Herald, where she was a reporter and editor. In addition to her collaboration with Mission Point Press, Campbell — now retired and living in Traverse City — edits Kappan, the national education policy magazine of Phi Delta Kappa; and does editing work for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the National Writers Series.
Coaching, developmental, line editing, ghost writing
Jennifer Carroll has a lifelong passion for helping others write, find personal connections, tell stories.
She worked at three Michigan newspapers in reporting, writing, coaching and top editing/management roles, including as managing editor of the Lansing State Journal and then at The Detroit News. She joined the Burlington (VT) Free Press as executive editor.
She also served as a digital content vice president for Gannett in Washington, D.C.
She collaborated with writers, videographers, web designers and editors across Gannett, leading extensive training on digital storytelling tools including video and mobile design. She won several awards for her work on innovation in digital publishing, and for launching a series of print entertainment publications and related niche products.
She enjoys editing, writing coaching, ghost writing and helping others synthesize thoughts into words. She has edited several books for authors with Mission Point Press.
She retired from Gannett and returned to Michigan in 2015. She also is a glass artist with displays in Charlevoix area art galleries.
Developmental, line editing, coaching
Scott Couturier is a poet and writer of fantasy, Weird-and-science fiction, currently living in Traverse City. He is a 2008 graduate of Knox College; while attending he was a founding editor of Knox Quiver, an online genre publication that has since become a campus institution. Most recently his poetry and prose has appeared in such venues as The Audient Void, Weirdbook, the Test Patterns anthology series, & Spectral Realms. His work focuses on blurring, distorting, & otherwise transmuting the conceptual walls dividing the fantastic, grim, and literary: currently he is writing the fourth volume of an ongoing dark fantasy quintet collectively titled The Magistricide.
After teaching German and English for several years, CD enjoyed a decades-long career in various aspects of the veterinary profession. She is once again wielding her red pen as proofreader and web content editor for Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine, and freelancing as proofreader for local authors and publications. She is currently renovating her century-old farmhouse, and also spends time in Germany, living with the same family who hosted her as an exchange student when she was in high school.
A two-time graduate of the University of Kansas, with a BFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications, Bob Deck has more than 20 years of experience creating professional branding and identity design, poster design, LP and CD design, book design, and illustration, as well as web site design and strategic marketing communications. With more than 30 titles in his portfolio, his diverse style can be seen in his designs for Kansas City Star Books which include dozens of quilt books and two coffee table books commemorating the Kansas City Royals’ winning seasons in 2014 and 2015. Bob’s book design showcases his love of typography and his technical proficiency that can only come from decades of experience. A self-professed “modernist”, Bob lives in the mid-century modern mecca of Palm Springs, California and is the co-founder and DJ in the Desert Soul Club, a monthly all 45-rpm vinyl DJ night where he spins vintage soul music.
Developmental, line editing
Jaimien Delp is an award-winning writer and lecturer whose work has appeared in anthologies, national and international magazines, journals and reviews, and a collection of her own, Point of Sand, which won the Michigan Writers Cooperative Press Chapbook Contest.
After earning her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she was a semi-finalist for theHopwood Theodore Roethke Prize, Jaimien was among six writers awarded a yearlong Zell Postgraduate Fellowship.
Following her fellowship, Jaimien went on to teach in the English Department Writing Program at the University of Michigan. Here, she was the recipient of a BEN Prize for her outstanding work with writers. She also teaches adult writing workshops at Interlochen College for Creative Arts, Northwestern Community College’s Extended Education program, and is on the summer creative writing faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Jaimien’s work can be found in publications such as Orion, Mid-American Review, Traverse Magazine, Dunes Review and The Smoking Poet, among others.
Developmental, line editing
Susanne Dunlap is the author of seven historical novels for adults and teens. Her young adult historical novel, The Musician’s Daughter, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for the Missouri Gateway Reader’s Prize and the Utah Book Award. Her most recent book, Listen to the Wind, is the first book in a trilogy that takes place in 13th-century Languedoc.
Susanne’s varied resume includes decades of writing advertising copy in New York and London, a PhD in music history from Yale University, and co-founding a tech startup. She has worked with authors on everything from speculative fiction to contemporary YA to memoir to academic writing, helping them polish and hone their writing.
In addition to editing, Susanne is a ghostwriter, helping to turn great ideas into professional-quality manuscripts, and also teaches workshops on historical fiction, scene construction, and book marketing.
Developmental, line editing
Chelsea Walker Flagg is the author of adult and children's books alike. Aside from studying Communications and English in college, she has worked alongside editors and publishers throughout her career. Through a lot of trial and error, she's really found her spot in the kidlit realm. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and three daughters.
Developmental, line editing
Lake was Executive Director of the Traverse City Film Festival from 2005 – 2017, but she’s been a writer and editor since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Lake has worked as an editor for Routledge and Cambridge University Press.
Developmental, line editing, ghost writing
Jack Lessenberry has been a writer for many national and regional publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, George, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Currently, he is a contributing editor and columnist for Dome Magazine, the Toledo Blade, and occasionally other newspapers. He recently launched a new podcast on the Zing Media network, and is working on a book on a historic newspaper family and race. He also is The Toledo Blade's ombudsman and consultant, is a past president of the Historical Society of Michigan and recently retired after many years as head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University.
Lessenberry is the co-author of the book, “The People’s Lawyer, The Life and Times of Frank J. Kelley, the Nation’s Longest-Serving Attorney General,” published by Wayne State University Press. He has also ghost-written “True Colors”, the autobiography of Patricia Hill Burnett, a famous portrait painter who founded the National Organization for Women in Michigan, and was a major feminist spokesman in the 1970s and 80s. Lessenberry has edited and ghostwritten a number of other books, articles and speeches, including Phil Power’s recently published book Turning Points. For several years, he was a board member of the Wayne State University Press, and reviewed many manuscripts and helped determine which works would be published.
Lessenerry won a National Emmy award in 1995 for one of two Frontline documentaries he helped report and produce on Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Lessenberry was featured in a March 1996 A&E Biography he helped produce on Kevorkian, and has assisted on others for British television and Court TV. He was played by actor James Urbaniak in the 2010 HBO Film, “You Don’t Know Jack,” about the life and times of the doctor who made assisted suicide famous.
Leesonberry was named the Journalist of the Year in 2002 by the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lessenberry, 67, has a master's degree in Journalism and East European studies from the University of Michigan.
His partner in life, Elizabeth, is a rare book and private collections archivist and librarian. They live in Huntington Woods and Charlevoix, Michigan, with their dog Ashley, and a copy of every Michigan Manual since 1869 and every Almanac of American Politics since they were first published in 1972.
Developmental, line editing
Throughout his career, he has been both a writer and a teacher of writing. As a teacher, he has worked with college level and adult learner students in a variety of settings from standard classrooms, to online, to one on one tutorials, to small group workshops. In all of these environments, he has had success encouraging student writers to improve their skills. In a number of instances, these successes have led directly to publication.
His writing career began with a college textbook publication in 1970, followed by four more texts over the next twenty years. During this period, he also published short stories, poetry, and articles. His first novel, The Monkey Rope was published by Walker & Company in 1990, followed by And Baby Makes None (1991) two mysteries set in Brooklyn. He turned his attention to a different time and place, New England in the seventeenth century, for Mysteries of Colonial Times, written for Berkley, and drawing upon his expertise as a scholar of New England Puritanism.The Dumb Shall Sing, the first of this series was published August, 1999, followed byThe Blind in Darknessin May, 2000, and The Sea Hath Spoken January, 2001. His historical novel, Murder On Old Mission, put out in 2005 by Arbutus Press, was a finalist in the historical fiction category of ForeWord Magazine’s book of the year awards. His mystery novel, Stone Cold Dead, was submitted by Arbutus to the 2007 Edgars. Mission Point Press in 2017 reissued Murder On Old Mission and published its sequel Murder Undone.
Developmental, line editing, coaching
Here is something said by almost no one, ever: “You know what I really love? Sitting at a desk and waiting for the writers to call or send me their stories.” Mark Lewison said it, though, and really meant it. And he did just that for years. A longtime journalist who was usually on the editing side of the reporting process, Mark is now director of the Hope College Writing Center. There, 30-plus student tutors he hires and trains conduct about 3,000 writing-help sessions per year. After helping hundreds of writers over the years at The Grand Rapids Press and other regional publications, Mark is now working with area authors on memoir, middle-grade (youth) fiction, and long-form products such as the new Mission Point Press murder mystery The Gray Drake. Mark received his master’s degree in journalism from The University of Michigan, and his emphasis at Mission Point is on line editing and working with young and/or first-time authors.
Nick Loud is co-founder and creative director of The Boardman Review, a northern Michigan based culture and outdoor lifestyle quarterly journal. Nick is also a filmmaker who has spent several years in Los Angeles producing, shooting and editing multiple short and feature documentaries. During his time there, Nick worked on two documentaries for ESPN films, including one that premiered on ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ digital platform. He helped produce and edit the feature documentary Finding Oscar, executive produced by Steven Spielberg, about the search for justice in the case of the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala. The documentary premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime.
Most recently, he captured the trial of disgraced USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for the HBO feature documentary At the Heart of Gold, now playing. Nick lives in Traverse City, Michigan.
Kelly began designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications. Before joining DEG Digital as the creative director, she taught at the Kansas City Art Institute as an assistant professor. Prior to that she launched Ludwig Design, a graphic design and marketing agency, with clients ranging from new businesses to major pharmaceutical, as well as book design, publishing and app development.
Her design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including: Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols, Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors, Omnis and Addys. She blended her passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology, and created two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning “Best Road Trip Ever” and “Road Trip 66.” She authored Detour Art, Travel-o-Pedia, and Home Court Advantage as well as having designed a long line of books (over 90!).
Her photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums, magazines and books, including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, SFO Museum in San Francisco, WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Espoo, Finland, Museum of Everything, London, UK, and the American Folk Art Museum in Brooklyn. Her photos will also be seen in the upcoming Ken Burns documentary on country music.
Line editing, copy-editing, design
Aimé Merizon began her publishing career in the literary permissions department at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1991. She continued honing her professional skills in the editorial, design and production departments for various companies and publications. Currently a freelance editor, Aimé also practices tai chi, plays in expressive arts, and enjoys spending time in nature with her two dogs, Ollie and Lucy.
Barb Mosher has a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University where she also worked for the school's media relations department. She has served as press secretary for a U.S. congressional campaign and communications director for Michigan Special Olympics. She has been a contributing writer for weekly and daily newspapers and is a freelance proofreader for the National Writers Series. She researches, writes, and edits lectures for a regional Bible study program. Barb's keen eye for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency errors may annoy family and friends but is much appreciated by writing professionals.
Developmental, line editing, copy-editing, coaching
Tanya Muzumdar teaches English and poetry at North Central Michigan College. She is also a freelance book editor and the senior editor of Dunes Review. Her poems appear in Cimarron Review, Nashville Review, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Superstition Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She has been a writer-in-residence at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Developmental, coaching, line editing
After more than four decades teaching writing at Northwestern Michigan College, John Pahl is now retired, staying active by helping to raise a teen-aged daughter and participating in a local creative writing group. He has worked on and off as a freelance editor and copywriter on projects from novels in progress to promotional materials for regional non-profits. His publications over the years include poems in Vallum Magazine (Montreal), Dunes Review, Parallel 45, Pine Cone Review, and stories and articles in The Funnel (Fulbright journal), Nisod’s Innovation Abstracts and for The Commission on Higher Education. He enjoys fishing for trout and sailing on Grand Traverse Bay.
Website design and production
Noah is a fashion stylist and Squarespace web designer from the San Francisco Bay Area who currently lives and works in Berlin.
Noah got her start at fash/tech company Tog+Porter while still in college and later spent three years as their social media director. In 2014, she co-founded BorrowShare to residents within a specific location to share goods and services.
Noah has created content and websites for multiple small businesses, celebrities and publications such as The Bar Method, Glamour Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has a BFA in fashion design from Academy of Art University. See her work at noah-shaw.com.
For over a decade, Libby Sternberg has been involved in the publishing business, first as an author, and for the past ten years as an editor. She regularly edits for a Big Five publisher (copy and developmental edits) and for individual authors on a freelance basis. She’s edited everything from Christian fiction (she’s familiar with CBA guidelines) to steamy romance, literary fiction, mystery, paranormals, and YA. Her goal as an editor is to help authors’ voices sing, leading them to clearer and more compelling storytelling. An Edgar finalist for her first YA mystery, Libby has been published by Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Dorchester, Five Star, Bancroft and herself. Her romantic comedy FIRE ME (written as Libby Malin) was purchased for film by a major studio.
Testimonial: “Libby is fast, meticulous, and detail-oriented. I highly recommend her as an editor.” — Courtney Milan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author