MISSION POINT PRESS can help you with your book project, from evaluating your book idea to the very critical challenges of marketing and publicity. We can design a custom website, show you the ins and outs of marketing your book on Amazon, set up a blog, alert you with monthly marketing reminders, and write press releases for targeted publications—all with affordable packages.

We bring to our work a Midwestern honesty—we state right upfront how much we charge and exactly what you’ll get. And then we deliver on time and to your high expectations.

Please take your time perusing our website for samples of our work and compare our prices and quality to others. Pay careful attention to the very nice things our past customers say about us.

We hope you’ll choose MISSION POINT PRESS!

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“This has been a great experience. The final product is terrific.”
— Trevor Tkach, Executive Director at National Cherry Festival

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About Us

Anne Stanton

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.

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Doug Weaver

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.

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Heather Shaw

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.

Heather's emphasis at Mission Point Press is design and production.

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And Our Talented Team

JODEE TAYLOR

Marketing Advisor

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.

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Christie L. Bacon

Research, rights, indexing, event and tour planning, marketing administration

Since 2014, Christie has provided business management and creative support to New York Times best selling author John U. Bacon. In that period they have produced four books — three of which are national best sellers, two are NYT best sellers. Subject matter includes sports, memoir, health, and history. In this capacity she has coordinated over 200 book-related and corporate speaking engagements.  

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BOB BUTZ

Copy writer

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.

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BOB CAMPBELL

Copy writer, editing

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.

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RUTH PERLBERG CAMPBELL

Copy editor

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.

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JENNIFER CARROLL

Coaching, 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. 

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SCOTT COUTURIER

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.

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C.D. Dahlquist

Proofing

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.

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Bob Deck

Design

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.

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Jamien Delp

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.  

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AIME MERIZON

Line editing, copy-editing, proofing, 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.

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BARB MOSHER

Copy-editing, proofing

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.

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TANYA MUZUMDAR

Copy-editing, line editing, proofing, 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.

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JOHN PAHL

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.

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