About Stories To Tell
Stories To Tell is a team of editors and book designers who help authors to develop their fiction, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction. We help to plan the book's content, edit the text and images, and design a professional, unique book. Our authors may choose to publish privately or commercially. Stories To Tell serves authors nationwide.
Nancy Barnes is the founder and managing editor of Stories To Tell, a team of editors and book designers who help authors to prepare their books for publishing. She helps to plan the book's content, edit text and images, and design professional, unique books, suitable for private printing or commercial publishing.
Nancy Barnes is the author of Stories To Tell: An Easy Guide to Self Publishing Family History Books and Memoirs. Building on a career as an award-winning teacher, Nancy has worked as a writer and a “book doctor” to develop fiction and non-fiction. Since 2007 she has specialized in the “creative nonfiction” of memoir and family history. Nancy also has experience in graphic design and commercial publishing, coordinating projects with marketers, designers, and printers. Her successful career path was recently featured in Starting Your Career as a Freelance Editor by Mary Embree.
Merritt “Biff” Barnes
Biff Barnes is a writer, educator, and historian. He earned his MA in History from the University of San Francisco, and was a William Robertson Coe Fellow in American History at Stanford University. He taught history and writing for 28 years. His work appears in California Publisher, California History, California Living, and American West. Biff has extensive experience with historical research, oral history, and interviewing techniques. He provides editing and coaching to fiction and nonfiction authors as they gather and prepare their stories for publication.
Nancy and Biff are seasoned presenters who work together to create an interactive, upbeat audience experience. They will appear in the new book Public Speaking for Authors by Patricia Fry in October 2012. Nancy and Biff speak frequently at regional and national writing and family history events.
Michaela Slattery brings her talents as a graphic artist to our clients who seek a unique work of art for their book's cover or for interior illustrations. For 25 years, Michaela worked as a graphic designer and produced everything from logos to annual reports. A few years ago, she found a new passion: designing book covers. Now she uses her love for type, photography and painting to produce outstanding art. She’s an original New Englander, who now lives in Arizona.
Brittanai is a senior at the University of Southern California, studying graphic design and digital graphics. She has been drawing since age 12 and studied studio art for three years before she switched to digital graphics.
In addition to her internship with us at Stories To Tell, Brittanai has developed an underground clothing line that has been featured in Our Weekly newspaper in the Southbay. She is available for freelance work in graphic design.
We are dedicated to historical preservation. In addition to the books we create, we help our clients to preserve precious family documents and photographs. Sound recordings, story transcripts, and digitized images prepared for each book are available on CD and are backed up in our archive.