Meet the Crew at STORIES TO TELL
Nancy Barnes founded Stories To Tell in 2004. Her first projects were family histories. These complex books require both advanced editing skills and technical skills with design software; a fusion of the two arts Nancy most enjoys. When Biff Barnes came aboard full-time in 2010, they expanded Stories To Tell to accept other genres. They personally handle every book, and have recently restructured to offer more comprehensive services to authors.
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 2004 she has specialized in “creative nonfiction” approaches to 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.
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.
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt designs our illustrated book interiors and ebooks. She has authored and designed several of her own books, including the recently released In the Wild Places, and numerous articles. A freelance writer, editor, international speaker, and spiritual director with a passion for ministering to fellow souls, she holds a Masters degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Sarah lives in Salem, Oregon; her website can be found at SarahKatreenHoggatt.com.
Jenny Margotta holds a B.A. in English/Language Arts and, before retiring from the corporate world, gained over thirty years’ experience writing technical manuals, contracts, documents, and trade articles. Her editing skills range from simple line edits to full copyediting. Her editing credits include short stories, anthologies, and full-length manuscripts in both fiction and non-fiction in a wide range of genres, including history, finance, telecommunications, personal memoirs, horror, romance, fantasy, young adult adventure, and Christian fiction.
Based in San Diego, Alexia Garaventa is an Art Director and designer. She has a love and passion for marketing, publishing, typography and all things design. In her eyes, there’s nothing more satisfying than transforming ideas, words and conversations into something visually compelling. When she's not designing book covers for Stories to Tell she is an Art Director for a marketing and publishing firm based in Colorado. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her husband, two kids, and their dog, Ace.
Michael Schultes is a social media enthusiast who specializes in web presence and building networks on social sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Instagram. He creates social accounts and profiles for new book launches, and generates blog posts and scheduled content across platforms for established authors, to win friends and influence book buyers.
Maureen is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of more than fifteen books.
Maureen works with our authors by:
Coaching you through the process of researching and writing genealogy/history projects.
Interviewing you or your descendants for a memoir or life story project.
Identifying and preserving your family history photographs and materials, including permissions.
Learn more about Maureen on her website maureentaylor.com
Alicia Hollinger is a Los Angeles based artist specializing in sexy sci-fi, fantasy and pop culture pinup art as well as children’s art. Her graphic design services are available with or without CGI art (3D renders) for marketing, promotion, ads, websites, book, CD, DVD covers, games, movie one-sheets, etc. Art prints in various sizes and commissions available. http://www.AliciaHollinger.com
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.