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Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw - Designer

Traverse City, MI, United States

I'm an editor and book designer with thirty years of experience in trade and custom publishing.

Overview

HEATHER SHAW has been freelancing since 2009, editing and designing over 50 books in five years.

Previously she was Managing Editor of Spirituality & Health magazine, which 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 digital marketing.

Services
Fiction
Adventure Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Literature Science Fiction Thriller
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits

Work experience

Design and Marketing Director

Mission Point Press

May, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

Freelance

Heather Lee Shaw

November, 2009 – Present (about 7 years)

2000 to 2006 : Researcher to Doug Stanton, 2001 New York Times bestseller
2002 to 2008 : Editor of the literary magazine, Dunes Review
2002 to 2010 : Board member, Michigan Writers, Inc.
2003 and 2004 : Creative Writing instructor at Interlochen Center for the Arts
2005 : Founding Committee Member of Traverse City Film Festival
2006 : Clarion Editor, ForeWord magazine
2006 to present: designer for Michigan Writers Cooperative Press publications
2007 to 11/2009 : Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director, ForeWord magazine
2007 to 11/2009 : Book and Product Editor, Spirituality & Health magazine
2008 to 2009 : Editor, Spirituality & Health Books
2008: attended Stanford Publishing Courses for Professionals
2009 : Managing Editor, Spirituality & Health magazine, winner of the FOLIO Bronze Award for Editorial Excellence, 2009 and winner of the Utne Independent Press Award in Health/Wellness for outstanding journalism in 2009.

Managing Editor

Spirituality & Health

December, 2008 – November, 2009 (11 months)

In 2009, the year I worked for S&H, the magazine was the winner of the FOLIO Bronze Award for Editorial Excellence and the Utne Independent Press Award in Health/Wellness for outstanding journalism.

I was responsible for managing editorial, payment amount, contracts, due dates, etc. I also line editing and proofed every word that appeared in the magazine for the year 2009.

Conceived and wrote the column "Material World" as well as short articles for the U&O section when needed.

Created spreadsheets for payroll.

Senior Editor / Acquiring Editor

Spirituality & Health Books

May, 2008 – October, 2009 (over 1 year)

I was the only editorial employee of S&H Books.
Responsible for pitching and acquiring work.
Worked directly with authors in ms. development, line edited and proofed all 4 books that were published in 2009, plus another that's due spring 2010.
Wrote, designed (InDesign) and created publicity information sheets for the book.
Maintained databases with the distributor.
Created interior design for "The Virtue of Wealth," "Going Out Green" and "Journaling."
Worked with Lulu and CreateSpace to create galleys, and in the case of "Journaling," to make a 100% POD book.
Created indexes for "The Virtue of Wealth," "Cooks' House," and "Kitchen Alchemy."

Editor in Chief

Foreword Reviews

February, 2007 – November, 2009 (almost 3 years)

Editorial responsibilities included: examining every book that came through the office; selecting the books that would appear in the magazine; conceiving, coordinating and selecting books for the magazine articles; working with reviewers; conceiving, coordinating and selecting books for special sections; line editing and proofing of every word that appeared in the magazine.

Writing responsibilities included a bi-monthly letter that appeared in the magazine, the children's picture book spread, and articles and reviews as needed.

Web site responsibilities included a weekly blog (for 1.5 years) and a weekly Book Club selection of a short story or essay, plus introduction by the author or myself.

Management responsibilities included training of review editors (meaning the editors that handled reviewers) and magazine content and design.

I also designed and created (InDesign) ads for the different services of ForeWord magazine.

Created and maintained spreadsheet for payroll.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Smallfish Clover

Heather Shaw

Smallfish Clover, like most affluent American boys, has many skills and inner resources. But how these gifts get used in the real world can lead to success and happiness, or useless death. It’s a test all young people must take at some time or another, although in our society we often try to postpone it indefinitely. The children of poverty, however, don’t have the luxury of wasting difficult ... read more

Smallfish Clover, like most affluent American boys, has many skills and inner resources. But how these gifts get used in the real world can lead to success and happiness, or useless death. It’s a test all young people must take at some time or another, although in our society we often try to postpone it indefinitely. The children of poverty, however, don’t have the luxury of wasting difficult ... read more

The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love and Triumph

Katherine Roth, Greg Holmes

There’s nothing quite like a real-life mystery, and The Good Fight, written by Katherine Roth, M.D. and her psychologist husband, Greg Holmes, Ph.D., pushes all the right page-turner buttons. In 2004, Greg was diagnosed with a rare and deadly cancer of the sinuses. While undertaking traditional radiation and chemo treatments, Katherine spent hundreds of hours researching alternative therapies,... read more

There’s nothing quite like a real-life mystery, and The Good Fight, written by Katherine Roth, M.D. and her psychologist husband, Greg Holmes, Ph.D., pushes all the right page-turner buttons. In 2004, Greg was diagnosed with a rare and deadly cancer of the sinuses. While undertaking traditional radiation and chemo treatments, Katherine spent hundreds of hours researching alternative therapies,... read more

Death in a Summer Colony (Ray Elkins Thriller Book 7)

Aaron Stander

7th in the Ray Elkins Thriller Series It’s a warm summer evening in Cedar County. A storm is just beginning to roll onshore from Lake Michigan. In the auditorium of the Mission Point Summer Colony, the audience settles in for a performance of a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s "Death at the Vicarage." By the first intermission the intense thunderstorm is overhead. The old auditorium rever... read more

7th in the Ray Elkins Thriller Series It’s a warm summer evening in Cedar County. A storm is just beginning to roll onshore from Lake Michigan. In the auditorium of the Mission Point Summer Colony, the audience settles in for a performance of a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s "Death at the Vicarage." By the first intermission the intense thunderstorm is overhead. The old auditorium rever... read more

The Mask of Tamrel (The Magistricide Book 1)

Scott Couturier

For 2,000 years the country of Thevin has been sealed off by the sorcery of a god-in-flesh known as the Gyre. Magic has been condensed into an azure metal, called chromox, which instantly manifests the wielder's will. Magisters and merchant-lords rule a world of harsh class divides; beyond the Ilark Mountains, a race of mindless men breed incessantly, intent only on Thevin's destruction. Born ... read more

For 2,000 years the country of Thevin has been sealed off by the sorcery of a god-in-flesh known as the Gyre. Magic has been condensed into an azure metal, called chromox, which instantly manifests the wielder's will. Magisters and merchant-lords rule a world of harsh class divides; beyond the Ilark Mountains, a race of mindless men breed incessantly, intent only on Thevin's destruction. Born ... read more

Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life (Get Waisted Book 1)

Mary Wendt, Chelsea Clinton

DO YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT EFFORTLESSLY AND FEEL FABULOUS? A mother/daughter physician team will show you how in Waist Away, a book that reflects their 15 years of medical experience and cutting-edge nutritional know-how. These two docs believe in the philosophy that good food is always your best medicine. You’ll read stories of their patients who lost weight and conquered chronic diseases, si... read more

DO YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT EFFORTLESSLY AND FEEL FABULOUS? A mother/daughter physician team will show you how in Waist Away, a book that reflects their 15 years of medical experience and cutting-edge nutritional know-how. These two docs believe in the philosophy that good food is always your best medicine. You’ll read stories of their patients who lost weight and conquered chronic diseases, si... read more

Murder at Cherokee Point (Michael Russo Mystery Book 1)

Peter Marabell

A showdown with the Mob on Mackinac Island. It’s summer in Northern Michigan. A wealthy and influential aristocrat is found dead at the secluded and private Cherokee Point Resort Association, north of Harbor Springs. Fearful of outside intrusion, Point members stonewall the investigation. The cops ask Petoskey lawyer Michael Russo for his help, and Russo agrees to speed the investigation along... read more

A showdown with the Mob on Mackinac Island. It’s summer in Northern Michigan. A wealthy and influential aristocrat is found dead at the secluded and private Cherokee Point Resort Association, north of Harbor Springs. Fearful of outside intrusion, Point members stonewall the investigation. The cops ask Petoskey lawyer Michael Russo for his help, and Russo agrees to speed the investigation along... read more

The Search for Johnny Nicholas

Dave C. Smith, Hugh Wray McCann

Johnny Nicholas had many faces. To some he was “Major John Nicholas,” a downed black American pilot who parachuted into France on a secret intel- ligence mission. To others he was a key player in the French Resistance and a doctor who’d set up a practice in Paris as a cover for his clandestine activities. At a well built 6 feet, he was a bon vivant who loved the high life, and a film producer ... read more

Johnny Nicholas had many faces. To some he was “Major John Nicholas,” a downed black American pilot who parachuted into France on a secret intel- ligence mission. To others he was a key player in the French Resistance and a doctor who’d set up a practice in Paris as a cover for his clandestine activities. At a well built 6 feet, he was a bon vivant who loved the high life, and a film producer ... read more

Black Mariah

Bob Martel

On May 24, 1990, a bomb exploded in a car driven by two Earth First! environmental activists. The woman, Vera Green, was seriously wounded. Both she and her partner were immediatly arrested for terrorism. Five days later, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat received a letter from The Lord’s Avenger, claiming responsibility and lamenting the bomb’s failure to take Vera’s life. FBI agents in charge of... read more

On May 24, 1990, a bomb exploded in a car driven by two Earth First! environmental activists. The woman, Vera Green, was seriously wounded. Both she and her partner were immediatly arrested for terrorism. Five days later, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat received a letter from The Lord’s Avenger, claiming responsibility and lamenting the bomb’s failure to take Vera’s life. FBI agents in charge of... read more

David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car

Lawrence R. Gustin

UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITIONPraise for the first edition:“A meticulously researched book written in a popular style that’s difficult to put down. By skillfully weaving together the careers of David Buick and his contemporaries and their car, Larry Gustin fills a gaping hole in automotive history.” —David L. Lewis, professor of business history, University of Michigan“A good, succinct history o... read more

UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITIONPraise for the first edition:“A meticulously researched book written in a popular style that’s difficult to put down. By skillfully weaving together the careers of David Buick and his contemporaries and their car, Larry Gustin fills a gaping hole in automotive history.” —David L. Lewis, professor of business history, University of Michigan“A good, succinct history o... read more

Up North Michigan Wines by the Bay: Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas Explored

William Allin Storrer

Up North Michigan Wines By The Bay is a comprehensive portrayal of the wine industry of Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas of northwest Michigan – describing not only the region’s distinctive climate and its wineries, wines and grapes but also the determined and dedicated personalities who make it happen. Working to a remarkable level of detail, Storrer supports his research with extensive ph... read more

Up North Michigan Wines By The Bay is a comprehensive portrayal of the wine industry of Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas of northwest Michigan – describing not only the region’s distinctive climate and its wineries, wines and grapes but also the determined and dedicated personalities who make it happen. Working to a remarkable level of detail, Storrer supports his research with extensive ph... read more

The Journey of Aurora Starr

Marla Houghteling

Winter 1898. Martin Starr leaves his farm in the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula to seek his fortune as a Klondiker in the Alaskan Gold Rush. His wife Aurora stays behind to manage the farm and teach at the local school while he and his boyhood friend Frank embark on the “Deadly Edmonton Trail.” A year later Aurora goes to look for him, her fears for her husband compelling her acros... read more

Winter 1898. Martin Starr leaves his farm in the northern tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula to seek his fortune as a Klondiker in the Alaskan Gold Rush. His wife Aurora stays behind to manage the farm and teach at the local school while he and his boyhood friend Frank embark on the “Deadly Edmonton Trail.” A year later Aurora goes to look for him, her fears for her husband compelling her acros... read more

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