Our Team

Mary B. Johnston, editor, writing coach, and personal historian

MaryJohnstonAcross the last thirty years Mary has been helping people of all ages with their writing skills—as a freelance editor, writing coach, personal historian, and high school English teacher. After teaching English for fourteen years at various New England preparatory schools, she founded Wordworks in 1996. Eager to learn about and preserve people’s personal histories, Mary started a personal history service, Tell Your Stories, in 2009. She has helped hundreds of writers discover their voices and put their experiences and knowledge into words. Many of those writers have published their words—some in academic journals, others in books for family members and loved ones, and still others for the general public. Mary looks forward to helping you share what you know with your target audience.

cj Madigan, book designer

Madigancj Madigan reveres photographs: those magical pieces of chemically-processed paper that have no real market value but, to a particular audience, are priceless. And she positively swoons over books: the cover-bending, page-turning, paper-touching physical bookness of them. cj has been designing and producing print publications since the early days of what was then called “desktop publishing” and is now referred to as simply “the way we create books.” So she is never happier than when she is able to combine photos and text into beautifully designed privately published heirloom books, which she has specialized in since 2007. To learn more about cj’s work, take a look at her website: http://shoebox-stories.com.

Laura Pierce, book designer

LauraLaura has a BA in Visual Art and has been designing books and book covers since 2012. She not only digitizes and restores photos but also creates relevant graphics and promotional materials for the books she designs. She is a CreateSpace pro, serving as production manager for many of her projects.

Caroline Gunter, Photo consultant and organizer

Caroline Guntur, a Certified Photo Organizer and Personal Historian, specializes in digital organizing and family history. She is the owner of The Swedish Organizer, LLC, acompany that provides customized family history solutions to clients all over the world. Caroline also hosts webinars, workshops, and creates online courses. A native of Ystad, Sweden, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from Hawaii Pacific University and a Masters Degree in Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. She currently divides her time between the United States and Sweden.

Caroline is responsible for setting up Mary on Freedcamp, a very helpful organizational system on which Tell Your Stories clients can upload and comment on the photos they want to include in their personal and family histories. She is also an indispensible photo advisor and cheerleader for Tell Your Stories clients. To learn more, please visit http://www.organizingphotos.net or email Caroline directly at caroline@theswedishorganizer.com.

Caroline Bliss Larsen, copyeditor and proofreader

Caroline Bliss Larsen is a substantive editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and typesetter. Caroline holds a BA in English with minors in editing and English literature. She has edited in many fields: trade fiction, scholarly work, self-help books, personal histories, corporate copy, magazine articles, cookbooks, and more. Caroline prides herself on her mastery of language and usage as well as her ability to help authors develop their unique ideas and voice in a manuscript. You can reach Caroline at cbliss17@gmail.com.

Ruth Elkin, editor and proofreader

RuthRuth has a B.A. from Colby College with majors in English and music. She has been copyediting, proofreading, and transcribing since 2000. Meticulous to the bone, Ruth enjoys creating style sheets and reading manuscripts carefully, often catching mistakes that writers and earlier editors did not. Memoirs are her favorite genre. Given her patience, curiosity, and knack for listening, her passion for people’s stories comes as no surprise. You can reach Ruth at 207-774-9378 and relki3@yahoo.com.

Lil Maughan, editor, indexer, and proofreader

LilLil holds a BA and MA in English and has taught writing, literature, humanities, and research methods at the college level. She has also worked in university writing centers as a personal editor and writing coach, focusing on graduate theses and dissertations, personal statements, and resumes. She is well versed in academic referencing styles required for journal articles, including MLA and APA, and actually enjoys the meticulous work of checking reference lists. Lil’s areas of expertise as a freelance editor include copy editing and proofreading, developmental and content editing, indexing, and formatting. She looks forward to helping you produce your very best work. You can reach Lil at lilmaughan@gmail.com.