No publishing house can produce works of any quality without a competent and talented team of professionals behind every title. Chatgris Press has been fortunate to be availed the expertise of a number of skilled professionals.
Cile Bailey, photographer
born and raised in
Peggy A. Borel, cover artist
a writer and artist, and is a member of Bayou Writers Group of Lake Charles and Romance Writers Community Critique Group. She is a graduate of
Holden Brown, cover artist
Holden Brown has been working since before he was legally able to. Having designed a complicated and in-depth PowerPoint presentation for a major telecommunications company at the age of 15, he replied with, "No problem" when thanked profusely by the corporation. The company paid him in kind with an expensive briefcase that he promptly offered to his mother, who told him, "No honey, you hang on to it. You're going to need it one day." And it looks as if that day is here. Mr. Brown has renown as an accomplished graphic designer, musician, and award-winning independent filmmaker.
Paul Cassou, J.D., legal counsel
Julia Cates, logo designer
Julia Cates and I met at a chance encounter more than a decade ago at a technical writing conference held at the luxurious Anatoles Hotel in Dallas, TX. After pumping quarters into the fish food bubble gum dispensers, we dropped the nuggets into open mouths bobbing in coy ponds. Ms. Cates was a technical writer for the Brookings Institution at this time and has since flourished as a successful artist and multimedia designer. Her shows and exhibits range from Maryland to New Zealand, Mexico to France. Besides having designed the colophon for Chatgris Press, her artwork adorns many walls of the publishing house, and one of my most prized art possessions is her rendition of the ISBN assigned to Chatgris Press's first title.
Carol Smith Cox, reviewer
Norma Eiman, reviewer, Foreword author
As an officer with the International Association for Human Resources Information Management, Norma Eiman was most generous with her time in reviewing the text for Gainfully Employed. Ms. Eiman's review was thoughtful and inspiring, and we at Chatgris Press can only hope that she is able to review other books in the future.
Brenda Floyd, reviewer
Brenda Floyd had athletic beginnings, first as a gymnast when her father owned a gymnastics company in Natchez
Peggy Fuller, J.D., legal counsel
Fuller has Southern Gothic roots, having grown up in a small town in rural
Timothee Hammond, reviewer, Foreword author
When I got back into the film business in 2005, it was exactly 10 years to the month. And the first company to hire me was a casting outfit titled Louisiana Casting Database. Tim Hammond and Liz Coulon started this endeavor with the education gained from the University of New Orleans film program. Mr. Hammond and Ms. Coulon were rewarded with a number of high-profile feature-length films, and were perhaps the first extras casting company to offer background actors the availability to post detailed film-style resumes on their website. It only seemed appropriate that Mr. Hammond write the foreword to Movie Extra 101.
Lamont Ingalls, substantive editor and copyeditor
Lamont Ingalls is a freeborn Southern man
who has wandered from the Everglades to
Jimmy Mitchell, acquisitions
Mitchell lived in
Ronald Neeld, Ph.D., substantive editor and copyeditor, grammarian
Ronald Neeld has a diverse background in psychology, linguistics, and computer
science. He received a BA cum laude in
psychology from the University of New Orleans; an MA in linguistics from the
University of Illinois; and a PhD in linguistics from The Ohio State
University, where he also served on the faculty. His papers on linguistics have
been published in academic journals such as Language
and Glossa. Dr. Neeld held a
fellowship in computer science at
Steve O'Keefe, marketing, public relations, online promotion
Steve O'Keefe is an important early pioneer of the effort to develop the commercial potential of the World Wide Web beginning with being one of the first people to publicize and sell books on the Internet. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, approached him for advice when he was formulating the concept behind what was to become the world’s largest eCommerce site. In 1996 and again in 2002, John Wiley & Sons published Mr. O’Keefe’s first book “Publicity on the Internet” (second edition titled A Complete Guide to Internet Publicity), one of the first professional guides to online marketing and the first specifically on the subject of promoting books. In 2001, Mr. O’Keefe founded Patron Saint Productions, a New Orleans-based online publicity firm. He also is one of the founders of the International Association of Online Communicators and is a faculty member at Tulane
Dean Shapiro, copy editor, Foreword author
Dean M. Shapiro is a New Orleans-based freelance writer and journalist with close to 40 years of experience in his field. He is also a publicist, copyeditor, and author with four published books and more than 1,500 newspaper, magazine, and web articles to his credit. His career as a journalist dates back to the late 1960s when, as a sophomore in college, he reported award-winning stories from the anti-war protests in Washington, D.C. Mr. Shapiro co-authored The Blood Covenant with Rena Chynoweth, one of the 13 wives of polygamist cult leader Ervil LeBaron. Nicknamed the “Mormon Manson,” LeBaron ordered the murders of 2 dozen people, including members of his own family. The book, released by Diamond Books/Eakin Press, was the subject of a 1993 CBS made-for-TV movie, Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story starring Brian Dennehy, William Devane, and Tracey Needham. Mr. Shapiro also co-authored the novelization of the critically acclaimed feature film, Belizaire the Cajun, a work of fiction set on the bayous of southern Louisiana in 1859. The novel, co-written with the film’s director Glen Pitre, was published in hardcover and trade paperback by Pelican Publishing Company of New Orleans in 1988. His third book, Blondin, is a biography of the first man ever to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope in the mid-19th century. It was published by Vanwell Publishing Ltd. of St. Catherines, Ontario in 1990. His fourth book, The Eleventh Commandment, a suspense novel, was published in 2008 by PublishAmerica of Baltimore. He also has been contracted to write essays and biographies for several junior and senior high school history and geography textbooks in recent years. Mr. Shapiro is the author of 10 screenplays and he ghostwrote Mackie Shilstone’s Body Plan for Kids, due to be published in the spring of 2009 by Basic Media of Laguna Beach, CA. Mr. Shapiro teaches writing classes at the University of New Orleans and writes regularly for several New Orleans-area publications and websites.
Christy Soto, cover designer
Christy Soto completed her Bachelor of Arts in English/Writing with more than 50 publications and six produced theatrical plays to her credit. She also hosted an eclectic radio show as disc jockey for 6 years. Ms. Soto followed her dreams of seeing the world when she and her child, Athen, moved to New Orleans to attend graduate-level film school. Her focus was screenwriting and playwriting. Her surreal drama, Good Enough Girl, was produced in New Orleans hot spot, Le Chat Noir theatre. In 3 years, she penned six feature-length screenplays, and one short intended student production. With the intention to some day move to Los Angeles, Ms. Soto sought film industry insight and learned pitching techniques from several L.A.-based screenwriting workshops, which eventually landed her television and movie work. In 2002, Ms. Soto self published her previously published works into a volume of poetry and photography called, These are the Rooms to my Mother’s House. The book made its debut at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Shortly after that, she was the sole photographer for a start-up anthropological webzine that featured the native Queen Charlotte Island Haida Indians. Today, she has more than 1,000 travel, event, and unconventional works of photography. She currently is working on a coffee table book, The Saddest Party on Earth—a photo journal of the first Mardi Gras post-Hurricane Katrina. Throughout her elementary, junior high, high school, and college years she sang in many advanced choir groups. In New Orleans, a town known for its music, Ms. Soto was a singer and songwriter in two bands, and at Voodoofest 2004, Ms. Soto went solo producing electronic music under the moniker “Vinylux.” Prior to Katrina, Ms. Soto was photographing, interviewing, and doing layout for A New Orleans Tour Guide for Hip Parents. NOTGHP showcased a family-friendly New Orleans with activities and historical facts. She now is at work on a book of autobiographical travel humor, Happily Ever Aftermath. Comprising more than 300 pages, this full color book dubbed the ill-conceived travels of an unwed mother documents adventures from Germany to Alaska to Thailand. In 2007 Ms. Soto incorporated Vinylux Productions where she holds her ghostwriting business, Ghostwriter’s Ink and her graphic design business, XY DESIGN. She also is a founding member of the company Optilux Design Firm.
Jack Stanovich, copy editor, grammarian
Jack Stanovich is a lifelong resident of
Thom Bennett, technical content editor, Foreword author, photographer
Thom Bennett is a New Orleans-based photographer whose photographs of people, objects of art, products, and the built environment are rooted in the classical tradition of composition, lighting, expression, and design. In each photograph he strives to tell a compelling story within the context of two dimensional space. His work has appeared in New Orleans Magazine, BIZ Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Restaurateur, ByFaith, Homes & Land, Kingfish, City Business, and Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” Thom’s fine art photographs have been exhibited throughout the Southeast, including the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans; WORKPLAY, Birmingham, AL; The University of Arkansas, Conway, AR; Delta State University, Cleveland, MS; The New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.; The Darkroom, New Orleans, LA; and The New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery.
Gary Michael Smith, author, editor, publisher, photojournalist
Gary Michael Smith has
more than 20 years of experience as an author and editor, having published 12
books. He also has contributed hundreds of articles for dozens of magazines and
trade journals, serving as columnist and contributor for such publications as Cat
Fancy, Urban Dog, The
Editorial Eye, and Louisiana Film and
Video Magazine. Mr. Smith began as a technical writer more than 2 decades
ago, working for such firms as Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, CACI, and Northrop
Grumman, and eventually serving as president for the local chapter
of the international organization Society for Technical Communication. While
working on his MFA in Television Video and Film Production, he worked stints as
camera operator and floor director for local television stations. But he never
lost sight of his writing, eventually transitioning into developing trade and
technical books through his brand Chatgris Press. Mr. Smith enjoys sharing his
knowledge, teaching as many as 11 night courses for the