Joseph Gartrell // Editor, Writer // Charleston, SC
Joe is a former journalist and publishing house veteran. He studied creative writing at Ohio State and has a master's degree in journalism from Kent State. He worked for years as a journalist in Ohio before moving to Charleston and taking on the role of special projects editor at The History Press, where he conceived of and managed some of the most lucrative books in company history. He has a passion for editing the work of first-time novelists and screenwriters and has endless admiration for anyone who sees a project to fruition. When he isn't writing, he's in the thick of another's manuscript, doing everything in his power to strengthen the piece.
Jaime Muehl // Editor, Designer // Charleston, SC
Jaime has worked in publishing for more than ten years. She graduated from Colby College with a BA in English and American literature with a concentration in creative writing. She worked as a research assistant at both Stanford and Harvard before going on to do graduate work, also in English and American literature, at New York University. She has been a copyeditor and page designer for The History Press/Arcadia Publishing in Charleston for more than eight years and also does freelance editing and book design work for both fiction and nonfiction writers. Her passion is helping writers sharpen and polish while preserving their unique voices. When she is not geeking out on grammar, you can find her paddling dragon boats, outriggers, and SUPs or practicing yoga.
Benjamin Gibson // Editor, Writer // Chicago, IL
Ben graduated with a BA in English literature from the University of Dallas before turning to the Columbia Publishing Course and the University of Chicago’s MAPH program to further reckon with what makes books worth reading. While that question has informed his work as an acquisitions editor for The History Press, it has also shaped him as a reading tutor, freelance writer, and compulsive plunderer of the library's online offerings. He struggles in his functional balance exercise class and is hopeless at Pictionary but takes comfort in his ability to help others achieve symmetry in the world of the written word. He is an especially skilled developmental editor with a sixth-sense for character and story.
Natasha Walsh // Designer // Charleston, SC
After completing a rigorous design program, Natasha graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in graphic design from Auburn University. Setting her sights on the publishing industry, she interned at Savannah magazine, freelanced for various book publishers and has been designing covers and internal layouts for The History Press for the past eight years. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her relaxing at the beach with book in hand, admiring her husband's surfing skills.
Will McKay // Editor, Writer // Portland, OR
Will has worked in publishing for nearly a decade. He began his career as assistant to the film and media studies acquisitions editor at the University Press of Kentucky, the same university where he earned a BA in English with a minor in art history. Craving the freedom of an independent publisher, Will took a position as commissioning editor at The History Press in Charleston, South Carolina, managing a regional team of editors and overseeing the press’s publications in the western United States. This role inspired him to relocate to Portland to work remotely for the press. After four fulfilling years, he left the company to spend several months exploring Europe and Canada. Now, when he’s not helping writers craft their best work, Will can be found playing music in venues throughout Portland and the Pacific Northwest.