Meet the Samizdat Team

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Caleb Seeling
Publisher

Caleb has a very broad range of work experience including community organizing Black churches in inner-city Detroit, teaching sociology, providing family and individual therapy, running a permanent housing program for chronically homeless people, and developing a communications package for the prevention department of an HMO. While these jobs paid the bills, his concurrent unpaid experience includes organizing artist gatherings, recruiting and publishing writers for community arts projects, initiating and facilitating film screenings, and most recently, founding a local branch of the International Arts Movement.

Caleb was an acquisitions and developmental editor for NavPress. He originated, developed, and launched the NavPress Deliberate line, initiated the partnership between NavPress and the Via Affirmativa artist group, and held the company’s first authors’ forum at Glen Eyrie which included Leonard Sweet, Spencer Burke, Makoto Fujimura, Margaret Feinberg, Scott Cairns, and John Armstrong. Immediately after leaving NavPress, Caleb founded Samizdat Creative Services which provides editing, writing, and consulting for self-publishing writers. He also writes for the online arts magazine The Curator and is a regular columnist for Examiner.com as Denver’s Faith and Family Examiner.

Caleb is a native Coloradan and lives with his wife—a doula and midwife-in-training—and four children in Littleton. He does not have a dog.

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Mike DeVries
Director of Creative Services

With over 20 years of experience, Mike DeVries has a gift and a passion for communication. Mike has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, as a communicator. As a widely published author, Mike has worked with publishing companies such as Regal Books, Gospel Light, Barefoot Publishing, and Bethany House as writer, collaborator, and editor of over 20 titles. He has also been intimately involved in overseeing the online content creation for theOOZE.com

Along the journey Mike has also been a teaching pastor, church planter, adjunct professor, curriculum creator, and conference designer. Mike recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Masters of Arts in Religion/Biblical Studies and plans on pursuing a doctorate in Second Temple Judaism in the near future, with the hopes of teaching graduate level classes.

Mike is a die hard baseball fan, growing up in Southern California as a life-long Angels’ fan. He loves music, the beach, and film. He is something of a wine connoisseur, as well as an authority on breakfast burritos.

Mike, his wife Jamie, and their four kids live in Mission Viejo, California. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @mike_devries.

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Julie Little
Editor

Julie earned a BA in creative writing and an MA in literature. She has taught high school English and college writing for 11+ years. Besides editing, currently teaches online writing for the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University.

She is a mom of three amazing kids, loves reading, writing, all outdoor pursuits, cooking, travel, strong coffee, and chocolate chip muffins.

She can’t stand olives or roller coasters.

Julie’s first published work: “Clifford Saves the Day” for a local bookstore contest in third grade.

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Mary Beth Lagerborg
Writing Coach, Editor

Mary Beth Lagerborg has loved writing stories since the third grade, when her detailed account of how her dog Maggie became pregnant and gave birth to puppies was published in a teacher’s publication.

Her career has included writing nine non-fiction books, personal essays, articles and blogs. She is currently writing an historical novel.

While serving on the staff of MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), Mary Beth worked with authors, agents, and publishers to develop a MOPS publishing brand of more than 70 titles. She also served as Executive Editor of MomSense magazine.

In conjunction with her business Retelling (www.Retelling.net),  Mary Beth is taking contract work in writing and editing, and is helping potential authors determine the focus and feasibility of book-length projects.

Mary Beth can be reached at marybethlagerborg@gmail.com.

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Sonya Unrein
Editor

Sonya Unrein is a freelance editor and designer who lives in Centennial, Colorado. After earning a BA in English from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2001 and an MA in Digital Media Studies from the University of Denver in 2003, she won the Colorado Book Award for her anthology, Open Windows 2006, which she designed, compiled, and edited when she was a co-founder of Denver’s Ghost Road Press. Find out more information at sonyaunrein.com

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Jurgen Mantzke
Co-Publisher eBooks and Designer

Jurgen has been a Creative Director (and Entrepreneur) since 2003, an Art Director since 1996, and a Graphic Designer since 1994. He has been a curious creative eccentric since birth. He believes and practices an ideology of discovering creative expression in every aspect of his life.

He has achieved excellence with design using the modern tools such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, CSS, XHTML, jQuery, Drupal, Actionscript, WordPress and Basecamp.

Find Jurgen online at: LinkedIn profile, FacebookVeer Ideas profile, YouTube videos, TwitteriSpot Gallery.

See his film My Stunt Double.

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