Anne Stanton

Anne-serious portraitAnne Stanton is an award-winning journalist, editor, and ghostwriter, who has assisted with books ranging from two New York Times best-selling accounts of war to a highly lauded cancer memoir and vegan weight-loss guide.

Anne began her career with a Sacramento Bee story about elderly Cambodian refugees, who suffered deeply from culture shock and isolation. Her first foray into journalism garnered the Detroit Press Club’s highest collegiate award.

After receiving a Masters of Arts degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of Michigan, Anne worked as an investigative reporter, writing stories of human drama and resilience. Her award-winning articles have covered a wide range of issues—from Catholic nuns accused of sexually abusing their young wards to a rural barber charged with murdering her troubled, teen-age son. She has also extensively written on health, business and education issues.

In the last decade, Anne has used her interviewing, research, and writing skills to expand into ghostwriting and editing. She can provide insights into book marketing, having co-authored the book, Publish to Win: Smart Strategies to Sell More Books, with indie publishing guru Jerrold Jenkins. She now closely collaborates with Heather Lee Shaw, a talented book designer. (

City: Traverse City

State: Michigan

Specialties: Memoirs, health, vegetarianism, running, war history, self-publishing and business (I hold a University of Michigan Bachelor of Business Administration degree)

Years of experience: 26

Memberships: Association of Ghostwriters and Editorial Freelance Association

Contact information: (231) 631-1551 or


Editorial work:

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (Henry Holt), a New York Times bestseller by Doug Stanton, optioned for a television mini-series.

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan (Scribner), a New York Times bestseller by Doug Stanton, optioned for a feature film.

The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love and Triumph (Paradox Press): A nonfiction account by Greg Holmes and his physician wife, Katherine Roth, on how she helped Greg survive one of the world’s deadliest cancers. Has garnered dozens of 5-star reviews on

Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life (Doctor Doctor Press): A nonfiction cookbook/advice book by Dr. Mary Clifton on how a vegan diet can lead to lower weight and better health.

Summer People and Color Tour (Writers & Editors): Ray Elkins mystery thrillers by Aaron Stander

Get Graduated: Helpful Advice for the Next Part of Your Life (Doctor Doctor Press): Packed with health and career advice, by Dr. Mary Wendt, M.D., and Mark Wendt, M.S.L.P.C. (Doctor Doctor Press)

Publish to Win: Smart Strategies to Sell More Books (Rhodes & Easton): A book marketing guide by Anne Stanton and Jerrold Jenkins, an indie publishing guru.

A Flat Tax on Wealth and How it Can Save Our Country: An indie economics book by Peter Butterfield

Summer Season Recipes from Fustini’s (self-published by Fustini’s Oil & Vinegars)

How Fustinis Do Fustini’s: Extraordinary Recipes by Everyday Cooks  (self-published by Fustini’s Oil & Vinegars)

Broken Rib Ranch: A humorous self-published memoir by Timothy Parsel about the trials and tribulations of marrying a horse lover.

Alpha Phi International Fraternity: The First Fifty Years (1872-1922), Union Hand in Hand 


Hour Detroit, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Michigan Monthly, Northern Express, Traverse Magazine, Traverse City Record-Eagle, Foreword Magazine, Publishing Entrepreneur, and Interlochen Public Radio. 

Praise for Anne Stanton

“I have had invaluable editorial feedback from Anne Stanton during the process of writing and revising two books. Anne is an accomplished professional writer and editor, having honed her skills over several decades as a successful journalist.

“Anne has a keen sense of story. She knows where cuts are necessary and where elaboration is required. She adroitly employs the literary and editorial skills necessary to produce a polished, readable manuscript.”

~ Aaron Stander, award-winning author of the Ray Elkins Mystery Series

“I knew I wanted to write a book. I had a lot of great ideas and a good start on some topics, but I couldn’t imagine how to pull it all together. Anne helped make my work more readable, and rounded out my rough spots, in record time, with good humor. She inspired whole chapters and special touches that I hadn’t even considered. I’ve sold books all over our great country, and there’s not a week that goes by that I don’t hear about someone who was inspired to change their life after reading my work. Anne is genius.”

~ Mary Clifton, author of Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life; Get Waisted: 100 Addictively Delicious Plant-Based Entrees; and Get Graduated: Helpful Advice for the Next Part of Your Life

“Anne Stanton is a gifted writer and top-notch editor. She guided us with a strong, steady hand through the first draft or our successful memoir. It was a joy to work with her, and we are honored to give her our highest recommendation.”

~ Greg Holmes, Ph.D. and Katherine Roth, M.D., co-authors of The Good Fight: A Story of Cancer, Love, and Triumph, a memoir that has garnered dozens of five-star ratings on Amazon

” … There have been many wonderful stories Anne has contributed through the years, and Express readers reminded us of her legacy by voting on their favorites in this issue. In the past year alone, she wrote a gripping account of abused wife Joni Holbrook shooting her police officer husband and the subsequent trial that led to her imprisonment. Then there was the strange saga of Anne Avery Miller of Elk Rapids who took her own life after being accused of murdering her son. Most recently, she wrote about controversial criminal cases and why some people charged with crimes seem to get a free pass while others get the book thrown at them. She’s also done outstanding reporting this year on conflicts over Michigan’s new medical marijuana law, wind farms in Benzie County, and the biomass controversy… just to name a few. I’m sure you have your own favorites.

Anne exemplifies the best of the brave and the bold in journalism, writing with a sense of ‘heart‘ and reminding us that justice is often a rare and elusive treasure. We’ve stood by long-form, investigative journalism here at the Express at a time when other newspapers have abandoned the format (to their peril, as it turns out). Sometimes, I complained to Anne that her stories were too long and we needed to save room for bigger photos. But I could never say that they weren’t complete — and courageous.”

~ Robert Downes, Northern Express editor, published 3/28/2011


Michigan Press Association Awards

2nd Place, News Enterprise Reporting, 2013:  “Man says firing was retaliation for report”

Honorable mention, 2013: “Helen Milliken: ‘An inspiration’ Former first lady known for her leadership, commitment to women’s rights, environment”

1st Place, News Enterprise Reporting, 2010: Doubt

2nd Place, Enterprise Reporting, 2009: Unholy Childhood

Judge’s comment: “The hearts of readers had to break while learning of the abuse that transpired at a private school.”

2nd Place, Lifestyle Pages, 2009

3rd Place, The Politics of Poop, 2008

1st Place, Enterprise Reporting, 2007: The Legend of Willy Branch

Judge’s comment: “Awesome story. Excellent flow, really draws you in. Great quotes. It seems like the reporter had an excellent grasp on what seems to be a controversial historical issue.”

2nd Place, News Story, 2007: Open Season on the Record-Eagle

3rd Place, Feature Story, 2007: I Thought I Was Going to Die

2nd Place, News Story, 2006: The wolf man of Brethren:  “Really well written, quirky tale of life and tragic death of one of society’s outsiders. Story raises troubling questions of “suicide by cop” or an unjustified police shooting.” (Judge’s comment)

National Awards:

American Planning Association Journalism Award, 1991 for “public service rendered in the advancement of city and regional planning through outstanding journalism”

Education Writers Association

Third place, 23rd Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, 1991, for the “invisible poverty” series

First place, General Excellence, Detroit Press Club Foundation, 1988: Report on Cambodian refugees living in Sacramento

Associated Press Awards

Sweepstakes award, 1993: Coverage of the Grand Traverse watershed.

1st Place, Breaking News, 1992: Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assistance in the suicides of Stanley Ball and Mary Biernat

2nd Place, Breaking News, 1992: A report on a woman’s death after a new state government policy cut prescription funding for general assistance recipients

2nd Place, Public Service, 1989: A series of articles on the environmental ramifications of a proposed golf course

Third place, 1992: “Faces of Poverty”

Second Place, Breaking News, 1991: “Racist Notes” (Racial problems in the Traverse City Area Public School district)

Regional awards

Environmentalist of the Year in Journalism & Communications, 2007 (Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council): For a story about neighbors fight to clear toxins from a cherry processing plant.

Voted the region’s “Red Hot” news reporter in a Traverse Magazine reader survey in 2009.