ABOUT US

Mira Digital Publishing, a Division of the Graphic Connections Group, is a St. Louis based company serving self-published authors nationwide since 1977.

Our experience in Printing, Publishing and Direct Marketing makes Mira a reliable resource to help you in every phase of the Self-Publishing process.

We help you design, edit, print, market and distribute your book on time and within budget. Our basic three step publishing approach makes the process simple, and we work closely with you every step of the way to make your publishing experience truly memorable.

CALL TODAY and speak with one of our Publishing Consultants and find out how we can help YOU reach your publishing goals.


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JEFF CHARLTON

Owner & President

“Having written and published several books of my own, I have the personal knowledge of what it takes to create, design, print and successfully market a book.

I can assure you we have the people and tools to do the job right!”

Jeff Charlton, founder of Graphic Connections Group, is an experienced successful entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of 14 (painting houses) and by the time he was 22, had 12 employees and so many clients he had to turn away jobs. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Civil Engineering, he sold his first business and went to work for Procter & Gamble as an Industrial Engineer, and later as a salesman for a local printing company. In time, he realized his heart was really in owning his own business, and once again took up the American Dream.

Jeff started the Graphic Connections Group (GCG), in his basement in 1992. In 2000 he started acquiring other printing and graphic design companies. Jeff saw the value of a company that could help the self-publishing authors after struggling to self-publish his own books, and in 2012, he acquired the Independent Publishing Corporation (IPC). In 2013 he acquired Mira Digital Publishing. Both were long established publishing companies located in the St. Louis area. GCG's various mergers over the years have been a huge success and the company has continued to grow. GCG manufactures a wide range of printed materials, embroidered products, marketing and mailing services.

Jeff believes long-term success is rooted in hard work and personal relationships. He understands that providing high quality products and services to the end consumer, at a fair price, and going the extra mile to provide superior customer service are the ultimate keys to a successful business.

GEORGE LESTINA

Director of Publishing

“As a small publisher, we take a personal interest in making your book the best that it can be. It’s something we’re very good at and it separates us from the companies that simply print your manuscript and consider their job finished. Each of our books is a unique creation – just like our authors!”

George has over 40 years of marketing, sales, and publishing experience. He began his career in 1966, with The Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation, a Fortune 500 Publishing and Marketing Company. George became a Field Manager with the Marketing Services Division in Chicago, was promoted to National Training Manager for the Marketing Division in New York City and then became Regional Manager for the 13 State Philadelphia Region.

George also served as National Director of Organizational Development for the 300 office Liberty Financial Management Corporation.

In 1977, George and his wife Peg founded Independent Publishing Corporation, and in 2012, IPC became a division of the Graphic Connections Group. Mira Digital Publishing was acquired in 2013 and George took over its’ publishing responsibilities at that time.

George is Past Chairman of the Printing Industries of St. Louis, and has served as a Director of the Printing Industries of America, which is the fourth largest manufacturing organization in North America. He is currently the Chairman of the Printing Industries of St. Louis, Service Corporation.

PEG LESTINA

Art Director,
GCG, Independent Publishing
and Mira Digital Publishing

“We pride ourselves in creating book design solutions that meet our client’s style preferences and their budget objectives. Our goal is to provide a professionally prepared book that is visually satisfying and functionally successful.”

Peg has a B.F.A. with a dual major in Commercial Art and Art Education from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and graduate level courses in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her career includes: the production and sale of her work in an artist’s cooperative gallery in Beach Haven, New Jersey; a Staff Artist position at Winchell Press in Philadelphia; Art Director for The Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation, producer of all Yellow Page Directories on the East Coast; and Art Director for Media Systems, a Division of Harcourt Brace Publishing.

Peg has been designing for companies large and small in the St. Louis area since founding IPC Graphics in 1977, and continues to serve as Art Director for Graphic Connections, The Independent Publishing Corporation, and Mira Digital Publishing.

Jill Mettendorf

Senior Publishing Consultant

“As a self-published author myself, I enjoy working with each author and providing insight on what they might need to reach their own self-publishing goals.”

Jill Mettendorf has worked in book publishing and marketing for many years and helped thousands of authors. Jill’s background includes studying Visual Communications at the Illinois Institute of Art, and currently teaching Publishing at a local Community College. She has walked in your shoes and is perfectly positioned to help you in every way.

TRISH LINHARES

Publishing Consultant

“I’ll work with you every step of the way to help you reach your self-publishing goals.”

Trish has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. She brings with her a passion for great customer service, attention to detail and the extraordinary ability to go the extra mile for her clients. Her strength is in her ability to really listen to each author and make sure their vision becomes a reality.

KIM KOENIG

Senior Project Manager

“I’ll be responsible for most of the details associated with your book’s production. Be assured that these details will be carefully handled.”

Kim graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Business Finance. She started her career at PAI Printing in 1989. As she broadened her knowledge of the industry, her responsibilities increased to include: prepress, press and bindery operations; estimating, scheduling, and customer service. Kim joined IPC in 2004 and moving to GCG in 2013. With over 25 years of printing and publishing experience, Kim is well qualified to handle any challenge that may arise.

Anne Schonhardt

Project Manager

“As you can see by my background, books are important to me. Let me help you create a product we can both be proud of!”

Anne holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science in English from Truman State University. She is currently working toward a Master of Science Degree in Library Science.

Anne started working at Mira in the prepress department, formatting text and setting up files for printing. She then managed poster production, created interactive searchable abstract CDs and program/abstract books, and worked as a Copy Editor.

This broad publishing experience has provided Anne with the perfect background for her current position as Project Manager.

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