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Recently we edited Mason Ball’s book: Murray Ball, A Cartoonist’s Life. Maria de Jong secured Mason Ball a contract with HarperCollins Publishers. Here’s what Mason had to say:


I would like to express sincere gratitude to Maria de Jong and H. M. de Jong at Life Stories. The editing that they have done is top notch. As well as providing professional guidance, they have also given encouragement at just the right time and in just the right amounts. It is no exaggeration to say that I could not have done this without them.  – Mason Ball

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