Contributing Members

One of the perks of being a Contributing Member of The Christian PEN is a free listing on our website to promote your editing business. Contributing Members are listed below. But first, meet The Christian PEN’s Founder and Director:

Kathy Ide
Brea, California
Visit Kathy’s website

Kathy has been a published author of books, short stories, play scripts, devotionals, and Sunday school curriculum since 1988. She has been a full-time freelance editor since 1998. She offers proofreading, editing, critiquing, and mentoring for aspiring writers, established authors, and book publishers. She also speaks at writers’ conferences across country.

Kathy’s books include:
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
Christian Drama Publishing
Typing Without Pain
Eleven ghostwritten books

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Marilyn A. Anderson
Done wRite Editorial Services

Marilyn A. Anderson, of Done wRite Editorial Services, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English. She has worked as an editor, writer, and proofreader since 1976. She has experience in writing/editing corporate employee newsletters and bulletins, annual reports, bill inserts, shareholder bulletins, benefit manuals, and educational curriculum. She tutors English as a Second Language students in writing. In addition, she writes a Christian newsletter twice a month and edits Christian books, academic papers, and doctoral dissertations. She is proficient in editing according to The Chicago Manual of Style and The Associated Press Stylebook requirements.

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Karen Andrews

Karen has always been an avid reader, diving into books to encounter new lands and discover the characters as friends. She developed an ear for how words are put together to form sentences, sentences become paragraphs, etc. She understands the importance of getting the details right and advocates for the reader.

Karen earned a BA in journalism in 2008. More recently, she received a certificate in editing fiction from the Christian PEN and is currently enrolled in a certificate program for copyediting from UCSD Extension. She specializes in proofreading and copyediting fiction and nonfiction. Please visit her website,

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Michelle René Arch

Michelle René Arch has an MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and an MBA from CSUF. Her BA is in Theatre and English. She is a member of ACFW and the AWP.

Michelle is employed full time in the commercial real estate field and is a freelance writer and editor. She has presented her fiction and nonfiction work throughout the country, and her articles appear regularly in newspapers and online. Excerpts from her developing novel have won several awards for fiction.

To contact Michelle for editing services, visit her website or e-mail her at

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Tammy Barley
BluuSphere Productions

Tammy Barley is an expert book coach, ghostwriter, and editor. With more than a decade’s experience as an award-winning Christian author, executive editor, and publisher, she specializes in helping people to write autobiographies and military memoirs that powerfully engage the reader.

Clients include a world-famous Navy UDT/SEAL and a college football player turned United States assistant attorney general.

Contact Tammy at BluuSphere Productions. (Link:

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Bruce Beecher
SDG Proofreading

Bruce is a professional freelance proofreader and copyeditor. He has over thirty years of experience, working with the military, corporations, publishers, and individual authors. He also specializes in graphics and presentations. Bruce lives in Conyers, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. Contact him at his website,

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Karin Beery

With a degree in English and five years of experience as a freelance writer and editor, Karin offers proofreading, editing, and coaching services for writers at all levels. An active member of many professional organizations, she is well-versed in publishing standards and requirements. Karin can help improve any manuscript, whether giving a final proofread or working with an author from the first page. Karin specializes in business writing and fiction (strange, but true).

For more information about her services, visit

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Erin Brown
The Write Editor

Erin BrownMontana Erin Brown, aka The Write Editor, is a full-time, professional freelance editor, proofreader, and writer. She edits book manuscripts, magazine articles, anthologies, short stories, textbooks, and more. Erin’s formal training, ten years in Christian retailing, twenty-five years in education, and six years as a Christy Award judge affords her a wide knowledge and experience base that she brings to her editing. Visit her website at to view a selected client list and read what editors and authors say about Erin and her work. She offers a free sample edit. The Write Editor … is the right editor!

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Kathy Bruins

Kathy Bruins is a Christian Author, Speaker and Dramatist. She loves to help others tell their story. She has written many books for celebrities, organizations and the everyday person believing that everyone has a story. She also writes screenplays, curriculum, devotionals and other inspirational materials. She has written a Bible study entitled Psalms: My Sentiments Exactly, a Christmas script for churches called Shop ‘Til You Drop, and a book about drama ministry entitled The Acts of Grace. With also being a speaker, Kathy keeps busy with continually creating new messages. For more information, please visit her website at

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Andrew Buss
Collaborative Editorial Solutions

Andrew is a professional copyeditor and proofreader with experience helping students, faculty, and clergy from around the world submit their writing to diverse publications, including Modern Reformation, Ordained Servant, the Anthropologist, and the Eurasian Journal of Educational Research.

His services extend beyond academic editing. If you’re working on a nonfiction manuscript, check out his website to learn more about how he can help you publish your work with confidence.

Andrew is dedicated to the craft and continually improves his understanding through the Christian PEN, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Contact Andrew at

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Cynthia Macleay Campbell

Cynthia Macleay Campbell, Ed.D.Maryland – Cynthia’s editorial interests include Christian education, theology, general education, and literacy. As principal consultant of Gold Apple Services, Cynthia has edited a systematic theology volume, written an annual report for a mission agency, and developed an adult education program for a nonprofit group. Her greatest goal as an editor and an educator is helping people “find their voices” to honor the Lord. She holds a doctorate of education from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Please visit her website and blog at

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Lois D. Carlson
Author, Freelance Copyeditor, Mentor

For the past several years, as Clinical Social Worker, her life has revolved around the health care system in various roles, including private practice. Now she devotes her time to writing and editing. She has self-published two novels, Shadows of the Past, and Street Lady. My editing interests include: adult/young adult fiction including mysteries, romance, and personal interest. Non-fiction interests: health, nature, and animals. Services include: proofreading, line editing, copyediting. Her expertise is with aspiring and intermediate writers for secular and liberal Christian oriented books. For editing, she prefers the hard copy.

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Tiffany Colter

Tiffany is an award-winning writer whose credits include Charisma Magazine, Toledo Business Journal, and Afictionado E-zine. She writes the “Ask your Writing Career Coach” column for “Suspense Magazine” and monthly for Susan May Warren’s “Special Teams” blog. She earned her BA from the University of Toledo. For Tiffany, writing is about relationship. More than stories, writing is about connecting with people. Tiffany’s business, Writing Career Coach, is a place where writers can learn about businesses and businesses can learn about writing. Tiffany recently launched Writing Career Coach Press, a high-quality, affordable option for book publishing. Visit or

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Adam Colwell
Adam Colwell’s WriteWorks LLC

Adam Colwell is an encourager and motivator whose passion is to help people tell their stories in their unique voice and style. Adam has completed fifteen book manuscripts for publication since 2012. As a writer coach, Adam has trained his clients in writing disciplines including fiction, non-fiction, devotionals and fundraising, and on starting a writing business. Adam writes and edits for several Christian non-profit organizations nationwide, and has taught at writer’s conferences and to writer’s groups throughout the western United States. Adam and his wife Ginger have two daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at Adam Colwell’s WriteWorks LLC,

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Paul W. Conant

Paul W. Conant – Texas – In his 17 years of experience, Paul has edited magazines, newsletters, dissertations, and books. Some of the books have been science textbooks, fiction, nonfiction, computer manuals, ESL books compiled by foreign publishers, and books by professors (creationist, geologist), pastors (and music ministers), inventors, and ordinary writers with a testimony or a story that needed to be told. Paul offers sample edits, using Track Changes (or the Reviewing Toolbar) in MS Word, and applying his CMOS or APA or CWMOS understanding to a manuscript, as well as checking for logical presentation and grammar, etc. Visit his website:

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B. Kay Coulter

As a published author and certified copyeditor, Associate Editor B. Kay Coulter of The Write Way Editorial Services seeks to serve her clients by helping writers develop their skills and learn what it takes to get published in today’s market. Kay is a published author who has written and published three books: Proverbs for Personalities (2000), Victim, Victor: It’s Your Choice (2002), Free to Be (2004) and is a contributor to Divine Stories of the Yahweh Sisterhood. Kay also is a ghostwriter. Kay lives in Temple, Texas.

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Janet K. Crews

As Senior Editor of The Write Way Editorial Services, Janet K. Crews strives for excellence in Christian communication. She uses her educational background (B.A. degree in English and History), her expertise as a conference speaker and writer, and her experience as a free-lance book editor to modify and enhance the writings of others. Janet lives in Temple, Texas.

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Reneé Criswell

Specializing in Script Editing

Reneé Criswell is a freelance editor and author whose published works include several dramas, articles, devotionals, and short stories. As a former director for her church drama department, she wrote and directed a full-length musical drama, skits, and short plays. She also directed The Gospel According to Scrooge™, JP Music Company, a wonderful adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Her editing experience includes drama scripts, screenplays, short stories, and Web content.

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Jessica McCurdy Crooks

“Using my talents to the glory of God…He gave them to me.”
Jessica, owner of Superior Web Content and Next Index Services is a self-confessed bibliophile. Not only does she love reading, her love for the written word has led her through a range of careers. A trained librarian and records manager, Jessica has taught English at the high school level. This love of the written word resulted her honing her skills as a writer, proofreader, editor and indexer. She uses a variety of style guides including CMS, APA and MLS. For more about Jessica and the services she provides visit her websites at or

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Carole Cudnik

Carole Cudnik got her start in writing and editing as a military intelligence analyst. She has 30 years’ experience in working with words, and a passion to help writers succeed. She ensures your information is presented logically, flows well, and that you have connected with your readers, without changing your voice. Carole specializes in Christian and inspirational fiction and non-fiction. She as an AA in Communications Technology and a certificate in copyediting, supplemented by courses through the Christian PEN. Her BA in History focuses on the role of religion in society. For more information, visit her site at

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April Michelle Davis

April Michelle Davis, owner of Editorial Inspirations (, provides editing, indexing, and proofreading. She approaches each task with an understanding of the publishing process, keeping the intent of the author and publisher in mind throughout. She is the social media marketing expert for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and chair and website administrator for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter for the American Society for Indexing. She has published a book through the EFA, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer.

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Judy Hagey

Write Justified at

Judy Hagey comes to the freelance editing and writing world from a varied career in education. The common denominator in all the positions she held, from classroom teacher to advancement professional, was the need to communicate clearly and effectively. She now brings that ability and passion to her freelance efforts, with a special affinity for helping faith-based nonprofits tell their story.  Editing and writing credentials include academic works, curriculum materials, and promotional pieces.  Visit her at where she blogs about writing and issues facing nonprofits.


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Jennifer Harris

Jennifer has been a freelance editor and proofreader for the past decade.  She offers proofreading and copyediting services for both fiction and nonfiction. It is her mission to continue to provide quality editing and proofreading services to writers by participating in continuing education opportunities on a regular basis.  She is a member of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

When not editing and proofreading she teaches piano in her music studio, is a volunteer EMT, and reads every chance she gets.  You can find her at or contact her at

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Vie Herlocker

Vie Herlocker is a writer and a freelance editor. She is proficient with the Chicago Manual of Style and the Christian Writers Manual of Style and works with both nonfiction and fiction authors. Vie has taught at writer’s retreats and conferences, judges for a national fiction contest, reviews self-published books for Blue Ink Reviews, and is the editor for a small traditional publisher. Professional memberships include Christian PEN, ACFW, ACW, and My Book Therapy. Contact her at and visit her website

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Brianna Storm Hilvety

Brianna Storm Hilvety was born with a rumble in her veins. She finds the tap of a keyboard to be soothing like the pitter-patter of rain. She has been a writer for a decade, an editor for a few years, and a bibliophile from the moment she pronounced her first syllable. As a staunch proponent of “the pen is mightier than the sword,” she believes that a writer’s weapon must be polished to the hilt for maximum impact. She offers proofreading, copyediting, and selective substantive editing services to aid Christian wordsmiths in accomplishing their missions with valiance and expertise.

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Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor with experience editing both fiction and nonfiction. She’s a member of ACFW, The Christian PEN, the Christian Editor Network, and the Christian Manuscript Critique Service. Dawn’s own work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, the Backyard Friends magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of God’s Love (Guideposts) and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home. Learn more by visiting her editing site:

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Ann Knowles

Ann Knowles – Freelance Writer, Editor, Mentor, Instructor at Writers Conferences – Ann holds an M. A. Ed, with advanced studies in ESL and religious journalism. She writes devotionals, stories, articles, book reviews, Bible study scripts, and biblical radio dramas. (Missions Mosaic, Dimension Magazine, Higher Ground, Royal Service, Women on Mission, The Good Life, PEN Points, Christ to the World, Adults on Mission,) She published in two compilations in 2012. She edits, proofreads, and critiques both fiction and non-fiction. As a pastor’s wife and retired ESL teacher, she offers special skills for her clients. Learn more about Ann’s services at

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Nichole Kraft
Paper Weight Editing, LLC

Nichole Kraft is the founder of Paper Weight Editing, LLC. Nichole believes that the words we put on paper have weight, so she specializes in nonfiction that promotes positive change. She has experience editing in the genres of cooking, religion/inspiration, magazine writing, memoir, and self-improvement. Subjects like personal growth, faith and religion, plant-based cooking and nutrition, nonprofit work, environmental concerns, and animal welfare are her passions. To learn more about Nichole and Paper Weight Editing, please visit

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Susanne Lakin

Susanne Lakin is a published novelist and writing coach who loves to help writers with their books. Because she has written numerous novels in various genres, she has good insight on structure, characterization, and pacing that can be applied to any work of fiction.

As a professional freelance copy editor, Susanne not only corrects grammar and punctuation but also respects the author’s voice. With twenty-two years of dealing with agents and publishers, her advice and assistance in preparing materials for acquiring an agent or publisher are invaluable.

Client references are available upon request. Visit her website, LiveWriteThrive

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Jeanne Marie Leach

Jeanne Marie Leach is a multi-published fiction author and a freelance editor who specializes in fiction. She is the coordinator of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network where she teaches courses on how to edit fiction, a member of the Christian Editor Network, and a long-time member of The American Christian Fiction Writers, where she coordinates the Novel Track Editing loop, and won the 2012 Member Service Award. She has attended eleven major Christian writer’s conferences to keep abreast of current market trends and to continually hone her knowledge of fiction writing and editing.

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Kathrese McKee
Word Marker Edits
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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is a freelance writer and editor, living in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC). Andrea edits both fiction and nonfiction, and has led workshops on self-editing at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC), Writers Advance Boot Camp (sponsored by Christian Devotions Ministries), and the CLASS Christian Writers Conference. For a complete freelance resume and a list of endorsements, visit her website,, or contact her by e-mail:

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Christina Miller
Mentor’s Pen Editorial Services

Specializing in historical fiction/romance

An editor for eight years, Christina Miller loves books! She enjoys being part of a creative team producing a quality Christian book that will change lives and glorify God. And she loves to encourage the author throughout the process. Christina specializes in historical fiction, especially romance, but she is also proficient in contemporary fiction as well as non-fiction. She is a Bethany College of Missions graduate, pastor’s wife, and freelance editor for two Christian publishing houses. In her personal writing, she is represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

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Rebecca Florence Miller

Rebecca Florence Miller is a freelance writer and editor whose credits include Christianity Today Christian Bible Studies, Right Road, North Iowa Woman, and the Mason City Globe-Gazette. Her BA (Waldorf College: Forest City, IA) is in English, with a focus on creative writing. She served as the managing editor of her college’s literary journal, The Muse. She has an MDiv from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) and spent 3½ years as a parish pastor. She moved to the Flathead Valley in northwest Montana in December 2010 and returned to her freelancing roots. You can find her at

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Alycia Morales

Alycia Morales is the Senior Editor of Inspire a Fire, an Associate Editor with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and a freelance editor. She has authored multiple devotions, articles for web and print, and compilation stories, and she is finishing up her first novel. She is an avid reader and encourager who loves helping authors perfect their pages. Alycia specializes in substantive edits of fiction and non-fiction. She is a member of The Christian PEN, ACFW, and My Book Therapy.

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Jeanette Morris

Jeanette Morris (First Impressions Writing Services) has helped over 25 writers publish memoirs, family histories, instructional manuals, self-help books, Bible studies, theological expositions, and various works of fiction. She welcomes smaller projects, as well, such as magazine articles, resumes, poetry, web text, devotionals, and even picture books! Jeanette also enjoys mentoring beginning writers and non-native speakers.

Jeanette has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British Literature. She has had several articles and devotionals published and is currently coauthoring a middle-grade children’s novel.

Contact Jeanette for a free sample edit and quote for your project today!

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Rachel E. Newman

Rachel E. Newman is a freelance editor and indexer as well as a Certified Paralegal. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006 from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma and is the owner of Revisions by Rachel, LLC. Her services include: proofreading, copyediting, content editing, developmental editing, rewriting, indexing, publishing consultations, theological analyses, and critiques. She lives in Owasso, Oklahoma, with her husband, Matthew, and her cat, Zefram Cochran. For more information visit or contact her at

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Venessa Ng

Vennessa Ng is a passionate supporter of Christian worldview fiction, and is committed to helping its writers excel through solid story logic and clean, concise prose. Although she has served as a freelance editor for a number of CBA authors, including winners of the coveted Christy Award and the Gold Medallion, her first love is working with new and intermediate writers. No matter what your writing level is, Vennessa has a service to help polish your prose, whether you require writing coaching, a critique, line edit, or galley proofing. For more information visit



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H. L. Nigro

Heidi Tolliver-Nigro (H. L. Nigro) has been a full-time editor, author, and feature writer for top-tier business-to-business publications for the past 20 years, with thousands of bylines to her credit. She is a three-time author for the National Association of Printing Leadership and offers editing, writing, and project development for books, articles, blogs, columns, newsletters, reports, and other business and professional projects.

She offers her services through:

Digital Printing Reports, her company specializing in business writing/editing and printing and publishing industry analysis

Strong Tower Publishing, her Christian publishing company

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Linda Au Parker

Linda Au Parker has worked as proofreader and copy editor for publishers such as Carroll & Graf, Shoemaker & Hoard, Crown & Covenant, WingSpread, Pegasus Books, and F+W Publications. She proofreads author manuscripts and indie books.

Linda is on the board of the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association and on the Board of Education & Publication of the RPCNA.

Her first novel, Gray Area, placed as a semifinalist in Operation First Novel in 2004. Her second novel, Do-It-Yourself Widow, placed as a top-four runner-up in the same contest in 2006. Two books of her humorous essays are available on

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Amanda Price

Amanda Price of Right Price Editing has been a professional editor for over five years. She has worked both as an in-house editor at a traditional Christian publishing company and as a freelance editor. She offers a wide variety of services for all kinds of editing needs, from a simple proofread to a more in-depth content edit. Check out her website at for her rates, levels of editing, and helpful blog for writers or to request a free five page sample edit.

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Kristen Stieffel

Writing Coach

After a 20-year career in business journalism that included graphic design and copyediting, Kristen left the newspaper business to help writers polish and non-writers write. Because of her background, most of her clients have been businesspeople, but Kristen is a novelist at heart and is trained as a fiction editor. Kristen has edited a variety of projects: business nonfiction, Bible studies, and novels for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen has belonged to the Editorial Freelancers Association since 2010, American Christian Fiction Writers since 2011, and the Christian PEN since 2012.

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Katherine Swarts

Katherine specializes in RICH (Radiant Inspiration for the Challenges of Happiness) projects that encourage those who find joy a special challenge. Her published works include Where Light Dawns: Christian Poems of Hope for Hurting Hearts. (And, coming soon, Be Still: Christian Poems of Peace for Stressed-Out Hearts.) She is a resident of Houston, Texas.  Web sites: and


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Rachel Starr Thomson

Rachel Starr Thomson edits out of the conviction that words matter.

With fast turnaround times and competitive rates, Rachel offers all levels of editing. In the last decade, she has established herself as an in-demand editor of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. She specializes in working with new writers and indie authors and harbors a particular love for speculative fiction.

Rachel is a devoted Christian, an indie publisher, and a prolific writer. In her other life, she co-directs a Christian arts company. In all things, her motto is Soli Deo Gloria.

Editing Site:

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Nanette Thorsen-Snipes
FaithWorks Editorial & Writing, Inc.

Nanette Thorsen-Snipes is a writer of twenty-five years whose credits include stories in more than fifty compilation books (Guideposts; Chicken Soup for the Soul; God’s Way series; and Grace Givers, among others). She has edited more than twenty monthly newsletters for a large, corporate entity since 2004, as well as Cross & Quill, a Christian writers’ newsletter for two years. For the last eight years, she has edited books for other writers, including best-selling ghostwriter Jennifer Schuchmann. Nanette has copyedited some of Schuchmann’s recent books like Unshaken, which has recently been released, and Taylor’s Gift (available spring, 2013),  Web site:

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Mollie Turbeville

Mollie aims to help writers put their best stories forward—preserving each author’s unique voice and creative insights. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. Mohr Editing extends proofreading, copyediting, and content editing services to independent authors, publishers, editorial agencies, and businesses. Mollie’s true passion grows where narrative and the Christian faith intersect. She believes that in little or big slivers, stories powerfully reflect the sacrifice of Jesus: the greatest story ever told. Visit her website at

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Ken Walker

Ken Walker’s experience spans newspapers, magazines, books and web sites. During 2013 he wrote part of a Christianity Today cover series on child sponsorship programs, and two cover stories for Charisma magazine. He was also part of a Christianity Today news team that won the Religion Newswriters Association’s 2011 “Magazine News Reporting of the Year” award. Co-author of Winning the Food Fight (2012), Ken has written, edited or contributed to more than two dozen books. A journalism major in college, he worked in newspapers and public relations before becoming a fulltime freelancer. You can reach him at

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Nancy Arant Williams

Nancy is a freelance editor, the author of hundreds of published articles and twenty-seven Christian novels, and is currently working as the associate editor for Beautiful One magazine. She has a gift for getting into the author’s head and reading between the lines, bringing “dry bones” to life.

She offers a wide range of editing services and can take that dusty manuscript languishing in your bottom drawer and make it “sing.”

See Nancy’s website for professional editing of books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as brochures and web content.

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Lucie M. Winborne

An avid reader from age five, Lucie penned her first story at the kitchen table when she was ten. Poet, blogger, NaNoWriMo winner (though she jokes that the experience almost killed her), and freelance writer for Boomer-oriented ReMIND magazine, she received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Eckerd College. Although she disdains the title “Grammar Nazi,” she admits to being a typo-phobe who occasionally rants at improper apostrophe usage on her Facebook page…but never at the writers she does her best to help look good through her services as a proofreader. Visit her on the Web at

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Linda W. Yezak

After thirty years, Linda W. Yezak finally put her degree in English to good use in the field of freelance editing. Her experience includes work for small presses and magazines, as well as serving as an editorial assistant to a popular literary agent. Among her publications is Writing in Obedience, a primer for authors of Christian fiction, cowritten with agent Terry Burns. Linda is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network). Contact her at her website: