How did you become connected with the author?

I met Samantha Mero through The Christian PEN.

What do you enjoy the most about the editing process?

I enjoy helping writers communicate their message clearly, professionally, and impactfully.

What tips can you give other freelance editors about working with authors?

Find out as much as you can about the writer (from their website, blog posts, prior writing, asking questions). When you discover a writer’s personality, preferences, and goals, you can edit their writing more effectively.

What do you wish authors knew about working with freelance editors?

We work very hard and take your writing seriously. When you see a lot of corrections, it’s not negative. We are investing our very best in you to make your writing shine.

What does working on an award-winning book mean to you?

I am so honored to have partnered with Samantha on her incredible book. We work very well as a team, and it’s wonderful for our hard work to be recognized.


Lora Doncea thoroughly enjoys editing fiction and nonfiction books for Christian writers. She views editing as a ministry, partnering with authors to help make their writing polished and professional. Lora is a Gold member of The Christian PEN and a certified substantive editor and copyeditor for Christian Editor Connection. She taught two workshops for editors at PENCON and is a judge for several writing and editing competitions. Lora is also the Assistant Director of the Christian Editors Association.

Learn more about Lora http://editsbylora.com/.


Want to Learn More?

You can learn more about the Editors’ Choice Award in our recent blog post, Getting to Know the CEA’s Editors’ Choice Award. We’re currently accepting entries and recruiting judges for next year’s contest. You can learn more about submission guidelines and how to become a judge at Editors’ Choice Award | Christian Editors Association. Stay tuned to learn about our other winners in future posts.