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Kathy Ide has been a published author since 1989. She has written books (fiction and nonfiction), magazine articles, play and movie scripts, short stories, devotionals, and Sunday school curriculum. She is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2014) and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels.
Kathy has been a professional freelance editor since 1998. She offers a full range of editorial services for aspiring writers, established authors, commercial book publishers, and subsidy publishers. She has worked with Moody Press, Thomas Nelson, B&H, Barbour Books, Heartsong, Reasons To Believe, VMI Publishing, Holy Fire Publishers, and CLASServices.
Several of Kathy’s clients have landed book contracts with commercial publishers and/or agent representation after working with her. Books she’s edited, and authors she’s worked with, have been nominated, placed, become finalists, and won awards in several venues.
Kathy speaks at writers’ conferences across the country, teaching workshops and continuing-education sessions, leading mentoring clinics, giving keynote addresses, offering advance manuscript critiques, and having one-on-one consultations with conferees. She is the director of the Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference in Southern California and the Manuscript Critique Team Coordinator for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference.
Kathy Ide is a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and the founder of two groups for editorial freelancers, the Christian Editor Connection (www.ChristianEditor.com) and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network.
Christi McGuire, freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant, has been in the Christian publishing industry for more than fifteen years. Formerly an editor at LifeWay Christian Resources, Christi has published more than one hundred parenting magazine articles, dozens of children’s devotionals, and ten years of VBS curriculum.
Currently, her primary focus is partnering with authors in the creative process to polish their manuscripts and book proposals and help them navigate the path to publishing. She also released her first book this year, When’s It MY Turn? A Collection of Short Stories and Temper Tantrums, which is available on Amazon and B&N.
Christi lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband of eighteen years and their two daughters.
Jeanne Marie Leach is a multi-published author, speaker, mentor, and freelance editor specializing in fiction and memoirs. She is past coordinator of The Christian PEN, a member of the Christian Editor Network, and member #46 of The American Christian Fiction Writers, where she received the 2012 Member Service Award. She teaches classes on editing fiction (32 weeks per year) to editors and authors on how to edit fiction and keeps abreast of current market trends and hones her knowledge of fiction writing and editing through attending classes and conferences.
Jeanne has an active mentorship program for authors; and from that, she has successfully helped authors win writer’s contests, and two have become NY Times bestsellers.
She has also mentored beginning editors who have gone on to run successful freelance editing businesses.
Her passion is to help everyone God brings to her to become successful in whatever writing or editing endeavor they are reaching for.
She lives with her husband of 41 years and their Alaskan malamute, Kona, in beautiful Colorado where she enjoys snowshoeing, four-wheeling, and exploring the back country mountains. She is a member of a local yarn club that has a goal of knitting and crocheting 250 winter scarves for military men and women returning from active duty, with a completion date of December 15th.
Owner of Write Now Editing and Copywriting Services, a wife, novelist, and homemaker, Karin Beery has had hundreds of articles published in various periodicals, in addition to writing her novels.
She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the American Christian Writers Association, and Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. She is represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at Word Wise Media. You can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.
Nancy Arant Williams
Nancy Arant Williams is a multipublished author and book editor with over fourteen years of experience on everything from manuscript evaluations and critiques to ghostwriting. As the author of over thirty books, she has unique insight into the needs of authors, and does her best to get into their heads, to make their writing shine. Having been in that place she understands that it's hard to entrust your "baby" to someone else. She loves nothing more than to take a mess and make it a masterpiece. Let her help you make your manuscript into a standout piece you can truly be proud of. Check out Nancy's website, and especially her editing page. You can e-mail her for a free consultation and estimate.
Deb is an author, editor, speaker, breast cancer survivor of fifteen-plus years (PositiveHope.com), and wife. She worked for AT&T for thirteen years before leaving to start her company, Positive Connections®, in 1985, specializing in employee relations and communication training (PositiveConnect.com).
For almost thirty years, Deb's written stories about her experiences. She's contributed to over twenty books and has more than fifty articles to her credit. She has been on the staff for several Christian writers’ conferences, including Glorieta, Florida, and CLASSeminars. Deb has an MBA in Personnel and Human Resources Management and a BA in English. At present, she reviews Christian books and interviews authors on her blog (PositiveGrace.com) and does freelance editing. Deb is also the Acquisitions Editor and Program Manager for Elk Lake Publishing.
She and her husband, Roy, have been married for thirty-two plus years. They live in Plymouth, MA, along with Coki the Dog, their miniature dachshund.
Sarah is the owner of Hayhurst Editorial LLC. Communicating with excellence is her gift, and nonfiction content is her expertise. After graduating as the valedictorian of her class in high school, Sarah earned an associate degree in Secretarial Science in 1991 and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts in 2014, graduating cum laude.
Sarah has enjoyed a variety of positions, such as editor/teacher for a publishing company, managing editor for a university, communications director at a law firm, computer/ESL teacher at a private school, and marketing manager at an engineering firm. These experiences make Sarah versatile today, and each client’s unique project receives her individualized attention.
As the youngest of six children reared on a farm in Wisconsin, Sarah is thankful for the strong work ethic that she developed in her youth. She currently resides in the Greater Atlanta area with her husband of twenty-four years and their three teenagers. Occasionally, she finds time to unwind by knitting gifts, running in local races, and playing the piano.
As a Gold member, Sarah demonstrated expertise in the substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading of both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts as well as other nonfiction content. Email Sarah@SarahHayhurst.com for a free estimate and sample edit. Or, if you prefer, call her at 715.548.1514 to discuss your manuscript and how she can help you prepare it for publishing.
Ken Walker is an experienced ghostwriter, co-author and book editor who has written, edited or contributed to more than 50 books. They include co-authoring Winning the Food Fight (Revell), a 2012 book that emerged from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, an Emmy-Award-winning mini-series on ABC Television. Ken is also an experienced freelance writer, having written for such national publications as Charisma, Christianity Today and Today’s Christian Living. He also coaches bloggers for a church resources web site, and enjoys using his writing and editing skills to help others relate what God has done in their life. Samples of his work are available at his web site, or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was born to Christian parents in the Borough of Queens, NYC, and raised there. An early love for math eventually precipitated into a Bachelor's from The King's College, now in downtown NYC. Soon after an honorable discharge from the USAF, where I did accounting, I studied linguistics from SIL, sister organization to Wycliffe Bible Translators. Not being directed by God to work for them at that time, I learned word processing software while working as a bookkeeper for a typesetting company in NYC. By '80, I'd saved some money and still had a desire to do linguistics, so I moved to Dallas, TX, and did word processing part-time for the Academic Publications division of the headquarters of the Summer Institute of Linguistics.
In '82, I married and took a job doing word processing for Arthur Andersen & Co. In '89, I transferred to their computer consulting division, Andersen Consulting. While there, in '95 I learned I had an inborn knack for finding inconsistencies in books (published or not), so I learned proofreading on the side. I took on several clients, one of which I still work for (Bride and Groom Magazine), and when in '99 I was laid off, I was hired by a textbook publisher early in 2000.
Currently, I have an additional magazine client (Patron) and several book and newsletter clients. But I love working for Christian writers to help them get timely messages and memoirs out to help change lives.
Vie has provided editing services for both nonfiction and fiction articles and book length manuscripts since 2009. She is proficient with the Chicago Manual of Style and the Christian Writer's Manual of Style, as well as being familiar with the Associated Press Stylebook.
Vie’s professional memberships include Christian Editor Connection, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, American Christian Fiction Writers, and American Christian Writers. She is a CLASS speaking seminar graduate and has presented at writers’ conferences and many writing groups. She is also the executive editor for Sonfire Media Publishing. In addition to editing, Vie has published in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, Upper Room, Christian Communicator, Church Libraries, PEN Points, Penned from the Heart, Blessings from the Blue Ridge, and Miracles of Forgiveness. She ghostwrote a memoir and coauthored a nonfiction motivational book for school support staff.
As a writer herself, Vie understands both sides of the writer and editor relationship. Her motto, “Tough Love Editing with a Tender Touch,” comes from her many years as a school administrator. She’ll be an encourager, but she’ll also show you how to fix those items that could be red flags to a publisher.
Marilyn, who knew at a young age that her "bliss" is in the field of writing, was valedictorian in high school. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and humanities, graduating cum laude, and earned a master's degree in English. Marilyn initially taught secondary school English and humanities.
She worked as an educational curriculum, utility industry, and employee benefits writer/copyeditor for eighteen years before launching her own freelance editing, writing, and proofreading business—Done wRite Editorial—in 1993. In addition, Marilyn has been a church-publications manager since 1998.
Offering reasonable, competitive rates and a free sample edit, Marilyn edits Christian books and doctoral dissertations, and academic papers for an educational institution. She conducts editing and proofreading for publishing houses and a Christian ministry. Marilyn additionally has written or edited copy for six websites and is a regular blog editor/contributor. She also has tutored twenty-two English as a Second Language, elementary school, middle school, high school, university, and graduate-level students for over a decade, beginning at Sylvan Learning Center. She specializes in PSAT, ACT, and SAT preparation. Marilyn mentors writing students and rejoices in their successes, as well. Her resume covers newsletters, annual reports, shareholder bulletins, business plans, employee manuals, company histories, bill inserts, capability brochures, door cards, mailers, advertisements, calendars, catalogs, and a cookbook.
She and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Louisville, Kentucky. Marilyn, a Charter member of The Christian PEN, enjoys cross-stitching.
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Monica Sharman is a published author, editor, and Blog Coordinator for The Christian PEN, with editing experience in Christian nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for traditional publishers as well as self-publishing authors. Monica combines technical accuracy and scrutiny with a light touch that preserves and enhances the author's voice, while working quickly and efficiently to meet or beat deadlines.
The author of Behold the Beauty: An Invitation to Bible Reading, Monica has written Bible studies, poetry, and fiction. She delights in athletics, drumming, music, poetry, foreign languages, and living in Colorado with her husband and sons. Connect with Monica on Twitter (@monicasharman), Facebook (Monica Sharman, Editor & Author), and Google+.
As a 2015 ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, I am a fan of Story. I make sure every thread is woven consistently throughout a manuscript—whatever the genre—and point out ways to deepen and enrich the layers so the theme is subtle, the story vivid. Plus, I’m great at helping to develop compelling subplots and secondary characters if sequels are on the horizon. A card-carrying grammar nerd, I believe an author’s voice comes from knowing the rules well enough to break them with flair. My goal is to help hard-working writers sound like gifted writers.
Co-founder of Castle Gate Press. Reviewer of speculative fiction from a Christian worldview. Fiction editor and writer with a background in the news business.
First published in nonfiction, Jude Urbanski continues to write in this field also. Her fiction credits include two traditionally published novels and two published anthology contributions. She was a columnist for Maximum Living, a magazine focusing on women’s spirituality and wellness, for five years and currently is a blogger for Putting on the New. She also blogged for Ellechor Publishing, Hoosier Ink, and The Pickett County Press.
Jude also offers freelance editing through Urbanski’s Editing Services. She is a member of The Christian PEN and Christian Editor Connection. She has edited for Desert Breeze Publications, LightHouse Publication of the Carolinas, and the magazine, She Knows. She has judged many writing contests.
She graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and spent many years as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Jude is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Non Fiction Authors Association. She lives in Indiana, volunteers in her community, and is active in women’s ministry in her church. Travel, nature, walking, her blended-family of eight, beautiful children, and a gaggle of just-as-beautiful grandchildren are her joys. When not writing, Jude is an avid genealogist, likes to paint, and is a coffee aficionado.
Having been in ministry for 25 years, B. Kay Coulter served as a vocalist, conference speaker, book editor, and the author of Proverbs for Personalities, Victim/Victor: It’s Your Choice, and Free to Be. Kay is a freelance editor with Crews and Coulter Editorial Services. She edits fiction and nonfiction and specializes in helping non-native English speakers. She has served as editor for over 250 projects. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and lives in Temple, Texas.
Ann Knowles is an author, freelance editor, teacher, and speaker. She holds an MA Ed from East Carolina University and is a retired educator who worked in the public school and the community college as a teacher and staff development specialist. Since 2007 she has operated Write Pathway Editorial Services with her husband Stan, who has 30 years experience in writing radio scripts and producing for radio and TV. She is a charter member of The Christian PEN and has taken numerous editing courses through The Christian PEN, the community college, and online publishing groups. Her writing experience enables her to have a keen eye for editing your manuscript. Her goal is to make your words sing, give you an opportunity to hold your book in your hands, and feel the joy of that special moment.
Ann has published more than 250 devotions and articles. Her biblical radio dramas and Bible Study scripts are translated into thirty-two languages and broadcast in 50 countries. In addition to freelance work, she writes by assignment for four national women’s publications and for “Christ to the World Ministries.” She is published in five anthologies, and her book The Extraordinary Presence of God was released by PNP in July 2015. She speaks at church and civic events, offers online classes, and enjoys teaching at writers conferences.
Ann is passionate about helping other writers succeed. She welcomes new or advanced writers to meet her at www.writepathway.com, “The Place Where Writers and Editors Meet.”
Linda Nathan has over 30 years of experience as an independent freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant, working with authors and institutions on a wide range of projects. She also has 10 years of experience in most areas of the legal field, as a paralegal, legal secretary, and notary public. She has run her own company, Logos Word Designs, LLC, since 1992.
Linda’s specialties include academic/scholarly work; Christian fiction and nonfiction, and extensive Christian apologetics; law, journalism, interviews, reviews, business, the arts, health/social sciences, education, history; general market fiction and nonfiction editing and rewriting; book proposals and query letters; and marketing communications.
She is the former editor of an award-winning regional news magazine (8 years), a university alumni magazine, and a statewide Christian newsletter for a national ministry. Linda has interviewed and worked with a wide variety of personalities, including political leaders, media figures, and Hollywood celebrities. She has also edited nearly 100 college textbooks and helped numerous authors achieve publication. She is a published author, including her e-book, The Editor as Self-Publishing Consultant, which is available through the Editorial Freelancers Association (2017). Linda has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and master’s level work in interdisciplinary studies.
Rebecca Florence Miller is a proofreader, editor, and writer specializing in memoir, religious nonfiction, and scholarly works, and a member of the Christian Editor Connection. She also serves as the Content Editor at the website MinistryPass.com. In addition to serving private editing clients, she provides contract proofreading for InterVarsity Press and has provided some editing and proofreading for Faithlife.
Rebecca’s background is varied and includes three years as a parish pastor in a rural setting, followed by the beginning of her freelance editing career in 2011. She is passionate about empowering writers to convey their stories and ideas as clearly and winsomely as possible.
In addition to her editing experience, she has been a freelance writer (off and on) for almost twenty years. During her time obtaining a BA in English at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, much of her focus was on creative writing electives. You can find her work on the websites of Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Woman, Christ and Pop Culture, Mockingbird, and Leadership Journal.
Karen has a passion for helping writers communicate clearly. As a child she immersed herself in stories, getting to know the characters as friends. If the story had a real-life setting, she explored its geography and history via the encyclopedia. Along the way she developed an ear and an eye for how words and punctuation combine to form sentences, how sentences become paragraphs, and how stories come together to delight readers. The importance of getting the details right was not lost on Karen. She has turned that passion into a profession to work with other writers to create excellent work. She built on her childhood instincts with several courses through The PEN Institute, a copyediting certificate from UCSD Extension, and a BA in mass communications from USF.
It gives Karen great joy and satisfaction to proofread and copyedit books for her clients. Her goal with Cornerstone Editing is to help writers perfect their work, whatever their genre. She has worked with newbie and established novelists, pastors and students, and authors of motivational books and devotionals. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gold Membership Benefits
- Email loop to communicate with fellow members
- The Chicago Manual of Style online subscription discount
- Quarterly e-newsletter
- Eligible to join the PEN-Prayer loop
- May purchase website advertisements
- May write blog posts for the website
- May write articles for quarterly e-newsletter
- Eligible to be the Featured Editor in the e-newsletter
- May list books written by the Gold Member on our Resources page, with links for purchase
- May apply to teach PEN course—paid position
- 20% discount on courses through The PEN Institute
- 20% discount on PENCON registration
- Bio and headshot on the PEN's Gold Members page
- May offer professional mentoring through the website
- Will be announced in newsletter column when Gold level is achieved
- Member of Christian Editor Connection* (CEC)
- Must pass at least one CEC test
- Silver Member of The Christian PEN for at least one year -OR- CEC Member for at least one year
- $75 annual fee (includes CEC membership**)
*CEC is for established, professional editors who have completed an application process and passed at least one editing test. Testing fee: $10 per test. Members are personally connected with authors (potential clients) who fit their areas of expertise.
**CEC membership is $50/year (does not count testing fees).
Jenne Acevedo is a freelance editor, writer, and speaker who encourages others to find their worth and hope in Christ. Created to inspire and assist writers in their journeys to publication, Acevedo Word Solutions LLC is a part of her commitment to honor God with her talents and passion for the written word.
Out of the desire to create a community of learning and critiquing, Jenne started the Chandler Writers’ Group in 2011. She a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, the director of the PEN, the director of PENCON, and a member of American Christian Writers Association. She was trained at Speak Up with Confidence and holds certificates from multiple writing and editing courses. She has a bachelor’s degree in French from Arizona State University and enjoyed a semester abroad studying in Paris.
At megachurch Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, she has led women’s Bible studies, been on the MOMS leadership team, and written and edited devotional projects for the women’s writing and speaking ministry. She currently serves with her husband as a premarital counselor, a lay crisis counselor, and a life coach.
Jenne lives in Chandler, Arizona, with her husband of nineteen years and their three children. She is an avid reader who loves studying God’s Word, traveling and playing games with her family, and entertaining in her home.
Kristen Stieffel specializes in science fiction and fantasy and as such is associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on speculative fiction. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on a variety of projects, including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket.
Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Conferences she has taught at include the Florida Christian Writers Conference, Speculative Fiction: Southeast, the Realm Makers conference for Christian speculative fiction writers, and the PENCON Christian editors conference.
Recent publishing credits include “Immolation,” a contemporary flash fiction story in the anthology Revisions, October 2015; “The Elven Maid,” a fantasy flash fiction story in Havok, July 2015; and “Flight,” a science fiction novella in the anthology Medieval Mars, July 2015.
An elder in the Presbyterian Church USA, Kristen serves as clerk of session at her church and leads adult Bible studies. Despite living in Florida, Kristen is an avid knitter. In the state that pioneered air conditioning, most sweaters are worn indoors.
Rachel E. Newman holds a BS degree in Paralegal Studies from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006 and has been awarded the Certified Paralegal designation by the National Association of Legal Assistants.
After nine years in the legal field, she transitioned to her current career as a freelance editor and indexer and owner of Revisions by Rachel, LLC. Her favorite aspect of being an editor is the opportunity to show people they are valuable and significant.
Continuing education is important to Rachel. She stays informed on current industry trends and regularly attends professional conferences. She has served as a faculty member for PENCON, the nation’s only editors’ convention for the Christian market. At any given time she is either involved in formal, online education or engrossed in self-study to maintain proficiency in this field.
Her services include: proofreading, copyediting, content editing, developmental editing, rewriting, indexing, and critiquing. She lives in Owasso, Oklahoma, with her husband, Matthew, and her cat, Zefram Cochran.
She enjoys, among other things, Bible studies, dates with her husband, reading, discussing creation v. evolution, watching Star Trek, sewing, cooking, Pilates, horseback riding, water sports, playing guitar, teaching, swing dancing, and snow skiing.
Nanette Thorsen-Snipes has been a published author since 1985 and has published stories in more than sixty compilation books (Guideposts; Chicken Soup for the Soul; God’s Way series; Grace Givers, Kathy Ide’s 21 Days series, among others). Nanette has also written magazine articles (GEORGIA Magazine, Experiencing God Magazine, and others); children’s stories (Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.); and an Arch book, Elijah Helps the Widow; devotions; work-for-hire stories (the New Women’s Devotional Bible, among others); and newspaper columns.
As an editor, Nanette specializes in children’s fiction, nonfiction, and particularly memoirs. She has been professionally editing since 2004. She offers a range of editorial services including proofreading, copyediting, and developmental editing. She has edited manuscripts that have been published by Tyndale, Zondervan, Revell, among others.
She is a member of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network.
Linda Harris has been a freelance editor and writer for over 30 years:
•Contributing member of The Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network)
•Member of The Christian Editor Connection
•Certificate in Editing Fiction from The Christian PEN
•Published in Moody Monthly, Guideposts, Psychology for Living, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and other publications.
•An article published in Home Life, a Southern Baptist magazine, was included in the book How to Write for Christian Magazines, published by Broadman Press.
•Placed twice in the top 100 of the Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
•Editor for ten years of The Helping Hand, a Seventh Day Baptist publication, writing and editing over 500 church-school lessons. As part of that position, she worked with the Committee on Uniform Series, both as a member and as a consultant
•Assistant editor for two years at The Kansas Christian newspaper in Topeka, Kansas.
•Editorial Director for two years for Springs Writers, a ministry designed to reach writers of all levels in the Colorado Springs area.
Jennifer Edwards is an established professional editor and freelance writer serving Christian authors and publishers. She edits non-fiction books and marketing materials, specializing in developmental, content, and line editing. She is thorough, fast, and flexible, and her rates are fair. She enjoys working with both new and established authors to make their book projects exactly right for their readers.
Jennifer is nearly finished earning a Master’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS) at Western Seminary in Sacramento. Her seminary training has proven invaluable in helping Christian authors with their manuscripts by providing a critical eye for content, a thorough understanding of Scripture, and insightful theological thinking.
Recently, she was hired as the acquisitions editor for Principles to Live By Publishing, a small royalty publisher dedicated to publishing and promoting discipleship materials to individuals and churches worldwide. She has co-written and edited many books for Principles to Live By authors (www.ptlb.com) and recently published her first book, God's Radical Plan for Wives, a Bible study for women. She has also written for Just Between Us, a magazine for Christian women.
In her free time, she volunteers her editing services for Courage Worldwide, an organization committed to ending sexual exploitation of children (www.courageworldwide.org). Her blog, Truth Bites, provides a little insight, a new perspective, and some clarity on many issues women face today. Visit www.jenniferedwards.net to learn more.
Blake Atwood is an editor, author, and ghostwriter whose most recent book, Don't Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor, has been described as “wonderful, engaging, and clearly superior advice for the aspiring writer.” He often works with pastors and Christian counselors to turn their content into compelling books or articles, and he's knowledgeable about all aspects of self-publishing as well as pursuing traditional publishing. He offers developmental editing, copyediting, coauthoring, and ghostwriting services for nonfiction books and copyediting for fiction.
As a preschooler, Christy was known to lose track of time while playing "office" with her crayons in the backyard. She carried her thirst for learning throughout her school years, being voted Most Intellectual Female in high school, which she completed at age 16. By that time, she had become fluent in French and German and left home to study abroad. At Carnegie Mellon University, Christy studied social history and second-language acquisition, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with University Honors after three years. She then chaired the Women's Concerns Committee and earned her MA in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary. In 2002, she began doctoral studies in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology out of a deep passion for gently welcoming babies in the womb and the world.
Thanks to her love of language and her heart for people, Christy is a capable and dedicated proofreader, editor, and life coach. Punctual and reliable, she enjoys working with clients and specializes in nonfiction. Her writing has been published in the Oakland Review, The Sloping Halls Review, The Christian Childbirth Handbook, DONA’s (Doulas of North America) magazine, and Helguide.org. Christy loves cats, movies, and reading. Though she is cerebral, she is caring and down-to-earth. Certified by the CEC (Christian Editor Connection), Christy was selected as a judge for the 2016 CEC Excellence in Editing Award in the category of nonfiction.
Tiffany Colter is the author of dozens of books, CDs, DVDs, YouTube videos, seminars, and webinars on topics ranging from writing great novels to business marketing. She was the 2007 winner of the Daphne du Maurier award for her Suspense manuscript A Face in the Shadow and has edited hundreds of novels. As the Writing Career Coach, Tiffany is committed to helping writers "earn a living at this writing thing." She has twice been nominated as the ACFW Mentor of the Year. She enjoys living on a hobby farm with her husband, Chris, and their four daughters outside of Toledo, OH.
As a content editor and developmental editor, Tiffany helps fiction authors dig deep to create realistic story worlds with techniques that let the reader discover the story. For nonfiction writers Tiffany specializes in creating readable text and using fiction techniques to engage readers in nonfiction pieces. She can do something as simple as evaluate a manuscript to as complex as helping rewrite an entire book. She has even ghostwritten a number of books during her career. She works with writers of all levels and is happy to have many clients that have been with her for many years over multiple projects.
From fantasy and romance to science fiction and young adult fiction, Jeanette assists and mentors authors to give their readers a powerful emotional experience, helping them to develop their craft along the way. She believes that fiction can be a powerful vehicle for speaking truth into a person's life and to honor God in the process.
Erin Brown, aka The Write Editor, is a full-time, professional freelance editor, proofreader, and writer. She edits and proofreads book manuscripts, magazine articles, anthologies, short stories, textbooks, and more. Her editing specialty is nonfiction works, including self-help, how-to, devotionals, Bible studies, biography, memoir, history, apologetics, leadership, ministry, family, health and wellness, inspiration, personal growth, relationships, success, and homeschool. Erin’s formal training in editorial practices and procedures, ten years in Christian retailing, twenty-six years in education, and over ten years as a Christy Award judge affords her a wide knowledge and experience base that she brings to her editing. She combines her love of editing and teaching through The PEN Institute, teaching nonfiction editing skills to other professional editors. Visit her Web site to view a selected client list and read what editors and authors say about Erin and her work. The Write Editor . . . is the right editor!
Sue A. Fairchild is a freelance editor and writer who specializes in substantial edits and Christian writing. She has been published in The Secret Place and The Upper Room devotion magazines as well as numerous other publications.
She is a member of the Christian Editor Connection, board member and webmistress of St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association and Conference, secretary of West Branch Christian Writers, editor for online publisher, Evolved Publishing, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Her first full-length YA novel is set to release Christmas 2016. She is also currently working on a biblical study for negative thinkers.
Sue’s attention to detail and passion for good writing assists her clients in making their work shine. She’d love to talk with you about editing your next big project! Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, or email her for a free consultation and estimate (max. 2 pages).
Dawn Kinzer launched Faithfully Write Editing in 2010. Experienced in fiction and nonfiction, she edits books, articles, devotions, and short stories. Her services include: critiquing, substantive (content) editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, The Christian PEN, and the Christian Editor Connection. Dawn believes the written word can bring laughter and tears. It can comfort, challenge, teach, and inspire. Her goal is to help writers achieve that for their readers.
Her own articles, devotions, and short stories have been published online and in print magazines and books. Dawn’s historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton, takes place in the early 1900s. The setting and some of the characters were inspired by her rural Wisconsin hometown. Sarah's Smile is the first story in the series, and Hope's Design is the second. A third novel , Rebecca’s Song, will be released in 2017.
Dawn’s personal blog focuses on encouraging and inspiring women to pursue their dreams and find purpose in all seasons of life. She also writes and co-hosts a blog for Christian writers called Seriously Write, a place where writers can share knowledge about the craft, their own journey, and support each other.
Jeanette Hanscome is an author, writing teacher, freelance editor, and speaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her newest book, Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Messages of Hope, Grace, and Promise, published by Worthy Inspired, is her first devotional for women after many years of writing for teen girls and tweens. She is the author of four other books, one short fiction eBook, and hundreds of articles, devotions, and stories. Her middle-grade non-fiction book Running with Roselle, was co-authored with blind 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson.
As a freelance editor, Jeanette specializes in content editing and also enjoys coaching authors. She has experience in a variety of genres including devotionals, women’s fiction, YA, memoirs, and general non-fiction. Jeanette has taught writing workshops online, in her community, and at writers’ conferences. She is currently on the board of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference and co-leads a critique group on the Bay Area.
Much of Jeanette’s writing and speaking flows from her unique perspective as a woman who has been visually impaired since birth. She was born with Achromatopsia, a rare eye disease that causes complete colorblindness, extremely light sensitivity, low vision, and an inability to drive. This has not stopped her from being an avid book nerd, and pursuing her passions for writing and encouraging writers.
With my roots firmly planted in the rich Iowa farmland, I bring a Midwestern sensibility to my freelance life. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” was drilled into me as a child. Although I didn’t always follow that advice, my goal as an editor is to help writers say what they want with grace, honesty, and authenticity. I try to follow Peter Fallon’s philosophy and see the editor-author relationship as a duet rather than a duel.
As a child, I think I read every We Were There book in our school library. It was the beginning of lifelong appreciation of history. Nonfiction and historical fiction are still my favorite reads, but any well-written story will satisfy.
My entrée to publishing was as a typesetter in a small-town Iowa newspaper. I loved the smell of ink! I have since served as a stringer for a regional Midwestern paper and a freelancer for an Orlando-area business magazine and have edited numerous theological articles and dissertations as well as several self-published books. In addition to serving ten years as the writing director for a Christian ministry producing small-group study materials, I have filled various roles in Christian higher education and the nonprofit world.
I am a member of Christian Professional Editors Network, The Christian PEN, and Christian Editor Connection, as well as Word Weavers International. I am available to proofread, copyedit, or line edit your brochure, manuscript, or thesis.
After a nine-year hiatus in central Florida, my husband I returned to our native Iowa where we enjoy the changing seasons and time with family.
Educated at Temple University and University of California – Berkeley, Christy Distler has fourteen years' editorial experience and a creative writing background that includes published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to editing and proofreading for CBA publishing houses, she offers her services to individual authors pursuing traditional and indie publishing. Christy's writings have been featured in the The Mennonite, Rod and Staff Publishers' The Christian Pathway, and several literary magazines and anthologies. Both of her novels have been category winners in ACFW writing contests. She has judged ACFW's First Impressions and Genesis contests; taught at Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference; and is a member of Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Editors and Proofreaders Network, and ACFW.
A California native transplanted to the Midwest, I have over fifteen years of experience in business, marketing, and publishing. Over this time, I have held the titles of marketing director, managing editor, graphic designer, and director of communication.
My skills include complex project management, writing and editing, marketing, and graphic design. I am best-selling author, having written nonfiction, novels, curriculum, and award-winning articles and short stories.
My clients include Our Daily Bread Ministries, Credo Communications, Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Barbour Publishing, and Concordia. I have degrees in Business Administration, History, and Comparative Literature from the University of California (Riverside and Irvine).
I partner with other industry experts to create a team that will provide you with the best product possible. I look forward to partnering with you to bring your ideas to market.