Gold Members of The Christian PEN
The Christian PEN’s Gold members are freelance editors and proofreaders who have two or more years of editing experience and have passed the testing requirements of our editing referral service, indicating their expertise as established Christian editors. Click a linked name to view that editor’s website.
As a freelance editor, consultant, and instructor, Jenne Acevedo encourages both writers and editors through Acevedo Word Solutions LLC and Chandler Writers’ Group (Arizona), which she started in 2011.
Jenne is a cofounder of Christian Editors Association, the former director of The Christian PEN and PENCON, a member of Christian Editor Connection, and an instructor for The PEN Institute. She has written multiple articles and devotions, received an award for children’s writing, and has judged both book and editing awards. She specializes in copyediting nonfiction, proofreading for publishers, and consulting for private and corporate clients. When she’s not editing, she can be found in her kitchen creating something delicious for her gluten-free bakery.
Marilyn, whose “bliss” has always been in the writing field, began her career by earning bachelor’s (cum laude) and master’s English degrees. She launched her editing, writing, and proofreading business—Done wRite Editorial—in 1993. Marilyn can help you by editing your book, business project, doctoral dissertation, thesis, and/or other academic papers. She offers reasonable, competitive rates and a free sample edit. Marilyn has tutored more than thirty English as a Second Language students. She works for publishing houses and several Christian ministries, along with mentoring successful writing students. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 502-244-0751 or 502-452-2681.
Owner of Write Now Editing, Karin Beery is a published author and editor with experience in traditional and self-publishing, freelance editing, and editing for publishers. She is an active member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, as well as a PEN Institute instructor and a general editor for Iron Stream Media. Her specialty is substantive fiction editing with an emphasis in romance and women’s fiction.
Rachel E. Bradley holds a BS degree in Paralegal Studies from NSU in Oklahoma. She graduated summa cum laude in 2006 and has been awarded the Advanced Certified Paralegal designation by the National Association of Legal Assistants. She is a Gold member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, an established freelance editor with Christian Editor Connection, an instructor with The PEN Institute, and a judge for Editors’ Choice Award and has served as faculty for PENCON, the only conference for editors in the Christian market. She has a heart for authors redeemed out of trauma.
Christy Callahan has been known to “catch what others miss.” At Carnegie Mellon University, she majored in social history, then earned her MA in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary. Certified by the Christian Editor Connection in fiction and nonfiction, Christy has worked on over seventy projects for BroadStreet Publishing Group. For another traditional publisher, Chosen Books, she edited Encountering Our Wild God by Kim Meeder and Walking the Path of Prayer by Jack Hayford.
Christy is fluent in German and bilingual French-English. Her writing has been published in academic journals, The Christian Childbirth Handbook, and online. She also loves typesetting.
Your words, only better. Irene Chambers provides editing services that move you forward. Specializing in speculative and historical fiction, Irene offers substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, critiques, and proofreading of fiction and nonfiction. With an eye for detail, she is a born encourager, communicator, and good listener.
Irene is the owner of Onward Editing. She holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, and has over 25 years of editing and proofreading experience. She is a member and prior director of the Christian Editor Connection, Gold member of The Christian PEN, and prior coordinator of the CEC Excellence in Editing Award.
She lives in the beautiful Virginia mountains with her husband and fragile X daughter. Lover of the Father, family, and fiction.
Jennifer Crosswhite has sat on both sides of the publishing desk as an author and an editor. She has over 15 years of experience in the industry, including as a managing editor of a Harper Collins imprint. She is also a bestselling author.
And in her other life, she’s a mom to two, navigating the teen and young adult years while battling her daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A favorite thing is discovering how much there is to love about the great outdoors.
Teresa is a teaching editor with decades of editing experience. She helps writers move from their current skill level to another level of excellence. Her vision is to help Christian writers tell the truth in love to the glory of God.
Avodah Editorial Services owner Christy Distler has nineteen years’ editorial experience and a creative writing background that includes published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to editing and proofreading for publishing houses, she offers her services to authors pursuing traditional and indie publishing.
In 2015, Christy co-authored 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing with four other editors. Her first novel, A Cord of Three Strands, released in June 2020 and was a 2021 American Fiction Awards winner and a 2021 International Book Awards finalist. Her second novel, The Heart Knows the Way Home, released in 2021 and was a 2021 Best Book Awards winner.
Christy has judged ACFW’s First Impressions and Genesis contests; has 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.
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. Check out her website at EditsbyLora.com for a variety of editing services, advanced writing skills courses, published books she’s edited, endorsements, writing tips, and more. Lora is a Gold member of The Christian PEN and a certified substantive editor and copyeditor for CEC (Christian Editor Connection). She taught two workshops for editors at PENCON and is a judge for several writing and editing competitions. Lora won the Editors’ Choice Award in 2023. She is also the Assistant Director of Christian Editors Association. Find the professional editing services you need at EditsbyLora.com.
Tracy Donley is an editor, ghostwriter, and author specializing in cozy mystery and sweet romance. As an editor, she has experience with everything from memoir to romance and loves helping authors make their manuscripts shine. As a ghostwriter, she has authored more than thirty published books—a few of which have been international Amazon bestsellers. As an author with ten-plus books in print, she understands the blessing and honor of being entrusted with another author’s work, and staying true to the author’s voice and vision.
Tracy has a BA in English and years of training as an editor. Experience includes working as an assistant editor for Cozy Cat Press. Visit her Amazon author page, find her on social media, or stop by her website (tracydonley.com).
Jennifer Edwards is a seasoned professional editor, writer, and author coach, serving Christian nonfiction authors and publishers. She specializes in developmental editing/coaching, line editing, copyediting, and publishing production, taking authors through the self-publishing process. Jennifer is seminary trained, having earned an MA in Biblical/Theological Studies from Western Seminary, Sacramento, which has proven invaluable by providing a critical eye for content, a thorough understanding of Scripture, and insightful theological thinking.
Currently, she is the Publishing Manager for Principles to Live By, a nonprofit that publishes discipleship materials to Christians worldwide (ptlb.com), and freelances for many publishers, including Redemption Press, Penguin Randomhouse (Zeitgeist Imprint), PTLB, and BMH. Contact Jennifer via email.
Sue A. Fairchild has worked as a fiction and nonfiction editor for Elk Lake Publishing since 2018 and has been a Gold Member Editor of the CEC since 2014. She also proofreads for Iron Stream Media and Penguin Random House. She has taught editing classes at several conferences, including PENCON and is a board member of the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference. Sue specializes in finding the errors others miss and helping authors create the whole package—from first edits to published novel.
She has recently added interior formatting and cover design work to her repertoire. Email email@example.com to discuss a free sample edit.
Rebecca Faith began editing engineering papers in 2010 through a providential set of circumstances that taught her to never underestimate what God can do. Although she still edits for the engineering client, she now edits nonfiction Christian material for individual clients, an independent publisher, the Truth For Life radio ministry, and a wide variety of nonfiction topics for university presses, PhD students, a laboratory press, and independent authors. To discuss your project, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rebecca lives in northeast Ohio and is active in her church and rural community. She has two adult sons. Soli Deo gloria.
Joleen is a passionate substantive and developmental editor of Christian fiction who strives to help you create powerful stories that resonate with your audience. She goes beyond the traditional roles of book editor, beta reader, and critique partner by incorporating her Life Coaching skills into the editing process. By asking thought-provoking questions, Joleen helps you craft stories that have the potential to change lives. With a sharp eye for detail and a deep understanding of what captivates people, Joleen works closely with you to build fictive bubbles readers don’t want to leave. Learn more about Joleen’s editing services at www.alexanderandgracestories.com.
With her roots firmly planted in the rich Iowa farmland, Judy Hagey brings a Midwestern sensibility to her freelance life. Her goal as an editor is to help writers say what they want with grace, honesty, and authenticity.
She has filled various roles in Christian higher education and the nonprofit world, including ten years as the writing director of a ministry producing small-group discipleship materials. Editing credits include theological dissertations, fiction, and nonfiction.
A freelance editor for Elk Lake Publishing, Judy is a member of Word Weavers International and The Christian PEN and is certified through the Christian Editors Network.
Deb Haggerty is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., a traditional, royalty-paying Christian publisher that “Publishes the Positive.” They publish a variety of books for all ages and most genres.
Deb is a published author, blogger, and professional speaker. She has authored two books: Experiencing God’s Love in a Broken World—A Spiritual Journey, co-written with her husband, Roy, and These Are the Days of My Life, a memoir with a bonus section of business tips.
Roy and Deb live just outside Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Deb Hall founded The Write Insight in 2014 after transitioning from almost fifteen years teaching high school and college English. She holds both a BA and an MA in English and has always loved language, both the rules and the creativity involved. She edits both fiction and nonfiction as well as website and online copy, business documents, and a variety of other content. Deb is passionate about collaborating with authors, helping to enhance their prose while always helping them retain their voice. She is a 2017 winner of the Christian Editor Connection’s Excellence in Editing Award. She also wrote a book dedicated to helping others heal after infertility called Barren and Beautiful: Discovering Joy and Healing in the Wake of Infertility (2021).
Deb and her husband of over twenty years live in Colorado with their two sons. Deb enjoys running, coffee with friends, time with family, and walks with her puppy.
Sally Hanan of Inksnatcher has been editing clients’ books since 2007, and she also provides layout and cover design services for indie authors. Sally’s clients include Charisma Media, Carlion Publishers, and best-selling author Shawn Bolz.
Sally focuses mostly on editing devotionals, memoirs, and teaching books because she feels she can contribute more of her wisdom in that category. She has self-published five of her own books, with her Fix Yourself in Jesus workbook winning a Reader’s Favorite gold medal for Christian devo/study. Her debut novel, My Heart Went Walking (2022), is also doing well.
Sally holds a nursing degree and life coach certification, and she is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and Faithwriters. An Irish native, she moved with her husband and two children to Texas in 1995—thanks to winning a God-sent lottery green card. Clients love that her Irish accent and humor have remained intact!
Denise Harmer is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction. She has been editing in various capacities since about 1990 and would be delighted to help you on your path to publication! Her creative outlet is cooking, and she loves reading and kayaking in her leisure time. You can find out more about Denise’s services and her bio at www.deniseharmer.weebly.com. She looks forward to hearing from you.
Linda Harris has been a freelance editor and writer for over 35 years and owns Perfect Word Editing Services. She is certified through The Christian Editor Connection and teaches Editing Children’s Books 101 for The PEN Institute.
Her articles have been published in Moody Monthly, Guideposts, Psychology for Living, Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, and other publications. She was the assistant editor for a Christian newspaper in Topeka, Kansas. She edited The Special Blessings Prayer for best-selling author Donna Partow.
Linda specializes in picture books. Contact her at email@example.com.
If you need an editor who specializes in nonfiction, visit sarahhayhurst.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 470-825-2905. Sarah will help you achieve a professional manuscript. She graduated as valedictorian in high school, earned an AA in 1991, a BA in Communications in 2014, and a Masters in Education in 2023. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys teaching. Sarah began Hayhurst Editorial, LLC in 2014 and has served as an editor, communications director, or marketing manager at a publishing company, university, law firm, and engineering firm.
Vie Herlocker freelances at Cornerstone-Ink Editing and is the associate editor for Surry Living Magazine, a regional publication. She is proficient with CMOS, AP, and the Christian Writer’s Manual of Style. Her professional memberships include the Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, Word Weavers, ACFW, and ACW. Vie received an Excellence in Editing Award for 2017 for a nonfiction book. A YA novel she edited won a Selah Award at the 2018 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Past experience includes eight years as executive editor for Sonfire Media, a small traditional publisher.
At 62, I’m undergoing my second childhood and enjoying it a lot more than the first one! Life is a roller coaster ride, but Adonai is my safety belt. He’s held onto me even when I forgot to hold onto him.
Thirty-five years of writing and editing experience and a hard-won summa cum laude bachelor’s in English at age 53 complete the simmering chocolate brew that is Mel Hughes. Visit me at melhughes.net.
Valerie Hunger is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader passionate about polishing your writing by removing any unnecessary barriers, such as punctuation errors, misspellings, and inconsistencies, so your reader can fully engage your inspiring message or story. She edits both nonfiction and fiction and would love to get into self-publishing family history.
She currently freelances at Tyndale House Publishers and Baker Publishing. Due to her first career as a dietitian, she has a knack for editing health content and currently copyedits the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ NewsFLASH newsletter. For a free sample edit or an estimate, contact her at email@example.com.
Kathy Ide is the author of Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, and the Capitalization Dictionary and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s been a professional freelance editor and writing mentor since 1998, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She directs the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Having founded The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Editor Connection, and PENCON, she is now owner of Christian Editors Association, parent company to those organizations as well as The PEN Institute.
An ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, Bethany Kaczmarek is a fan of Story. Whatever the genre, Bethany points out ways to deepen and enrich the layers so the theme is subtle, the characters relatable, the story vivid. Speculative fiction is her heartbeat, though she works with fiction of all types. She’s a content and line editor and a copyeditor, and she’s worked with writers all along the spectrum from multi-published, award-winning authors to beginners. She works with authors—not just their manuscripts. And she believes a healthy dose of humor can make the revision process fun.
Burton Laine’s goal is to assist Christian authors to have the best opportunity to impact their readers with their message. Sometimes that impact happens in one paragraph, so every book needs to be edited accurately to make sure the reader is reached by the message at the right time.
Burton has been blessed with a long career of book editing, magazine editing, and writing. He works from experience, and takes time to understand what is important to each author. This helps assure that the author’s inspiration and message are polished and delivered in the final product.
He is a national award winning magazine editor and Christian children’s book author. His books and more information are available on burtonlaine.com.
S. Robin Larin is a freelance editor and writer who holds graduate degrees in literature and creative writing and an editing certificate from Simon Fraser University. She specializes in developmental editing and stylistic copyediting of fiction (especially SFF and children’s fiction from picture books through middle grade to young adult). You can find her website at https://robineditorial.com and follow her on Instagram @robineditorial. The Featured Volunteer profile writer for Editors Canada, Robin lives in Ontario, Canada, with two feline editorial assistants and more books than she can count.
Jeanne Marie Leach is a multi-published author, speaker, writing coach, and freelance editor specializing in fiction and memoirs. She is past coordinator and current Gold Member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network and a member of the Christian Editor Network. She teaches courses on editing fiction and has mentored authors who have gone on to win numerous awards in the writing industry. Her passion is helping others become successful with their writing or editing endeavors. Jeanne lives with her husband of 47 years and their Alaskan malamute, Kona, in beautiful Colorado.
Staci Mauney has two decades of writing and editing experience and is the co-founder of Prestige Prose, a professional freelance writing and editing company. She believes in partnering with authors to help them produce their best work possible. She is a Gold member of The Christian PEN and a member of Christian Editor Connection (CEC), specializing in proofreading nonfiction. She also has experience with line editing and copyediting.
Her writing background includes published short stories and magazine articles, as well as six devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series and the first novel in a Christian cozy mystery series titled Death by Dice: A Bunco Club Mystery.
Staci volunteers for a variety of organizations in her local community and is a member and past president of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI).
Christina Miller has always loved books, and she’s amazed that she gets to read and write for a living. She works with beginning and established authors—and everyone in between. For the past fifteen years, she’s edited for Christian publishing houses and private clients, including award-winning and best-selling authors. She’s a pastor’s wife, worship leader, and RN and holds degrees in theology and missiology.
Christina is experienced in editing all nonfiction genres, and many of her clients are pastors and ministry leaders. A multi-published novelist, she edits all Christian fiction genres. As a Love Inspired (HarperCollins) author, Christina is your go-to editor for romance. She is a member of The Christian PEN, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her latest novel was a 2023 ACFW Carol Award finalist.
Christina lives with her husband on her family’s southern Indiana farm. Contact her at christinamillerauthor.com/editing.
At age 12, Tim Pietz read through Tolkien’s The Return of the King in a single day. Concerned that he would run out of good books if he continued reading at this pace, Tim had no choice but to pursue a career in publishing.
Tim graduated Taylor University summa cum laude with dual bachelor’s degrees in Professional Writing and Strategic Communication. Since then, he’s had the privilege of writing, editing, and/or marketing for Tyndale House, Salem Media, Wheaton Press, Mountain Brook Ink, and various authors. Visit Tim’s website at InkSwordEditing.com to learn more about him and his services.
Robin is passionate about helping independent authors strengthen and amplify their original writing voice by removing obstacles such as grammar and punctuation problems, lack of clarity, and weak structure. She is committed to helping authors publish their work with the highest possible quality.
Robin specializes in copyediting and proofreading. When she’s not at her desk, she can often be found on a hiking trail or the local ballroom dance floor. Contact her at www.robinlreed.com.
Valerie Riese is a best-selling author, content writer, ghost writer, grant writer, and copyeditor with Faithful Pen Content Services. She specializes in print and web copy for ministries and nonprofit organizations, as well as publishing agencies and indie authors. Valerie also serves as a PEN Institute instructor and graphic designer, the PEN Tips Blog coordinator, and as the PENCON technical assistant. Her priority is to remain faithful to your brand, your voice, her calling, and, most importantly, God’s Word. You can learn more about Valerie and contact her at valerieriese.com.
Katy Schlomach specializes in proofreading, copyediting, and line editing for fiction. Her goal is to refine and polish while carefully preserving the author’s voice. She is a freelance editor with a background in education, a BA in communication, and a passion for the craft of writing fiction that is clear, correct, consistent, and compelling for readers. She is certified through Edit Republic and The PEN Institute and a member of the Christian Editor Connection. Her love of language has turned into a career that allows her to help writers communicate their ideas and stories clearly. See www.bookhoundediting.com for more information about her services and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice Sheridan began her literary life in the worlds of songwriting and poetry. She published and earned a few awards before taking classes with the Christian Writer’s Guild apprenticeship program where she was mentored by a multi-published author. She has also taken numerous editing courses with The Christian PEN (now The PEN Institute).
According to her fiction boot camp instructor, Janice has “a natural way of teaching newbie writers deep techniques of writing fiction in a way that the author will get it.” Her “editorial voice is easy-going, humorous at the appropriate times, and instructional.” Find her at The Edit Gate and on Twitter @theeditgate.
Jessica Snell is an editor who loves working with authors to help them polish their book projects so that their own voices shine through in a clear and compelling way. Her own writing work has appeared in Focus on the Family, Christ and Pop Culture, Tor.com, Mysterion, Compelling Science Fiction, and more.
Ashleigh’s comprehensive editing process involves reading through your manuscript several times, including at least one pass on paper. In addition to free re-edits, developmental editing services include a color-coded mockup of your book highlighting action, backstory, internals, dialogue, and setting. If a page looks inundated with one color, Ashleigh will offer suggestions to help create a better balance. Ashleigh will also include a detailed critique of your characters and story development, as well as an analysis of each chapter, if applicable.
With over twenty-five years of tutoring experience, Ashleigh also offers story coaching via Google Meet.
Ashleigh enjoys working with children and middle grade fiction in all genre as well as mysteries, romances, and adventure for young adults and adults. Visit www.WIPwonders.com for more information.
Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in science fiction and fantasy. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on projects for both the general market and the Christian submarket.
In addition to The Christian PEN, Kristen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Word Weavers International, and the Editorial Freelancers Association. She serves on the planning committee for Realm Makers, the only conference for Christians who write speculative fiction.
She enjoys teaching at writing conferences and has been on faculty for the Florida Christian Writers Conference, Realm Makers, the PENCON Christian editors conference, and the national conference of the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Kristen is the author of Alara’s Call, a fantasy novel, and Tales of the Phoenix, a collection of steampunk novellas.
Nanette Snipes is a freelance editor, proofreader, and writer in the Christian publishing industry. She has contributed stories/devotions to more than sixty books (Guideposts Miracle series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, New Women’s Devotional Bible, among others), and has written dozens of magazine articles, devotions, children’s stories. She specializes in editing memoirs, children’s picture and chapter books, devotions, both fiction and nonfiction.
Ken Walker is an experienced ghostwriter, coauthor, and book editor who has written, edited, or contributed to more than 90 books. They include a number of professionally published books in the fields of health, personal experience, and teaching, and self-published memoirs—the latter a growing niche in the publishing world. Ken is also an experienced freelance writer, having written for a variety of national publications. He is still a regular contributor to websites of two denominations. Ken enjoys using his writing and editing skills to help others relate what God has done in their lives. Samples of his work are available on his website, www.KenWalkerWriter.com, or you can email email@example.com.
Kelly Anne White has edited hundreds of books in nearly every genre for Zondervan, Guideposts Books, Kirkus Editorial, Rockridge Press, Scribe Media, and more. Kelly has edited the works of high-profile Christian authors such as Nathan Whitaker and Kristi Holl. Her editing portfolio includes multiple award-winning books. Prior to her ventures into book publishing, Kelly was longtime Executive Editor of nationally circulated Girls’ Life magazine. Kelly is a lesson designer on SchoolhouseTeachers.com and a contributor to Clubhouse magazine. She is a program mentor for the American Folklore Society, and she is actively involved in the Chincoteague Storytelling Guild.
Kelly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, and the Maryland Writers Association. She is represented by literary agency Legacy Management. Learn more at KellyAnneWhite.com.
Nancy Arant Williams is an author and book editor with seventeen years’ experience on everything from manuscript evaluation to ghostwriting. She has unique insight into the needs of authors and does her best to make their writing shine. She is very approachable, and gifted with what her clients call, “a beautiful, lyrical writing style.” Check out her website, especially her editor page. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy is honored and humbled to have been named number 2 in the list of the top 19 Freelance Christian Book Editors as named by Shikha Pandey on her website: Writing Tips Oasis.
Katie Yee is an encouraging freelance book editor with a focus on fiction, memoir, and Christian nonfiction. She has worked with first-time authors as well as successful career authors. With experience in all types of editing, she can help an author determine what the next step for their manuscript is. Authors find her professional and dependable but also likable and flexible. She is a wife and mother (to four boys!) with experience in both pastoral and urban ministry. Please visit her website or email her at email@example.com to learn more.