Naomi is a professional proofreader and copy editor with a light touch. (She does not offer developmental editing.) She has worked in-house for two publishing companies: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and Coastal Carolina Press. In 2005 Naomi began freelancing full time as a copy editor and proofreader. As a freelance book editor and proofreader, she has worked for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, University of New England Press, Ave Maria Press, and Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications.
- Academic Editing
- Religion, Spirituality, Inspirational
- Catholic Topics/Catholicism
- Creative Nonfiction
- Memoir, Autobiography, Biography
David is unavailable until September 2019.
David has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copyeditor, copywriter, art director, and proofreader for almost 20 years. He has written, co-written and edited over 40 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed a dozen films and has shepherded dozens of writers through the editing and publishing process.
David’s areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, screenplays, creative nonfiction, business writing, how-to/self-help, autobiography and historical fiction. His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace and his friendly, honest approach.
Services offered: Writing, Ghostwriting, Manuscript Evaluation, Developmental/Substantive Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Book Proposal Development.
Michael is a copy editor and developmental editor with 15 years experience in publishing. He specializes in religious-themed books, and has expertise in the beliefs and practices of most Christian denominations and faith expressions.
Much of his background is with books about the Amish, Mennonites, and other so-called Plain or Old Order groups. His knowledge base also extends to Catholicism and the mainstream Protestant denominations. Besides religion, his interests as an editor include history, music, and current events. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for religious publishers, as well as trade books for general interest mainstream publishers.
As Managing Editor for Herald Press, he supervised the publication of 15 to 20 books and CDs per year; managed all phases of production, from line editing manuscripts to finalizing camera-ready files for the printer; hired and supervised copy editors, artists, and designers; and wrote catalogue and cover copy.
Biblical Studies Certificate, Lancaster Bible College, 2011
- Historical Fiction
- Religion & Spirituality
John David is booking for November 2018.
BA in Theology / MA in Journalism—Professional Writing: Fiction
You’re sitting at your computer, smiling, feeling an incredible sense of satisfaction in your heart. After more hours than you can count, you’ve finally finished your novel – a story from deep within your soul that you want to share with the world.
But then the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? What should I do with it now?
With nearly twenty years of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive and into print. That’s why he’d love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level …
- Manuscript Critique – With a detailed evaluation document and annotated comments/suggestions throughout your manuscript, find out how you can make your good book even better.
- Content Editing – Guidance and hands-on editorial help in reorganizing and revising your story to make it even more powerful and engaging. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
- Copyediting – Line-by-line editing to take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
- Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
- Ghostwriting – Crafting of a book-length manuscript using existing material from author. Also includes a follow-up copyedit. (NOTE: Ghostwriting available for Christian living/spirituality book projects only.)
For those who write about spirituality and religion, in a manner that engages the intellect and opens the heart, Joya Stevenson offers extensive editorial experience, as well as a capacity to motivate her clients so that they achieve their best results. Her editing encompasses assorted other subjects, too, in nonfiction and mixed genres.
Training: In addition to editing, Joya is engaged in scholarship, teaching, and coaching in the following fields:
The Study of Religion: Scholar in biblical and religious studies (Ph.D, Harvard University).
Spiritual and Personal Development: Professional coach; Interfaith Chaplain.
Editorial Approach: As a writing mentor, Joya helps authors develop their manuscripts, revising and rewriting them. She addresses the following factors:
Themes and Structure: Joya offers editorial input about voice, point of view, genre, word choice, phrasing, overarching design, flow, dramatic pacing, research methodology, rhetorical crafting, and topical organization.
Motivation: Since writing a book provokes growth, Joya coaches her clients during the creative process to help dissolve blocks to their productivity.
Book Proposals: A book proposal may be compared to a business plan. To enhance the marketability and influence of a book, Joya edits book proposals, which may be joined with selected chapters of manuscripts.
Stephen Severn is an award-winning ghostwriter, editor, screenwriter and writing coach. Mentored by Academy Award-winning writer Stewart Stern (Rebel Without A Cause), Stephen served as editor for the #1 best-sellers Tears For My City and The Revved Life. He also served as consultant for Robert Beatty’s New York Times #1 best-selling Serafina series of children’s books, published by Disney Hyperion, and as editor for the blog of #1 best-selling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs.
Stephen’s work as editor has resulted in 25 international awards. In addition, his ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival, and a runner-up at the prestigious Circus Road Script Competition. He’s written for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and ghostwritten or edited more than 30 published books.
Stephen’s client list includes #1 best-selling authors, and first-time writers. He specializes in rescuing, restoring and reawakening broken dreams. It would be his honor to help reawaken yours.
Thomas Wray has worked as a book editor and writer for four decades. His work has centered on Christian books of all kinds and for all audiences. He has also edited numerous business and leadership books, fiction titles, memoirs, and children’s books. The books he has edited have been published by Random House (WaterBrook and Multnomah imprints), Crossway, Zondervan, NavPress, Harvest House, David C. Cook, and other publishers.
Thomas has partnered with dozens of respected authors including Randy Alcorn, Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, Carolyn Castleberry, Larry Crabb, Tony Evans, Louie Giglio, Dave Harvey, Bob Kauflin, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Larry Osborne, J. I. Packer, Andy Stanley, and Thelma Wells, to name a few. He also works with novice writers who have yet to be published.
Thomas offers all levels of prepublication book editing services:
- Comprehensive editing—structural and substantive editing to ensure that a book’s content is thorough in scope and strongly organized for maximum impact and progression.
- Line editing—to ensure integrity, good taste, and audience acceptability, while maximizing the author’s distinctive voice; promoting smooth transitions between all sections and parts.
- Copyediting—further checking for accuracy, consistency, and style conformity; plus proper formatting and style-tagging in preparation for typesetting.
- Proofreading—for errors at the sentence or word level; checking punctuation, open and close quotes; the minutiae
- Collaborative writing—developing content from various authors sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries.
- Writing extra features—developing content for such elements as application questions and exercises, discussion guides, and small group helps.
- Manuscript evaluation and critique—bringing to light a manuscript’s true potential.
- Author coaching and mentoring—working from any starting point in author’s competence level; taking any project through the stages of idea expansion, content development, and manuscript refinement; step-by-step transformation of rough ideas, raw material, and outlines into full content drafts.
Thomas understands well an author’s mindset, sensitivities, and typical struggles. He’s an author himself, with twenty published works (mostly children’s books). He’s currently writing the final volume of a three-book trilogy of historical fiction. Thomas is a three-time winner of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.