Our Editors

Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett has been an editor and writer for nearly 30 years, working with both fiction and nonfiction. Linda edits devotionals, Sunday school curriculums, articles for magazines and websites, and sermons. She has spent thousands of hours editing Christian material because the message is important to her.

Christian material because the message is important to her.

Christian Titles Include:

  • The Test of True Love by Jennifer Conway – a Christian romance between a peasant clergyman and a princess (Linda is mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of this book)
  • Everything Has Two Handles by Dr. Ron Pies – how Stoic philosophy resonates with Christianity and other world views (Linda is mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of this book)
  • The Blink of an Eye by Carolyn Smith – a pastor’s wife has her faith tested by the sudden and unexpected death of her son
  • No Greater Love by Jennifer Conway – a Christian romance dealing with sacrifice, grace, forgiveness, and the power of God

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John David Kudrick

John David Kudrick - Professional Book Editor

John David is booking for February 2019.

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 …

John David Kubrick edited books

      • 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.)

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Joya Stevenson

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.

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Stephen Severn

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.

https://christianeditorsnetwork.com/stephen-severnStephen’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.

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Thomas Wray 

Thomas Wray - christian editing servicesThomas 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.

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