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 60 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has 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, sci-fi 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.
Matthew Gibson has been a writer, editor, and researcher for much of his professional life, operating at a high level of discernment while skilled at finding the most essential message in any piece of writing.
From developmental/line editing and manuscript evaluations to ghostwriting and book proposals, his versatile skills are applicable to nearly any project.
He’s particularly experienced helping first-time authors with subject matter expertise (e.g., scientists, consultants, therapists, teachers) find their voice and shape their ideas and story for a wider audience.
David Henderson has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and meticulous attention to detail has earned him a loyal following of clients in need of copy editing, content editing, developmental editing, or ghostwriting.
After earning his master’s degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent five years working for an academic press and later for Hachette Book Group.
His long track record has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including novels, non-fiction works, self-help books, memoir, Christian and other spiritual writing, and business books.
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.
- 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. (NOTES: Ghostwriting available for Christian living/spirituality book projects only. John David is booking for March 2020.)
BARBARA KIMBLE has worked as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, teacher, coach, corporate communication consultant and journalist, and served as Writer in Residence at Tyndale House Publishers. She has written or co-written ten books, published more than 600 articles in the Chicago Tribune, and edited approximately 200 books for various publishers and authors.
Barbara has helped dozens of writers to prepare for the publication of their books, including both those who have published with traditional publishers and those who have chosen to self-publish, including teaching a six-video writing course for a publisher.
A true wordsmith with a love for the beauty of language and the power of ideas, Barbara aims for clear and memorable writing that includes the occasional touch of humor, if appropriate. She makes what’s complicated easily understandable whether when editing a book, writing a web article, or coaching authors.
Copyediting, proofreading, EBook formatting
Rachel Lawson is a former college literature and writing instructor who specializes in the genre of Christian and spiritual/religious manuscripts, including children’s books, memoirs, devotionals, and larger theological works. Rachel’s work as a copy editor, line editor, and proofreader for three Christian publishers has now reached 30 Christian books.
She also ghostwrites author bios, back cover copy of books, and author websites. Rachel also designs and formats book interiors for print or eBook distribution.
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.
RATE: Stephen’s rates start at 8 cents per word.
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.
Kelly Sweet has provided copyediting for independent authors of Christian fiction (YA and adult) and science fiction and fantasy, from short stories to epic, multivolume sagas. She gives her authors the best of both worlds: a keen eye for editorial details and affordable rates.
An independent author herself, Kelly has experienced the author-editor relationship from both sides and knows how important your voice and style are to your manuscript. You can rely on her to make corrections and suggest improvements while keeping your voice intact.
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.
RATE: Thomas’ rates start at 8 cents per word.