A good copy editor or proofreader's impact on a manuscript is imperceptible but profound, invisible but indelible, and that's the balance I strive to provide my clients. I polish grammar and spelling, eliminate redundancy, check facts, verify Scripture excerpts and attributed quotations, tweak wording, make recommendations regarding adding/removing/reorganizing content, catch inconsistencies, note formatting errors, verify indexes and bibliographies, curate style guides, and help authors put their best books forward. Using preferred industry resources like The Chicago Manual of Style and The Christian Writer's Manual of Style as guides, I work closely with authors and publishers to remedy anything that might otherwise prevent a distraction-free, immersive experience for readers.
My qualifications include an English degree from Hiram College, where I graduated with honors in creative writing in 2008, and 3+ years of in-house editorial production experience at a top independent Christian publisher. I've spent the last 5 years freelance editing titles in a variety of Christian genres for Barbour Publishing, Abingdon Press, and BroadStreet Publishing and have broadened my inspirational non-fiction horizons as a freelancer for Sounds True, Callisto Media, Page Street Publishing, and an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Some of the award-winning, bestselling authors I've edited for include Wanda E. Brunstetter, Kathleen Y'Barbo, Vickie McDonough, Mike Yorkey, Jonathan McKee, and Josh McDowell.
As a freelance editor, I contract with publishing companies and independent clients to provide editorial services remotely, usually by either manually marking hard copy manuscripts (galleys) with traditional proofreading marks or editing electronic assignments using Track Changes in MS Word or with PDF editing tools. Sometimes projects take just a few days or up to a few weeks to complete, depending on their complexity.
In addition to the nitty-gritty of grammar, logic, clarity, and formatting, one of my top priorities as an editor is building strong author/editor relationships through thoughtful, discerning queries and
correspondence. Working toward publication can be an exciting, overwhelming, and sometimes emotional journey, but I strive to make authors feel uplifted and encouraged throughout the editing process.
In traditional publishing, an assistant managing editor helps shepherd books through the production process after the acquisitions editor has accepted a book proposal and approved a finished draft from the author (and after the managing editor has created a publication schedule for the title). Once this timeline was established at Barbour, it was my job to ensure each manuscript was thoroughly edited by a series of freelancers, properly typeset, and previewed by the author and acquisitions editor before its print-ready deadline.
Among other things, my key responsibilities included hiring freelancers, assigning them projects, and reviewing their work on each manuscript; keeping the production schedule up to date; maintaining our in-house style guide; fielding final author requests and edits; reviewing book mock-ups from the printer (called bluelines) for completeness; handling permissions requests for special projects; and doing some in-house ghostwriting, copy editing, and proofreading as needed. It was quite a juggling act some days, but in total I helped see over 500 Christian romance, inspirational non-fiction, and gift/keepsake titles to fruition, gaining a great deal of valuable editing experience and industry insight along the way.
Five historical romances inspired by a messaged passed down through time. Join the journey as one word etched in Latin on an ancient bronze bottle travels through the centuries to reach five young women who are struggling to maintain their faith in God and love. An Irish princess, a Scottish story weaver, a Post-Colonial nurse, a cotton mill worker, and a maid who nearly drowned each receive a... read more
This brand-new inspiring read from author and speaker, Elizabeth Oates, is written for women who have struggled with self-worth and self-esteem. Whether you've grown up in a dysfunctional family or simply have bought into the lies sold by today's media, If You Could See as Jesus Sees promises hope. . .joy. . .a life of purpose. . .and more, while offering you a brand-new look at just who your ... read more
Ever wish parenting came with a do-over button?“Here’s where I messed up. . ." Whenever I say those words during my parenting workshops, you can hear a pin drop. Parents are on the edges of their seats. “And here’s what I’d do differently next time. . ." That’s when every pen in the room begins writing furiously. Let’s face it. Hindsight is 20/20. If you ever find yourself saying "I wish I had... read more
Fight back against busyness and celebrate the pleasure of doing nothing in this new guide that helps relieve stress and increase happiness in your life.In The Joy of Doing Nothing you’ll discover how to step away from everything you think you have to do and learn to live a minimalist life. Rachel Jonat shares simple strategies to help you stop overscheduling, find time for yourself, and create... read more
Everyone knows Billy Graham. . .but who knows what propelled him to world prominence as the greatest evangelist of his time? Find out in Igniting the Fire. This brand-new biography focuses on Graham’s formative years, from his boyhood through college, to his bursting onto the national scene in 1949. Author Jake Hanson, like Graham a graduate of Wheaton College, has drawn upon scores of origina... read more
Risking all their hopes and dreams on promises of fertile land in the Northwest, thousands set off on the Oregon Trail between 1843 and the 1890s. Despite the majestic landscape and daily opportunities for fireside chats, the trail was hardly the place these migrants expected to find romance. In these nine novellas, travelers on the wagon trains experience all the challenges and dangers of the... read more
Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail-order bride. Her “fiancé” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she’s confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal’s wife! Garrett Thomas is immediately smitten with th... read more
Anything he can do, I can do better. At least that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister. When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, th... read more
Follow the heart-wrenching story of Adam Beachy, whose mother walked out on him and his family—and away from the Amish faith. Now he balks at the idea of ever marrying and having a family of his own. But when tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his three nieces and finds himself needing a wife. Despite their differences over her practice of reflexology, Leah Mast seems the bes... read more
The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away. Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance at love. As the local authoriti... read more
Dangerous prayers happen when we turn our all over to God and offer ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1). They don’t take us to a comfortable, easy place. They test us, stretch us, and take us where we wouldn’t have chosen. They change not only our lives but the lives of other people. Join gifted speaker and award-winning author, Cheri Fuller, as she illustrates—from Bible times to tod... read more
With a mix of genuine forgiveness, honest communication, and a strong desire to make things better, any relationship can improve. Drawing from the timeless principles of Colossians 3, this book shows readers how to live the attitudes that promote healing and virtues such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. As each of us learns to bear with our imperfections and forgive as ... read more
Join New York Times Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter along with Jean Brunstetter in Holmes County for a dramatic new 6-part serial novel. Meet businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes—and at what cost to his business, his fianc... read more
Tough decisions will always come into your life, but the strong God who loves you shows you where to go, if only you will listen and follow. Letting God and Trusting God is a devotional that takes a look at both the well-thought-out choices and impulse decisions of biblical people. These devotions can gently help you understand how to make wise decisions, no matter what life throws your way.
When Sarah Worley rejects Luke McNeil’s proposal to pursue property in the Oklahoma Territory land lottery in 1901, the ranch hand pulls up stakes and goes after her. But he’s the last person she wants to see. The land lottery gives Sarah the chance to realize her dream of independence and a home of her own. But with it comes challenges she never considered. When her dream becomes a nightmare,... read more
If you enjoy the NFL and college game, you’ll love Tackling Truth—175 Spiritual Truths Drawn from the Great Game of Football. This brand-new devotional provides a reading a day for an entire season—or off-season!—highlighting intriguing players, both famous and less well known; important games through pro and college history; teams both current and forgotten, and more, drawing a spiritual poin... read more
Join Mandy Frey as she and three friends leave their Amish community in Indiana for the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. But when Mandy and one of her friends miss the cruise ship after a port of call on Kauai, how will they adjust and get back home? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.
You hold the secret in your hands. We live in a narcissistic age, when our leaders and celebrities seem very impressed with themselves—and they think we should be impressed with them, too. Many believe that the key to success is a supersized ego. “Wrong,” says Pat Williams. “The key to true success is a humble spirit. Almost all of the people we regard as truly great—people who have had a last... read more
Love at First Fight is a book that will give your marriage encouragement and hope if you find that the once endearing, charming, and distinct qualities that once attracted you to your spouse are now a source of stress and conflict. In sharing humorous, personal stories from both the male and female perspective, husband and wife writing team Carey and Dena Dyer will help you discover that a fun... read more
A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Genesis 2:24 NLTAn invitation to harness the magnetic draw of your differences and blend better with your spouse in life and love. Where there's a WILL, there's a WAY. . .While a man possesses a unique God-given motivational propensity for exercising a strong will in life, a woman conversely possesse... read more
Journey now to Fort Bliss in West Texas of 1874, where...A Battle Is About to be Waged Between Two Hearts. Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her twin niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she swoops down on Fort Bliss to gain custody of them immediately. There is just one ... read more
Nine wealthy women seek men trustworthy of their greatest treasure—their hearts. Meet nine young women in America between 1866 and 1905 who have been blessed by fortunes made in gold, silver, industry, ranching, and banking. But when it comes to love, each woman struggles to find true love within a society where “first comes money, second comes marriage.” What kind of man can they trust with t... read more
Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. But Heidi’s cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challen... read more
Winning the World Series may be the ultimate prize for most MLB players,but a relationship with Jesus Christ is No. 1 for many diamond stars, including:Hall of Famer John SmoltzThree-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton KershawMVP Albert PujolsAll-Star Mariano RiveraAnd dozens more.Baseball Faith will inspire you in your faith journey as 52 MLB players--past and present--share their stories and ... read more
Life is good with a God who is great! What’s a girl to do in a changing world full of darkness, distractions, pressure, lies, and uncertainty? Is it really possible for a twenty-first-century young woman to live a life in direct contrast to culture’s ever-changing standards? The answer is yes! With a Lord like Jesus, guidance like the Holy Spirit’s, and that powerful weapon we call the Holy Bi... read more
Inspire. . . Challenge. . . Fuel Your Faith. This daily devotional from Josh McDowell unpacks spiritual truths that will inspire, challenge, and fuel your soul every day of the year--from January 1 to December 31. Practical and relevant, each month of devotional readings shares a common theme— January: THE TRUTH THAT GOD EXISTS February: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD'S WORD March: THE TRUTH ABOUT ORIGIN... read more
In 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, author Jonathan McKee offers just the help you need to have meaningful interaction with your kids instead of always overreacting to their unhealthy consumption of technology and media. In a world where over 80 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds now own a smartphone, parents are searching for ways to pry their kids’ eyes from their devices an... read more
Can Hanna and Will Find True Love Amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV? Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette! Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around ... read more
Ever regret something you’ve posted?Just how smart are you when it comes to streaming, messaging, gaming, commenting. . .? The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices will help you navigate the digital world with 21 refreshingly honest and humorous tips that will not only inform, but that also just might change the way you think about your social media interaction. 21 real-life tips incl... read more
For fans of natural remedies and the popular For Health series, a hands-on guide to the transformative healing, wellness, and beauty benefits of activated charcoal.Activated charcoal—a medicinal-grade powder most commonly made from coconut shell—has endless health and beauty benefits. In Activated Charcoal for Health, you’ll discover everything this all-natural powder can do—from combating chr... read more
Busy hands equal a happy brain! Learn how fidgeting can help increase productivity and decrease stress, with 101 ways to tap, jiggle, doodle, and click your way to better concentration and creativity.Fidget spinners are the latest popular trend, but pen clicking, pencil chewing, and stress-ball slinging have been commonplace for decades. According to recent research, it’s been shown that fidge... read more
Completely updated with new material, this bestselling job search guide can help you keep up with changes in the job market—from updating the language of your resume to using social media networking to make professional connections that are essential in finding new employment opportunities.For more than thirty years, Martin Yate’s Knock ’em Dead series has helped millions of people succeed in ... read more
Learn about the basics of macronutrients—carbohydrates, fats, and protein—how to count them, and how to successfully lose weight in this new guide!Are you trying to diet but still get tempted by a slice of pizza or a juicy burger, knowing you won’t be able to say no? By following a macronutrients plan, you can have your favorite foods without ruining your diet. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fat... read more
Feeling broken after the breakup? Still struggling to move on? Find the Good in Goodbye is the coach and cheerleader that will help empower and encourage you to keep moving forward, as well as initiate and continue your healing process. It includes thirty-one days of inspirational messages, affirmations, plus real-life tips for moving on. Each day is a motivational vitamin and reminder that yo... read more
Sometimes life hurts. Sometimes you’ve struggled, and stumbled, until it even hurts to hope. Perhaps you’ve faced a spiritual crisis of disappointment, doubt, or a feeling of distance from God due to unanswered prayers and painful circumstances. But what does it mean to encounter Christ in those times? What does he say to us when we have nothing left to say? How do we see him when pain has sil... read more
Mackenzie Radcliffe is a mortician by trade. She also has a personal mission—to aid the holy souls in Purgatory. One day, while preparing a body for burial, she is drawn into a spiritual connection with its soul. A veil is lifted, leading her down a path of discovery. What she is about to uncover will reveal a dark secret buried long ago. But, what is behind the revelation, and who is leading ... read more
For Vera Konig, a Christian German nurse, the decision is clear: She must risk her life and that of Andrea, an orphaned Russian girl she is hiding at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp by trusting the enemy, a Nazi prison guard who may save Andrea or parade them both before a firing squad. Based on a true story, this daunting scenario sets the stage for an inspiring novel of faith, redemption, and... read more
High school teacher Ginny Dalton is hiding from life. When a violent incident breaks out at her school, she is suddenly face-to-face with police detective Scott James. Scott brings with him his own demons but perhaps a chance for a new beginning for them both. Can they find in one another the promise of A Future Spring?
Add Beautiful Effects to Your Brush Lettered Artwork and Enhance Your Hand LetteringFantastic brush lettering artwork is right at your fingertips—and far easier to achieve than you think—with renowned lettering artist Chrystal Elizabeth’s simple step-by-step guide. In Brush Lettering Made Simple, she reveals her secrets to mastering a vast array of brush lettering techniques, including di eren... read more
Calling All Tinkerers, Experimenters & Inventors! Unleash Your Creative Powers with Exciting LEGO® Innovations Use science and engineering to transform your bin of LEGO® bricks into amazing, movable toys, machines and gadgets. Bestselling author Sarah Dees is back with an all-new collection of projects featuring ingenious designs and simple scientific principles that real engineers use every d... read more
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