Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira – Editor

An award-winning editor helping writers craft stories of faith (and doubt!) that move readers toward hope and action.


After nearly thirty years in the publishing industry as both an editor and a writer, I'm in the perfect position to approach projects with the mind of a developmental editor and the heart of an author. I know how vulnerable it feels to share your work with others—but I also know how to structure and sharpen your book to make it the best it can be. As I edit your work, I never edit simply for edits’ sake. I encourage as much as I point to ways to improve the work. As author and editor, we share the same goal: to create a project that audiences want to gobble up!

Though I have written and edited for both adults (fiction and non-) and children (Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Middle Grade) and am able to offer feedback and guidance in any number of genres, my editorial "sweet spot" is helping authors craft books that inspire or spur action through story. Much of my professional has been in the faith-based realm so I'm also able to speak into what various religious publishers are looking for--and what might trip them up.

Speaking of my professional roles: I spent the first fifteen years of my career as a magazine and website editor before moving into freelance editing and writing roles. In that time, I've edited books, websites, and newsletters for select clients. When not editing, I also continue to write in a variety of capacities.

A proud member of INK: A Creative Collective and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, I hold a BA in English from Calvin College (now University) and an MA in Worship from Northern Seminary. I live in the near-west suburbs of Chicago with my husband, three kids, and beloved rescue pit bulls.
Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational
Christian Fiction
English (US)
  • Independent Press Award
  • Moonbeam Award
  • Evangelical Press Association Award

Work experience


Sep, 2002 — Present

For over twenty years, I've provided select clients with expert editorial guidance ranging from idea development to editorial guidance to full collaborative writing.

Christianity Today

Aug, 1998 — Mar, 2009 (over 10 years)

During my tenure at Christianity Today, I edited several of the company's national magazines and websites developed products in the Resources Department.

Caryn has 24 reviews





Paul S.

Paul S.

Sep, 2023

Fantastic. Caryn was incredibly encouraging, thoughtful and helpful in her responses and suggestions. She met me by zoom to get to know me and my project. Gave hepful advice along the way and submitted the edited manuscript on time. It was a great experience all around. I plan to hire Caryn again for the sequel of my first book.
Jane D.

Jane D.

Sep, 2023

Five-star review! Caryn was a fabulous communicator. She worked with my self-imposed deadlines and was gracious enough when I did not respond because of other obligations and events that transpired. Her edits were thoughtful and thorough. She didn't just make one edit and say for me to do the rest. She was consistent and I would absolutely work with her again if the muse strikes again!
Stephanie L.

Stephanie L.

Aug, 2023

Having never undergone a developmental edit before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Caryn provided a very clear quote, concisely explaining what she would provide. Her editing suggestions were exactly what I needed, while validating all the positive aspects of my project. She is personable and a terrific listener, with well-reasoned answers to many many questions! I will be moving to copy editin...
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Rebecca H.

Rebecca H.

Aug, 2023

It's my first time attempting to publish and I am very grateful for my experience with Caryn. She was kind and thorough and offered constructive feedback. And while pursuing publishing is a daunting task working with Caryn helped to make it less scary. It is incredibly helpful to have an outside opinion, while I am great at getting inside the heads of my characters, Caryn helped me to know wha...
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Demetria W.

Demetria W.

Aug, 2023

Caryn is a Godsend! I had the opportunity to work with her twice and I cannot say enough about how wonderful the experience was. She is extremely professional and wonderfully encouraging. She took the time to understand my vision and support me in creating what I had in mind. I look forward to working with her again on future projects.

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