Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira – Editor

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

Overview

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.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian Non-Fiction Inspirational
Fiction
Christian Fiction Contemporary Fiction Cozy Mysteries Middle Grade Picture Books
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Independent Press Award
  • Moonbeam Award
  • Evangelical Press Association Award

Work experience

Self-employed

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.

Portfolio

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
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Editorial Assessment
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Lime Green

Roese, Dr. Jackie

Developmental Editing
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Developmental Editing

Caryn has 33 reviews

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Steve B.

Steve B.

Feb, 2024

Very pleasant to work with and answered all questions promptly.
Carmen A.

Carmen A.

Feb, 2024

Working with Caryn was a seamless experience throughout the entire process. Her editing skills were top-notch. She delivered earlier than expected as well. She has my recommendation.
Chuck E.

Chuck E.

Jan, 2024

Caryn did a great job for me. She's thoroughly professional, friendly, and very responsive. Her developmental editing suggestions were excellent. Bravo Zula, Caryn (Well Done! for you non-Navy folks).
Thomas H.

Thomas H.

Jan, 2024

Caryn exceeded expectations. I highly recommend her. Her thoughtful commentary and clear guidance were extremely helpful. She was very encouraging but let me know where improvement was needed. I really appreciate the extra effort she put into helping out a novice.
Caryn R.
Thanks for the kind words, Thomas! I so enjoyed working with you on your project! Can't wait to read it in print!
Carl L.

Carl L.

Dec, 2023

I was very pleased and impressed with Caryn's work. I will be a better writer in the future because of her feedback. In addition to the fundamental editing work, she also helped me recognize a couple of significant blind spots that I am very glad I was able to address before publication. Highly recommend!

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