"CRAFTING YOUR STORY, YOUR BOOK" (SM)
EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT — DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING — COPY EDITING —COMPOSITIONAL RE-WRITING
As an editor I devote my analytical, evaluative, developmental, and compositional skills to assist you with crafting your book-length manuscript or article. From beginning to end, I maintain an open channel of communication with you as a valued client whose writing is of great importance to me as your editor. I bring to your project five decades of experience as a published author and editor.
“When things began to get a bit tangled in my mind, and I felt I was unsure of a clear perspective in evaluating the manuscript draft of my project, Charlie was able to show how it needed to be pulled together and reset in clear, revealing ideas and examples. He seems to be able to do this with ease. He has got it in him to provide editing that opens up all kinds of new, coherent, explicit language and structure, and his personal and professional support was critical for me in the successful completion of the book. I highly recommend him.” —Douglas Heidt, The Love That Will Not Let You Go: Being Christian Is Not What You Think
“Approachable, excellent writer, good listener; gets to the ‘kernel’ of the matter quickly; the glass is always half full, not half empty. When I had a writing project, he was one to whom I turned for editorial advice. I found his suggestions most helpful and encouraging.” — Walter Smith, Learning to Forgive: A Memoir of Doubt and Faith
(1) We first get acquainted via a Zoom interview to assess whether we are a good fit for one another. I may ask you to submit additional material for review. (2) Once we agree upon the nature and scope of the project, you receive a formal offer based upon the type of editing you require, the timeframe, and my fee schedule. (3) After contract acceptance, I proceed with editing and send you chapters as they are completed. (4) You offer your feedback and I make final edits. (5) You receive the finished manuscript and we conclude with an optional Zoom conversation to discuss your manuscript and the publication of your work. (6) I remain available to you throughout the publication process to answer your questions.
PUBLICATIONS (complete list upon request)
Author of Foster's Pie Pan: Stories of Grace Abounding in a Fallen World (Parson's Porch Books, 2023); Editor, with biographical introduction to George Buttrick’s Guide to Preaching the Gospel (Abingdon Press, August 2020); Author of Bone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God (Cascade Books, 2011); articles, biblical commentary, curricula, essays, and poetry in various professional and academic journals.
Retired Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and psychotherapist, Charles was the undergraduate professor of history and the Darrel Rollins graduate professor of pastoral theology, care, and counseling at Virginia University of Lynchburg.
Five decades of experience writing, publishing, and editing as a minister, psychotherapist, and professor.
Presbyterian Church (USA)
See publications section