Christopher Reese

Christopher Reese – Editor

Accomplished editor specializing in general and Christian non-fiction. Editor of 60 published books. Here to help you tell your story!

Overview

I'm here to help you by expertly evaluating, developing, or editing your nonfiction manuscript. I've worked professionally in publishing for 11 years, and am a published author.

Publishers I've worked for include Moody, Crossway, Kregel, Zondervan, B&H, Lexham Press, and Kirkdale Press.

Other areas of expertise include copywriting, book marketing, curriculum development, social media, Christian publishing, and academic publishing.

Services I offer include:
- Manuscript evaluation
- Manuscript development
- Substantive editing
- Copyediting
- Copywriting
- Written content for books and other publications
- Book/Author marketing
- Book proposal creation and consultation
- Curriculum development

I look forward to working with you!
Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Christian Non-Fiction Education & Reference History Inspirational Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2017 — Present

I help authors and publishers tell their stories well by crafting written work that is clear, concise, and compelling. Whether you're looking for a skilled writer for publications, an expert copywriter for marketing and sales promotion, an editor for a manuscript, or for expertise in content marketing, social media management or social media advertising, I can help you reach your goals and do the important things you don't have time for.

Drawing on 11 years of successful experience in the publishing industry, my services include:
- Written content for books and other publications
- Course materials and curriculum development
- Repurposing existing content for multichannel delivery
- Copywriting
- Manuscript development
- Developmental editing
- Substantive editing
- Copyediting
- Book/Author marketing
- Content marketing
- Book proposal evaluation
- Manuscript evaluation

Lexham Press and Kirkdale Press

Jul, 2017 — Nov, 2018 (over 1 year)

Marketed 30-40 titles per year, including Lexham Press academic titles and Kirkdale Press trade titles.
• Helped increase Lexham revenue by 55 percent compared to the previous year.
• Created a content marketing campaign that resulted in 12,000 new email subscribers.
• Redesigned the Lexham blog and oversaw content and scheduling.
• Ran Facebook and Amazon ads that produced engagement, link clicks, and increased sales.
• Supervised Lexham and Kirkdale social media accounts.
• Provided direction and feedback for book cover designs.
• Evaluated book proposals for content and market potential.

B&H Academic

Jan, 2014 — Feb, 2017 (about 3 years)

• Develop and implement effective marketing strategies for all B&H Academic titles, leading to highest textbook review copy requests since 2011.
• Manage B&H Academic blog and social media. Created Facebook, Google+, and YouTube accounts from scratch. In the past three years grew blog subscribers from zero to 10,000, email newsletter subscribers from 6,000 to 21,000+, Facebook followers from zero to 30,000+, Twitter followers from 900 to 7,900+, and YouTube views from zero to 14,500+.
• Coordinate the promotion and sale of academic products at academic and pastoral conferences, including ETS annual and regional meetings, T4G, Gospel Coalition, Shepherds’, and Bethlehem.
• Oversee and maintain annual academic marketing budget.
• Oversee design and development of academic catalogs.
• Maintain and grow academic databases and coordinate direct-marketing initiatives.
• Serve on academic acquisitions team, evaluating proposals for potential publication.
• Oversee creation of ancillary materials for academic textbooks.
• Supervised redesign of academic blog and website for improved user experience, functionality, and aesthetics.
• Worked with sales team to bring titles to EBSCO and Ebrary platforms for the first time.
• Significantly increased new title sales through online promotions.

Moody Publishers

Apr, 2012 — Jul, 2013 (about 1 year)

• Oversaw acquisitions and strategic direction for a publishing line with a total annual revenue of $2.3M; identified target-rich environments from which to network with new authors (e.g., meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society).
• Acquired/managed 12 new titles annually, including Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland (eds. Paul Gould and Richard Davis); The Soul (J. P. Moreland); The Moody Bible Commentary; Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority (Jonathan Morrow); The Psalms (eds. Andrew Schmutzer and David M. Howard Jr.); A Reasonable Response (William Lane Craig and Joe Gorra); John MacArthur Commentaries; Joy and Tears: The Emotional Life of the Christian (Gerald Peterman and Andrew Schmutzer); D. L. Moody: A Life (Kevin Belmonte); Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching (Abraham Kuruvilla); After Acts: Exploring the Lives and Legends of the Apostles (Bryan Litfin); the Dictionary of Messianic Prophecy (Michael Rydelnik and Ed Blum); and Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationism (John F. Hart).
• Assessed a backlist of 300+ titles for potential repackaging opportunities.
• Developed and maintained the former “Bible Study for You” website (10,000+ views monthly) and Facebook page (29,000+ subscribers).
• Created team marketing budget with accountability for meeting frontlist sales goals; provided direct supervision to manager charged with developing marketing initiatives.
• Cultivated and nurtured author/publisher relationships including the writing/processing of contracts.
• Revised the Moody Handbook of Theology in partnership with the author; began revision plans for Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.

Moody Publishers

Aug, 2007 — Mar, 2012 (over 4 years)

• Directed the editorial process of updating/revising the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Ryrie Study Bible to the English Standard Version (ESV), including the addition of new text, formatting and graphics.
• Designed, implemented and managed “Inside Pages,” Moody Publishers’ first official blog.
• Prepared, refined and improved manuscripts in preparation for publication; collaborated with the editorial team to develop and establish a set of internal style guidelines for manuscripts.
• Edited academic/reference works including: Moody Bible Commentary, Daniel and Revelation commentaries and Christ’s Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer.
• Partnered with multiple authors in guiding and shaping content, organization, grammar and style.
• Interacted with customers relating to the biblical and theological content of the company’s books.

Portfolio

The Introduction to Christianity and Science Video Lectures offers a thorough introduction to the intersection between science and Christian belief. How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and d... read more
The last years of life can be joyful and fulfilling. But for some, aging is a challenge-joy and aging are seldom linked together. Despite the difficulties, Dr. Sweeting has discovered many unexpected joys in his senior years and shares them in this insightful ... read more
Six of today's leading pastor-theologians-John Piper, Voddie Baucham, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and David Wells-have joined together to offer Christians a practical, biblical vision of Christ's supremacy, so they will be better prepared to present the undeniab... read more
A resurgence of the Social Gospel is energizing many evangelicals, but what does the Bible say about the role of humanitarian works in the Christian life? As new covenant believers, Christians are called to a specific central task: to be ministers of God's mes... read more
Amid the chaos of cybersex, impersonal sex, adultery, homosexuality, and sexual dissatisfaction in marriage, Undefiled calls readers toward a new kind of spiritual and sexual revolution. Sexual impurity creates a vicious circle, one that springs from misconcep... read more
Christians of all ages recognize the heartbeat of God to take the Gospel to the nations and wrestle with the implications of the Great Commission in their own lives. The Missionary Call explores the biblical, historical, and practical aspects of discerning and... read more
What is the good life that we so often hear talk of in our modern age?Is it cars that drive fast, houses that resemble castles? Is it unbounded sexual pleasure, unrestrained personal gratification of all one’s desires? Is it quiet and solitude, individual remo... read more
Jonathan Edwards stands tall in America’s historical memory. A great philosopher, a great preacher, a great theologian. Edwards was a complex and gifted person, one who defies easy characterization. He intimidates us, and we distance ourselves from him because... read more
The question of the afterlife is, for many today, one of preference. Christians trained to evangelize unsaved people with the query, “If you were to die today, do you know where you would go – heaven or hell?” have grown befuddled when met with the response, “... read more
What is a true Christian? What is the church? Though these are fundamental questions they often go unanswered in our current evangelical context. Far too many pastors and thinkers celebrate the trappings of faith and the mere benefits of Christianity, ignoring... read more
Most books on this subject try to scare (or perhaps bore) you into submission. The Shortest Book Ever on Saving for Retirement is different. It’s short, comprehensive, and most importantly of all—it’s understandable. By sticking to the bare minimum on what you... read more
Princess Diana, John Ritter, Saddam Hussein, Mother Teresa, Chris Farley… Does it seem reasonable to guess where each of these people ended up after they died? While it is comforting to suppose that everyone who’s “good” goes to a better place when they die, a... read more
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In an increasingly global and connected world, marriages between spouses of different countries and cultures are on the rise. Marla Alupoaicei, herself wed to a Romanian, helps couples sort through such issues as food, finances, family, and such “hidden” probl... read more
The study of God, His nature, and His Word are all essential to the Christian faith. Now those interested in Christian theology have a newly revised and updated reference tool in the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Moody Handbook of Theology.In this classic an... read more
Christians are a large and influential voting block today. But as each governmental election approaches, an increasing polarity occurs within those claiming the Christian faith. This comes as a result of party-voting rather than voting according to Biblical ma... read more
Morality. Relativity. Right and Wrong. The issues we face are complicated and everyone has an opinion. But who has the answer when it comes to sexual issues? Sex dominates our popular culture to a degree we’ve never seen before and unrestricted sex is being to... read more
There are many views today on morality, relativity and right and wrong. Dr. Tony Evans refuses to let the voice of God be drowned out amidst the clamor of the crowd. In the age where people can get a “no-fault” divorce (When is it ever nobody’s fault?) believe... read more
Don’t snooze through your 20s. Most of us have an internal alarm clock that goes off when we’re about to make a bad decision. Yet some of us spend our 20s hitting the snooze button. Steve Farrar urges you to wake up so you don’t ruin your life by 30. Although ... read more
Freedom begins when you stop hiding.Many of us understand the value of authenticity. Of baring our souls in community. Of admitting our pain and struggles to each other. If we desire to relate authentically with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we must also... read more
Is anxiety “un-Christian”?Many Christians believe the answer to this question is yes! Understandably, then, many Christians feel shame when they are anxious. They especially feel this shame when well-intentioned fellow believers dismiss or devalue anxiety with... read more
Followers of Jesus need not fear hard questions or objections against Christian belief. In A Reasonable Response, renowned Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig offers dozens of examples of how some of the most common challenges to Christian t... read more
Study the Bible with one of America’s greatest living theologians.Charles Ryrie’s life work has been to help people know and understand the Bible—a pursuit that has encompassed church ministry, college professorships, and, most notably, his position as the Sys... read more
Picture this: it’s Saturday afternoon, and you’re putting the finishing touches on tomorrow’s sermon. You’ve been thinking, researching, and praying about this message all week, and thankfully, feel prepared. That is, except for one small detail—you aren’t sur... read more
An era has ended. The political expression that most galvanized evangelicals during the past quarter-century, the Religious Right, is fading. What's ahead is unclear. Millions of faith-based voters still exist, and they continue to care deeply about hot-button... read more
Preaching Magazine's 2015 Book of the YearIf you are a pastor, you know the importance of preaching. You have spent time learning and refining the art of preaching because it is vital to the life of God's people—including the preacher. But you probably also fi... read more
Do you wish you clearly understood the different views of the millenium and know why you believe which view you hold to? General editors and experienced bible scholars John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue help to provide a clear and convincing Biblical explanatio... read more
The world of J. R. R. Tolkien is filled with strange creatures, elaborately crafted lore, ancient tongues, and magic that exists only in fantasy; yet the lessons taught by hobbits and wizards speak powerfully and practically to our real lives. Courage, valor, ... read more
The book of Daniel is key to the entire Old Testament prophetic revelation. Who better to help you understand Daniel's stories, prophecies, and dreams—and give you a brighter hope for things to come—than John F. Walvoord, one of evangelicalism's most prominent... read more
The book of Revelation has long fascinated and even confused readers and students of the Bible. Yet the Bible is written to be understood, and Revelation is no exception. Who better to help you understand the seals, trumpets, vials, woes, and plagues than John... read more
In a culture in which science is believed to hold the answers to every question, spiritual realities like the soul are often ignored or ridiculed. We are told that neuroscience holds the key to explaining every aspect of human behavior. Yet Christian philosoph... read more
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The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published. The ESV Study ... read more
Now you can study the Bible with the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute!Imagine having a team of 30 Moody Bible Institute professors helping you study the Bible. Now you can with this in-depth, user-friendly, one-volume commentary. General editors Michael Ry... read more
The definitive reference work on science and Christian belief How does Christian theology relate to scientific inquiry? What are the competing philosophies of science, and do they “work” with a Christian faith based on the Bible? No reference work has covered ... read more
We are at a unique time in American history and our personal history when we need real help, real hope, and real answers for the day to day realities we’re facing. We live in a financial and work world that is experiencing rapid and unprecedented changes.It is... read more
Pornograpy and sex-related sites make up nearly 60 percent of daily web traffic. For some of us, it's going on in our very own basements or in the den after the family goes to bed. Over twenty million Americans spend a good deal of their waking hours looking a... read more
Some Christians denounce nearly every move that Hollywood produces; others celebrate even the most morally and artistically questionable. While most Christians can agree on the cultural importance of films, very few are able to interpret movies with insight an... read more

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