Dawn Duncan Harrell

Dawn Duncan Harrell - Editor

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Development & Copyeditor: 20+ years, starting at Hendrickson Pub, MDiv, specializing in fantasy fiction, practical spirituality, memoire

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Overview

Do you need a novel, short story or article edited? Have you written creative nonfiction, how-to or memoire, but need the lines smoothed out or cleaned up? Is your story ready for an eagle-eye to develop the plot or deepen the characters?

I am a former associate editor at Hendrickson Publishers, a one-time academic publishing house. Since its sad demise, I have freelance development- and copyedited a broad range of works from music to memoire, economics to history. I specialize in the development of clear logical arguments in nonfiction, story structure (Story Grid unaffiliated), copy continuity, character consistency and copyediting for active prose.

I also write both nonfiction and fantasy fiction, and I speak regularly in my nonfiction field. When I’m not up to my elbows in your words or mine, I tell my daughter stories and teach narrative theology. I’ve lived all over the world and all over the U.S. Baking, reading and biking are some of my favorite pastimes. All of this feeds character-development, world-building, plot-turning and the deeper themes that power both storytelling and practical prose.

I’m a native English speaker from the United States, and my background includes tropical and emergency medicine, practical spirituality, church history, biblical theology, college-level teaching, English instruction, intellectual property rights, print layout, cover-design, project management, administration and copywriting. I have a Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Arts in biology, with an undergraduate minor in writing. I’ve lived and worked in Italy, Portugal, Angola and Kenya, and I continue to travel for work, pleasure and volunteering. One volunteer edit was for Men Against the Trafficking of Others, finalizing educational curriculum now used in Spain, the Philippines and across the United States. My international and cross-discipline experience provide me with ample resources, which I draw upon when writing or collaborating with authors to hone their works.

If you are looking for quality over quantity in your next bestseller, I would enjoy working with you. Let’s shine your solid prose to high-gloss goodness, tune your story into song, and engage your readers with stunning content. With excellent editorial services, we’ll turn occasional content-consumers into your loyal fans.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Developmental Editor, Copyeditor: Fantasy Fiction

Self-employed
January, 2017 – July, 2018 (over 1 year)

-Developed and copyedited the Dragon Fairy Tales series by D.C. Harrell:
Fisherman and Old Cloot
A Deal is a Deal
Dragon Wear
Drake Take
Drakonian Pink
Tarragon Hair
Dragon Hoard: Dragon Fairy Tales 1-6
Dragon Shade (forthcoming)

Developmental Editor, Copyeditor: Memoire

Self-employed
April, 2014 – May, 2014 (about 1 month)

-Developed and copyedited Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time by Rachel Chadima.
-Copyedited the book proposal for Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time by Rachel Chadima.

Copyeditor: Practical Theology

Tabgha Foundation
September, 2011 – October, 2011 (about 1 month)

-Copyedited What's Christianity All About? Its Scriptures, History, Beliefs and Practices by John Schwarz.

Copyeditor: Narrative Nonfiction and Practical Spirituality

Cowley Publications
June, 2002 – July, 2002 (about 1 month)

-Copyedited Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting and the Formation of Faith by Amanda Millay Hughes.

Associate Editor: Church History, Gospels, Practical Theology

Hendrickson Publishers
September, 2000 – February, 2005 (over 4 years)

-Edited academic books on church history, the intertestamental period, the Gospels, and popular theology.
-Evaluated book proposals and recommended proposals for publication.
-Managed freelancers and coordinated with managing editor and printers.
-Designed book interiors.
-Wrote marketing copy.
-Attended regional and annual professional conferences (AAR, SBL, CBA).
-Managed rights and permissions, including foreign rights.

Developmental Editor: Big Idea Narrative Nonfiction

Self-employed
August, 2018 – August, 2018 (less than a minute)

-Provided an editorial assessment of English Teaching Book by Todd Squitieri (working title; forthcoming).

Curriculum Writer and Teacher: Narrative Theology of Genesis

Colonial Church of Edina
September, 2017 – December, 2017 (3 months)

-Wrote and delivered twelve, 2-hour, college-level lectures on the narrative themes of Scripture through the lens of Genesis.

Developmental Editor: Women's Fiction

Self-employed
July, 2014 – August, 2014 (about 1 month)

-Provided an editorial assessment of The Frankincense Tree by Tonia Colleen Martin (unpublished).

Editor, Copywriter, Blogger, Layout Designer: Economic Development

Colonial Church of Edina
February, 2014 – October, 2016 (over 2 years)

-Traveled to Burundi to gather economic development stories.
-Created monthly blog posts with personal story and thematic content.
-Designed a development brochure and museum exhibits for visual and verbal engagement.
-Wrote the copy for the development brochure and museum text.

Copyeditor, Rights Officer: Human Trafficking Curriculum

Men Against the Trafficking of Others
October, 2013 – November, 2013 (about 1 month)

-Copyedited and proofread Extinguishing the Flames: Fighting the Fire of Human Trafficking by MATTOO.
-Edited curriculum to be copyright compliant.

Developmental Editor: Popular American History

Self-employed
January, 2013 – October, 2013 (9 months)

-Developed Holy Warrior Presidents by J. Charles Brock (unpublished; contract terminated).

Copyeditor, Proofreader: Practical Theology

Self-employed
May, 2010 – June, 2010 (about 1 month)

-Copyedited and proofread Making Sense of the Bible by Gustavo Karakey.

Editor, Theological Consultant: Philanthropy

Imago Dei Fund
December, 2009 – January, 2010 (about 1 month)

-Edited content for flow, sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation.
-Checked theological assumptions against Scripture.

Managing Editor: Hymnal

Park Street Church
September, 2009 – November, 2009 (2 months)

-Gathered, arranged, and designed preface, table of contents, historical essay, hymns, composer biographies, and index.
-Proofread all segments, including hymns.
-Verified permissions to publish hymns and solicited bids for printing.
-Worked with typesetter and printer to bring the 76-page booklet to publication.

Developmental Editor, Copyeditor, Proofreader: Practical Spirituality

Self-employed
January, 2008 – January, 2009 (about 1 year)

Developed, copyedited and proofread Ten Ways to Pray: A Short Guide to a Long History of Talking with God by Dawn Duncan Harrell.

Copyeditor: Popular Old Testament Theology

Cowley Publications
January, 2002 – February, 2002 (about 1 month)

-Copyedited Unbound by Time: Isaiah Still Speaks by William Holladay.

Developmental Editor, Copyeditor: Memoire

Self-employed
May, 2000 – June, 2000 (about 1 month)

-Developed and copyedited Daughter of Mercy by (Hyun Sook) Susie Lee.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time

Rachel Chadima

Bullies, gossip, rumors, cliques . . . sound all too familiar? How can you give your kids the courage to navigate the growing-up years with strong minds and sound values? Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time tells the story of how author Rachel Chadima received the encouragement and tools to take the road less traveled and thrive. Her parents delivered that encou... read more

Bullies, gossip, rumors, cliques . . . sound all too familiar? How can you give your kids the courage to navigate the growing-up years with strong minds and sound values? Lessons from My Lunchbox: Overcoming the Bullies One Note at a Time tells the story of how author Rachel Chadima received the encouragement and tools to take the road less traveled and thrive. Her parents delivered that encou... read more

Dragon Hoard: Dragon Fairy Tales 1-6

D.C. Harrell

Beautifully told like listening to a storyteller. ~ K. M. Shea, author of the Timeless Fairy Tales Hunger, cunning, smart-talk, blood-power, tenacity, and cocky composure power the adventures of six everyday champions as they battle sea-serpents and cryptids, dragons and way-drakes. With the collected Dragon Fairy Tales, D.C. Harrell lures you through medieval forests and fetid swamps, African... read more

Beautifully told like listening to a storyteller. ~ K. M. Shea, author of the Timeless Fairy Tales Hunger, cunning, smart-talk, blood-power, tenacity, and cocky composure power the adventures of six everyday champions as they battle sea-serpents and cryptids, dragons and way-drakes. With the collected Dragon Fairy Tales, D.C. Harrell lures you through medieval forests and fetid swamps, African... read more

Lost and Found: Adolescence, Parenting and the Formation of Faith

Amanda Millay Hughes

Drawing on the wisdom of years of study and experience, educator, artist, and mother Amanda Millay Hughes offers a sustained reflection on adolescence, parenting, and the formation of faith.What does it mean to be a parent to an adolescent? How can we help them to draw on the wisdom of “elders,” as Jesus did in the temple? How can we give our young people the tools they need to form a strong f... read more

Drawing on the wisdom of years of study and experience, educator, artist, and mother Amanda Millay Hughes offers a sustained reflection on adolescence, parenting, and the formation of faith.What does it mean to be a parent to an adolescent? How can we help them to draw on the wisdom of “elders,” as Jesus did in the temple? How can we give our young people the tools they need to form a strong f... read more

Getting The Gospels: Understanding The New Testament Accounts Of Jesus' Life

Steven L. Bridge

On March 23, 1998, director James Cameron made an indelible mark on Academy Award history. It wasn’t because his film, Titanic, captured so many Oscars. Nor was it because of the movie’s unprecedented box-office success. Rather, Cameron will forever be remembered in Hollywood’s annals because, upon accepting his award for Best Director, he enthusiastically declared, "I am the king of the World... read more

On March 23, 1998, director James Cameron made an indelible mark on Academy Award history. It wasn’t because his film, Titanic, captured so many Oscars. Nor was it because of the movie’s unprecedented box-office success. Rather, Cameron will forever be remembered in Hollywood’s annals because, upon accepting his award for Best Director, he enthusiastically declared, "I am the king of the World... read more

What's Christianity All About?: Its Scriptures, History, Beliefs, and Practices

John Schwarz

A primer on Christianity--its scriptures, history, beliefs, practices and uniqueness--and some helpful guidelines for Christian living in today's world.

A primer on Christianity--its scriptures, history, beliefs, practices and uniqueness--and some helpful guidelines for Christian living in today's world.

Drakonian Pink: A Coming-of-Age Dragon Novella (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 5)

D.C. Harrell

Well behaved women seldom make handbags. Rohi hates handbags, but Mama insists she learn to handcraft one. First she must hunt a dragon; then fashion her own lady-case from its hide. But Rohi’s convinced that following this tradition won’t really help the family purse business stay afloat or satisfy her mother, much less herself. What she craves is respect, not pretty-pretty accessories. So sh... read more

Well behaved women seldom make handbags. Rohi hates handbags, but Mama insists she learn to handcraft one. First she must hunt a dragon; then fashion her own lady-case from its hide. But Rohi’s convinced that following this tradition won’t really help the family purse business stay afloat or satisfy her mother, much less herself. What she craves is respect, not pretty-pretty accessories. So sh... read more

Fisherman and Old Cloot: A Dragon Adventure Myth (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 1)

D.C. Harrell

A double dragon dare. A brother’s worst nightmare. Fisherman’s sons are starving. To distract them, the neighbor terrifies them with clootie stories. Then one night, Fisherman’s net snags Old Cloot himself and in the morning, the boys taunt each other into filling their bellies with monster-meat. Are they satisfied? With the first of the stand-alone Dragon Fairy Tales, D.C. Harrell hooks you o... read more

A double dragon dare. A brother’s worst nightmare. Fisherman’s sons are starving. To distract them, the neighbor terrifies them with clootie stories. Then one night, Fisherman’s net snags Old Cloot himself and in the morning, the boys taunt each other into filling their bellies with monster-meat. Are they satisfied? With the first of the stand-alone Dragon Fairy Tales, D.C. Harrell hooks you o... read more

Dragon Wear: A Journey of Superpowers Discovery (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 3)

D.C. Harrell

Talk is not cheap! Stutter is the fourth of twelve sons and no one ever listens to him. So when he warns his brothers to stay on the serpent-blaze trail, they ignore him, straying into dangerous territory. Something is out there. It hunts them through the forest. Can Stutter talk them back to safety? In this third stand-alone Dragon Fairy Tale, D.C. Harrell weaves a world of power and spin. Bu... read more

Talk is not cheap! Stutter is the fourth of twelve sons and no one ever listens to him. So when he warns his brothers to stay on the serpent-blaze trail, they ignore him, straying into dangerous territory. Something is out there. It hunts them through the forest. Can Stutter talk them back to safety? In this third stand-alone Dragon Fairy Tale, D.C. Harrell weaves a world of power and spin. Bu... read more

Drake Take: A Tale of Supergirls and Star Magic (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 4)

D.C. Harrell

Save the baby. Save the world. Tungel is pregnant, and the baby’s father is absent. As her contractions escalate, way-drakes slither closer, scorching the furniture and threatening to set the house on fire. The fire dragons thirst for her baby’s blood. Tungel must flee to the river or burn alive with the child. Her parents insist that she sacrifice the baby to save herself. She refuses, appeal... read more

Save the baby. Save the world. Tungel is pregnant, and the baby’s father is absent. As her contractions escalate, way-drakes slither closer, scorching the furniture and threatening to set the house on fire. The fire dragons thirst for her baby’s blood. Tungel must flee to the river or burn alive with the child. Her parents insist that she sacrifice the baby to save herself. She refuses, appeal... read more

Tarragon Hair: An African Hair-Braiding Legend (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 6)

D.C. Harrell

The bigger the hair, the stronger the stare. While her parents are fishing, Amma feeds her seven siblings and readies them for school each morning. She doesn’t have time for intricate hairstyles, but Grandma insists that pretty locks, not an education, will impress potential suitors and stop the neighbors’ gossip. When Amma’s mother is killed by a pterodactyl-like targon on the Kongamato River... read more

The bigger the hair, the stronger the stare. While her parents are fishing, Amma feeds her seven siblings and readies them for school each morning. She doesn’t have time for intricate hairstyles, but Grandma insists that pretty locks, not an education, will impress potential suitors and stop the neighbors’ gossip. When Amma’s mother is killed by a pterodactyl-like targon on the Kongamato River... read more

A Deal is a Deal: A Coming-of-Age Dragon Heroine Story (Dragon Fairy Tales Book 2)

D.C. Harrell

Would you sell your soul to save your skin? The innkeeper’s daughter dreams of a dashing knight and beautiful dresses, but her father marries her off to a lazy woodcutter. So she takes matters—and her husband’s stolen guilders—into her own hands. Little does she know that greed is contagious and his disease has woken the dragon. Can she trick the dragon into leaving his treasure with her and t... read more

Would you sell your soul to save your skin? The innkeeper’s daughter dreams of a dashing knight and beautiful dresses, but her father marries her off to a lazy woodcutter. So she takes matters—and her husband’s stolen guilders—into her own hands. Little does she know that greed is contagious and his disease has woken the dragon. Can she trick the dragon into leaving his treasure with her and t... read more

Unbound By Time: Isaiah Still Speaks

William Holladay

In this timely and highly readable volume, Old Testament scholar William Holladay introduces the reader to the several ways in which Isaiah speaks, from ancient Jewish readings of the text, to Handel's lyrical use of it in his oratorio, Messiah, to the Christian community who has heard it foretelling the life and death of Jesus Christ.Holladay argues persuasively that the text of Isaiah, thoug... read more

In this timely and highly readable volume, Old Testament scholar William Holladay introduces the reader to the several ways in which Isaiah speaks, from ancient Jewish readings of the text, to Handel's lyrical use of it in his oratorio, Messiah, to the Christian community who has heard it foretelling the life and death of Jesus Christ.Holladay argues persuasively that the text of Isaiah, thoug... read more

Daughter of Mercy

Susie Lee

Book by Susie Lee

Book by Susie Lee

Early Christian Reader

Steve Mason, Tom Robinson

Early Christian Reader is a sourcebook and textbook that offers a welcoming and informed entrée into the complex world of the earliest Christian literature. The books of the New Testament (NRSV) are presented in a plausible chronological order rather than the canonical order encountered in modern New Testaments. In addition, translations of other early and important works such as the Gospel of... read more

Early Christian Reader is a sourcebook and textbook that offers a welcoming and informed entrée into the complex world of the earliest Christian literature. The books of the New Testament (NRSV) are presented in a plausible chronological order rather than the canonical order encountered in modern New Testaments. In addition, translations of other early and important works such as the Gospel of... read more

Spiritual Landscape: Images of the Spiritual Life in the Gospel of Luke

James L. Resseguie

In Spiritual Landscape, James Resseguie draws from studies in narrative criticism to present the spiritual significance of the geographic environment, social relationships, and the local economy in Luke's Gospel. Students, preachers, spiritual directors, and readers interested in spirituality from a biblical perspective will gain insight from the role of stories such as the road to Emmaus, the... read more

In Spiritual Landscape, James Resseguie draws from studies in narrative criticism to present the spiritual significance of the geographic environment, social relationships, and the local economy in Luke's Gospel. Students, preachers, spiritual directors, and readers interested in spirituality from a biblical perspective will gain insight from the role of stories such as the road to Emmaus, the... read more

Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel

Jo-Ann A. Brant

Over the past century, academics and dramatists have noted that the Gospel of John displays similar characteristics to Greek dramatic literature. Dialogue and Drama presents a detailed and nuanced review from Jo-Ann Brant, a scholar well versed in the study of both Greek tragedy and the New Testament. She argues that the fourth evangelist was thoroughly familiar with the conventions of Greek d... read more

Over the past century, academics and dramatists have noted that the Gospel of John displays similar characteristics to Greek dramatic literature. Dialogue and Drama presents a detailed and nuanced review from Jo-Ann Brant, a scholar well versed in the study of both Greek tragedy and the New Testament. She argues that the fourth evangelist was thoroughly familiar with the conventions of Greek d... read more

Inheriting Wisdom: Readings For Today From Ancient Christian Writers

Collected wisdom crossing time to engage current issues. . . So many concerns of today’s world require nuanced consideration and a sensitive response. Yet human nature and spiritual need remain remarkably constant. Practical, moral, and spiritual struggles are not peculiar to modern life. Early Christians looked at all things through the lens of God and Christ, including those that today we wo... read more

Collected wisdom crossing time to engage current issues. . . So many concerns of today’s world require nuanced consideration and a sensitive response. Yet human nature and spiritual need remain remarkably constant. Practical, moral, and spiritual struggles are not peculiar to modern life. Early Christians looked at all things through the lens of God and Christ, including those that today we wo... read more

Early Christian Greek And Latin Literature: A Literary History (2 volume Set)

Claudio Moreschini, Enrico Norelli

Early Christian writings form a body of literature that has shaped Western culture as a whole, as Enrico Norelli and Claudio Moreschini demonstrate in this comprehensive book. The first six centuries of Christian experience impacted art and developed a philosophy that faced opposition, resolved internal conflicts, transposed itself into medieval civilization, and continues to influence culture... read more

Early Christian writings form a body of literature that has shaped Western culture as a whole, as Enrico Norelli and Claudio Moreschini demonstrate in this comprehensive book. The first six centuries of Christian experience impacted art and developed a philosophy that faced opposition, resolved internal conflicts, transposed itself into medieval civilization, and continues to influence culture... read more

Ten Ways to Pray: A Short Guide to a Long History of Talking with God

Dawn Duncan Harrell

DISCOVER in each chapter:a brief story of one saint's approach to being with Godclear steps so that you can work the saint's methodsuggestions for trying the prayer in short burstsideas for using the method with a prayer partner or groupquestions for thought and discussionresources for further studyDO YOU WANT to begin or re-energize a habit of prayer? Perhaps you are tired of gimmicks and too... read more

DISCOVER in each chapter:a brief story of one saint's approach to being with Godclear steps so that you can work the saint's methodsuggestions for trying the prayer in short burstsideas for using the method with a prayer partner or groupquestions for thought and discussionresources for further studyDO YOU WANT to begin or re-energize a habit of prayer? Perhaps you are tired of gimmicks and too... read more

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