Deborah Keiser

Deborah Keiser - Editor

United States

Through developmental editing, and substantive editing, I work with authors to take their writing from idea to publisher ready manuscript.

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Publishing industry expert with 20-years experience in traditional & electronic publishing. With a long history of helping authors tell their story, fiction or nonfiction works, while considering the reader; with careful attention to voice, style, and features of great writing. 

As an editor, I gravitate toward books that contain personal stories of lives changed with a subtle unfolding of the truth; books that are filled with wonder and joy on subjects exploring new and better ways of living in community. As associate publisher, I launched the River North line with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Davis Bunn, Marcus Brotherton, and Tessa Afshar. My bestselling, nonfiction authors include Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry, and Elyse Fitzpatrick.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Writing & Publishing
Christian Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience

Acquisitions & Developmental Editor

Lexham Press, Kirkdale line
June, 2020 – September, 2022 (over 2 years)

Full cycle of book publishing acquisitions and developmental editing. Helping authors by polishing off the unnecessary or distracting words, paragraphs, and ideas that take away from their message. Also, making suggestions for additional stories or other content necessary to the story or for the reader’s understanding.

Associate Publisher

Moody Publishers
February, 2010 – June, 2014 (over 4 years)

Acquisitions editor & developmental editor for Christian spiritual adult nonfiction and fiction titles, and children’s fiction, content writing, and contract negotiations.

Editorial & Publishing Consultant

February, 2002 – Present (about 21 years)

Content strategy, developmental editing, coaching & encouraging authors, writing content, occasionally practicing design.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

In the Field of Grace

Afshar, Tessa

Harvest of Rubies

Afshar, Tessa

Jesus and Gender: Living as Sisters and Brothers in Christ

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M., Schumacher, Eric, Tripp, Paul David, Caine, Christine, Prior, Karen Swallow, Holcomb, Justin S.

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