Glenn McMahan

Glenn McMahan - Editor

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Editor, graduate of the University of Denver Publishing Institute, twenty-five years of experience serving authors and publishing houses.

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Overview

I am proficient with all levels of book editing, including developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. My editing skills were first honed as a magazine and newspaper journalist. In 1995, I began working as a freelance writer and editor serving non-fiction authors, academic writers, and non-profit organizations. I have expert experience with the Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press style.

So far in 2019, the most prominent book I've edited is titled "America's Youngest Hostages: The True Cost of Foster Care and Who's Paying for It," by Ian Keldoulis. It was an honor to work on this crucial book about a terrible situation in the US.

In 2018, I edited and proofread the top-selling business book titled "Fluid" by young entrepreneur Najeeb Khan. Six more books that I edited are scheduled to be launched in April.

In 2017, my editing work has included four major theology books written by Jewish scholars, and a historian of sacred art. The titles are displayed below. I also edited soon-to-be-published "Stop Blaming Free Markets," an economics book by CEO Andrew Smith; the business and management book titled "ClickSand" by Bill Troy; and the self-help books "The Optimal Life" by Brian Vondruska, and "Simplifying Life" by Dr. Brett Taylor.

Among my 2016 projects, I edited and published "Own Your Time: Professional Time-Management Strategies for a Profitable and Balanced Life," by Fortune 500 executive coach Stephanie Wachman.

In 2015, I edited and published eight books about business, economics, and theology for the Global Commerce Network, a non-profit publisher. These included "Wealth and Wisdom," "The Meaning of Work," "Working Together," "Why People Matter," and "The Economy of God."

In 2008, I co-authored "More Than Me" (NavPress), about developing healthy family and workplace relationships.

Since 1995, I have been working as a freelance writer and editor, including 18 years in Brazil. I edited three books about small business for two Australian authors (Quantum Press). I wrote articles for the Jornal do Comércio in Recife, and wrote about Brazilian culture, business, and economics. I also edited academic articles for Brazilian professors.

As a newspaper and wire service reporter in and around Washington, D.C., I worked for the American Journalism Review, Capital News Service, and The Frederick News-Post. My articles were published in numerous Maryland newspapers, the Associated Press and the former Knight-Ridder News Service. I covered Maryland politics and education in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. I also wrote about two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I won writing and reporting awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2015, I graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in English (creative writing) from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Economics
Parenting & Families
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • M.A. Journalism, University of Maryland, 1993
  • University of Denver Publishing Institute, 2015
  • B.A. English, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 1989

Awards

  • Society of Professional Journalists, First Place Breaking News Reporting
  • Outstanding Writing and Reporting, the Associated Press

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
February, 1995 – Present (over 25 years)

Developmental book editing, copy editing, proofreading
Ghostwriting
Translation (Portuguese to English)

Reporter

The Frederick News-Post
May, 1992 – September, 1994 (over 2 years)

Covered local, state, and national politics, the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis, and state and local education.

Reporter

Capital News Service (Washington, D.C.)
August, 1991 – December, 1991 (5 months)

Covered the Supreme Court, Maryland’s delegation to U.S. Senate and
Congress, the Maryland General Assembly and federal agencies for nine
daily newspapers in Maryland, AP, and the Knight-Ridder News Wire.

News Aide

American Journalism Review
August, 1990 – August, 1991 (about 1 year)

Reporting, writing, editing, fact checking and proofreading for this
national magazine (circulation 50,000).

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Inspired By the Word: The Bible Through the Eyes of the Great Masters

Dr. J. Sage Elwell, Dr. Corinna Ricasoli

Experience Bible stories as seen through the eyes of some of the greatest master artists of all times Combined expertise of a well-known art historian with a gifted inspirational writer brings each of these sixty beautifully depicted scenes to life. Short, inspirational reflections offer insight into the art, including the historical and cultural context and biblical background. Thought-provok... read more

Experience Bible stories as seen through the eyes of some of the greatest master artists of all times Combined expertise of a well-known art historian with a gifted inspirational writer brings each of these sixty beautifully depicted scenes to life. Short, inspirational reflections offer insight into the art, including the historical and cultural context and biblical background. Thought-provok... read more

America's Youngest Hostages: The true cost of foster care and who's paying for it

Ian Keldoulis

In the turbulent 1960s, a renegade Capuchin friar set out to end the foster-care-to-prison pipeline. His actions inspired a community, sparked a movement and built an enduring grassroots organization. For over fifty years, the Downey Side adoption agency has been rescuing our neediest children from the nation’s blighted foster care system. This David versus Goliath story continues today. Ameri... read more

In the turbulent 1960s, a renegade Capuchin friar set out to end the foster-care-to-prison pipeline. His actions inspired a community, sparked a movement and built an enduring grassroots organization. For over fifty years, the Downey Side adoption agency has been rescuing our neediest children from the nation’s blighted foster care system. This David versus Goliath story continues today. Ameri... read more

Sell Without Being Salesy: The power of relational networking

Stephanie Wachman

There is a way to promote your business without being forced into stressful sales formulas. You can increase sales and still be authentic to who you are. If you are tired of "selling yourself," if you don't know how to grow your business, if you're not sure how to consistently increase revenue, then this book will be your guide to doing all of that and--in your own natural way. In Sell Without... read more

There is a way to promote your business without being forced into stressful sales formulas. You can increase sales and still be authentic to who you are. If you are tired of "selling yourself," if you don't know how to grow your business, if you're not sure how to consistently increase revenue, then this book will be your guide to doing all of that and--in your own natural way. In Sell Without... read more

Church Without Walls

Jim Petersen

By habit, the church has come to mean a place where we congregate. But that understanding causes us to miss one of our primary reasons for being in the world. In Church Without Walls, author Jim Petersen offers an exciting definition of the church that pushes beyond the too-small boundaries we've inherited from the past. A vivid and inspiring call to every Christian, this book explores why som... read more

By habit, the church has come to mean a place where we congregate. But that understanding causes us to miss one of our primary reasons for being in the world. In Church Without Walls, author Jim Petersen offers an exciting definition of the church that pushes beyond the too-small boundaries we've inherited from the past. A vivid and inspiring call to every Christian, this book explores why som... read more

Wealth and Wisdom: A Biblical Perspective on Economics

Jake Barnett

In Wealth and Wisdom, businessman Jake Barnett develops a solid theology of God’s generous purposes for the material world. At the heart of the Scriptures, says the author, is a bold call for us to integrate economics—including our personal economics—with love and community. To do this requires a refusal to follow the empty materialism of our age. As we align our lives with God’s designs for w... read more

In Wealth and Wisdom, businessman Jake Barnett develops a solid theology of God’s generous purposes for the material world. At the heart of the Scriptures, says the author, is a bold call for us to integrate economics—including our personal economics—with love and community. To do this requires a refusal to follow the empty materialism of our age. As we align our lives with God’s designs for w... read more

The Prayers of David: 40 Devotions Examining the Man After God's Own Heart

Rabbi Sidney Vineburg

The prayers of David -- a shepherd boy, king, warrior, fugitive, sinner, and heartbroken father -- offer guidance and wisdom still relevant for life today David was a man after God's own heart, not because he was perfect, but because he always sought God through prayer. It is through his example we can learn to pray in all things at all times. The Prayers of David combines faithful scholarship... read more

The prayers of David -- a shepherd boy, king, warrior, fugitive, sinner, and heartbroken father -- offer guidance and wisdom still relevant for life today David was a man after God's own heart, not because he was perfect, but because he always sought God through prayer. It is through his example we can learn to pray in all things at all times. The Prayers of David combines faithful scholarship... read more

Found in Translation: 52 Hebrew Words to Enrich Your Bible Reading (English and Hebrew Edition)

Asher Reich, Marty Foodim

What is the actual meaning of the Hebrew word for love? Find out the full meaning of 52 Hebrew words and how they can impact your Bible study Found in Translation takes a close look at the original meanings and contexts of Hebrew words to offer profound inspirational reflections that encourage a deeper understanding of Scripture. Many Hebrew words have multiple meanings and most Bible translat... read more

What is the actual meaning of the Hebrew word for love? Find out the full meaning of 52 Hebrew words and how they can impact your Bible study Found in Translation takes a close look at the original meanings and contexts of Hebrew words to offer profound inspirational reflections that encourage a deeper understanding of Scripture. Many Hebrew words have multiple meanings and most Bible translat... read more

Simplifying Life: Simple Steps for Finding Your Way (in a Complex World)

Brett Taylor

Dr. Google says that author Brett Taylor has a 30 percent chance of living five more years (his real doctors are non-committal). Living with the threat of death has (not surprisingly) taught him a little about how to suck the most out of life.Other authors who write about life make it too complicated. Brett doesn’t have time for that. That’s why he wrote this book. He doesn’t want people to tr... read more

Dr. Google says that author Brett Taylor has a 30 percent chance of living five more years (his real doctors are non-committal). Living with the threat of death has (not surprisingly) taught him a little about how to suck the most out of life.Other authors who write about life make it too complicated. Brett doesn’t have time for that. That’s why he wrote this book. He doesn’t want people to tr... read more

CLICKSAND: How Online Marketing Will Destroy Your Business (And The Unlikely Secret To Saving It)

Bill Troy

CLICKSAND exposes how the online marketing industry is destroying millions of businesses in a greedy money grab. From the largest companies such as Google, Facebook and Hubspot, to small agencies and consultants in every city and town, online marketers are convincing unsuspecting business owners that online marketing is a panacea that will solve all of their sales and marketing challenges. In ... read more

CLICKSAND exposes how the online marketing industry is destroying millions of businesses in a greedy money grab. From the largest companies such as Google, Facebook and Hubspot, to small agencies and consultants in every city and town, online marketers are convincing unsuspecting business owners that online marketing is a panacea that will solve all of their sales and marketing challenges. In ... read more

Fluid: How Culture, Hidden Opportunities, and Flatter Structures Lead to Profitable Innovation

Najeeb Khan

In ten years, half of the S&P 500 companies will be extinct. Forget the old rules of competition. There are new hidden competitors that come from nowhere to take over your market. They can be external or within your company. This book explores the past, present, and future of innovation. Discover how the Mongol Dynasty innovated to create one of the largest empires in the world to how to take ... read more

In ten years, half of the S&P 500 companies will be extinct. Forget the old rules of competition. There are new hidden competitors that come from nowhere to take over your market. They can be external or within your company. This book explores the past, present, and future of innovation. Discover how the Mongol Dynasty innovated to create one of the largest empires in the world to how to take ... read more

Global Impact Bible: See the Bible in a Whole New Light

Museum of the Bible Books

Includes over 900 four-color, illustrated articles revealing the Bible's influence on: science & medicine; education & literacy; government & politics; exploration & commerce; arts & entertainment; languages, and human relations. One of the most comprehensive and thought-provoking resources for exploring the deep impact, historical significance, and influence of the best-selling book of all ti... read more

Includes over 900 four-color, illustrated articles revealing the Bible's influence on: science & medicine; education & literacy; government & politics; exploration & commerce; arts & entertainment; languages, and human relations. One of the most comprehensive and thought-provoking resources for exploring the deep impact, historical significance, and influence of the best-selling book of all ti... read more

Own Your Time: Professional Time-Management Strategies for a Profitable and Balanced Life

Stephanie Wachman

In this book, author Stephanie Wachman, a Fortune 500 executive coach, provides business professionals with proven time-management strategies. Own Your Time provides practical, concise skills for business professionals to become more productive, reduce stress, increase profits and have a more balanced life. The book's chapters address ways to manage meetings, email, healthy sleep patterns, pro... read more

In this book, author Stephanie Wachman, a Fortune 500 executive coach, provides business professionals with proven time-management strategies. Own Your Time provides practical, concise skills for business professionals to become more productive, reduce stress, increase profits and have a more balanced life. The book's chapters address ways to manage meetings, email, healthy sleep patterns, pro... read more

The Optimal Life Experience: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Maximize Well-Being

Brian Vondruska

What is the optimal life experience? How is it attained? These questions have been studied for thousands of years. This book finally deduces the answers. Drawing on concepts from psychology, philosophy, and economics, this book creates a coherent picture of the total human experience. From the complexities of life, it extracts a simple path to maximized well-being. That path incorporates gener... read more

What is the optimal life experience? How is it attained? These questions have been studied for thousands of years. This book finally deduces the answers. Drawing on concepts from psychology, philosophy, and economics, this book creates a coherent picture of the total human experience. From the complexities of life, it extracts a simple path to maximized well-being. That path incorporates gener... read more

Glenn has 22 reviews

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Lucy Ritzmann
Glenn is absolutely fantastic! I received a manuscript review from him and it was comprehensive and incredibly helpful. I highly recommend working with Glenn.

Lucy Ritzmann, July 2020


Richard Gilbert
Glenn did a terrific job with a challenging manuscript, and collaborating with Glenn was a pleasure. He has my highest rating!

Richard Gilbert, February 2020


Tee O'Neill
Glenn was amazing. I had a non fiction book that was in need of a major restructuring and Glenn approached the job with skill and dedication. I am very grateful for his ability to shape my manuscript into a strong finished product. He is very easy to communicate and is generous in his time and advice and clearly cares that your work is not only the best it can be but he also help you find an a...
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Tee O'Neill, February 2020


Bob Roenigk
I have had an excellent experience with Glenn McMahan. Being a new author means there are many unknown unknowns. That is, we don't know what we don't know. I hired Glenn as a developmental editor of a Christian travel guide containing Biblical, cultural, archeological, political, and historical context references. Could we make this a fun book to read? Glenn took my project very seriously wit...
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Bob Roenigk, January 2020


Mary Jany
It is not easy to choose an editor when you see all the names on Reedsy. It was also my first time using Reedsy and an editor. But I could not have expected better than Glenn for a top-three US academic publisher. Glenn was highly professional: quick, precise, concise, and right on target with his review on my manuscript. He did more than copy editing; he provided many constructive suggestions ...
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Mary Jany, August 2019

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