JD Kudrick

JD Kudrick - Editor

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Hey there! I specialize in COPYEDITING/PROOFREADING, with 20+ years as a wordsmith who enjoys working on fiction. Booking late April. : )

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Your words are important -- important enough for you to spend seemingly endless hours getting those words typed up as you chain-drink whatever keeps you going, all while your friends and family wonder what in the world you're up to.

Now you've typed the very last word of your novel! Hope you took some time to celebrate, maybe with a big bowl of ice cream, a special dinner out, or a glass of your favorite happy-time drink.

So ... you did it. You wrote your novel, and you're eager to share it with the rest of the planet -- and you naturally want it to be the best that it can be before it gets into the hands of your readers. Enter the realm of editing and all the emotions that come with handing over your manuscript to someone else ...

As a fiction writer myself, I get the feelings that go along with letting someone else edit and polish all those words you've spent so much time and energy on, so I'm here for you as an editor who can relate. At this point in my career, I specialize in fiction copyediting and proofreading:

Copyediting -- Line-by-line and word-by-word editing for grammar, word usage, tone, format, mechanics of style, and consistency of facts, spelling, capitalization, and numerals. Also includes recommendations to author. Revisions made within Word document using tracking feature. Includes at least two rounds of editorial review (including final proofread).

Proofreading -- A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Revisions made within Word document using tracking feature. Includes at least two rounds of editorial review.

Finally, some fast facts about me for you:
-- Editorial portfolio of nearly 250 published books by authors from around the globe
-- Master's degree focused on fiction writing
-- Familiarity with a variety of genres (see below)

Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions or if you're ready to start working together. Happy to dialogue with you and then provide a free editing sample if it sounds like we might be a good fit for each other as author and editor. Thanks for stopping by!

peace, love, and life to you ... jd : )

[CURRENT AVAILABILITY: I'm now booking new projects for LATE APRIL 2023.]

***** PLEASE NOTE *****
I do not offer manuscript critiques/evaluations or developmental/substantive/content editing for fiction, and I do not work on nonfiction. Because I specialize in copyediting and proofreading, it means that the authors I work with are satisfied with their stories from a big-picture perspective and are not looking for anyone to offer thoughts on how to improve the story or make large-scale edits, but rather looking for an editor to smooth out, enhance, and polish the text of the tale. So if you're happy with your overall story as it stands, then please feel free to drop me a request. Thank you kindly for your consideration of this detailed note. : )

English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult


  • Wizard Academy: How to Write Powerfully and Clearly Course Completion
  • Wizard Academy: Ad Writing 101 Course Completion

Work experience

Freelance Editor/Writer

July, 2002 – Present (over 20 years)


Infinity Concepts
June, 2004 – April, 2009 (almost 5 years)

Senior Editor

Whitaker House Publishers
October, 2003 – June, 2004 (8 months)


Whitaker House Publishers
October, 2002 – October, 2003 (about 1 year)


Tribune-Review Newspaper
September, 1999 – November, 2002 (about 3 years)

Managing Editor/Copyeditor

Hampton Roads Christian Newspaper
May, 1997 – May, 1998 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (23 selected works)

The Decision

Komeshak, Michael

Let Go the Reins

Hughes, John D

Persian Blood

Haynes, M. G.

The Kinsman Chronicles

Williamson, Jill

The Spirit Series

Stead, Traci, Kudrick, John David


James Byron Huggins

Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm (Volume 3)

Batterson, Mark, Clark, Joel N.

Mystery in the Shadow of Mount Rushmore (The Adventures of Eli Frost)

Silva, D.A., Kudrick, John David, Baker, Brittney, Machado, Kimberly

Mama, What Is the Meaning of Christmas? (001)

Justice, Mable A., Jippo , Toshiyo, Kazumi, Okabe

Dolphin Caller: Book I

Howland, David, Kudrick, John David, Nguyen, T.K. Diem, Richardson, Kae, Sial, Adeeba

The Pilgrim: Wizards of the White Light

Sylvester, JP, Kudrick, John David

The Red Storm: The Life and Afterlife of Prince Eoloff Danzweiga (The Divine Tragedy Series Book 1)

Dawn, Thomas F., Blough, Tim, Haws, Franklin, Nelson, Marissa, Wallum, Rick, Haselmann, Katie, Kudrick, John David, Dawn, David

JD has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

E.W. Doc Parris
I will not be leaving a review.

E.W. Doc Parris, February 2023

JD Kudrick
Really appreciated the opportunity to work with you, Doc, and I'd be more than happy to do so again. Wishing you and your story the very best! peace, love, and life to you ... jd : )

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Andrew Bonar
JD was outstanding. He went past the expectation of work, delivering on needed areas of my manuscript. An excellent communicator with impeccable knowledge and expertise. I highly recommend his editorial services.

Andrew Bonar, August 2022

JD Kudrick
Well thank you so kindly for the lovely review, Andrew. Likewise, I very much enjoyed working with you and appreciated the chance to do so. Wishing you all the best with the current story and those...
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Sidney Sanford
JD Kudrick is great. He is an exceptional communicator. Not only is he an excellent editor and proof reader, he becomes a teacher as well with his commentary as he edits the work presented to him. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Sidney Sanford, July 2022

JD Kudrick
Appreciate the kind words, Sid! It was an honor and pleasure to lend a hand on your book. Thanks again for the chance to work together, and wishing you well with the novel and all your future writi...
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Scott Howell
JD is a pleasure to work with. He is very communicative and a hands on type of person. He made a number of excellent suggestions that definitely improved the quality of my novel. I had hired him for copy editing but he went up and above that. He caught a few plot holes and other inconsistencies and instead of saying I’m only hired to copy edit he worked with me to correct those issues. Highly r...
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Scott Howell, January 2022

JD Kudrick
Thanks so much, Scott! It was also a pleasure to work with you. It always excites me to see an author who not only desires to do what it takes to craft the most engaging and powerful story possible...
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Benny Mailman
To whom it may concern: As I checked the obligatory star count, I found myself asking "Why are there not more stars for JD?" I do not make a lot of money, so the amount I paid out for JD's service, along with Reedsy's percentage additions, (I thought cable tv had an outrageous connection fee!) was the most I have ever put out for anything creative. JD is a rare comet that only comes around onc...
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Benny Mailman, September 2021

JD Kudrick
Aw, thanks so much, Benny! It's been a joy working with you and getting to know you as well, and I look forward to the opportunity to do it again down the road. peace, love, and life to you ... jd...
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