Jennifer Crosswhite

Jennifer Crosswhite – Editor

Developmental editor with over 19 years of experience specializing in Christian fiction and sweet romance in all forms. Worked at Zondervan.

Overview

I'm an industry veteran that loves partnering with authors to get the book of their heart out to the world. My experience spans both sides of the publishing desk including as a marketing director, director of communication, and managing editor. I understand the breadth of publishing in all its forms.

I empower authors to write their book, find and keep their voice, and improve their craft. I cut through the overwhelm to help you reach your goals. I'll help you tell your story the best way possible. I love all forms of romance including romantic suspense and historical, religious and inspirational, and women's fiction.

[Jennifer] has revolutionized how I write my stories. [She] provides great structure, helps me to get to know my characters better, and keeps my writing on track. From novice to professional, everyone can benefit.

—USA Today Best-selling author Liz Tolsma

[Jennifer] has provided me with excellent editing, creative story help ... I will be using this service again. I never feel like I did something wrong because the advice, edits, and suggestions are given in a friendly manner.

― Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, CBA Best Selling author of Mind of Her Own

I’m currently writing my first novel and thought I would just be able to sit down and the words and plot would flow. I found this wasn’t the case. Who knew?! Jennifer ... has been invaluable to me, teaching me what I need to write captivating fiction novels. I know I wouldn’t be where I am in my writing without Jennifer’s wisdom and training. Thank you Jennifer!!!

–– Xan Barnard, aspiring author

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Christian Non-Fiction Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Romance Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • PEN
  • Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli) industry partner

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2014 — Present

A California native who’s spent significant time in the Midwest, I have over 15 years of experience in business, marketing, and publishing. Over this time, I have held the titles of marketing director, managing editor, graphic designer, and director of communication.

My skills include complex project management, writing and editing, marketing, and graphic design. I am an bestselling, agented author, having ghost-written nonfiction and written novels, curriculum, and award-winning articles and short stories.

My clients include Our Daily Bread Ministries, Credo Communications, Zondervan, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Barbour Publishing, and Concordia. I have degrees in Business Administration, History, and Comparative Literature from the University of California (Riverside and Irvine).

I partner with other industry experts to create a team that will provide you with the best product possible. I look forward to partnering with you to bring your ideas to market.

Zondervan/HarperCollins

Oct, 2010 — Mar, 2014 (over 3 years)

Project managed a $60 million product line, coordinating Editorial, Creative, Marketing, Production, Composition, and Finance. Responsible for checking and signing off on all final edits for cover and interior copy, coordinated editorial workload, and hired freelance editors.

Portfolio

Mind of Her Own

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill falls out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who is th... read more
How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her daughter while in the care of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in 1932?
Read through the New Testament in one yearThe Once-A-Day Walk with Jesus Devotional introduces you to the New Testament of the Bible through 365 daily readings, allowing you to read through the New Testament in one year. With devotions created by the trusted m... read more
Is Heaven Real? It seems this is an eternal question; one that is as relevant today as at any time in history. This much-debated topic has spurred untold numbers of books, blogs, discussions, and sermons – but in the end, what matters most is what the Bible sa... read more
The Handbook to Scripture guides you through the big picture of the Bible by providing 365 daily readings and Scripture highlights. Each daily reading has four elements: brief introductory paragraphs, a Scripture reading, a prayer of application that relates t... read more
Pour yourself a fresh, cold glass of sweet tea and ease into your favorite chair with a copy of the Once-A-Day Country Faith. You’ll enjoy a front row seat to an intimate look at your favorite country stars as they discuss the personal significance of their fa... read more
Return Policy

Michael Snyder

In his second book, novelist Michael Snyder introduces us to three very unusual and distinct voices all torn by tragedy: Willy Finneran, washed-up genre novelist with an espresso maker that just won't die and a habit of avoiding conflict even if it means putti... read more
Russell Fink is twenty-six years old and determined to salvage a job he hates so he can finally move out of his parents' house for good. He's convinced he gave his twin sister cancer when they were nine years old. And his crazy fiancee refuses to accept the fa... read more
He’s spent his life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.Play-it-safe magazine editor Heather McAlister is in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town’s power bro... read more
Sometimes a hero is born, sometimes he rises to the occasion, but sometimes being a hero runs in the family. See how it all began.Antoine Desaure Permonette deCrocketagné, the dashing second in command of the Versailles palace guards for King Louis XIV, is abo... read more
The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. Separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp's overseer, and her husband Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules--and the consequences ... read more
How many more surface conversations over hazelnut lattes are we going to have before we can finally say out loud, “I’m actually not fine!” If you feel plagued with insecurity and driven by fear, if you spend too much of your time comparing yourself to others b... read more
"An exciting, well-executed thriller . . . the danger is palpable . . . a highly recommended read that will make readers hope for a sequel." Kirkus ReviewsChase Hardeman, a former special ops veteran, is left questioning whether his past covert missions in the... read more
Science girl extraordinaire Halley Harper can’t believe she is on live TV, until disaster strikes forcing her to grow up and act like the eleven year old she almost is. But why does she still feel stuck in the middle—too little for some things and too big for ... read more
SHE PROMISED TO PROTECT HER HOME. SHE DIDN'T EXPECT AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE Travis Logan, a Civil War field doctor has sworn off battle and practicing medicine. But when a man collapses at his feet, Travis lends his aid. But once again it’s not enough. Before the... read more

Jennifer has 13 reviews

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Kelly O.

Kelly O.

Aug, 2023

Jennifer has the perfect balance of technical editing, overall analysis of the characters and narrative arc, plot development and writing style. She is clear but encouraging. She was careful to let us know exactly what to expect—and she delivered . Jennifer has a high level of experience and professionalism.
Kurt M.

Kurt M.

Aug, 2023

I am highly satisfied with Jennifer's skill. She has deepened the quality of the work and lengthened the years readers will return to it. Thank you, Jennifer. ~ km
Van H.

Van H.

Jul, 2023

It is clear that Jennifer knows what she is doing. Her suggestions and direction will make me a better writer. Thank you Jennifer.
Jennifer C.
Thanks, Van. It was a pleasure working with you, and I wish you all the success with your writing.
John T.

John T.

Jul, 2023

Working with Jennifer was a comprehensive learning experience that helped me in every area of writing. I feel like I earned a degree while finishing my first novel! She also picked up on and helped me make the most of the peculiarities of my project. I can’t imagine a more helpful, insightful, kind, thorough, and creative editor. I hope I get to work with her on future projects!
Bre L.

Bre L.

Jun, 2023

I am still working with Jennifer as my book evolves, and I have been so pleased with the feedback she has supplied, as well as her availability at the beginning and all the way through. Her Novel Blueprint Signature Course was extremely helpful to me, a new writer! Jennifer has given both constructive criticisms and encouraged me as a new writer with positive feedback. I look forward to work...
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