Close this message

John Fox

John Fox - Editor

Fullerton, CA, United States

I specialize in developmental editing and assessment for literary novels, adventure novels, and books about faith.

Overview

I've been editing for the last decade and helped hundreds of writers to achieve their dream of publishing a book.

When you work with me you can expect:

A Quick Edit -- I don't make you wait a long time. Children's books and short stories I edit within 5 days, and for most novels it will take 2 - 3 weeks.

A Thoughtful Response -- I offer a blend of praise for what you're doing well as well as specific advice on how to improve parts of your work.

A Long-Term Benefit -- By the time we're finished, you will have a better sense of your writing strengths and weaknesses, and this editing process will empower you for the next 5 books (not just this one).

Here's a little bit more about me:

I'm also an author (“I Will Shout Your Name,” Press 53), have written for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, and my work has been mentioned in The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and The Huffington Post. My MFA is from the University of Southern California and my MA is from New York University, and after teaching at the collegiate level for a decade, I decided to edit full time. After traveling to more than forty countries and living in three, I settled down in Orange County, California with my wife, twin boys, and five chickens.

Testimonials:

“John provided a thoughtful analysis that pointed out many things that I’d missed. He also was kind and gentle in delivering constructive criticism, and effusive with praise where he felt it due. I am so glad that I trusted my book to him because I know that the finished product will be measurably better for it.”

– Samantha Hobden Stringert

“His editing services exceeded expectations. He helped me identify places to devote more attention and provided thoughtful ideas to begin implementing his feedback. I’ll be working with him again in the future. Can’t wait.”

– Chris Jones

“John was extremely helpful and very honest. All of his thoughtful comments made total sense. Will definitely use him again.”

– Karen Sherwood

“John provides just the right combination of encouragement and solid feedback that can greatly improve a piece of fiction. What I particularly like about John’s approach is his ability to understand where a writer is developmentally and speak to him or her on that level.”

– Maisie Wheeler

“John has an editor’s mind, a writer’s eye, and a teacher’s mentality. He challenged me to identify a deeper vision for my work, then cultivate my story to achieve that vision in the most compelling way possible. I’ve never revised more thoroughly, and I’ve never been more pleased with the results.”

– Mason David Boyles

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Christian Literature

Awards

  • Chicago Tribune Nelsen Algren Award
  • Third Coast Fiction Contest
  • Shenandoah Fiction Award

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
May, 2006 – Present (over 11 years)

I help fiction writers improve their books so they can get the agent they want, the publisher they want, and the reader they want. It's all about giving pleasure to the reader, and I help you shape your book so more readers will love the story you're telling.

I focus on the big picture elements -- character, plot, dialogue, themes, descriptions, etc -- and tell you what you're doing well and where your story could be improved.

Contact me if you have any questions and I'd be happy to answer.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Sisters Crossing - Tall Tales from a Small Town

Robert Collins

Everyone knows everyone and everything in a small town. Wrong. Forbidden love, crime, even madness and murder lay hidden from view, unspoken. Sisters Crossing reveals the mystery of a serial killer, a suicide in a dark river, suppressed love for a potential murderer, the plight of a homeless genius. Small town characters tell their own stories in lyrical prose, excerpts from journals, poetry a... read more

Everyone knows everyone and everything in a small town. Wrong. Forbidden love, crime, even madness and murder lay hidden from view, unspoken. Sisters Crossing reveals the mystery of a serial killer, a suicide in a dark river, suppressed love for a potential murderer, the plight of a homeless genius. Small town characters tell their own stories in lyrical prose, excerpts from journals, poetry a... read more

The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan: Scorpions and Silk – Book One (Volume 1)

Alejandro de Gutierre

A resourceful amnesiac, abiding in a brutal desert prison in Ancient Persia, tries to help his fellow inmates and struggles to stay alive. But when an opportunity for freedom manifests, matters grow worse than ever, and he must confront his deepest fears, or lose himself forever.

A resourceful amnesiac, abiding in a brutal desert prison in Ancient Persia, tries to help his fellow inmates and struggles to stay alive. But when an opportunity for freedom manifests, matters grow worse than ever, and he must confront his deepest fears, or lose himself forever.

Dad, Angels & Dogs

Maggie Hogan

Dad, Angels and Dogs is an inspirational story that has purpose. Through this story a promise is kept -- we all make this promise to our parents at some point but only a few fulfill it with the help of Angels. When it comes time to keep that promise the reality of the situation can be daunting. Reading Maggie s experiences is almost like reading a template for success. Maggie brings real life ... read more

Dad, Angels and Dogs is an inspirational story that has purpose. Through this story a promise is kept -- we all make this promise to our parents at some point but only a few fulfill it with the help of Angels. When it comes time to keep that promise the reality of the situation can be daunting. Reading Maggie s experiences is almost like reading a template for success. Maggie brings real life ... read more

Perfume & Cigarettes: 5 stories

Courtney Crane

A collection of contemporary short stories with some touches of magic realism...Crane produces spot-on descriptions like that of an old man’s body that was “as thin and shapeless as a can of Pringles” and clever turns of phrase such as “[h]e’d learned to live with it, the way people learn to live leprosy or a criminal record”...Tales like “The Little Flower of the Newsroom”, with its clever ti... read more

A collection of contemporary short stories with some touches of magic realism...Crane produces spot-on descriptions like that of an old man’s body that was “as thin and shapeless as a can of Pringles” and clever turns of phrase such as “[h]e’d learned to live with it, the way people learn to live leprosy or a criminal record”...Tales like “The Little Flower of the Newsroom”, with its clever ti... read more

Perspectives: From Tragedy to Triumph

Robert Bohannon

Perspectives takes the reader through a tragedy, revealed from differing points of view, and delivers them to a triumphal epiphany of hope and restoration. When people ask, "Why would a loving God allow such evil to exist or why didn't God stop this evil?" Perspectives gives answers to these and other questions. Intended for ages 13 and up.Perspectives takes the reader on a wild ride, across t... read more

Perspectives takes the reader through a tragedy, revealed from differing points of view, and delivers them to a triumphal epiphany of hope and restoration. When people ask, "Why would a loving God allow such evil to exist or why didn't God stop this evil?" Perspectives gives answers to these and other questions. Intended for ages 13 and up.Perspectives takes the reader on a wild ride, across t... read more

Share this profile :)

It's time to tell the world about this Reedsy profile!

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 700+ profiles.

7ed2b88c5c7e7daceaef8b0afd5ac4eddc202949

Ashley Casteel

Christian romance and inspirational non-fiction editor with 7+ years experience working with award-winning authors and publishers.

New Philadelphia, United States

Eaaaa124b363e4c667b3d03752648ac5bf71359f

Nell McPherson

From bestselling nonfiction and cookbooks to novels and short story collections, I've helped authors polish their work for over 10 years.

Jacksonville, FL, United States

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy

To view 700+ more profiles, Join Reedsy