Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright - Editor

Lewisburg, West Virginia, USA

An obsessive copy editor with thirty years of hard-hitting, results-driven copy editing for numerous publishers and individual authors.

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Copy editing is my tenacious passion and a fiercely integral part of who I have been for the past three decades. Molding copy into easy-to-understand, error-free reading material brings me great satisfaction as a meticulous editor who has worked with newspapers, Christian book publishers, and editorial services. Editing book manuscripts, however, has been my strength over the years, and it gives me great pleasure to fine-tune a writer's words into professional, easy-to-ready copy.

Questions? I ask questions—boy, do I ever! If something you're written doesn’t quite make sense, if a statement or statistic doesn’t ring true, I'll research it or post a query to you to confirm its accuracy. In this day of instant information retrieval when facts can be easily checked by virtually anyone in a matter of seconds, it’s more important than ever to be accurate. However, my sometimes-pesky questions aren’t limited simply to facts. I also ask about the efficacy of certain elements of your writing that may or may not create the results you wanted. Words are great tools when used properly, and running interference in questioning an author’s intentions when needed is a vital responsibility of any copy editor.

Without a doubt, I’m what you would call a “reader’s advocate.” When working on a manuscript, I’m constantly ruminating on how the reader will perceive your words. If you fail to clarify a term, statement, or opinion that will leave questions in the reader’s mind and create confusion, I’ll work on that with you to assure that those items are made clear. Additionally, I constantly focus on assuring that your wording is smooth and uninterrupted by confusing elements. A reader should not have to back up and reread a passage to determine what you were really trying to say. Sometimes exhausting but, of course, ultimately rewarding--these are just a few of the multitude of items I focus on in making your manuscript shine!

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Middle Grade

Work experience

Copy editor

Certa Publishing
May, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

Copy editing a variety of manuscripts, conforming them to proper style. Providing questions regarding various concerns or needed changes.

Copy editor and proofreader

Dust Jacket Press
September, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Copy editing book manuscripts from a variety of authors. Communicating with authors regarding various corrections and other modifications. Checking page proofs at least twice (often many more times) and assuring that all final changes have been made, along with examining the proofs for any last changes needed.

Copy editor and proofreader

Christian Editing and Design
August, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Editing and proofreading a variety of book manuscripts and other projects, Communicating with authors in making corrections and other modifications according to proper style.

Copy editor

Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
January, 1993 – December, 2014 (almost 22 years)

Provided copy editing services for a wide variety of Christian books. Checked page proofs. Worked with authors to clarify any problem areas. Submitted applications for Cataloging-in-Publication data. Guided authors in securing permission for use of copyrighted material when needed. Wrote back-cover copy and some promotional material as requested.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

Keeping Kyla

Crombie, Joan

Live Last: Mark 9:35

Newman, Keith

Second Row Piano Side

Chonda Pierce

Jonathan has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

David Fischer
One of the reasons that I used Jonathan was that his bio indicated he would give a lot of feedback and ask questions. He did the opposite. I didn't hear from him until he was done with the job. He did add one good suggestion that I hadn't considered before. But he missed some logic problems that friends and relatives found that he should have caught. His reply on that was unsatisfactory. ...
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David Fischer, April 2022

Jonathan Wright
Punctuation usage, especially the use of commas, is trending more on the conservative side these days in my experience, and I strongly advocate using them only when necessary in order to keep a mor...
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Quintin Vargas
Jonathan is a deliberate, conscientious, and extremely talented editor. He is prompt and, with my project, he was able to finish ahead of schedule. I'm extremely impressed. I recommend him highly and wish I'd discovered him before writing my previous books.

Quintin Vargas, April 2022

Christopher Clay
Jonathan did an excellent job! He began the project on time and completed it ahead of schedule. His edits were good and improved my confidence in the book. He has been excellent at helping me through those edits and answering all my questions. I believe I got excellent value for his service with high quality. I hope to work with Jonathan again and give him my highest recommendation.

Christopher Clay, April 2022

Malissa Chapin
Johnathon was very easy to work with. He answered my questions and updated me throughout the process. He is the first editor I've used and I appreciate that he was patient with my new author questions.

Malissa Chapin, December 2021

Jonathan Wright
Malissa is a superb author. It's hard to believe she hasn't been at it longer than what she has been! Her manuscript was very easy to work with, and she was very responsive to my questions. I'm so ...
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Cameron Wells
Really enjoyed working with Jonathan, he was very helpful and worked with me well after I had originally asked for a quote. Would enjoy working with him again.

Cameron Wells, October 2021

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