Kristen Defevers

Kristen Defevers - Editor

Jacksonville, FL, USA

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader specializing in Christian nonfiction. Let's work together and make your book the very best it can be!

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It is a passion of mine to help others make their writing the cleanest that it can be—free of errors and inconsistencies—so that the reader can easily focus on the message of the book.

My journey in editing began at UCLA, where I completed my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and graduated summa cum laude. I worked for the student newspaper as a copyeditor and immediately loved the objectivity of using a style guide to find errors and improve copy. After graduation, I worked as a copyeditor for the Southern California News Group.

My copyediting and proofreading work now centers on assisting publishers in a freelance capacity. As books enter the final stages of production, I either copyedit or proofread the work to ensure conformity to Chicago Manual of Style and any house style rules. I primarily edit Christian nonfiction, but I read widely and would love to work with you on another genre.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian Non-Fiction

Work experience

Content Manager

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
April, 2018 – September, 2021 (over 3 years)

As ACBC's Content Manager, I provided edits for all outgoing copy and ensured that our communication was professional, clear, consistent, and free of errors. I also supported the development of ACBC publications by serving as the primary copyeditor for publications in development.

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

April, 2018 – Present (almost 5 years)

I work with publishers and self-published authors to edit book manuscripts using Microsoft Word's track changes function or Adobe markup tools. I ensure style adherence to various style manuals (including Chicago, Turabian, and Christian Writer’s Manual of Style).

Portfolio (17 selected works)

United to Christ, Walking in the Spirit: A Theology of Ephesians (New Testament Theology)

Merkle, Benjamin L., Schreiner, Thomas R., Rosner, Brian S.

The God Who Judges and Saves: A Theology of 2 Peter and Jude (New Testament Theology)

Harmon, Matthew S., Schreiner, Thomas R., Rosner, Brian S.

Elisabeth Elliot: A Life

S. R. Austen, Lucy

Sanctification as Set Apart and Growing in Christ (Short Studies in Biblical Theology)

Köstenberger, Margaret Elizabeth, Ortlund, Dane C., Van Pelt, Miles V.

Kristen has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Tyler Childs
Kristen did a fantastic job. She was such a pleasure to work with and returned everything within a timely manner.

Tyler Childs, March 2023

RJ Anderson
Excellent to work with!

RJ Anderson, March 2023

Jessica Doyle
You can tell this is what Kristen was created to do. Her feedback was thorough, encouraging, and helpful. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had her work on my book and help refine my writing. Kristen is also quick to respond to questions and got my manuscript back to me before it was even due back. I highly recommend working with her if you want to grow as a writer and make your book...
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Jessica Doyle, November 2022

Roy Alexander
Working with Kristen on my book has been a great learning experience for me. I'm very grateful to have her professional editor's opinion and advice guiding me along in my endeavor to writing this book. Her desire to work with me made me really appreciate her and her writing skills to help me succeed. Roy

Roy Alexander, November 2022

Corey Pettway
Kristen gave me a foundation that I desperately needed. She carefully considered my outline and first chapter, which will help get me started. She gave me line-by-line comments. Kristen is so thorough. She reminds me of some of my best college writing professors (but better). I have since taken her suggestions and rewritten my work to upgrade the quality to a more professional level (of course,...
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Corey Pettway, October 2022

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