Kristen Defevers

Kristen Defevers – Editor

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

Overview

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.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian Non-Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Apr, 2018 — Sep, 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.

Self-employed

Apr, 2018 — Present

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

Elisabeth Elliot: A Life

S. R. Austen, Lucy

Kristen has 18 reviews

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Celeste D.

Celeste D.

Dec, 2023

Overall, my experience was great!
Marc B.

Marc B.

Oct, 2023

I have just finished incorporating Kristin's edits into our book. This is our second project working with her and once again she exceeded all expectations. I look forward to working with he on future projects.
James J.

James J.

Oct, 2023

Kristin's copy editing of my manuscript was thorough and professional. I've written it several times with fictitious names, and she caught the times when I inadvertently used a name I'd used in a previous version. While her attention to detail was great, in the process of fixing grammar and spilling and finding names that didn't seem to fit, she also remained attuned to content of the manus...
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Vicki O.

Vicki O.

Sep, 2023

I love working with Kristen because she is extremely professional and has a great eye for detail.
Alexandra Y.

Alexandra Y.

Jul, 2023

It was a joy to work with Kristen! She did a great job editing, and I agree with all the suggestions that she made. She was super responsive throughout the whole process. Her fees were more than fair, and she finished with my project early. I am so grateful that God led me to her!

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