Kristen O'Neal

Kristen O'Neal - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor and writer with a passion for nonfiction, especially faith-based.

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Overview

I'm a writer and editor who's worked both in publishing and as a freelancer. From young adult fiction to fantasy to nonfiction, I have up-to-date knowledge of the marketplace. At Simon and Schuster, I worked at Howard Books, their Christian imprint, and I know the ins and outs of the Christian market as well.

I can help you hone your proposal, reevaluate your manuscript, and get everything ready to send out into the world so that you have the chance to put your best foot forward with agents and editors. I can help you move from a draft to the finished product you're envisioning, but can't quite reach. I can't wait to work with you! Drop me a line, and let's get started.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Religion & Spirituality
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Religion & Spirituality
Humanities & Social Sciences
History
Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Work experience

Editorial

Howard Books, Simon & Schuster
May, 2017 – March, 2019 (almost 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas

William J. Bennett

Former secretary of education and New York Times bestselling author William Bennett blends his historical expertise with his gift for storytelling into a heartwarming book about the man who ultimately became known as Santa Claus.Beloved writer and speaker William Bennett brings the legendary Saint Nicholas to life in this fascinating and faith-affirming book that will change the way you think ... read more

Former secretary of education and New York Times bestselling author William Bennett blends his historical expertise with his gift for storytelling into a heartwarming book about the man who ultimately became known as Santa Claus.Beloved writer and speaker William Bennett brings the legendary Saint Nicholas to life in this fascinating and faith-affirming book that will change the way you think ... read more

Five Minutes in the Morning: Daily Devotions for Women

Freeman-Smith LLC

A beautifully designed, 365-day devotional for busy women who want to make time for a few moments with God each day.Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 Just a few quiet moments before your busy day begins can center your heart and thoughts on God. This collection of inspiring daily readings, written just for busy women, will help you focus on God in the quiet moments before your day... read more

A beautifully designed, 365-day devotional for busy women who want to make time for a few moments with God each day.Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10 Just a few quiet moments before your busy day begins can center your heart and thoughts on God. This collection of inspiring daily readings, written just for busy women, will help you focus on God in the quiet moments before your day... read more

Five Minutes of Peace

Freeman-Smith LLC

This year-long daily devotional—designed to strengthen your faith with Bible verses, brief messages, and thoughtful quotes—encourages you to carve out a few minutes of peace in the presence of God.“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” —John 14:27 If you feel like you can’t get a moment of... read more

This year-long daily devotional—designed to strengthen your faith with Bible verses, brief messages, and thoughtful quotes—encourages you to carve out a few minutes of peace in the presence of God.“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” —John 14:27 If you feel like you can’t get a moment of... read more

The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation

Miles McPherson

Miles McPherson, founder of The Rock Church in San Diego, speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God.Miles McPherson has had enough of shying away from a major problem in America today: racial tension. It’s a topic that's widely recognized,... read more

Miles McPherson, founder of The Rock Church in San Diego, speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God.Miles McPherson has had enough of shying away from a major problem in America today: racial tension. It’s a topic that's widely recognized,... read more

The Secret Ingredient: Recipes for Success in Business and Life

Gigi Butler

Gigi Butler of Gigi’s Cupcakes shares her personal success story, her hard-won business acumen, and the life-changing inspiration that she’s gained from a challenging life. Each chapter includes a delicious dessert recipe for cupcakes and more!As a young child, Gigi knew that if she wanted to succeed, she had to work hard and offer a service that people wanted to buy. At age seven, she sold eg... read more

Gigi Butler of Gigi’s Cupcakes shares her personal success story, her hard-won business acumen, and the life-changing inspiration that she’s gained from a challenging life. Each chapter includes a delicious dessert recipe for cupcakes and more!As a young child, Gigi knew that if she wanted to succeed, she had to work hard and offer a service that people wanted to buy. At age seven, she sold eg... read more

Standing Strong: How to Storm-Proof Your Life with God's Timeless Truths

Charles F. Stanley

This powerful book from the bestselling Dr. Charles Stanley outlines key areas of conviction that can make or break who we are and how we live.What we choose to believe intrinsically determines whether or not we are able to stand strong in this life—during the easy times, and during the most difficult. Standing Strong explores the Bible to identify the central issues of life where conviction i... read more

This powerful book from the bestselling Dr. Charles Stanley outlines key areas of conviction that can make or break who we are and how we live.What we choose to believe intrinsically determines whether or not we are able to stand strong in this life—during the easy times, and during the most difficult. Standing Strong explores the Bible to identify the central issues of life where conviction i... read more

Godwink Christmas Stories: Discover the Most Wondrous Gifts of the Season (The Godwink Series)

SQuire Rushnell, Louise DuArt

New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt share 21 brand-new and 9 classic true-life stories of extraordinary “Godwinks” at Christmastime, proving that what some thought was “coincidence” wasn't coincidence at all, but a supernatural “hotline” from God.Think back to when you were a kid and someone you loved gave you a little wink across the dining room table, ... read more

New York Times bestselling author SQuire Rushnell and his wife Louise DuArt share 21 brand-new and 9 classic true-life stories of extraordinary “Godwinks” at Christmastime, proving that what some thought was “coincidence” wasn't coincidence at all, but a supernatural “hotline” from God.Think back to when you were a kid and someone you loved gave you a little wink across the dining room table, ... read more

Locked In: The Will to Survive and the Resolve to Live

Victoria Arlen

ESPN personality and Paralympics champion Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state at age eleven and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.When Victoria Arlen was eleven years old, she contracted two rare diseases simultaneously and fell into a m... read more

ESPN personality and Paralympics champion Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state at age eleven and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.When Victoria Arlen was eleven years old, she contracted two rare diseases simultaneously and fell into a m... read more

Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound

Mandy Harvey, Mark Atteberry

The inspiring true story of America's Got Talent Top Five Finalist Mandy Harvey—a young woman who became deaf at age nineteen while pursuing a degree in music—and how she overcame adversity and found the courage to live out her dreams.When Mandy Harvey began her freshman year at Colorado State University, she could see her future coming together right before her eyes. A gifted musician with pe... read more

The inspiring true story of America's Got Talent Top Five Finalist Mandy Harvey—a young woman who became deaf at age nineteen while pursuing a degree in music—and how she overcame adversity and found the courage to live out her dreams.When Mandy Harvey began her freshman year at Colorado State University, she could see her future coming together right before her eyes. A gifted musician with pe... read more

The God Groove: A Blues Journey to Faith

David Ritz

As a ghostwriter, biographer, and lyricist, David Ritz has worked with some of the biggest names in music, such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Marvin Gaye. Now, in his inspiring memoir, he shares how writing for these legendary artists led him to faith. Over the last forty-five years, David Ritz has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in music. Working to give a voice to these ic... read more

As a ghostwriter, biographer, and lyricist, David Ritz has worked with some of the biggest names in music, such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Marvin Gaye. Now, in his inspiring memoir, he shares how writing for these legendary artists led him to faith. Over the last forty-five years, David Ritz has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in music. Working to give a voice to these ic... read more

The Last: A Novel

Hanna Jameson

For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel... read more

For fans of high-concept thrillers such as Annihilation and The Girl with All the Gifts, this breathtaking dystopian psychological thriller follows an American academic stranded at a Swiss hotel as the world descends into nuclear war—along with twenty other survivors—who becomes obsessed with identifying a murderer in their midst after the body of a young girl is discovered in one of the hotel... read more

Vox

Christina Dalcher

NATIONAL BESTSELLERONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S AND SHEREADS' BOOKS TO READ AFTER THE HANDMAID'S TALE"[An] electrifying debut."--O, The Oprah Magazine * "The real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.On th... read more

NATIONAL BESTSELLERONE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S AND SHEREADS' BOOKS TO READ AFTER THE HANDMAID'S TALE"[An] electrifying debut."--O, The Oprah Magazine * "The real-life parallels will make you shiver."--Cosmopolitan Set in a United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.On th... read more

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