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Lisa Stilwell

Lisa Stilwell - Editor

Nashville, United States

I'm a 19 year veteran in Christian publishing, specializing in gift/coffee table books, devotionals, and trade books.

Overview

My background as Sr. Acquisitions Editor includes 19 years of working at Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins), Howard (Simon & Schuster), Multnomah (Waterbrook/Random House), and DaySpring. I've worked with bestselling authors/pastors such as Max Lucado, Sarah Young, Charles Stanley, Billy Graham, David Jeremiah, Lee Strobel, Hank Hanegraaff, and many others. I've also worked with artists such as Josh Turner, Matthew West, and Steve Curtis Chapman, among others. I specialize in devotionals, compilations, turning trade book material into gift book prose, and trade books of varying topics. My expertise spans from the initial consulting stage through to the details of proofreading. I also have a vast knowledge of working with designers on 4-color books with photography and original art. Finally, I am creator of "The Heavens Proclaim His Glory", a beautiful compilation of images taken by Hubble Telescope paired with inspirational excerpts and quotes.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Christian (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Publishing Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Awards

  • Christian Retailing 2015 Best Award Finalist for "Every Day in His Presence" by Dr. Charles Stanley
  • Winner of the 2014 ECPA Christian Book Award for "He Walks Among Us" by Richard and Renee Stearns
  • "The Heavens Proclaim His Glory" by Lisa Stilwell, nominated for 2011 Christian Retailing Choice Award

Work experience

Sr. Advisor/Editor

Self-employed
June, 2017 – Present (7 months)

Consulting, front end direction, editing, and proofreading are my strengths. I am a stickler for details and making sure everything's done just right before going to press.

Sr. Editor

Thomas Nelson Publishers (Harper Collins)
April, 2005 – October, 2015 (over 10 years)

At this job I acquired and created gift books as well as adapted trade books to gift book format. I oversaw 20 titles per year that generated over $3 million in revenue. I managed all editorial and design stages from front-end vision through to preparing files for press. I maintained excellent relations with bestselling authors such as Max Lucado, Sarah Young, Charles Stanley, Billy Graham, Lee Strobel, David Jeremiah, Robert Morgan, Robert Morris, and many more. Through it all, I was able to work under pressure with grace and meet multiple deadlines with a smile.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope

Thomas Nelson

“Ican see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and bean atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and saythere is no God.” Abraham LincolnOur world displays the handiwork of God all around us―in theland and sea, the animals and the plants. But in respect to the sky, theheavens, the universe…there’s a realm of beauty and creation man has not ... read more

“Ican see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and bean atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and saythere is no God.” Abraham LincolnOur world displays the handiwork of God all around us―in theland and sea, the animals and the plants. But in respect to the sky, theheavens, the universe…there’s a realm of beauty and creation man has not ... read more

Every Day in His Presence

Charles Stanley

Spend every day abiding in the presence of our Lord.Living in today’s world can be challenging as well as draining. Our fast pace of life, coupled with constant demands to do more, get more, and be more, makes being still and living more deliberately in His presence seem unattainable. But God tells us that, while the cares of the world seem pressing now, we are not alone—we have lasting hope a... read more

Spend every day abiding in the presence of our Lord.Living in today’s world can be challenging as well as draining. Our fast pace of life, coupled with constant demands to do more, get more, and be more, makes being still and living more deliberately in His presence seem unattainable. But God tells us that, while the cares of the world seem pressing now, we are not alone—we have lasting hope a... read more

God Is With You Every Day

Max Lucado

It’s easier to face the day when you know God is with you.God Is With You Every Day is a brand-new 365-day devotional from Max Lucado, and his first new devotional since the creation of the Grace for the Moment® line. Max’s signature reassuring and encouraging voice, paired with the practical, relevant, and personal message that God is with you every day, makes a great way to start each day of... read more

It’s easier to face the day when you know God is with you.God Is With You Every Day is a brand-new 365-day devotional from Max Lucado, and his first new devotional since the creation of the Grace for the Moment® line. Max’s signature reassuring and encouraging voice, paired with the practical, relevant, and personal message that God is with you every day, makes a great way to start each day of... read more

12 Stories of Christmas

Robert Morgan

Experience the wonderment of Christmas with this endearing collection of original stories. Even though he’s got 3.5 million copies of books in print, Pastor Robert Morgan writes only one short fiction story each year—an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. Now with a fresh new cover and six new stories, the entire collection of twelve is available in this beautiful volume.... read more

Experience the wonderment of Christmas with this endearing collection of original stories. Even though he’s got 3.5 million copies of books in print, Pastor Robert Morgan writes only one short fiction story each year—an original work he shares with his church on Christmas Eve. Now with a fresh new cover and six new stories, the entire collection of twelve is available in this beautiful volume.... read more

Why Keep Praying?: When You Don't See Results

Robert Morris

Pastor Robert Morris encourages readers to keep praying. Many people give up praying because they don’t see results and feel discouraged or angry that their prayers haven’t been heard. But Robert Morris reveals why it is so important not to stop—to never give up. This book provides hope and evidence for readers that God does hear their prayers, cares about them personally, and intervenes in th... read more

Pastor Robert Morris encourages readers to keep praying. Many people give up praying because they don’t see results and feel discouraged or angry that their prayers haven’t been heard. But Robert Morris reveals why it is so important not to stop—to never give up. This book provides hope and evidence for readers that God does hear their prayers, cares about them personally, and intervenes in th... read more

Finding the Lost Art of Empathy: Connecting Human to Human in a Disconnected World

Tracy Wilde

Tracy Wilde, rising celebrity pastor who helped launch the LA Bible Study in Hollywood, reflects on the absence of empathy in today’s world and shares how Christians can renew their compassion to help unify not only the church, but society as well.In Finding the Lost Art of Empathy, Tracy Wilde addresses the reasons why we struggle with showing empathy toward others and explains why we ultimat... read more

Tracy Wilde, rising celebrity pastor who helped launch the LA Bible Study in Hollywood, reflects on the absence of empathy in today’s world and shares how Christians can renew their compassion to help unify not only the church, but society as well.In Finding the Lost Art of Empathy, Tracy Wilde addresses the reasons why we struggle with showing empathy toward others and explains why we ultimat... read more

Inside the NFL's First Family: My Life of Football, Faith, and Fatherhood

Bruce Matthews

From the man who has played in more NFL games than any non-kicker in the football league’s history comes a memoir about the Matthews family and how eight people over three generations have achieved success in the NFL—more than any other family in sports history.No family has qualified more of its members for the demands and rewards of the National Football League than the Matthews clan—eight a... read more

From the man who has played in more NFL games than any non-kicker in the football league’s history comes a memoir about the Matthews family and how eight people over three generations have achieved success in the NFL—more than any other family in sports history.No family has qualified more of its members for the demands and rewards of the National Football League than the Matthews clan—eight a... read more

Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

Josh Turner

Be a stronger, more effective dad, family man, and man of God. Described as a devoted family man, strong Christian, generous philanthropist, and passionate sports fan, Josh Turner is one busy guy. And despite his recording schedule, award shows, and national tour dates, a few of his biggest priorities in life are to instill good values into his three young sons, be a devoted husband, and be a ... read more

Be a stronger, more effective dad, family man, and man of God. Described as a devoted family man, strong Christian, generous philanthropist, and passionate sports fan, Josh Turner is one busy guy. And despite his recording schedule, award shows, and national tour dates, a few of his biggest priorities in life are to instill good values into his three young sons, be a devoted husband, and be a ... read more

A Return to Sunday Dinner

Russell Cronkhite

Sunday dinner is more than just a meal - it's a time for food, fellowship, and the creation of long-lasting memories! Americans will be inspired to rekindle the tradition of hospitality among family and friends with this mouthwatering culinary collection, designed for any cook with basic kitchen resources. Russell Cronkhite, former executive chef of the Blair House - the presidential guest hou... read more

Sunday dinner is more than just a meal - it's a time for food, fellowship, and the creation of long-lasting memories! Americans will be inspired to rekindle the tradition of hospitality among family and friends with this mouthwatering culinary collection, designed for any cook with basic kitchen resources. Russell Cronkhite, former executive chef of the Blair House - the presidential guest hou... read more

The Complete Bible Answer Book

Hank Hanegraaff

Hank Hanegraaff knows what Bible questions believers and nonbelievers ask—and he’s spelled out the answers. The Complete Bible Answer Book is a comprehensive guide covering more than 170 of the top questions that the Bible Answer Man has been asked throughout the past 40 years of his ministry. Updated topics include creation and our existence, basic apologetics, spiritual gifts, religions and ... read more

Hank Hanegraaff knows what Bible questions believers and nonbelievers ask—and he’s spelled out the answers. The Complete Bible Answer Book is a comprehensive guide covering more than 170 of the top questions that the Bible Answer Man has been asked throughout the past 40 years of his ministry. Updated topics include creation and our existence, basic apologetics, spiritual gifts, religions and ... read more

Forgiveness: Overcoming the Impossible

Matthew West

Whether giving or receiving, forgiveness is the key toward true healing and blessing. God says there are no limits to forgiveness toward others or ourselves. And when Matthew West set out on a journey asking people to share their true life stories, Renée shared about how she chose to forgive the drunk driver who hit and killed her daughter. This remarkable story and others like it bring peace ... read more

Whether giving or receiving, forgiveness is the key toward true healing and blessing. God says there are no limits to forgiveness toward others or ourselves. And when Matthew West set out on a journey asking people to share their true life stories, Renée shared about how she chose to forgive the drunk driver who hit and killed her daughter. This remarkable story and others like it bring peace ... read more

Cinderella: The Love of a Daddy and His Princess

Steven Curtis Chapman

As the clock strikes midnight, remember . . . Each moment we have to spend with our children is a blessing from above. But as we cherish this chapter of life, we realize the pages of time will keep turning. Alternating between the voices of a father and his daughter, Cinderella celebrates the blessings of childhood, family, love and life. You will be enchanted by this modern fairytale that tea... read more

As the clock strikes midnight, remember . . . Each moment we have to spend with our children is a blessing from above. But as we cherish this chapter of life, we realize the pages of time will keep turning. Alternating between the voices of a father and his daughter, Cinderella celebrates the blessings of childhood, family, love and life. You will be enchanted by this modern fairytale that tea... read more

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