Meaghan Minkus

Meaghan Minkus - Editor

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

I'm a proofreading and copy editing specialist with 8 years of experience who's worked at two major Grand Rapids, MI publishing houses.

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Overview

It’s nice to meet you! I’m Meaghan, collector of names that start with M and lover of clear, beautiful language.

For the past several years, I’ve brandished my red pen at a local arts and entertainment magazine, in my home office, and in traditional publishing houses. My specialties are proofreading and copy editing (using either AP Style or Chicago Manual of Style, though I must admit I'm Team CMS), but I also offer proposal review services based on my experiences in acquisitions. Though my professional background happens to be mainly in Christian publishing, I'm open to working with projects of any genre and authors of any background.

My primary goal as an editor is for my clients to feel heard, understood, and valued throughout the process of making their writing as good as it can be. Whether it's evaluating your initial manuscript proposal or polishing your final draft (or any step in between), I'm committed to delivering thorough, easy-to-understand edits that will help you grow in the knowledge of your craft.

How can I help you tell your story today?
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Inspirational
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Awards

  • Emerging Leader Award (2016), Evangelical Christian Publishers Association

Work experience

Editor/Owner

Self-employed
June, 2019 – Present (about 2 years)

I specialize in proofreading and copy editing B2B and B2C communications, manuscripts and drafts, web copy, and other written communication. Proposal reviews are also available upon request.

Editorial Assistant (temporary/contract)

Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
December, 2019 – March, 2020 (3 months)

I provided editorial and administrative support to the ZonderKidz team during a time of transition in their department. This included proofreading book manuscripts, cover flats, and other routings; coding books in proprietary markup language for layout/formatting; tracking and sending contractual book copies to authors, agents, and others; providing proposal reviews; updating and maintaining departmental databases; providing backup for managing editors on illustrations, Scripture checks, potential endorsements, fact-checking for source citations, and other issues; and other projects as necessary.

Assistant Editor

Discovery House (now Our Daily Bread Publishing)
March, 2018 – June, 2019 (over 1 year)

• Attended writers’ conferences on behalf of Discovery House
• Managed unsolicited manuscript submissions and responded to proposals
• Attended acquisitions meetings to pitch manuscripts and provide feedback
• Assigned page proofs to in-house or freelance proofreaders
• Managed corrections of both covers and interiors until completion of press-ready files
• Approved final press proofs
• Documented errata in production copies of completed books
• Oversaw correction process for backlist titles
• Created excerpts for web-exclusive “sneak peeks”
• Attended title meetings and provided feedback
• Wrote interior copy for two editions of Our Daily Bread for Kids wall calendar
• Compiled and edited material for In the Father’s Hands and True Greatness
• Proofread and approved marketing copy for both B2B and B2C audiences
• Recorded freelancers’ invoices and submitted to Finance department for payment

Editorial Assistant

Discovery House (now Our Daily Bread Publishing)
January, 2016 – March, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Assisted with unsolicited manuscript review
• Attended acquisitions meetings and provided feedback
• Assigned page proofs to in-house or freelance proofreaders
• Managed corrections of both covers and interiors until completion of press-ready files
• Approved final press proofs
• Documented errata in production copies of finished books
• Attended title meetings and provided feedback
• Proofread and approved marketing copy
• Recorded freelancers’ invoices and submitted to Finance department for payment
• Researched and wrote a quarterly author newsletter
• Maintained and updated database of contracts for a long-term, multi-author project

Editorial Assistant

Our Daily Bread Ministries
September, 2013 – January, 2016 (over 2 years)

• Proofread manuscripts and article drafts for both print and online publications
• Provided theological and cultural reviews
• Maintained databases of Our Daily Bread articles and Discovery Series booklet proposals
• Monitored Our Daily Bread website for formatting issues and corrected as necessary
• Researched and wrote a bimonthly Discovery House author newsletter

Staff Writer

REVUE Magazine
May, 2011 – January, 2013 (over 1 year)

Researched and wrote articles on Grand Rapids-based literary life, entertainment, dining, and more.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

God Hears Her: 365 Devotions for Women by Women

Our Daily Bread Ministries, Morgan, Elisa, Dixon, Xochitl, Link, Julie Ackerman, Morgan, Elisa, Franklin, Regina, Cetas, Anne, Boucher Pye, Amy, Graves, Marlena, Ochoa, Keila, Wolfe, Karen

God's Big Story for You (Our Daily Bread for Kids Presents)

Our Daily Bread Ministries, Doneva, Steliyana

Our Daily Bread for Kids: 365 Meaningful Moments with God

Bowman, Crystal, McKinley, Teri, Our Daily Bread Ministries, Flowers, Luke

Ashton's Dancing Dreams (Faithgirlz / The Daniels Sisters Book 2)

Pitts, Kaitlyn, Pitts, Camryn, Pitts, Olivia

Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Cuevas, Mayra

Meaghan has 24 reviews

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Ioannis Papasarantos
Once again, working with Meaghan was a real pleasure! She is a model professional, very careful and thorough at her job! It is obvious that she really cares about making the best out of a manuscript while at the same time she totally respects author’s voice. I believe she’s got the secret of success!

Ioannis Papasarantos, May 2021

Meaghan Minkus
You're too kind, Ioannis! It was great getting to work with you again, and I'm so glad you were happy with my work. I think great things are ahead for your manuscript!

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Kathy Scott
Professional and quality recommendations.

Kathy Scott, May 2021

Meaghan Minkus
Thanks so much, Kathy! It was great working with you again!

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Ioannis Papasarantos
Meaghan is an excellent professional. Communicating with her is very pleasing as she makes people feel comfortable and secure. She fully complied with the deadlines in our agreement and delivered a detailed, careful editing. I definitely believe she is the right person for the job and I will gladly do business with her again!

Ioannis Papasarantos, April 2021

Meaghan Minkus
Thank you so much, Ioannis! It was a pleasure working with you and reading your story. If you ever write another one, feel free to reach out to me!

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Tori Thacher
Meaghan did a great job catching inconsistencies and fixing typos and grammatical errors. I'm really glad I had her copyediting expertise on this manuscript!

Tori Thacher, February 2021

Meaghan Minkus
Thanks for the kind words, Tori, and for choosing me to work with you!

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Valerie Chamberlain
Meaghan is a true professional! She was very communicative, punctual, and thorough. She polished my manuscript, ironing out the final details and drew from her personal experience to correct slips in my information. She made the process easy for a novice like myself and was encouraging, providing advice on possible next steps in my publishing journey. I would be very happy to work with her agai...
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Valerie Chamberlain, December 2020

Meaghan Minkus
Thank you so much, Valerie! It was a pleasure to work on this story. You've got a real gem here, and I can't wait to see it in a bookstore someday. :)

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