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 (over 1 year)

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

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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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Kathy Scott
Meaghan did an awesome job with my story. She was thorough, creative, and professional. She left wonderful suggestions for me to consider. I would request her again in a minute!

Kathy Scott, December 2020

Meaghan Minkus
Thanks for your kind words, Kathy! I had a wonderful time working on your story. Let me know when you want help with your next book! ;)

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N Jardine
Wow, I'm so glad Meaghan gave a final proofread of my manuscript and interior design before publishing! Little errors were caught which made a big difference once corrected. I highly recommend Meaghan for her thoroughness, promptness and great value! I will request her again.

N Jardine, November 2020

Meaghan Minkus
I'm so glad you were happy with everything! Your book looks SO good, and I know people are going to love it. Let me know when you're ready to write the next one! ;)

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Diane Elgin
Wow, working with Meaghan was a dream. I am so happy she decided to be a part of my series. I am so thrilled. My book is so much better now. I can't wait for the world to see it. Diane Elgin

Diane Elgin, November 2020

Meaghan Minkus
I'm so glad you're happy with how your book turned out, Diane! I can't wait for the next one. :) Thanks for the kind words!

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Robin Hunt
Meaghan completed the edits before the requested deadline. She was professional and interactive and responsive to requests. I wasn't exactly sure what to cite and how and she returned my book with footnotes! I didn't know how to do the Table of Contents or Copyright Page and she helped me with those too. I highly recommend her.

Robin Hunt, November 2020

Meaghan Minkus
Thanks so much, Robin! I'm so glad you were happy with all of my additions. :) Congratulations on publishing a beautiful book!

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