Nancy Lohr

Nancy Lohr - Editor

Greenville, SC, USA

Experienced editor of youth fiction and biographies as well as Christian living, Bible studies, and devotionals for teens and adults.

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I worked as an acquisitions editor for an established publisher with ties to the educational market for over two decades and have experience in all levels of editing from developmental to copyediting to proofreading. My experience in the youth market (my sweet spot) includes picture books, first chapter books, chapter books, middle grade books, and YA books. My portfolio also includes Christian living titles, devotionals, and Bible studies for teens and adults. In addition to my primary work, I have worked as a freelancer editor for HarperCollins and several independent publishers. My extensive experience means I can give you the help you need to make your manuscript shine. (I'm not old, mind you, just experienced.)

I will focus on the needs specific to copyediting or proofreading. I will tidy up grammatical concerns and fix your punctuation. I will help you identify rough spots like flabby prose, lack of clarity, or stilted dialogue. I stay current with the Chicago Manual of Style, and I will help you hone your style to fit what readers today expect. I am a stickler for maintaining your author's voice. If my editing makes your text sound like I wrote it, I have failed you, but I don't plan on failing. I am known for doing careful and respectful work that is delivered on time. What more are you looking for?

Author Testimonials

Nancy Lohr has edited two of my novels. I consider her work to be detailed, thorough, and professional in every way. Thanks to her editing, along with various construction suggestions along the way, both books turned out better than they would have been without her input. I appreciate her years of experience but also her sense of humor, personality, and genuine care for the work. I highly recommend her!

--Rick Barry, author of The Methuselah Project and other novels


Working with Nancy was an absolute pleasure. She is smart, attentive, and caring. She elevated my work to a new level while being careful not to change my voice or style. Whenever I approached a new comment or change suggested by Nancy, I knew it was going to be right on. She always made sure that I agreed with her decisions and understood her meaning. She is an amazing, talented editor. Simply put: Nancy Lohr is the best.

--Joyce Magnin, author of Pippa’s Jumping Shoes and other books


As a first-time author, I required education in the writing and publishing process. Nancy Lohr provided steady, honest guidance from start to finish. She encouraged my personal style while helping me raise the quality to publishing standards. Longevity in the industry and broad associations in the publishing world enhance the expertise she offers. Editor-to-author communication is timely and clear. I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.

--Dean Taylor, author of The Thriving Church


I was privileged to work with Nancy Lohr on my book He Is Able. From the first moment, I had the sense that I and my manuscript were in good hands. I never doubted that Nancy believed in the project and the message I sought to communicate. Every step she took and every suggestion she made enhanced that message and strengthened my writing. I am a better author, and my manuscript became a better book because of her keen editor’s eye, sound judgment, and skillful work. The editing process can be painful for an author, but working with Nancy was a joy. I commend her and her work to you with utmost confidence you will have a similar experience.

--John Kitchen, author of He Is Able and other books

English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Christian Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • Editing Certificate, University of Chicago


  • Stars and Flags Publisher Award, Bronze Medal - Children for Avery's Battlefield
  • Stars and Flags Publisher Award, Bronze Medal - Children for Avery's Crossroad
  • Will Rogers Medallion Award, Western Fiction-Young Adult for Beyond the Smoke

Work experience

Freelance editor

January, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

I edited several ministry-related projects--a Christian camp history, transcribed sermons, a children's ministry program, and numerous self-published books on a variety of topics.

Acquisitions Editor

JourneyForth Books, a division of BJU Press
August, 1996 – August, 2021 (about 25 years)

Freelance editor

HarperCollins Christian
January, 2017 – September, 2019 (over 2 years)

Just in Case You Ever Wonder

Lucado, Max, Tharlet, Eve

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted: A Novel

Grennan, Conor, Valdrighi, Alessandro

The Miracles Answer Book (Answer Book Series)

Strobel, Lee, Mittelberg, Mark

Really Woolly Thankful Thoughts

DaySpring, Jensen, Bonnie Rickner, Phillips, Julie Sawyer

Don't Close Your Eyes: A Silly Bedtime Story

Hostetler, Bob, Chambers, Mark

Christmas Crossroads

Elizabeth Raum

The Hidden Village

Bonnie Rose Hudson

Pippa's Jumping Shoes

Joyce Magnin, Joe Sutphin, Joe Sutphin

Pelts & Promises

Nancy Lohr

Avery's Battlefield

Deanna K. Klingel

Beyond the Smoke

Terry Burns

Gunner's Run

Rick Barry

A Sparrow Alone

Alicia Petersen

A No-Fuss Christmas

Kirby, Susan

A Ram for Isaac

Ginny Merritt, Keith Neely

Haiku on Your Shoes

Eileen M Berry

Shoshana's Refuge

Donna Flower Lawrence

He is Able

John Kitchen

Nancy has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Paul Ibru
Enjoyed working with Nancy. Very professional, thorough and great value add; I learnt a lot of good tips!

Paul Ibru, September 2021

Christina Boston
Nancy has been a wonderful support in helping me edit my use of grammar in my children’s picture book. Nancy was very friendly and explained edits to make sure I understand why changes were needed.

Christina Boston, August 2021

Rebecca Armstrong
Nancy was helpful and kind. Her professional insight was not what I wanted to hear, but exactly what I needed to hear. She guided me to the path I needed to be on to make sure my book reaches its full potential. She was on time and even patient with me as I suddenly had big life changes during our time working together. I'm grateful for the experience.

Rebecca Armstrong, August 2021

Whitney Johnson
Nancy was wonderful to work with. She provided useful feedback and helped me produce a children's book I am proud of. I will definitely reach out to her for future projects.

Whitney Johnson, May 2021

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