Robyn Burwell

Robyn Burwell - Editor

Abilene, Texas, USA

Vision driven. Author centered. No nonsense. High-profile editing that will take your project to the next level. Let's get your book done!

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Over the years, I've worked with a number of publishers, from an academic university press to a top five publisher to a service-based company. During that time, I've developed expertise as a writing and development coach, a content editor, a project manager, a creative mind, and a collaborator. As I work alongside you, you'll have at your disposal the experience of one who has acquired award-winning authors, musicians, and media personalities, and who has coached and written books with renowned business people and award-winning, bestselling authors across the nation. Collaborative projects have included everything from young adult complex fiction to adult nonfiction, self-help, and memoir (non-explicit).

Your vision comes first. Partnering together on a project will never be about the numbers or pushing you out the door. It's not about rushing through the work or about hurried deadlines. Our work together will always center around being the best, creating inspiration, putting everything you've got into your project.

Because our partnership and the outcome of for your manuscript are top priority, I only take a select number of projects so I can give your project my full attention. I'm careful about who I work with because I value my time as much as you value yours.

It's about connecting with you, immersing all efforts into your goals, and deep diving into your project to understand it at the foundational level to help you communicate and touch your audience. Whatever your project, our collaboration means I'm here to support you in completing your book.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Dystopian
Fantasy
Mashups
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Copyediting Certification, University of California, San Diego

Work experience

Business Owner/Editor

Self Employed
February, 2019 – Present (about 1 year)

I currently work as a freelancer editor and company owner for authors and business people. Our team specializes in full-length manuscript writing and publishing services.

Head of Copy/Proof, Editor, Scribe

(Texas-Based Publishing Service)
February, 2017 – January, 2019 (almost 2 years)

Coach and organizer of the copyediting and proofreading department, including process and document development, new hire coaching, team communication, meeting lead, and project assessment and assignment. Performed editorial and proofreading work, content edits and rewrites, manuscript restructures and interviews. Also worked with authors from start to finish--concept development to completion of a manuscript.

Aquisitions Editor

HarperCollins/Blink YA
October, 2015 – March, 2017 (over 1 year)

Acquisition of new YA and children's titles (also watching for prospective titles for our adult division), connecting with renowned and award-winning authors and public figures. These books covered a wide range of genres, but my specific interests were in dystopia, mystery and suspense, romance, comedy, and especially multicultural/ethnic topics. Authors ranged from well-known actors/actresses to award-winning musicians to social media personalities to award-winning and debut authors.

Other involvement included attending and speaking at writer and publisher conventions/conferences, teaching sessions, and seeking out passion projects to present to the team and to buyers. Building relationships with literary agents and publishers. Overseeing project timelines and trouble shooting problem areas for authors and the publisher. Performing macro/content edits on manuscripts and working with authors to strengthen their writing and stories. Being an expert in the field, personable, and caring deeply about each authors work and big picture goals.

Owner

Creative Word Editing
October, 2011 – February, 2019 (over 7 years)

Creative Word Editing began as a small editorial services company, working with authors in coaching, editing, and proofreading. Over the years, the need to grow the company and the services offered became evident, and we have been restructured into a new company.

Managing Editor

ACU Press & Leafwood Publishers
October, 2010 – August, 2013 (almost 3 years)

Project management, overseeing timelines, project progress, and freelance work for up to twenty-one books each year. These books included personal growth, self-help, memoir, academic, and theological works. Worked closely with each author to ensure they felt supported and encouraged throughout the project. Worked directly with freelancers, recruiting and hiring talent, and training them to the qualifications of the publisher.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

You Don't Have to Be Ruthless to Win: The Art of Badass Selfless Service

Jonathan Keyser

When Jonathan Keyser entered the cut-throat, dog-eat-dog world of commercial real estate brokerage, he became the worst version of himself and hated himself because of it.Then one day, Jonathan decided he’d had enough. He realized he was sacrificing his values in pursuit of success, and that he needed to stop. He abandoned his ruthless ways and reinvented himself as a selfless leader, which sk... read more

When Jonathan Keyser entered the cut-throat, dog-eat-dog world of commercial real estate brokerage, he became the worst version of himself and hated himself because of it.Then one day, Jonathan decided he’d had enough. He realized he was sacrificing his values in pursuit of success, and that he needed to stop. He abandoned his ruthless ways and reinvented himself as a selfless leader, which sk... read more

Solo (Blink)

Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess

New York Times bestseller!Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her pa... read more

New York Times bestseller!Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy, including the loss of his mother. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her pa... read more

Losing Brave (Blink)

Bailee Madison, Stefne Miller

From award-winning actress Bailee Madison and Reader’s Choice Award Finalist Stefne Miller, comes Losing Brave. More than a year has passed since seventeen-year-old Payton Brave’s twin sister went missing; and Payton, in her desperate attempt to hold on to what’s left of Dylan’s memory, is starting to crack.Lost in the mystery and turmoil of her sister’s disappearance, Payton must overcome the... read more

From award-winning actress Bailee Madison and Reader’s Choice Award Finalist Stefne Miller, comes Losing Brave. More than a year has passed since seventeen-year-old Payton Brave’s twin sister went missing; and Payton, in her desperate attempt to hold on to what’s left of Dylan’s memory, is starting to crack.Lost in the mystery and turmoil of her sister’s disappearance, Payton must overcome the... read more

Let's Be Real: Living life as an open and honest you

Natasha Bure

From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn’t hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real,... read more

From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn’t hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real,... read more

Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe

Jenny Lee Sulpizio

She may be tough, beautiful, and practically perfect in every way, but saving the world is only easy when you're Wonder Woman. Being a mom, on the other hand? Now, that takes some serious superpowers. A lasso of truth, bulletproof wristbands, and an invisible airplane. Throw in a golden tiara, great hair, and abs made of steel and you've got a gal theoretically capable of saving the planet (an... read more

She may be tough, beautiful, and practically perfect in every way, but saving the world is only easy when you're Wonder Woman. Being a mom, on the other hand? Now, that takes some serious superpowers. A lasso of truth, bulletproof wristbands, and an invisible airplane. Throw in a golden tiara, great hair, and abs made of steel and you've got a gal theoretically capable of saving the planet (an... read more

Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors

Nancy B. Kennedy

In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors, Nancy B. Kennedy brings together a breathtaking collection of fifty first-person stories told by physicians from all branches of medicine--family doctors, neurosurgeons, military doctors, ob/gyns, emergency room doctors, dentists, and missionary doctors who care for hurting people across our nation and around the globe. Their expe... read more

In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors, Nancy B. Kennedy brings together a breathtaking collection of fifty first-person stories told by physicians from all branches of medicine--family doctors, neurosurgeons, military doctors, ob/gyns, emergency room doctors, dentists, and missionary doctors who care for hurting people across our nation and around the globe. Their expe... read more

Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms

Nancy B. Kennedy

Hear touching and inspiring stories from women who have taken on the toughest, yet most rewarding, assignment of their lives--motherhood!In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms, fifty mothers--from new moms to seasoned moms--share their most memorable moments. From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, these stories reveal the depth of a mother's love and her delight at weari... read more

Hear touching and inspiring stories from women who have taken on the toughest, yet most rewarding, assignment of their lives--motherhood!In Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Moms, fifty mothers--from new moms to seasoned moms--share their most memorable moments. From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, these stories reveal the depth of a mother's love and her delight at weari... read more

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache

Alice J. Wisler

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning motivates readers who are facing grief and loss to get out of bed and face a life which, although diminished by unfathomable sadness, still holds purpose and beauty.Written in devotional format, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is a companion for those going through sorrow associated with loss--whether brought to the journey through the death of a loved one, ... read more

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning motivates readers who are facing grief and loss to get out of bed and face a life which, although diminished by unfathomable sadness, still holds purpose and beauty.Written in devotional format, Getting Out of Bed in the Morning is a companion for those going through sorrow associated with loss--whether brought to the journey through the death of a loved one, ... read more

I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Reclaiming Order and Peace

Glynnis Whitwer

Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today s overwhelmed woman. I Used to Be So Organized addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can't get a handle on their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized .... read more

Combining spiritual encouragement and practical application I Used to Be So Organized presents a balanced approach to finding order and peace for today s overwhelmed woman. I Used to Be So Organized addresses the frustrations many women feel when they can't get a handle on their lives. They know, deep in their hearts, they should be able to manage things. After all, they used to be organized .... read more

The God Who Saves

Glenn Pemberton

This textbook dives into the Old Testament from the perspective of ancient Israel. With captivating and rich content, enhanced by maps, tables, biblical reading assignments, discussion topics, and further research prompts, the conversation within Pemberton's book is deepened in is ability to reach both academic and spiritual concepts. The God Who Saves also provides supporting materials availa... read more

This textbook dives into the Old Testament from the perspective of ancient Israel. With captivating and rich content, enhanced by maps, tables, biblical reading assignments, discussion topics, and further research prompts, the conversation within Pemberton's book is deepened in is ability to reach both academic and spiritual concepts. The God Who Saves also provides supporting materials availa... read more

Hurting with God: Learning to Lament with the Psalms

Glenn Pemberton

Giving new hope to the weary, this book brings together scholarship and personal experience to understand the necessity of lament language through the exploration of the Psalms.Many writers have considered the question, ''Why do bad things happen to good people?'' Pemberton, however, sets this philosophical issue aside to consider the practical. How do believers live out faith in prolonged sea... read more

Giving new hope to the weary, this book brings together scholarship and personal experience to understand the necessity of lament language through the exploration of the Psalms.Many writers have considered the question, ''Why do bad things happen to good people?'' Pemberton, however, sets this philosophical issue aside to consider the practical. How do believers live out faith in prolonged sea... read more

Stressed-Less Living: Finding God's Peace in Your Chaotic World

Tracie Miles

Women have a desperate longing for a stress cure--a revitalized perspective and re-energized faith. STRESSED-LESS LIVING offers life-changing, heart-renewing, long-lasting remedies that will bring peace, even when things feel out of control. Life is tense and offers no easy answers or quick fixes. The good news is that in a world of unrest and stress readers can find the peace for which they h... read more

Women have a desperate longing for a stress cure--a revitalized perspective and re-energized faith. STRESSED-LESS LIVING offers life-changing, heart-renewing, long-lasting remedies that will bring peace, even when things feel out of control. Life is tense and offers no easy answers or quick fixes. The good news is that in a world of unrest and stress readers can find the peace for which they h... read more

A Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts: Stories to Celebrate and Wisdom to Bless Moms

Leslie Wilson, Trisha Berg, Terra Hangen, Cathy Messecar, Karen Robbins

A SCRAPBOOK OF MOTHERHOOD FIRSTS celebrates motherhood milestones in a collection of topics from conception to school days, and recipes to family fun days.With nearly 150 years of collective mothering, Leslie, Trish, Terra, Cathy, and Karen combine common sense, heartfelt advice, and humor to encourage young women in their journey through motherhood. Through tips, stories, recipes, and memorie... read more

A SCRAPBOOK OF MOTHERHOOD FIRSTS celebrates motherhood milestones in a collection of topics from conception to school days, and recipes to family fun days.With nearly 150 years of collective mothering, Leslie, Trish, Terra, Cathy, and Karen combine common sense, heartfelt advice, and humor to encourage young women in their journey through motherhood. Through tips, stories, recipes, and memorie... read more

A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment

Cathy Messecar

With an easy-to-read style and biblically founded truths, A Still and Quiet Soul helps readers cultivate contentment in life even in the midst of chaos.Life is chaotic. Schedules, stress, and strife can quickly spiral out of control leaving us frustrated, exhausted, and angry. But God wants more for us. He wants us to be content. In A Still and Quiet Soul, Cathy Messecar encourages the pursuit... read more

With an easy-to-read style and biblically founded truths, A Still and Quiet Soul helps readers cultivate contentment in life even in the midst of chaos.Life is chaotic. Schedules, stress, and strife can quickly spiral out of control leaving us frustrated, exhausted, and angry. But God wants more for us. He wants us to be content. In A Still and Quiet Soul, Cathy Messecar encourages the pursuit... read more

David's Goliath: Winning the Battle against All Odds

David Lyons

An inspiring story of one man's diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis at age 47 and his struggle to rise from the depths of despair to the stage of a bodybuilding contest.When David Lyons lay in his hospital bed numb from the chest down, barely able to move and just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, little did he know the journey God was about to take him on. He had two choices: give into the dis... read more

An inspiring story of one man's diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis at age 47 and his struggle to rise from the depths of despair to the stage of a bodybuilding contest.When David Lyons lay in his hospital bed numb from the chest down, barely able to move and just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, little did he know the journey God was about to take him on. He had two choices: give into the dis... read more

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ShieldsUP! Ministries
Incredible job from an incredible person!

ShieldsUP! Ministries, December 2019


Zachary Reeves
She was helpful and friendly even though I opted not to go with her.

Zachary Reeves, October 2019


Elisa Hays
Robyn was kind, thoughtful, professional, and easy to work with. Her suggestions were exactly what was needed.

Elisa Hays, October 2019

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