Sam Michel

Sam Michel - Editor

Vancouver, WA, USA

English + Spanish editor for over six years. Focus on Personal Growth Nonfiction + Romantic Historical Fiction. Your book, your voice.

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Overview


Language Arts was my least favorite class in early elementary school.


That’s putting it kindly, really. But then, during a season of D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time, I found a series of books I was keen on. How ironic to say I don’t remember what they were—only that they changed it all. I had always loved stories . . . now I loved the written word as well. That love led me to read some hundred books a year in late high school and college, where I majored in English Literature and interned at Folio Literary Management. Upon graduation, I joined Tyndale House Publishers as a full-time Copyeditor. About a year later, I modified my role to be part-time so I could also pursue the role of Communications Director at Willow Creek Community Church in Huntley. The past five years have seen me copyedit, proofread, and edit a variety of Fiction and Nonfiction works in both English and Spanish. The ones I’ve found most enriching were YA Fantasy, Romantic and Historical Adult Fiction, Memoirs, and on the topic of Marriage.


As an editor, the most precious feedback I’ve received from writers is that I offer insight that improves the work while remaining encouraging and never making it feel as though I’ve marred or lost the writer’s voice. That’s my raison d’être in working with you, the writer. Beyond that, give me a deadline, and I’m likely to come in ahead. Give me a style guide, and I will internalize it.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Historical Romance

Work experience

Junior Copywriter

BCV
January, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

Write in the social-media sphere for a variety of clients in the hospitality industry.

Community Engagement Monitor

BCV
December, 2017 – January, 2020 (about 2 years)

Assistant Editor

Tyndale House Publishers
August, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

Copyedit, edit, and/or proofread books across genres in both English and Spanish.

Portfolio (33 selected works)

The Crescent Stone (The Sunlit Lands Book 1)

Matt Mikalatos

“For Narnia fans who enjoy heavy snark, this is a must-read.” —Kirkus Reviews“A compelling fantasy world with humor and heart.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints“With the rich characterization of John Green and the magical escapism of Narnia, this book is a must read for all fantasy fans!” —Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist and the Doon seriesA girl with ... read more

“For Narnia fans who enjoy heavy snark, this is a must-read.” —Kirkus Reviews“A compelling fantasy world with humor and heart.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints“With the rich characterization of John Green and the magical escapism of Narnia, this book is a must read for all fantasy fans!” —Lorie Langdon, author of Olivia Twist and the Doon seriesA girl with ... read more

Inklings on Philosophy and Worldview: Inspired by C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and J.R.R. Tolkien (Engaged Schools Curriculum)

Matthew Dominguez

Teens live in a complicated world. They are constantly bombarded by messages from their friends, parents, teachers, the internet, and their churches, and not all of these messages agree or line up with each other. How do students figure out who to listen to? How do they figure out what is true?Inklings on Philosophy and Worldview will show teens practical ways to filter out the wrong messages ... read more

Teens live in a complicated world. They are constantly bombarded by messages from their friends, parents, teachers, the internet, and their churches, and not all of these messages agree or line up with each other. How do students figure out who to listen to? How do they figure out what is true?Inklings on Philosophy and Worldview will show teens practical ways to filter out the wrong messages ... read more

The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience Is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mood and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and More

Daniel G. Amen

New hope for those suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addictions, PTSD, ADHD and more.Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label―damaging and devastating on its own―ca... read more

New hope for those suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addictions, PTSD, ADHD and more.Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label―damaging and devastating on its own―ca... read more

Tantos destinos a donde ir . . . ¿cómo saber cuál elegir?: Dios le ha abierto una puerta. Usted, ¿qué hará? (Spanish Edition)

John Ortberg

En muy raras ocasiones encontramos en la Biblia a Dios ordenando a alguien a “permanecer”. La realidad es que el abre una puerta y nos invita a caminar a través de ella: hacia lo desconocido. Y es precisamente la respuesta que elijamos lo que finalmente determinará qué vida viviremos y en quién nos convertiremos. De hecho, el ignorar esa puerta que Dios ha abierto para nosotros puede represent... read more

En muy raras ocasiones encontramos en la Biblia a Dios ordenando a alguien a “permanecer”. La realidad es que el abre una puerta y nos invita a caminar a través de ella: hacia lo desconocido. Y es precisamente la respuesta que elijamos lo que finalmente determinará qué vida viviremos y en quién nos convertiremos. De hecho, el ignorar esa puerta que Dios ha abierto para nosotros puede represent... read more

Una pequeña locura llamada matrimonio: 12 secretos para un romance perdurable (Spanish Edition)

Greg Smalley, Erin Smalley

Cada pareja que quiere un matrimonio feliz apreciará los secretos revitalizantes en Una pequeña locura llamada matrimonio. Allí, el doctor Greg y Erin Smalley exploran las características de un matrimonio saludable y próspero. Basados en una investigación de miles de parejas fuertes, los doce elementos esenciales delineados están arraigados en fundamentos bíblicos y trazan el curso para una re... read more

Cada pareja que quiere un matrimonio feliz apreciará los secretos revitalizantes en Una pequeña locura llamada matrimonio. Allí, el doctor Greg y Erin Smalley exploran las características de un matrimonio saludable y próspero. Basados en una investigación de miles de parejas fuertes, los doce elementos esenciales delineados están arraigados en fundamentos bíblicos y trazan el curso para una re... read more

All-Caps YOU: A 30-Day Adventure toward Finding Joy in Who God Made You to Be

Emma Mae Jenkins

Young women are under more pressure than ever before: pressure to be pretty, to be successful, to have a perfect selfie game. Is it possible for them to be their true selves? Or must they fit into the same mold as the rest of their peers? Into this world of ever-growing pressure bursts Emma Mae Jenkins with a message of hope and unabashed joy.Emma Mae knows what it feels like to be judged and ... read more

Young women are under more pressure than ever before: pressure to be pretty, to be successful, to have a perfect selfie game. Is it possible for them to be their true selves? Or must they fit into the same mold as the rest of their peers? Into this world of ever-growing pressure bursts Emma Mae Jenkins with a message of hope and unabashed joy.Emma Mae knows what it feels like to be judged and ... read more

No Such Thing as Can't: A Triumphant Story of Faith and Perseverance

Lisa Sexton, Tyler Sexton

There are many books about overcoming obstacles, but this quintessential story of victory over limitations is unique. How many doctors have cerebral palsy? Not many. Yet this disability was part of the Great Physician’s plan for Tyler Sexton. Because of it, Tyler has become a role model for others facing adversity, including his patients. He has also become a humble healer who uses his heart a... read more

There are many books about overcoming obstacles, but this quintessential story of victory over limitations is unique. How many doctors have cerebral palsy? Not many. Yet this disability was part of the Great Physician’s plan for Tyler Sexton. Because of it, Tyler has become a role model for others facing adversity, including his patients. He has also become a humble healer who uses his heart a... read more

Enséñame a amar (Spanish Edition)

Campos, Alex, Campos, Nathalia, Shaw, Christopher

Vencedor (Spanish Edition)

Fabry, Chris, Kendrick Bros. LLC

Dios no está muerto 2 (Spanish Edition)

Thrasher, Travis, Pure Flix Entertainment, LLC

Disciplinas espirituales para la vida cristiana (Spanish Edition)

Whitney, Donald S., Packer, J. I., Packer, J. I.

Sam has 7 reviews

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Nancy King
Sam was very helpful to me a first time writer. She gave lots of suggestions and offered ideas. I hope to work with her again!

Nancy King, May 2021


Keshia Edwards
So easy to work with!

Keshia Edwards, March 2021


Lady Emilia
Loved working with her! She was professional and easy to communicate with throughout the editing process.

Lady Emilia, February 2021


Aquan Pannell
Sam is definitely an editor who will play devils advocate to your self-help/business book, which is very crucial for convincing an audience! She has given me so much helpful feedback to parts of my book where she felt it lacked strength and evidence. The things I was looking for in an editor is that if they are able to challenge my ideas, tell me their thoughts, and give me constructive crit...
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Aquan Pannell, December 2020


joan sanchez
Sam is truly amazing, she helped me to get a better direction for my book, her comments and recommendations answered many questions I had as a first time writer. Her communication skills and profesionalism are really on point. I recommend her to any want needing an editor assessor and I also will like work again with Sam in other projects.

joan sanchez, September 2020

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