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Virginia Bowen

Virginia Bowen - Editor

Lorena, TX, United States

I'll help you put out your best possible book in your unique voice. Experienced in all genres of fiction and nonfiction, and love memoirs.

Overview

I have solid experience from nearly a decade of full-time freelance editing in both fiction and nonfiction, on books, journal articles, blogs, and websites. I love good stories and have worked in virtually all genres from ghostwriting and editing children's books to editing various nonfiction works, to writing and editing erotic fiction. The listed categories below are just a portion of those I have extensive experience in. My favorite category of nonfiction work is memoirs, because I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I truly want to help them share it with the world.

Few things thrill me as much as the joyous feedback from authors who have found my edits to be helpful in shaping their work into an excellent read. I pride myself on providing outstanding editing that blends seamlessly with the author's own unique voice.

Here's a handful of examples of feedback I've received from satisfied writers:

"Once I started to read through the edit, I knew it was the best money I have ever spent. Virginia did such a great job and explained why she did what she did. I can't be happier with her work." –Jonathan Giddinge,

Kings of Braxton: Born Unto Trouble

"I cannot thank you enough for your hard work. I know this is your business, but the satisfaction I have felt as a writer working with you has been almost overwhelming. So delightful to work with you." –Kevin Quiles, MDiv, MA

"You've done a wonderful job. Your editing work went above and beyond your ordinary duties, I can tell, from the way you commented and the way you fixed every single little detail on each and every one of those words. I'm touched by your outpouring efforts and supports. It's a much needed lift of confidence and polishing for my first book, a dream comes true for me as first-time author." –Richard Le,
Perfect Second Serve: Secrets World-Class Players Don’t Want You to Know

"I couldn't be more pleased with your editing." – Paul Hauser,
Inherently Dangerous

"I'm very pleased with your editing service…You really nailed it!" –Cynthia Fridsma,
Ghost Stories

"The edited version seems perfect thus far. Thanks for all of the feedback. It has really helped me develop my writing more as well." –Shamiro Anita

"Thank you so much for the amazing editing service you provided." –K. L. Gomez,
Higher Self-Confidence

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing Nature Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Horror Humor & Comedy Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 12 years)

As a freelancer, I have worked with a traditional Christian publishing company and with several editorial services companies in addition to working with individual authors.

Portfolio (29 selected works)

The Torch Is Passed: A Harding Family Story

Bill Powers

Andrea Harding is a recent college graduate looking forward to attending Duke Law School when her world is turned upside down by the shooting of her father, Nicholas, and uncle, Michael, in a surprising and puzzling attack. They are the only family she has, aside from her paternal grandmother Dorothy, so when her uncle dies from the attack and her father lays comatose in ICU, it falls to Andre... read more

Andrea Harding is a recent college graduate looking forward to attending Duke Law School when her world is turned upside down by the shooting of her father, Nicholas, and uncle, Michael, in a surprising and puzzling attack. They are the only family she has, aside from her paternal grandmother Dorothy, so when her uncle dies from the attack and her father lays comatose in ICU, it falls to Andre... read more

The Other Side of Nowhere

Max Allen

The Other Side of Nowhere is a collection of wildlife photography from a remote area in northwestern Colorado centering along the Yampa River. The author spent several years in the area working as an itinerant biologist and photographer, and came to know the landscape and its wild inhabitants. It is a land of sagebrush and prairie, large swollen rivers and high sandstone cliffs. It is not a la... read more

The Other Side of Nowhere is a collection of wildlife photography from a remote area in northwestern Colorado centering along the Yampa River. The author spent several years in the area working as an itinerant biologist and photographer, and came to know the landscape and its wild inhabitants. It is a land of sagebrush and prairie, large swollen rivers and high sandstone cliffs. It is not a la... read more

Rising Ridge

Alexa Jacobs

Olivia Reynolds was free. Twenty years old, living in New York City, and having absolutely no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up, every day would be an adventure, or at least that was the plan. When a phone call from her brother lands her back in her home town, and dealing with an unexpected tragedy, she comes face to face her brother’s best friend Dean and realizes that the feelings ... read more

Olivia Reynolds was free. Twenty years old, living in New York City, and having absolutely no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up, every day would be an adventure, or at least that was the plan. When a phone call from her brother lands her back in her home town, and dealing with an unexpected tragedy, she comes face to face her brother’s best friend Dean and realizes that the feelings ... read more

Losing Mother Twice: Facing the Alzheimer's Journey

Regina Olson, Deborah Harwood

The authors of Losing Mother Twice know how incredibly difficult it is to watch a loved one lose herself. They watched their mother navigate the treacherous path of Alzheimer’s disease for almost ten years. It was a journey set in place by plaques and tangles in her brain, and it lasted until she could no longer find her way through the brambled path.Others who also watch aging parents, failin... read more

The authors of Losing Mother Twice know how incredibly difficult it is to watch a loved one lose herself. They watched their mother navigate the treacherous path of Alzheimer’s disease for almost ten years. It was a journey set in place by plaques and tangles in her brain, and it lasted until she could no longer find her way through the brambled path.Others who also watch aging parents, failin... read more

Ghost Stories

Cynthia Fridsma

Experience the stories that compel you to keep turning the pages while reading this collection of eerie spine-tingling tales with lots of spookiness! 1 The Old Mansion2 Some Soldiers Dream of Peace3 Footsteps in the Dark4 The House by the Cemetery5 Anger6 The Day Before Christmas

Experience the stories that compel you to keep turning the pages while reading this collection of eerie spine-tingling tales with lots of spookiness! 1 The Old Mansion2 Some Soldiers Dream of Peace3 Footsteps in the Dark4 The House by the Cemetery5 Anger6 The Day Before Christmas

Perfect Second Serve: Secrets World-Class Players Don’t Want You to Know

Richard Le

As the name implies, this book is all about unveiling secrets to a perfect second serve. Regardless of the level of play, recreational or professional, second serve is key to winning matches which translates to more fun and successes. Those that play tennis should know how important second serve is to the game of tennis. And that's exactly the theme of this book, detailing the very best techni... read more

As the name implies, this book is all about unveiling secrets to a perfect second serve. Regardless of the level of play, recreational or professional, second serve is key to winning matches which translates to more fun and successes. Those that play tennis should know how important second serve is to the game of tennis. And that's exactly the theme of this book, detailing the very best techni... read more

Love, Honor & Obey: A Father's Legacy of Sacrifice and Love

Catherine Liu

For Charles and Catherine Liu, the mission to Love, Honor and Obey was imprinted on their hearts at birth--manifest in itself in filial piety, devotion to family, commitment to marital vows, and in their deeply personal relationships with Jesus Christ. More than a heartwarming memoir of love, longing and loss, Catherine Liu has poignantly woven together the stories of their lives, the history ... read more

For Charles and Catherine Liu, the mission to Love, Honor and Obey was imprinted on their hearts at birth--manifest in itself in filial piety, devotion to family, commitment to marital vows, and in their deeply personal relationships with Jesus Christ. More than a heartwarming memoir of love, longing and loss, Catherine Liu has poignantly woven together the stories of their lives, the history ... read more

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure

Darcie Cobos

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure teaches your kids about Jesus in a fun, exciting way. Use this book along with Egglo brand Easter eggs to turn an Easter egg hunt into a glowing message about following the light of Jesus. Connect Jesus with a memorable childhood experience. Inspire children with an exciting new hands-on activity of a nighttime Easter egg hunt. Hide glow-in-the-dark Egglo Easte... read more

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure teaches your kids about Jesus in a fun, exciting way. Use this book along with Egglo brand Easter eggs to turn an Easter egg hunt into a glowing message about following the light of Jesus. Connect Jesus with a memorable childhood experience. Inspire children with an exciting new hands-on activity of a nighttime Easter egg hunt. Hide glow-in-the-dark Egglo Easte... read more

Inherently Dangerous: An Account Of U.S. Air Force Weapons Controllers In Southeast Asia During The Vietnam War

Paul Hauser

Paul Hauser's autobiography, INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, is an important contribution to our military history, some of which has never been made public before.Hauser uses his keen sense of observation as he and his fellow air force officers vividly convey what it was like in Vietnam and Thailand, under combat conditions to direct, by radio and radar scope, our fighter aircraft to intercept attacking... read more

Paul Hauser's autobiography, INHERENTLY DANGEROUS, is an important contribution to our military history, some of which has never been made public before.Hauser uses his keen sense of observation as he and his fellow air force officers vividly convey what it was like in Vietnam and Thailand, under combat conditions to direct, by radio and radar scope, our fighter aircraft to intercept attacking... read more

The Sleeping Serpent: A woman's struggle to break an obsessive bond with her yoga master

Luna Saint Claire, Virginia Bowen

A darker and more deeply etched Big Little Lies The debut psychological thriller that dips into the dark seedy side of yoga As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, and twisted as Gone Girl - a gripping account of the seductive manipulations of a sociopath. This can happen to anyone! Fashion, Passion & Yoga - I had an obsessive bond with this book! - Mary Carlomagno, author Whether by free will ... read more

A darker and more deeply etched Big Little Lies The debut psychological thriller that dips into the dark seedy side of yoga As thrilling as The Girl on the Train, and twisted as Gone Girl - a gripping account of the seductive manipulations of a sociopath. This can happen to anyone! Fashion, Passion & Yoga - I had an obsessive bond with this book! - Mary Carlomagno, author Whether by free will ... read more

He's Right, She's Right: A Blueprint for Problem-Solving Conversations (Relationship Renovation Blueprint Book 1)

Daniel Thomason

After 25 years of working with couples in the clinic, it’s been my experience that there are really only two reasons couples who otherwise love each other fight: there’s some sort of misunderstanding that triggers a sensitivity or insecurity; and/or they don’t possess effective problem-solving skills. This little eBook will give you and your partner a blueprint that will guide you to effective... read more

After 25 years of working with couples in the clinic, it’s been my experience that there are really only two reasons couples who otherwise love each other fight: there’s some sort of misunderstanding that triggers a sensitivity or insecurity; and/or they don’t possess effective problem-solving skills. This little eBook will give you and your partner a blueprint that will guide you to effective... read more

Higher Self-Confidence: Eight steps to fight your negative thinking habits, raise your self-confidence, and be happier everyday!

KL Gomez

Low self-confidence is one of the main reasons you are unhappy. When your self-confidence is low, you disengage, withdraw, and avoid people and situations. You are less likely to take risks, engage in meaningful relationships, and experience new things. You end up miserable because you don’t have anyone to turn to.In this book, you will learn what self-confidence truly is and identify the thin... read more

Low self-confidence is one of the main reasons you are unhappy. When your self-confidence is low, you disengage, withdraw, and avoid people and situations. You are less likely to take risks, engage in meaningful relationships, and experience new things. You end up miserable because you don’t have anyone to turn to.In this book, you will learn what self-confidence truly is and identify the thin... read more

The Chronicles of Winterset: Oracle

K.G. Reuss

Ana Winters is a beautiful, but somewhat socially awkward, seventeen-year-old, who has had a crush on her friend, star quarterback and heartthrob Kellin James, ever since they met at Lincoln High. When the charming, enigmatic, and devastatingly handsome Calix Night shows up at the school, Ana finds herself suddenly and quite unexpectedly the subject of a rivalry between Kellin and Calix as the... read more

Ana Winters is a beautiful, but somewhat socially awkward, seventeen-year-old, who has had a crush on her friend, star quarterback and heartthrob Kellin James, ever since they met at Lincoln High. When the charming, enigmatic, and devastatingly handsome Calix Night shows up at the school, Ana finds herself suddenly and quite unexpectedly the subject of a rivalry between Kellin and Calix as the... read more

Learning to Drive into the Now: PRND

Solan McClean

If you have ever desired to become a more attentive, compassionate, and liberated human being...NOW is the time. In the pages of this book you will learn to overcome your egoic mind patterns, and discover the path to finding your True Self. You will develop a practice of mindful driving in the current moment with dynamic awareness, and reveal the Truth of your Higher Self. By applying the tech... read more

If you have ever desired to become a more attentive, compassionate, and liberated human being...NOW is the time. In the pages of this book you will learn to overcome your egoic mind patterns, and discover the path to finding your True Self. You will develop a practice of mindful driving in the current moment with dynamic awareness, and reveal the Truth of your Higher Self. By applying the tech... read more

Touched

Nana Bonsu

There are truths revealed in love, war, and slave trade. Sam has been raised into the slave hunting profession by his ruthless uncle, but on his latest excursion to the Gold Coast, on the Gulf of Guinea, he encounters Princess Obrenpongba, the beautiful daughter of an Ashanti king, and his heart is changed forever. Now married, Sam must learn to move forward, despite his past, and merge cultur... read more

There are truths revealed in love, war, and slave trade. Sam has been raised into the slave hunting profession by his ruthless uncle, but on his latest excursion to the Gold Coast, on the Gulf of Guinea, he encounters Princess Obrenpongba, the beautiful daughter of an Ashanti king, and his heart is changed forever. Now married, Sam must learn to move forward, despite his past, and merge cultur... read more

ADAPTIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Leading Complex and Uncertain Projects

Andy Silber

Does Adaptive Project Management make sense for you?Are you using waterfall/PMP project management and...* your stakeholders expect innovation, a predictable schedule, and a fixed budget without padding?* it's impossible to build a Work Breakdown Structure because your team doesn't understand the solution yet, much less the tasks needed to complete the solution?* you're using new technology ma... read more

Does Adaptive Project Management make sense for you?Are you using waterfall/PMP project management and...* your stakeholders expect innovation, a predictable schedule, and a fixed budget without padding?* it's impossible to build a Work Breakdown Structure because your team doesn't understand the solution yet, much less the tasks needed to complete the solution?* you're using new technology ma... read more

Shady Place

David A Byrne

Shady Place is a fifty-five and up planned community in Florida. It’s full of vibrant seniors enjoying the the sunset years of their lives. Shady Place the novel is about those people. Shady Place follows the antics and exploits of Jim Phillips, a retired police detective from Philadelphia, as he tries desperately to avoid contact with the outside world, but quickly finds himself sucked into t... read more

Shady Place is a fifty-five and up planned community in Florida. It’s full of vibrant seniors enjoying the the sunset years of their lives. Shady Place the novel is about those people. Shady Place follows the antics and exploits of Jim Phillips, a retired police detective from Philadelphia, as he tries desperately to avoid contact with the outside world, but quickly finds himself sucked into t... read more

Small Tent in the Rain: Sleeping Bag Tales

MaryAnna Craved

How do you enter a small tent when it’s raining? Naked, of course. You undress outside, take off and wring wet clothes.Then you get in, quickly wipe yourself and crawl into the sleeping bag.With someone who will warm you up.The problem was there were three of us and only one sleeping bag.Two girls, my best friend and I, and my prince, the boy I grew up with.But in a sleeping bag can snuggle on... read more

How do you enter a small tent when it’s raining? Naked, of course. You undress outside, take off and wring wet clothes.Then you get in, quickly wipe yourself and crawl into the sleeping bag.With someone who will warm you up.The problem was there were three of us and only one sleeping bag.Two girls, my best friend and I, and my prince, the boy I grew up with.But in a sleeping bag can snuggle on... read more

Tactical Guide to Negotiation Techniques: 99 Tactics

Ryan Storms Esq.

Rather than scouring countless resources to find only a handful of useful negotiation techniques, this tactical guide provides a fully equipped assortment of possible negotiation strategies to add to your negotiation arsenal. Don’t miss out on the chance to use, or defend against, these tactics!

Rather than scouring countless resources to find only a handful of useful negotiation techniques, this tactical guide provides a fully equipped assortment of possible negotiation strategies to add to your negotiation arsenal. Don’t miss out on the chance to use, or defend against, these tactics!

Private Funny Man: Or I Always Wanted To Be A Hero

Sr., Thomas A. Boland

This is a true story about how "Private Funny Man" came to have that name and how it suited him perfectly. Private Funny Man is best described as a mixture of Forest Gump and GI Joe on one side and Atticus Finch and Perry Mason on the other. It is the story of how he overcame poverty and a reading disability of dyslexia that had him labeled as being stupid. He failed several grades but was suc... read more

This is a true story about how "Private Funny Man" came to have that name and how it suited him perfectly. Private Funny Man is best described as a mixture of Forest Gump and GI Joe on one side and Atticus Finch and Perry Mason on the other. It is the story of how he overcame poverty and a reading disability of dyslexia that had him labeled as being stupid. He failed several grades but was suc... read more

The Daemon Testament

J S Martin

A horrific event changed the course of Phillip’s childhood and life. Afterward, a so-called imaginary friend, Daemon, manifested, influencing most of Phillip’s decisions. Several years of hatred, pain, and questionable sanity led Phillip to the proverbial crossroads of life, where he encountered a dilemma. Two possible paths lay before him, one that could lead to freedom and the other enslavem... read more

A horrific event changed the course of Phillip’s childhood and life. Afterward, a so-called imaginary friend, Daemon, manifested, influencing most of Phillip’s decisions. Several years of hatred, pain, and questionable sanity led Phillip to the proverbial crossroads of life, where he encountered a dilemma. Two possible paths lay before him, one that could lead to freedom and the other enslavem... read more

God's got an APP for that: Help is there.

Dee Bedsole

This is the true story of how God interuped a very lost girl and changed her life forever. God gave me the title of the book and the title of the chapters. I t was a labor of love to tell my story of God's interactions in my life. There is hope for us all.

This is the true story of how God interuped a very lost girl and changed her life forever. God gave me the title of the book and the title of the chapters. I t was a labor of love to tell my story of God's interactions in my life. There is hope for us all.

A Crown & Bow

Briar Gates

Hardened, Sloane Porter simply wants the chance at a normal life- to be a regular college student, and to escape the torment of her turbulent past. However, there is nothing normal about what lies in store for Sloane.Sloane Porter is a Cherubim, an angel of the warring class, meant for destruction, chaos, and eventually war. Will she unite forces with Reid, her handsome Seraphim messenger, and... read more

Hardened, Sloane Porter simply wants the chance at a normal life- to be a regular college student, and to escape the torment of her turbulent past. However, there is nothing normal about what lies in store for Sloane.Sloane Porter is a Cherubim, an angel of the warring class, meant for destruction, chaos, and eventually war. Will she unite forces with Reid, her handsome Seraphim messenger, and... read more

Herbs in My Kitchen: Reference Guide for Everyday Cooking

Ann Powers

With today’s busy lifestyles, we all find it difficult to put together meals that are both nutritious and tasty. Who wouldn’t want to literally add some spice to everyday meals and special ones? Ann Powers made dietary changes to try turning around a puzzling set of health problems, and in the twenty-eight years since making those changes, she’s studied a wide variety of cuisines that have a f... read more

With today’s busy lifestyles, we all find it difficult to put together meals that are both nutritious and tasty. Who wouldn’t want to literally add some spice to everyday meals and special ones? Ann Powers made dietary changes to try turning around a puzzling set of health problems, and in the twenty-eight years since making those changes, she’s studied a wide variety of cuisines that have a f... read more

Coastside Detectives: Changing Tides

Matthew F. O'malley

When a psychic warns Mike Mason of a death threat against his life and of dramatic changes in the lives of those around him, he brushes off these warnings with his usual sardonic wit; only to find himself waking up at a local hospital. Betrayals of close friends are soon uncovered as well as a compromised computer system which leads Mike Mason to the heart of San Francisco's Financial District... read more

When a psychic warns Mike Mason of a death threat against his life and of dramatic changes in the lives of those around him, he brushes off these warnings with his usual sardonic wit; only to find himself waking up at a local hospital. Betrayals of close friends are soon uncovered as well as a compromised computer system which leads Mike Mason to the heart of San Francisco's Financial District... read more

Church Through the Roof: Re-Storying Your Church's Ministry

Alvin C. Bernstine

We are people of stories, and our stories, even church stories, need not be closed-ended. To be alive is to live out a story, and for our churches to come alive, we must continue to live out the gospel story, which is a living story. Therefore, the primary need in most congregations is a dynamic and compelling story, inviting people into faithful living. I believe a narrative theological persp... read more

We are people of stories, and our stories, even church stories, need not be closed-ended. To be alive is to live out a story, and for our churches to come alive, we must continue to live out the gospel story, which is a living story. Therefore, the primary need in most congregations is a dynamic and compelling story, inviting people into faithful living. I believe a narrative theological persp... read more

The Villains of Splazat

Jesse Arrington III

This is the story of Matt Murat, a boy who lives in the town named Rata-tat-tat. Matt’s best friends are his cat whom he calls Tit-For-Tat and Pat, a lovely velvet winged bat that lives in Matt’s barn on their farm in Rata-tat-tat. The three go on a mission to rescue the poor bats and gnats of Splazat! The village of Splazat is ruled by a sorcerer, a rat, and his frat! On the very night that N... read more

This is the story of Matt Murat, a boy who lives in the town named Rata-tat-tat. Matt’s best friends are his cat whom he calls Tit-For-Tat and Pat, a lovely velvet winged bat that lives in Matt’s barn on their farm in Rata-tat-tat. The three go on a mission to rescue the poor bats and gnats of Splazat! The village of Splazat is ruled by a sorcerer, a rat, and his frat! On the very night that N... read more

The Professional Security Manual Class 1, Urban Security

Charles White

How to defend yourself against an armed intruder, when all you have is an office stapler? How do you shoot around a corner? And just how do you handle the average ghost, when working alone on the night shift? Lt. Charles White, full-time security guard, martial arts fan for life, and our seasoned guide to the world of professional security, tackles these questions and many more in The Professi... read more

How to defend yourself against an armed intruder, when all you have is an office stapler? How do you shoot around a corner? And just how do you handle the average ghost, when working alone on the night shift? Lt. Charles White, full-time security guard, martial arts fan for life, and our seasoned guide to the world of professional security, tackles these questions and many more in The Professi... read more

The Poker Player: A Novel

Andrew Laurie

‘I was running up deeper and deeper debts, with most of the money going on gambling, drugs and women. The rest I squandered.’ Meet Tom Dunlop-West: wit, raconteur and wannabe poker champion. ‘A loveable loser takes on Las Vegas. Can he beat the odds?’

‘I was running up deeper and deeper debts, with most of the money going on gambling, drugs and women. The rest I squandered.’ Meet Tom Dunlop-West: wit, raconteur and wannabe poker champion. ‘A loveable loser takes on Las Vegas. Can he beat the odds?’

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