professional book editing services

Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Professional Book Editor

You're sitting at your computer, smiling, feeling an incredible sense of satisfaction in your heart. After more hours than you can count, you've finally finished your novel – a story from deep within your soul that you want to share with the world.

But then the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? What's my next step?

With nearly twenty years of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive and into print. That's why he'd love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level.


With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and nearly twenty years of editorial/writing experience, John David has been privileged to work with some of the finest publishers in the nation, including Bethany House, David C Cook, NavPress, Realms Fiction, Marcher Lord Press, and Whitaker House – where, as senior editor, he worked on James Byron Huggins' Nightbringer, a book that Library Journal named one of its annual top five Christian novels.

To date, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on more than 150 published titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world. When he's not helping authors fine-tune their manuscripts, John David enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheila, and their three kids in western Pennsylvania where they make their home.

Services Offered

  • Manuscript Critique – With a detailed evaluation document and annotated comments/suggestions throughout your manuscript, find out how you can make your good book even better.
  • Content Editing – Guidance and hands-on editorial help in reorganizing and revising your story to make it even more powerful and engaging. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Copyediting – Line-by-line editing to take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Ghostwriting – Crafting of a book-length manuscript using existing material from author. Also includes a follow-up copyedit. (NOTE: Ghostwriting available for Christian living/spirituality book projects only.)

Articles on the Craft of Writing

Editorial Work on Published Books


A Beautiful Fall by Chris Coppernoll (proofread)
A Bigger Life by Annette Smith (proofread)
A Portrait for Marguerite by Kate Lloyd (proofread)
Aboard the Pirate by Veronica Cherry (critique, content edit)
Aethersmith by J.S. Morin (critique, copyedit)
All for One by Melody Carlson (proofread)
Animalis by John Peter Jones (critique, copyedit)
As Young as We Feel by Melody Carlson (proofread)
B-36: Cold War Shield by Vito Lasala (copyedit)
Black Box by Larry Jones (proofread)
Captain Sedition by K.C. Fusaro (proofread)
Chainge by Ken Dean (critique, copyedit)
Citadel 7 Short Story: Quall Assassin Crossfire by Yuan Jur (copyedit)
Citadel 7 Short Story: The Betrayer by Yuan Jur (copyedit)
Citadel 7: Enemy of Existence by Yuan Jur (critique, content edit)
Citadel 7: War and Lies by Yuan Jur (critique, content edit)
Crime Scene Jerusalem by Alton Gansky (proofread)
False Pretenses by Kathy Herman (proofread)
Firehurler by J.S. Morin (critique, copyedit)
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano (proofread)
Forgive One Another by Krystena Lee (copyedit)
From Bad to Worse by Todd and Jedd Hafer (proofread)
Godiva by David Rose (proofread)
Going for Broke by Melanie Dobson (proofread)
Heading Home by Renee Riva (proofread)
Healer by Linda Windsor (proofread)
His Kingdom Come by Margaret Montreuil (critique)
How Sweet the Sound by Amy Sorrells (proofread)
Howell Davidson amongst the Musketeers by Steven. R. Culver (critique)
I Can Do All Things by Krystena Lee (copyedit)
Informed Consent by Sandra Glahn (proofread)
Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm by Mark Batterson and Joel N. Clark (proofread)
Journeys to Elgobon: The Mountain by Perry Crompton (copyedit)
Jude by Jeff Nesbit (proofread)
Kinsman Chronicles: Part 1 – Darkness Reigns by Jill Willimanson (proofread)
Kinsman Chronicles: Part 2 – The Heir War by Jill Willimanson (proofread)
Kinsman Chronicles: Part 3 – The End of All Things by Jill Willimanson (proofread)
Kinsman Chronicles: Part 4 – Kingdom at Sea by Jill Willimanson (proofread)
Knuckle Sandwich by Adam Palmer (proofread)
Majesty's Offspring by AJ Vega (critique, copyedit)
MicroBrain by Evan P.C. Rion (content edit)
Mirror Souls by A.J. Blakemont (copyedit)
Mooch by Adam Palmer (proofread)
Night Rain by Joe Hilley (proofread)
Nightbringer by James Byron Huggins (content edit)
O Little Town by Don Reid (proofread)
Patched Together by Brennan Manning (proofread)
Peter Wilson's Dream Theater: The Dream Master by John C. Archer (content edit)
Portal Through the Pond by David K. Anderson (critique, content edit)
Safe at Home by Richard Doster (proofread)
Scared by Tom Davis (proofread)
Shepherd's Son by Terry W. Burns (proofread)
Silver Ships: Libre by S.H. Jucha (critique, copyedit)
Silver Ships: Méridien by S.H. Jucha (copyedit)
Stolen Lives by Brian Reaves (proofread)
Stretch Marks by Kimberly Stewart (proofread)
Taking Tuscany by Renee Riva (proofread)
Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove (proofread)
The Arrival by JW Brazier (critique, follow-up critique, content edit)
The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason (proofread)
The Bodhisattva of Attika by Paulette Bibeau (critique)
The Dark Legion by Michael Holladay (critique, copyedit)
The Darkslayer: Volume II by Craig Halloran (critique, content edit, copyedit)
The Deposition by Joe Hilley (proofread)
The Devil's Apprentice by John Wallen (proofread)
The Gathering Place by Becca Anderson (proofread)
The Key to Nede by Karisa Ewinger (critique, follow-up critique, content edit)
The Ladders of Death by Philippe Erhard (copyedit)
The Latest Mrs. Furst by Susan Martins Miller (proofread)
The Longed Tales by Mohamed AR (critique, content edit)
The Micah Judgment by Jim Kraus (proofread)
The Peacemakers by Jack Cavanaugh (proofread)
The Portal by Allen Hively (critique, follow-up critique, content edit)
The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman (proofread)
The Reluctant Journey of David Connors by Don Locke (proofread)
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue (proofread)
The Renewal by Terri Kraus (proofread)
The Renovation by Terri Kraus (proofread)
The Restorer by Sharon Hinck (proofread)
The Restorer's Journey by Sharon Hinck (proofread)
The Restorer's Son by Sharon Hinck (proofread)
The Royalist by Glen Wiley (copyedit)
The Silent Deal by Levi Stack (proofread)
The Summer the Wind Whispered My Name by Don Locke (proofread)
The Unfortunate Karma of Breone Baine by Deidre Havrelock (proofread)
The Violet Flash by Mike Mason (proofread)
Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson (proofread)
To Dance in the Desert by Kathleen Popa (proofread)
Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren (proofread)
Winterflight by Joseph Bayly (proofread)

John David Kudrick: Fiction


Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray (copyedit)
An Untroubled Heart by Micca Campbell (proofread)
And The Lamb Wins by Simon Ponsonby (proofread)
Battle for Baqubah by Robert S. Colella (critique, content edit)
Battle Ready by Steve Farrar (proofread)
Be a People Person by John C. Maxwell (proofread)
Be Free by Warren Wiersbe (proofread)
Be Loyal by Warren Wiersbe (proofread)
Be Mature by Warren Wiersbe (proofread)
Beautiful Now by Stasi Eldredge (proofread)
Blood Covenant by Michael Franzese (content edit)
Broken Heart on Hold by Linda W. Rooks (proofread)
Christianish by Mark Steele (proofread)
Death Dance by Wade Nolan (copyedit)
Deliver Us from Me-Ville by David Zimmerman (proofread)
Destiny by Hezekiah Walker (content edit)
End Times Prophecy by John F. Walvoord (proofread)
Every Prophecy about Jesus by John F. Walvoord (proofread)
Experiencing Leadershift by Don Cousins (proofread)
Extreme Pursuit by John E. Davis (proofread)
Finding Home by Jim Daly (proofread)
From Grief to Glory by Harry and Cheryl Salem (content edit)
God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace (proofread)
I Am N by Voice of the Martyrs (proofread)
Ignite Your Fire! by Ave Siao Gozar (content edit, copyedit)
In His Shelter by B.R.T. Smith (copyedit)
Incomparable by Andrew Wilson (proofread)
Living the Lazarus Life by Stephen W. Smith (proofread)
Love, Dating & Marriage by George Bloomer (copyedit)
Make Love, Make War by Brian Doerksen (proofread)
Mom's Journey by Limor Friedman (copyedit)
More by Simon Ponsonby (proofread)
Obvious God by Kent L. Muntz (copyedit)
One Heart, One Flesh, One Love by Diane Hampton (copyedit)
Overflowing by J. David Bancroft (critique, content edit)
Pastors Are People Too by Jimmy Dodd and Larry Magnuson (proofread)
Prayer 101 by Warren W. Wiersbe (proofread)
Principles and Power of Vision by Myles Munroe (copyedit)
Question Everything by B. Tyler Ellis (copyedit)
Really Mysterious Pennsylvania by Stan Gordon (copyedit)
Saving a Life by Charles and Janet Morris (proofread)
So Beautiful by (proofread)
Storylines by Mike Pilavachi (proofread)
Survive or Thrive by Jimmy Dodd (proofread)
Sweat, Blood & Tears by Xan Hood (proofread)
The 3 R's of Spiritual Growth by Al Spinks (content edit)
The Best of E.M. Bounds by E.M. Bounds (proofread)
The Best of F.B. Meyer by F.B. Meyer (proofread)
The Best of Jonathan Edwards by Jonathan Edwards (proofread)
The Big God Story by Michelle Anthony (proofread)
The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice (proofread)
The Depth of Grace by J. Bronson Haley (critique, content edit)
The Face of the Deep by Paul J. Pastor (proofread)
The Lifted Veil by Michael G. Garland (copyedit)
The Real Deal by Joshua Keesal (copyedit)
The Spirit Who Speaks by Peter Lawrence (proofread)
The Weirsbe Bible Study Series: 2 Corinthians by Warren W. Weirsbe (proofread)
The Weirsbe Bible Study Series: Ecclesiastes by Warren W. Weirsbe (proofread)
The Weirsbe Bible Study Series: Genesis 12–25 by Warren W. Weirsbe (proofread)
The Weirsbe Bible Study Series: Mark by Warren W. Weirsbe (proofread)
The World at Large: Book 1—Carpe Diem by Adam E Mehaffey (content edit)
Thirsty by Amy Nappa (proofread)
Timeless Needs, Eternal Hope by Wanda Luttrell (proofread)
Touching Wonder by John Blase (proofread)
True Courage by Steve Farrar (proofread)
Turning Toward Integrity by David Jeremiah (proofread)
Two Are Better by Tim and Debbie Bishop (critique, copyedit)
Uncensored by Brian Cosby (proofread)
Us by Daniel L. Tocchini (proofread)
What to Do While You Wait for the World to End by Noah S. Martin (proofread)

John David Kudrick: Nonfiction

Feedback / Testimonials

"This was my second time working with Mr. Kudrick, and both times he provided very good feedback and recommendations. He can be very detail-oriented, pointing out things like the trigger actions of particular guns, or what year a certain vehicle was in production, or a scene in the story that conflicts with another scene. Little things like that can make or break a story. Good job." - Michael K.