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Christian Fiction and Nonfiction


ROSANNE CORNBROOKS CATALANO specializes in children's and young adult books, fantasy novels, and Christian/inspirational manuscripts. Prompt and professional, Rosanne works well with any author's voice, providing clarity and punch while respecting the integrity of the work.

In books for younger readers, every word counts—more than usual! Rosanne has worked with picture books, early reader books, middle grade books, and young adult books in all stages of development. She understands the multiple factors that go into each type of writing: reading level, book length, and age appropriate content, as well as the artistic and grammatical aspects of writing.

She gives each author's work the care it deserves, drawing on her diverse life experiences and knowledge in many fields like period clothing, genetics, all aspects of theater, Celtic legends, rustic camping, the martial arts, architecture and languages (Latin, French, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, a little Welsh and Japanese).

Add that to the marketplace savvy she learned working in publishing houses, and you have an experienced editor who can polish a manuscript and get it past that crucial first reader!

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christian science fiction editorDAVID A. CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copyeditor, copywriter, art director, and proofreader for almost 20 years. He has written, co-written and edited over 40 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed a dozen films and has shepherded dozens of writers through the editing and publishing process. 

David's areas of specialty include Christian fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, literary fiction, screenplays, creative nonfiction, business writing, how-to/self-help, autobiography and historical fiction. His clients appreciate his extensive knowledge of story structure, his attention to detail, his knowledge and experience of the marketplace and his friendly, honest approach.

Services offered: Writing, Ghostwriting, Manuscript Evaluation, Developmental/Substantive Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Book Proposal Development

 

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SANDRA JUDD is an editor, proofreader, and indexer with more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Her clients have included university presses, large, mainstream publishers, and smaller presses and professional organizations.

She has edited or proofread over 300 published books, on topics that include politics, history, business, literary criticism, ethnic history, anthropology, science and medicine, industry manuals, memoirs, Christian and inspirational, parenting and relationships, humor, and fiction. She believes every person has a story to tell and she has a real passion for bringing these stories to print.

She has extensive experience in Christian publishing and has worked on books in nearly every area of the field, including devotionals, Bible commentaries, self-help topics, Bible dictionaries, young adult works, and fiction, including romance, mystery, historical, thriller, courtroom drama, and Amish. Her clients have included Servant Publications, Revell, Baker Books, Chosen Books, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Word, and Our Sunday Visitor, and she has been privileged to work with such distinguished authors as Martha Bolton, Patsy Clairmont, and Melody Carlson.

From helping the author to mold the bigger picture to perfecting the details of grammar and punctuation, she covers every aspect of the editing process, bringing a polish to each work.

"Sandy Judd is one of the best editors I've ever worked with. Her regular encouragement, gentle prodding, and knowledge of the industry were invaluable to me. She became more than an editor; she became a friend!" -- Martha Bolton, author of 84 books of humor and inspiration
"I kept Sandra Judd as busy as she’d let me while I was senior editor at Servant Publications (1995–2001). She produced high-quality work on time and at reasonable cost. I highly recommend her." - Heidi Hess Saxton, former senior editor, Servant Publications
"We are so impressed with Sandra’s editing skills, ethics and integrity. She is very easy to work with. Her editing and comments elevated my own work, and I will most definitely be using her to edit other manuscripts. On a personal note, I felt very safe giving Sandra my work, and she did not let me down!" - B. Scott

Selected Christian titles include:

  • The Image of My Father by Lynne F. Scott (Angelwalk Valley Press, 2013)
  • A Place in His Heart: A Novel (The Southold Chronicles Book 1) by Rebecca DeMarino (Revell, 2014)
  • The Wasps and the Locusts by Rod Murphy (San Roderigo Publishing, 2013)
  • Dying to Control: The 21st Century Dilemma by Leon R. Hayduchok (WestBow Press, 2012)
  • Speak a Miracle: Finding the Voice of Inspiration in Tough Times by Michael Griffith (Acacia Tree Media, Inc., 2012)
  • The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson (Revell, 2012)
  • Come What May by Peter Edward Forbes (Advent Film Group, 2011)
  • Everyday Prayers for a Transformed Life by Scotty Smith (Revell, 2011)
  • The Search: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell, 2011)
  • Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half: Why Differences Make a Marriage Great by Rick Johnson (Baker Books, 2009)
  • Tender Journey: A Story for Our Troubled Times by James P. Gill (Strang Communications, 2006)
  • If the Tongue's a Fire, Who Needs Salsa: Cool Advice for Hot Topics from the Book of James by Martha Bolton (Servant Publications, 2002)
  • Saying Goodbye When You Don't Want To: Teens Dealing with Loss by Martha Bolton (Servant Publications, 2002)
  • The Mentor Quest: Practical Ways to Find the Guidance You Need by Betty Southard (Servant Publications, 2002)

Specialties

  • Proofreading and copyediting, to catch those tiny errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar and put the finishing touch on a manuscript
  • Stylistic editing, to polish each sentence and make the text sing
  • Substantive editing, to help groom the bigger picture, round out story lines, perfect plot, and develop characters

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JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (MA in Journalism, Professional Writing: Fiction).
Christian Fiction (all genres - for both adults and young adults), Action, Military, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Contemporary/Mainstream

You are sitting at your computer, smiling, with 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 inside your soul that you want to share with the world.

But soon the questions start hitting your mind: Is it the very best that it can be? Will anyone even want to read it? Will an agent or publisher want to look at it?

With more than a decade of experience as an editor, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your novel from your hard drive onto the shelf at your local bookstore. That's why he'd love to partner with you in getting your novel to the next level, whatever stage you may be at after you've written it.


Manuscript Critiques
- With a detailed evaluation document and page-by-page comments/suggestions throughout your novel, find out exactly how you can make your good story evenbetter.

Substantive Editing - Receive guidance and hands-on editorial help from John David in reorganizing and revising your story to take care of style, structure, content, plotting, character, story flow, and point-of-view issues. Also includes copyediting and proofreading.

Copyediting - Got the big-picture stuff down already? Then let John David take care of grammar, word usage, tone, format, and more with a copyedit that will add a shine to your story. Also includes proofreading.

Proofreading - Don't let your story get tossed aside because of a misspelled word or misplaced punctuation. Get your novel as clean as can be by allowing John David to read through it and fix typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems.

Book Proposal Development - Novel ready for submission? Then you're ready to develop your book proposal. Together, you and John David will create a compelling, well-crafted document that's a necessity in getting published.

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Mark Orrin - book author, editor and teacherMARK ORRIN, M.A. Seventeen published books (Doubleday, etc., all not self-published by me, some “for hire”).  Most recently, Orrin’s medical mystery-expose, The Chickenpox Vaccine: A New Epidemic of Disease and Corruption, was named a 2007 Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist and won a Mom’s Choice Foundation 2008 Silver Award (in both cases, for Adult Non-Fiction).  In 2008, one Orrin-mentored author’s “Southern gothic” novel was released to stellar reviews by a major publisher; another author’s (first) sci-fi novel was named a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough novel; still another Orrin-mentored author contracted with a rising on-line publisher.  Orrin has published poetry, on and off-line, and served as a judge of international poetry contests.  His personally authored work comprises “non-fiction novels” (twice Hollywood-optioned), inspirational-motivational, and public affairs (distribution of 2-3 million copies). As publications director, mentor-”daddy,” and senior freelance writer-editor, found, fueled, and freed scores of successful authors.

Have evaluated, mentored and edited fiction, including science fiction and fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, Westerns, mysteries, action-suspense, and non-fiction, including memoirs, inspirational, Christian, and self-help books.

Mark has authored the brochure titled “Authors! How to Leap the Slush Pile to Non-Subsidy Print” and offers a free copy to each of his clients.

"Throughout our work and rework on my manuscript, Mark was encouraging and kind, and he never made me feel like the rookie I am (was). He never left me feeling like he knew more about the publishing industry than I did - he just continued to teach me in an incredibly thoughtful and gentle way, fine-tuning my work and imploring me to be the best I could be. ... At the moment there are ten agencies and two publishers who have responded favorably to my query (which you taught me how to write, I might add) about my novel. " Gary Kaschak

“Writers’ egos, I’m finding out, are very fragile.  You have a way about you that’s very soothing on my fragile ego; while you teach and correct the work, you never forget the writer, and that’s a gift.  I know you’ve helped me through a lot, and I will tell you honestly: Without your guidance, friendship and patience, I would still be writing only for myself; I’d never have had the guts to take it this far.” – Petra Ruck, fantasy novelist

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ARLENE W. ROBINSON has developed and edited 500+ full-length manuscripts in a variety of genres since 1996. Her clients include women's fiction author Angie Daniels, London Times best-selling nonfiction author Catherine G. McCall, Bram Stoker Award-long listed Sue Dent, award-winning Young Adult author Hannah R. Goodman, AFCW-nominated Christian fiction author Laura Frantz, and award-winning journalist and Huffington Post contributor Daleen Berry.

Arlene welcomes new or published authors as clients, and enjoys helping journalistic, business and academic writers transform their writings into marketable, polished products for mainstream readers. Arlene's area of expertise include:

Editing Specialities

  • Substantive and Structural editing and Critique (nonfiction)
  • Developmental editing and Critique (fiction)
  • Stylistic editing and style conversions (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Copyediting and Proofreading (fiction and nonfiction)

book editor"This was my first time using an editor, and boy did I hit the jackpot! Arlene not only obviously knows her stuff, she is a pleasure to work with."

"Arlene is everything you want in an editor: thorough, timely and accommodating. If it weren't for her, I certainly would not have landed a publisher for my manuscript. Not only was her editing topnotch, her advice on everything about publishing was very helpful. Arlene really cares about the work she does and it shows!"

 

"Every writer needs an editor—even someone like me who teaches journalism at the University of Washington and spent a career in newspapers."

 

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