Christian Fiction and Nonfiction
NAOMI BLYTHE is a professional copy editor and proofreader. She has worked in-house for two publishing companies: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and Coastal Carolina Press. In 2005 Naomi began freelancing full time as a copy editor and proofreader. As a freelance book editor and proofreader, she has worked for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, University of New England Press, Ave Maria Press, and Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications.
- Academic Editing
- Religion, Spirituality, Inspirational
- Catholic Topics/Catholicism
- Creative Nonfiction
- Memoir, Autobiography, Biography
She can ensure compliance with the Chicago Manual of Style and will edit your cover jacket “blurb,” free of charge, as part of her book editing services.
DAVID 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
Copy editing, and developmental editing of memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, self-help books, and religious writing.
Academic editing (especially in Political Science, Film Studies, English Literature, U.S. History)
David Henderson has built up a distinguished career as an editor, writer, and filmmaker. His flair for the written word, creative acumen, and meticulous attention to detail has earned him a loyal following of clients in need of copy editing, content editing, or ghostwriting.
After earning his master's degree in Journalism at Northwestern University, he spent five years working for an academic press and later for a major publishing house before committing to freelancing full-time. His long track record has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including academic manuscripts, short- and long-form fiction, business communications, scholarly non-fiction works, self-help books, Christian and other religious-themed writing, manuscripts by non-native English speakers, humor writing, exposés, legal materials, and private correspondence. As a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, David is also an authority on screenwriting for short or feature films.
David has helped guide a number of manuscripts to publication and looks forward to continuing to apply his critical insight and editorial skills to help bring more projects to fruition. In addition to an eagle-eyed ability to spot errors of mechanics and a thorough comprehension of even the most arcane points of grammar, his best attribute as an editor lies in his proficient knowledge of what makes a piece of writing work (and, importantly, what doesn't). David relishes the process of working with the author to get at the heart of the substantive components of a novel, dissertation, or other text and finding ways to allow those parts to cohere into a functional, unified whole. Being an effective editor often also necessitates being an educator of sorts, especially when working with less experienced authors. Hence, David strives not only to revise and critique an author's work but also to imbue him or her with a deeper understanding of the craft, which also ensures that he or she understands my own editorial changes and suggestions. He has found this approach to be very effective for producing polished works of fiction as well as satisfied clients.
Christian - Fantasy - Memoirs
JOHN DAVID KUDRICK (BA in Theology / MA in Journalism—Professional Writing: Fiction).
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 should I do with it now?
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 …
- 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.)
Thomas Wray has worked as a book editor and writer for four decades. His work has centered on Christian books of all kinds and for all audiences. He has also edited numerous business and leadership books, fiction titles, memoirs, and children’s books. The books he has edited have been published by Random House (WaterBrook and Multnomah imprints), Crossway, Zondervan, NavPress, Harvest House, David C. Cook, and other publishers.
Thomas has partnered with dozens of respected authors including Randy Alcorn, Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, Carolyn Castleberry, Larry Crabb, Tony Evans, Louie Giglio, Dave Harvey, Bob Kauflin, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Larry Osborne, J. I. Packer, Andy Stanley, and Thelma Wells, to name a few. He also works with novice writers who have yet to be published.
Thomas offers all levels of prepublication book editing services:
- Comprehensive editing–structural and substantive editing to ensure that a book’s content is thorough in scope and strongly organized for maximum impact and progression.
- Line editing–to ensure integrity, good taste, and audience acceptability, while maximizing the author’s distinctive voice; promoting smooth transitions between all sections and parts.
- Copyeditng–further checking for accuracy, consistency, and style conformity; plus proper formatting and style-tagging in preparation for typesetting.
- Proofreading–for errors at the sentence or word level; checking punctuation, open and close quotes; the minutiae
- Collaborative writing–developing content from various authors sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries.
- Writing extra features–developing content for such elements as application questions and exercises, discussion guides, and small group helps.
- Manuscript evaluation and critique–bringing to light a manuscript’s true potential.
- Author coaching and mentoring–working from any starting point in author’s competence level; taking any project through the stages of idea expansion, content development, and manuscript refinement; step-by-step transformation of rough ideas, raw material, and outlines into full content drafts.
Thomas understands well an author’s mindset, sensitivities, and typical struggles. He’s an author himself, with twenty published works (mostly children’s books). He’s currently writing the final volume of a three-book trilogy of historical fiction. Thomas is a three-time winner of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.