Religion / New Age / Spirituality / Inspirational Editors
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
JO-ANN LANGTREE writes and edits books, stories, and articles in the following fields: business, medical, insurance, health, holistic health, spirituality, religion, psychic phenomena, young-adult fiction, children's books, mystical experience, self-help, New Age, nutrition, diet, exercise, saints & masters, gurus, theosophy, Christianity, homeopathy, vitamins & minerals, herbs, and food supplements. She was a writer and editor for Aetna Life & Casualty. As editor of Life NEWS, she had sole responsibility for finding, developing, writing, editing, and proofing all articles. Topics included new products, sales campaigns, insurance-agent interviews, accolades, seminars, Company acquisitions and policies. Jo-Ann also edits personal and business sites.
Editing (copyediting and developmental)
Spirituality, metaphysics, religion, theosophy, psychology, holistic health, food supplements, homeopathy, nutrition, veganism, psychic phenomena, lucid dreaming, mystical experience, self-help, saints, masters, and gurus
FLOYD LARGENT maintains a deep and abiding respect for the spiritual beliefs of his clients, and has helped a number of individuals express their personal theologies—or lack thereof—through the medium of print. While he has strong beliefs of his own, he doesn’t allow them to get in the way of what an author is attempting to express; his concern lies primarily with the literary aspects of the work at hand. He does possess a fair knowledge of religion and spirituality in its many forms, having been educated as a historian and anthropologist. This being the case, he also reviews the spiritual works he edits for historical, scientific, and cultural accuracy.
Mr. Largent brings an empathetic touch to his editing, whether he’s working on a book about atheism, a review of Christian teachings, a monograph on how science and religion merge, or an ambitious New Age tale of humanity’s spiritual and physical origins. Religious works, whether they be novels or dogma, must be instructive; but they should also be more than just dry recitations of catechism. They should reach out and grab the reader by the heart. The writers provide the right raw material; Mr. Largent simply chips away the excess and polishes up the gems that result. He works carefully to retain the author’s style, theme, and tone in every case.
In addition to developmental editing and polishing, Mr. Largent can provide publishing assistance (especially regarding manuscript mechanics, query letters, book synopses, and proposals), manuscript evaluation, and mentoring services. He’s especially proud of his close relationships with the authors with whom he works, and always has time to talk writing.
Mr. Largent’s published Religion/Spirituality authors include:
- George P. Alexander, author of The Aristeia, a philosophical novel about one man’s attempts to find his place in the universe.
- Rexcrisanto Delson, author of Igorotdo: The Enlightened Warrior Within, a philosophical fantasy in the tradition of Castaneda and Millman, based on the author’s Filipino heritage.
- Miroslav Halza, author of Church, Bride, and Wife, published by Authorhouse; Chronology of Revelation, published by Xulon Press; and Attraction and Repulsion in the Universe, publishedby Outskirts Press, all of which seek to unite physics and Biblical teachings.
- Ella LeBain, author of Who’s Who In The Cosmic Zoo?: A Spiritual Guide To ETs, Aliens, Gods & Angels, a fusion of New Age and Christian beliefs, released by Trafford Publishing.
- Reverend Oscar Smith, author of He Came Incognito, an examination of Biblical Christian teachings based on Rev. Smith’s former radio show, Gratitude Life, published by CreateSpace.
- Developmental content editing
- Manuscript mechanics and formatting
- Book proposals
- Submission advice
E. M. Levy, a professional editor for 30+ years, has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards.
For nearly two decades, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.
Topic specialties include social sciences and humanities: education, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, performing and visual arts, law and politics, public affairs, theology, religion, New Age topics, spirituality, Judaism, biography, public affairs, memoirs, biographies, health, medicine.
He has been praised for his ability to translate scientific and medical material into readable prose without losing the acuity of the original text
E.M. Levy often works with writers who need to start from scratch to restructure their nonfiction manuscripts, but he works with writers at every step of the writing, editing, and submission process.
- Association of Academic Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award
- Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year
- Independent Publishers Book Award
- Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award
- V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association
- Substantive editing
- Developmental editing
- Line editing
- Copy editing
Kendra is booking for December 2017.
KENDRA LUND, PhD, is a book doctor, book editor, author, writing coach, and publishing consultant. Kendra specializes in books on the spiritual end of the self-help spectrum, along with memoir writing and fiction. She is a passionate advocate for authors with a message that inspires positive change in our lives.
Kendra loves the process of collaborating with authors to develop a book project, but also enjoys working invisibly behind the scenes to ghostwrite books for clients. Besides wearing the editor's hat, Kendra offers private coaching sessions for aspiring writers. As a publishing consultant, she is happy to assist authors in the art of crafting a good book proposal to submit to trade publishers. She also serves as an agent for clients seeking traditional publishing opportunities and facilitates the creative use of independent publishing resources. For authors who want to publish independently, she can skillfully oversee the manuscript preparation and pre-publication process (book designing and typesetting).
Novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, mainstream trade, religion, philosophy, adventure, romance, science fiction, erotica, action/military, travel/lifestyle, gay/lesbian, ethnic/culture, literary journalism, memoir/autobiography, New Age, spirituality, poetry
“James Powell examines the symbols of language the way a biologist examines cells.” New York Times Review of Books
“James Powell assures us that the universe is a silent partner in a dialogue that goes on all the time.” New York Times Review of Books
JAMES N. POWEL is "a good literary surgeon," as one of his accomplished clients noted. As an editor of fiction and non-fiction, he views manuscripts with comprehensive vision and an eye for detail. He will read your fiction with an eye to making it believable and your non-fiction with a knack for making it both convincing and engaging.
His books and short stories have been translated into many languages and are known throughout the world. His list of publications includes The Tao of Symbols (Morrow 1982), Energy and Eros (Morrow 1985), The Prentice Hall Global Employment Guide (Prentice Hall 1983), Mandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism (Sterling 1980), Derrida for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1996), Postmodernism for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1998), Eastern Philosophy for Beginners (2000), Deconstruction for Beginners (2005), and Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book (2008).
His short story "The Silence of the Hummingbird" was published in Spanish in Revista Katharsis, in Malaga, Spain, and his journalism has appeared in Spirituality & Health, Tahiti Beach Press, the Santa Barbara Independent, and Montecito Journal.
Developmental editing, substantive editing, line editing, manuscript evaluation, publishing consultation
Fiction and nonfiction: literary, historical, mystery/suspense, adult, young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, paranormal, erotica, humor, and new age/spirituality
ANDREA ROBB spent over a decade as an acquiring editor at Penguin Random House, working on key titles for Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, Vintage and Anchor Books. Prior to that, she was on the editorial team at The Book of the Month Club, where she evaluated hundreds of titles for club inclusion.
Notable fiction projects that Andrea has edited have included Jennifer McMahon's NY Times bestselling novels The Winter People, The Night Sister, and Burntown; the NY Times bestselling Veronica Mars mystery series; the Harvard Lampoon's NY Times bestselling parody Nightlight; the translations of Paulo Coelho's internationally bestselling novels The Spy, Adultery, Manuscript Found in Accra, and Aleph; Whiting Award-winner Melanie Sumner's How to Write a Novel; and Latifah Salom's debut suspense novel, The Cake House.
Nonfiction projects include blogger and comedian Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life; Vela magazine founder Sarah Menkedick's debut essay collection Homing Instincts; multiple anthologies in the bestselling Foxfire series on Appalachian history and culture; the political travel guide The Nation Guide to the Nation; and new editions of Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey's Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction.
In addition to her editing work, Andrea has worked with over one hundred bestselling and award-winning authors to tailor their copy and paperback packaging for the softcover audience, often developing new materials such as reading group guides, introductions, and glossaries.
Authors she's worked with in this capacity have included Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), Anne Rice (Prince Lestat), Chris Bohjalian (The Sandcastle Girls), Lisa Unger (Heartbroken), Karen Russell (Vampires in the Lemon Grove), Joby Warrick (The Triple Agent), Kate Alcott (The Dressmaker), Ariel Lawhon (Flight of Dreams), Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians), Stephen Harrigan (The Gates of the Alamo), Alex Kava (Hotwire), J. Courtney Sullivan (Maine), Jennifer Close (Girls in White Dresses), Peter Heller (The Dog Stars), and Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven).
Via a penname, Andrea is also the author of a successful young adult novel with HarperTEEN that was chosen as a selection of the Scholastic Book Club, and has written text for popular television tie-in projects published by Insight Editions.
MARIE VALENTINE's editorial work ranges from conceptual and developmental brainstorming to copy editing and proofreading, as well as the nitty-gritty of print and Web production. She has worked in acquisitions and production for the renowned new age book publisher Llewellyn Worldwide. She has also served as a news editor and writer, business technology editor, poet and small press publisher of experimental works by contemporary writers. Marie will use her knowledge in literature and nonfiction to clarify your thoughts with minimal alteration, but she is also open to experiments and will adapt easily and quickly to your perceived vision and goals. A flexible editor and proofreader with a light touch, Marie will help your prose shine while keeping your personal style intact.
- 10+ years proofreading experience (print, web, digital, books, magazines, news weeklies, chapbooks and more)
- 6 years business and technology editing experience
- 5 years book manuscript editing experience, both fiction and nonfiction
- 4 years publisher acquisitions experience - Ruminator (small press), university press (U of MN), commercial press (Llewellyn). She knows what publishers look for in a book.
- 9 years academic editing and formatting
- Content organization
- Structural and substantive editing
- Formatting and style editing (MLA, Chicago, APA, AP, project-specific)
- Copy editing