Meet Our Editors
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The author and editor of more than 300 books, David Alan knows what it takes to get a book published.
DAVID ALAN has edited and authored books for 30+ publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins, Lyons Press, Random House, Running Press, Warner Books, Total/Sports Illustrated, and Scholastic.
His books have generated more than $20 million in revenue and have appeared on the Today show, The Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His rating on Goodreads.com is 4.2, based on more than 3,000 ratings.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Developmental editing, manuscript critiques, work-in-progress beta reading, query letters and book proposals
Former Locus magazine editor, AMY BENNETT is a critically acclaimed and agented novelist with knowledge of both the craft and the business of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing.
She has seen a number of writing careers start while working at the Clarion East Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop.
James N. Bond
A former English professor, James holds graduate degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies. In both disciplines James focused on processes of creativity. His Religious Studies research at the University of California was published in India. It explored the tradition of visionary poetics in the luminous cadences of Sanskrit literatures. He discovered there the timeless field of creative intelligence, the Prime Mover animating writers from Madhuchandas to Tagore, Narayan to Abhinavagupta. He studied English under the able tutelage Hugh Kenner, the so-called inventor of modernism. Enlarging upon Julia Kristeva’s revolutionary psycholinguistic insights, his English Literature studies envisioned Mark Twain’s creative process as one analogous to that of a river pilot attempting to demarcate the feral floodwaters of the Mississippi.
James’s writing and editing is informed by his background as a student of world literatures and world literary theories. He has worked as a story consultant to the film industry and as an internationally published author whose books have been issued by major houses worldwide: William Morrow, Prentice Hall, Hosei University Press (Japan), Chongqing University Press (China), Pensamento (Brazil), Thassalia (Spain), Hans-Ulrich Möhring (Germany), and Orient Longman (India). He authored the most successful titles in the For Beginners series of documentary comic books, and Library Journal recognized his collaboration with Prentice Hall as one of the top ten business books of the year. His volume zeroing in on coming-of-age customs in the South Pacific ignited a celebrated, nationwide slow-love revolution in the isles of Japan. James translated the verse of San Juan de la Cruz, collaborating with Group f/64 photographer Imogen Cunningham, in whose art he found images whose delicacy of expression illumined those of the saint’s.
Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance LGBTQ+, Crime, Detective, Academic Nonfiction, Film Scripts, Media Books
LAUREN BRENZY has copy edited hundreds of novels, short stories, and nonfiction titles, including books by bestselling authors Jane Yolen, May McGoldrick, Paul Cornell, and Alyssa Palombo. She regularly works with large and small publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Tor/Forge, Prometheus Books, Bella Books, Entangled Publishing, and Cobblestone Press.
She loves working with both first-time authors and established writers, from people looking for that final check to those who want involved editing and collaboration. She’s a writer herself, with a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, where she learned the art of constructive criticism, pacing, plot structure, and dialogue.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
THEODORA BRYANT has been editing professionally since 1994, ten of those with her fiction-only, award-winning publishing company.
She has been a member of the Book Editing Associates network since 2001. During that time her authors have garnered “Book of the Year” in science fiction, and “Finalist” and “Winner” awards in romance and mystery works. Her authors often receive outstanding reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.
She’s reviewed, evaluated, and edited thousands of manuscripts through the years and helps her authors navigate towards the “Top 100 Paid on Kindle” lists.
American History, Biography, Memoir, Journalism, Politics, Government, Public Affairs, Public Policy, Equine Subjects
PEGGY CAMPBELL has been line editing and proofreading nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers. She is an expert user of the Chicago Manual of Style.
Her edited manuscripts have won a number of awards and honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Tankard Award, Choice Outstanding Book of the Year, National Jewish Book Award, and Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
Manuscript Evaluations and Assessment
200+ books edited for major publishers and independent authors
CARLY CANTOR, a published author and industry veteran, worked as an acquisitions editor at a New York publisher where she acquired and edited titles on a variety of subjects. As a free-lance editor, she has extensive experience performing diagnostic editing (critique), development editing, and line editing. Her clients are writers in the areas of memoir, history, current events, health, Judaica, women’s issues, how-to, and pop-culture, as well as romance, women’s fiction, and literary fiction.
She also helps authors write query letters and proposals that appeal to the market. Because she is an adjunct to a successful New York literary agency, she has the commercial savvy to advise clients with an eye to current trends and industry standards.
Carly will meet you wherever you are in your writing process. If you need an objective assessment of what’s working in your book and what needs improvement in terms of structure (narrative arc, characters, pacing, etc.), she can provide a thorough professional critique. Her “bedside” manner is sensitive and respectful but holds nothing back.
If you need a line-by-line edit to polish the writing, Carly is an expert at smoothing over any awkward moments in the narrative, helping you to be the best writer you can be without imposing her own style or taste on your prose.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Screenplays, Creative Nonfiction, How-To, Self-Help, Historical Fiction
DAVID CATHCART has worked as a writer, editor, publisher, educator, journalist, screenwriter, blogger, copywriter, book designer and proofreader for over 21 years. During that time, he has written, co-written, contributed to and edited over 125 published books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also written, co-written, and/or directed and produced a dozen motion pictures, including feature film projects and documentaries.
David has shepherded dozens of writers toward publication, including those who have gone the traditional route as well as those who have chosen to self-publish. He has extensive experience at every stage of the publishing process, from development all the way to design and marketing.
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.
Award-Winning Book Editor, Author, and Ghostwriter
Former literary agent and advertising copywriter, published author, editor and ghostwriter of several bestsellers, Stacey Donovan helps guide her clients’ books to successful publication, whether traditional, niche, or independent.
STACEY DONOVAN has edited or ghostwritten dozens of published books for her clients, many of which have received critical acclaim and awards. Among them: New York Times Bestsellers (Mystery); International Thrillers Awards (Thriller); Florida Book Awards (Thriller); Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medal Award (Memoir); Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year (Memoir); Stories of Mighty Women Top Biographies (Memoir); Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Ben Franklin Award, Bill Fisher Best First Book (Fiction); Chanticleer International Book Awards (Thriller)
As a professional editor and ghostwriter, Donovan is experienced in many genres: Contemporary Fiction and Nonfiction; Mystery; Crime; Suspense; Psychological Thriller; Literary Fiction; Women’s Fiction; Young Adult; Erotic Romance; Erotica; GLBTQ; Memoir.
Donovan is also a published author of both fiction and non-fiction. Dive, her first, critically acclaimed novel was published in 1995 (Penguin) and reissued in 2015 (Open Road Media). The Art of Loneliness, a sexy novella, is available on Kindle. Co-authored by Donovan, the four-book series based on Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries is also available.
Jewish Topics, Judaica, Memoir, How-To, Inspirational
JOHANNA EHRLICH has been a freelance editor, copy editor, proofreader, and writer for more than twenty-five years. Having grown up in the center of a Jewish community, she is particularly adept at working on books with Jewish content. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and a long-time member of a world-renowned Jewish chorus that has honored her for her decades of leadership.
Johanna is eager to work on anything that “educates, inspires, or entertains,” to quote her public television station. Your nonfiction manuscript will benefit from her focused thinking and her clear-sighted editing.
Johanna is the author of eight books for young people (fiction and nonfiction, leveled readers and graphic novels), published by Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, and PowerKids Press.
Marlo Garner has been editing children's books and teaching writing since the late 1990s. She teaches Writing for Children’s Books (picture books), Writing Chapter Books for Children, and various other writing and revision workshops.
Her chapter book series---which contains numerous poems and rhyming verse—was released in 2010, and she is the author and/or illustrator of a number of other published books for children, including a picture book for Internet security giant AVG.
Marlo received first place in the "published" division of the New England SCBWI 2013 illustration awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).
20+ years of Editing Experience: Developmental, Substantive, Line, Ghostwriting, Proposals
Self-help, Psychology, Alternative Medicine, Spirituality, Consciousness, Nature, Business
“Your words are powerful; they deserve to be handled with care, clarity, precision, and intention.”
Matthew Gibson has been a writer, editor, and researcher for much of his professional life, operating at a high level of discernment while skilled at finding the most essential message in any piece of writing.
From developmental/line editing and manuscript evaluations to ghostwriting and book proposals, his versatile skills are applicable to nearly any project. He’s particularly experienced helping first-time authors with subject matter expertise (e.g., scientists, consultants, therapists, teachers) find their voice and shape their ideas and story for a wider audience.
He has run two print magazines with extensive book review sections; co-founded a book imprint that published a New York Times bestseller; is a long-time reviewer for the nationally recognized Nautilus Book Awards; and is the author of three books with established publishers. His experience on all sides of the publishing equation gives him a unique perspective on the needs and aspirations of both first-time and experienced authors.
Apocalyptic Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Police Procedural, Narrative Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, True Crime
Developmental editor, copy editor, and writer with a background in criminal law and martial arts
If your novel has fight scenes or involves police procedures or the law, KARIN GRAHAM is your specialist. She has accompanied police on search warrants, observed autopsies, and been to countless crime scenes. She has training in arson prosecution, search and seizure law, and the insanity defense. She can help add realism to your writing.
Susan Maia Grossman
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism, Young Adult and Middle Reader, Books in Verse, Literary and Women’s Fiction, LGBTQIA topics, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Essays, Memoirs, Judaica, Comparative Religion and Modern Spiritualities, Folklore and Mythology, Science and Technology, Business
Publishing veteran and book doctor SUSAN M. GROSSMAN has been in the industry for more than 25 years. She worked in-house for major New York publishers Ace Books and Macmillan, read and edited manuscripts for Tor, Baen, and Random House Spectra (among others), and provides highly personalized guidance as an independent editor. Her recent writers have been recognized with honors that include the Lambda Literary Award nomination, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and Eric Hoffer Book Awards/Montaigne Medals Book Awards in nonfiction.
She works across the gamut of editorial services, providing critiques, mentorship, developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing, as well as helping with synopses, query letters, and cover copy. A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop in science fiction and fantasy as well as a published author, she thinks of editing as a partnership and has a particular love for developing writers’ first manuscripts.
Novels, Self-Help, Memoir, Christian, Spiritual, Business
DAVID HENDERSON has worked on 100+ manuscripts that have landed publishing deals.
His long track record as a ghostwriter, writer, editor, and filmmaker has given him exposure to a wide range of authors, writing styles, and genres, including novels, nonfiction works, self-help books, memoir, Christian and other spiritual writing, and business books.
With professional experience in both fiction and documentary film, as a producer, writer, and director, David is well versed in the art of cinematic storytelling and can edit or critique your screenplay.
Writer and Editor of Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Fiction, Memoirs, and Historical Fiction
ANA HOWARD is the author of traditionally published eight novels. Her books include contemporary and historical children’s, young adult, and adult literature.
She has worked with both small independent publishers, such as Roberts Rinehart and Brown Barn Books, and large publishing houses, such as Penguin Putnam and American Girl.
She has seen one of her novels made into film and has won numerous literary awards.
Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Biographies, Memoirs, Martial Arts, Technical
JEFF KARON, PhD, has written and edited over 100 books, articles, stories, poems, and doctoral dissertations across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and business.
He is a board member, website designer, and webmaster for a literary press and a published writer and poet.
His editing specialties include general fiction, biography, memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry criticism, creative writing, technical and business writing, journal articles, and scholarly books.
BARBARA KIMBLE has worked as a writer, ghostwriter, editor, teacher, coach, corporate communication consultant and journalist, and served as Writer in Residence at Tyndale House Publishers. She has written or co-written ten books, published more than 600 articles in the Chicago Tribune, and edited approximately 200 books for various publishers and authors.
Barbara has helped dozens of writers to prepare for the publication of their books, including both those who have published with traditional publishers and those who have chosen to self-publish, including teaching a six-video writing course for a publisher.
A true wordsmith with a love for the beauty of language and the power of ideas, Barbara aims for clear and memorable writing that includes the occasional touch of humor, if appropriate. She makes what’s complicated easily understandable whether when editing a book, writing a web article, or coaching authors.
John David Kudrick
Fiction (Multiple Genres) and Nonfiction (Christian Only)—Editor of 220+ Titles
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 book – a work 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? As an editor and a writer himself, John David understands the gamut of feelings that comes with getting your manuscript from your hard drive and into print. That’s why he’d love to partner with you in getting your book manuscript to the next level.
With a BA in theology, an MA focused on fiction, and over two decades 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, Barbour, 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 220 published titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthropology
Manuscript evaluations, developmental editing
FLOYD LARGENT edits nonfiction, novels, and short stories. His first love as a fiction editor is science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults, especially for works in which science, characterization, mystery, and unusual cultures play an important part.
In nonfiction he specializes in anthropology, history, science, spirituality (including religious and New Age), and memoirs.
Rachel Lawson is a former college literature and writing instructor who offers excellence in comprehensive copyediting, line editing, and proofreading. Her strength lies in helping the author make his/her written voice shine in a highly readable, page-turning, memorable way.
Rachel specializes in the genre of Christian and spiritual/religious manuscripts, including children’s books, memoirs, devotionals, and larger theological works. Rachel’s work as a copy editor, line editor, and proofreader for three Christian publishers has now reached 30 Christian books.
She ghostwrites author bios, back cover copy of books, and author websites.
Rachel also designs and formats book interiors for print or eBook distribution.
Rachel invites all writers, but is especially interested in supporting the efforts of Christian and spiritual/religious writers, pastors and theologians, mystics, memoirists, and children’s and young adult book authors. With Rachel, you can prepare to publish your unique voice in a polished, professional manner.
Religion, Spirituality, Biography, Public Affairs, Memoir
Developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, rewriting, ghostwriting
E.M. LEVY has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, and many other publishers and individuals. He is at home in the social sciences and humanities.
He has edited important works of religious scholarship. In the area of general nonfiction, he has worked in a variety of genres, including biography, public affairs, spirituality, and memoir. Many authors who are nonnative English speakers have turned to him to perfect their English written expression.
Book Editor, Author, Writing Coach, Publishing Consultant
KENDRA LUND specializes in books on the spiritual end of the self-help spectrum, along with professional how-to guides, memoirs, and fiction. She is an advocate for authors with a message that inspires positive change in our lives. As a book doctor, Kendra serves mainly first-time authors—especially professionals in the self-development field—who want to share their experiences and wisdom.
Paranormal Romance, Westerns, Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Psychic, Supernatural Phenomena
KELLY LYNNE is the proud “auntie” to over 150 traditionally published novels, novellas and short stories. As an editor for The Wild Rose Press, she edited contemporary western and light paranormal romances, with heat ratings from sweet to spicy.
Kelly has published over 100 non-fiction articles, four short stories, and two novels. She helps authors polish their submission packets for literary agents and publishers, and also helps writers prepare their manuscripts for self-publishing.
Dissertation Editing, LaTeX, APA Formatting, Tables, Charts, Equations
HOLLY MONTY has been a dissertation editor, nonfiction book editor, and self-publishing consultant for more than a decade.
She has edited 200+ nonfiction books published by top university and academic presses and helps graduate students with APA editing, statistical writing, and development and formatting of tables and charts.
Christian YA and Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational
A professional editor for over twenty years, Gina specializes in line editing and proofreading Christian fiction and nonfiction/inspirational books for young adult and adult readers.
She has worked with smaller publishers, such as 5 Fold Media (which launched The Passion Translation) and Anaiah Press, as well as large publishing houses, including Crossroad Publishing Company and Pearson.
Gina’s passion is working closely with authors to ensure their unique voices are maintained while polishing the grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax, and word usage in their manuscripts.
Webster Noah is a writer and editor of commercial fiction and nonfiction.
His bestselling authors include Chris Wallace, Brett Favre, Matthew Modine, and Steven Pressfield. Alden’s titles have been featured on Sixty Minutes, The Today Show, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and on the front page of The New York Times.
Upcoming titles Noah has developed and edited include YA fiction, Girl From Nowhere (Bloomsbury, 2020) and memoir, 60 Stories About 30 Seconds (Post Hill/Simon and Schuster, 2020).
Two of Noah’s books have sold to studios for over $1 million.
Noah founded and was editor in chief of a publishing company (under Penguin Random House) where he bought, developed, edited, and helped to write dozens of books.
He has written for The New York Times Magazine and Departures magazine.
Among other studio films, Noah produced The Conspirator, starring Robin Wright and James McAvoy, directed by Robert Redford. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
Ghostwriter, Book Indexer, Copy Editor, Proofreader
AUBREY OTERO has 30+ years of experience as a writer and editor, including fiction, nonfiction, medical, academic, technical, and college-level textbooks.
She began a career as a technical writer: geophysics, geology, and information technology. Then transitioned into journalism, working as Associate Editor/Editor of the Catholic newspaper of San Diego and teaching fiction writing at the university level.
New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning Book Editor
Literary Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Erotica, Humor, 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. She edited Jennifer McMahon’s NY Times bestselling novels, The Winter People, The Night Sister, and Burntown; the NY Times bestselling Veronica Mars mystery series; and the Harvard Lampoon’s NY Times bestselling parody Nightlight.
Award-Winning Ghostwriter, Screenwriter, Editor, and Writing Coach for 6 #1 New York Times Bestselling Books
STEPHEN SEVERN edited #1 bestsellers Tears For My City, The Revved Life, and the Serafina series of children’s books, as well as the blog of bestselling Christian author Emerson Eggerichs. His work as editor earned him 25 international awards.
His ghostwritten screenplay was winner of Best Adaptation at the Hollywood Book Festival. He’s written or ghostwritten for rock magazines and heavy metal websites, film and TV reviews, and more than 30 published books.
Religion, Theology, the Bible, Mysticism, Spirituality
JOYA STEVENSON (PhD., Harvard University, Spiritual and Personal Development) edits in the broad areas of religion, theology, spirituality, and the Bible.
She works with original thinkers, inspired visionaries and mystics, theologians and biblical interpreters, researchers and academics.
Book Editor, Script and Screenplay Story Consultant, Publishing Consultant, Television and Film Industry Veteran
S.J. SUTTON has worked in the book publishing and the film industries for thirty years.
In the film industry she worked as a story analyst and development consultant on feature film and television projects for DreamWorks, Disney, Showtime, and Lifetime, including L.A. Confidential (Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published), Get On Up, Enigma, HBO’s Vinyl, and Defending Your Life.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Self-publishing consultant for independent authors
KELLY SWEET has provided copyediting services for independent authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from short stories to epic, multivolume sagas. She gives her authors the best of both worlds: a keen eye for editorial details and affordable rates.
An independent author herself, Kelly has experienced the author-editor relationship from both sides and knows how important your voice and style are to your manuscript. You can rely on her to make corrections and suggest improvements while keeping your voice intact.
Editor for three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors
Caroline T. has been editing popular fiction for over 20 years and has 400+ novels under her belt.
Her particular expertise is fiction for women: she edits all sub-genres of Romance, as well as Suspense, Thrillers, and Mysteries. Carla Neggers, Karen Robards and Andrea Kane—three New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling authors—had their books edited by Caroline.
Copyediting and Proofreading Services | New Author Assistance
MARIE VALENTINE helps first-time writers prepare their manuscripts for submission to publishers or in preparation for self-publishing.
Marie has worked for small, midsized, and academic presses, and helps authors who are new to the publishing process navigate the path to selling a book. She offers query letter and submission package review, and permissions assistance, and can answer questions you have along the way. She often blogs with her self-published authors to help promote their work.
Marie passed Book Editing Associates’ rigorous proofreading test, so you can trust that her edits will also clear up any typographical errors in your book. She is fluent in the Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style.
Editor of 3 New York Times Bestsellers and 3 Los Angeles Times Bestsellers
Don White is an award-winning editor with more than twenty years’ of publishing experience. Among the notable writers he’s edited are Gore Vidal, Edward Albee, E. Lynn Harris, Edmund White, and Samuel R. Delany.
He’s equally at home in fiction (literary novels, commercial fiction, mysteries) and nonfiction (memoir, biography, general nonfiction). As an editor and writer he’s freelanced for Doubleday, Penguin, Bantam, Basic Books, and Beacon, among others.
Don has been singled out for distinction by the American Library Association, Publishers Weekly, and Out Magazine. As an independent scholar he’s authored three books on African American history as well as several books for gay and lesbian readers. He’s also an emeritus board member of the Lambda Literary Foundation. Don lives in New York City.
Christian Book Editor and Bookcrafter
I’m a veteran editor and writer, with four decades of full-time work in book publishing, focusing especially on Christian books of all kinds. I’ve also edited numerous business and leadership books, memoirs, and fiction titles.
I’ve partnerered with dozens of respected communicators in bringing out many notable works. These authors have included Louie Giglio, Carolyn Castleberry, Henry Blackaby, J. I. Packer, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Randy Alcorn, Thelma Wells, Richard Blackaby, Tony Evans, John MacArthur, Larry Crabb, Larry Osborne, Andy Stanley, and Dave Harvey, to name just a few.
Many of my editing projects have involved extensive collaborative writing—especially developing content from various author sources such as sermon transcripts, message outlines, letters, and journal entries. I’ve worked to maintain the author’s voice and style, and I’m grateful to have often been commended by authors for doing exactly that.
As an author, I’m currently writing the third novel in a trilogy of historical fiction (currently being agented for consideration by publishers). I’ve also written extensively for children (using a pen name), with more than twenty books published. Three of my books were winners of the Christian Book Award (the “Gold Medallion”) from the ECPA trade publishers association.
Note: Thomas’ rate starts at 7 cents per word.