John David Kudrick

John David Kudrick
Fiction (Multiple Genres)—Editor of 240+ Published 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 an MA focused on fiction and over two decades of editorial/writing experience, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor on more than 240 published fiction/nonfiction titles and to work with authors from across the US and around the world.

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Services Offered:

Copyediting (heavy, medium, and light) – Line-by-line and word-by-word editing for grammar, word usage, tone, format, mechanics of style, and consistency of facts, spelling, capitalization, and numerals. Also includes recommendations to author on part of editor. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.

Proofreading – A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.


I do not offer manuscript critiques/evaluations or developmental/substantive/content editing for fiction, and I do not work on nonfiction. Because I specialize in copyediting and proofreading, it means that the authors I work with are satisfied with their stories from a big-picture perspective and are not looking for anyone to offer thoughts on how to improve the story or make large-scale edits, but rather looking for an editor to smooth out, enhance, and polish the text of the tale. Thus, if you do want someone to offer any kind of evaluation or large-scale editing of your story, please feel free to request one or more from the many excellent BEA editors who provide those types of service. Of course, if you’re happy with your overall story as it stands, then please feel free to drop me a request. Thank you kindly for your consideration of this detailed note.  : )


Children’s Fiction
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy
YA Fiction

nightbringer“You have a true talent, John David, something God-given. All the learning in the world can’t give it to you, and nothing can take it away. You comprehend on several levels far beneath the story itself, a rare thing in literature these days. You can have my back anytime.”

—James Byron Huggins
Author of A Wolf Story, The Reckoning, Leviathan, Cain, Hunter, Rora, Nightbringer, The Scam, Sorcerer

Editorial Work on Published Fiction

A Beautiful Fall by Chris Coppernoll (proofread)

A Bigger Life by Annette Smith (proofread)

A Mile in My Shoes by Tammi L. Jackson (copyedit)

A Portrait for Marguerite by Kate Lloyd (proofread)

A Treacherous Mix by Kathy Herman (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)

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)

End Online by D. Wolfin (content edit)

EtherWorks: The Beginning by Lawrence Lucken (copyedit)

EtherWorks: The Girl with the Red Hair and Green Eyes by Lawrence Lucken (copyedit)

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)

Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone by D. A. Brittain (critique, content edit)

Jude by Jeff Nesbit (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 1 – Darkness Reigns by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 2 – The Heir War by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 3 – The End of All Things by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 4 – Kingdom at Sea by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 5 – Maelstrom by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 6 – Voices of Blood by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 7 – The Reluctant King by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 8 – A Deliverer Comes by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Kinsman Chronicles: Part 9 – Warriors of the Veil by Jill Williamson (proofread)

Knuckle Sandwich by Adam Palmer (proofread)

Let Go the Reins by John D. Hughes (copyedit) 

Majesty’s Offspring by AJ Vega (critique, copyedit)

Mama, What Is the Meaning of Christmas? by Mable A. Justice (content edit)

MicroBrain by Evan P.C. Rion (content edit)

Mirror Souls by A.J. Blakemont (copyedit)

Mooch by Adam Palmer (proofread)

Mothers’ Board by LaShaunda Jackson-Williams (copyedit)

New Country by Michael Wolfe (copyedit)

Night Rain by Joe Hilley (proofread)

Nightbringer by James Byron Huggins (content edit)

O Little Town by Don Reid (proofread)

Oka Irathace: Book 1 – Dolphin Caller by David Howland (copyedit)

Oka Irathace: Book 2 – Missing Rider by David Howland (copyedit)

Oka Irathace: Book 3 – Redgull Spy by David Howland (copyedit)

Oka Irathace: Book 4 – Sentrees’ Song by David Howland (copyedit)

Only by Death by Kathy Herman (proofread)

Patched Together by Brennan Manning (proofread)

Persian Blood by M.G. Haynes (critique, content edit)

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)

Q. Fulvius by M.G. Haynes (critique, content edit)

Rupture: Rise of the Demon King by Milo Woods (copyedit)

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 Adventures of Eli Frost: Mystery in the Dark Jungle by D.A. Silva (content edit)

The Adventures of Eli Frost: Mystery in the Shadow of Mount Rushmore by D.A. Silva (content edit)

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 Decision by Michael D. Komeshak (copyedit)

The Deposition by Joe Hilley (proofread)

The Devil’s Apprentice by John Wallen (proofread)

The Doctor of Dunstable Plains by Traci Stead (copyedit)

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 Light Whispered by J. Christopher Earl (critique)

The Longed Tales by Mohamed AR (critique, content edit)

The Lucifer Project by Jon Flagg (copyedit)

The Micah Judgment by Jim Kraus (proofread)

The Mighty Maldoon by Michael D. Komeshak (copyedit)

The Peacemakers by Jack Cavanaugh (proofread)

The Pilgrim: Wizards of White Light by JP Sylvester (content edit)

The Portal by Allen Hively (critique, follow-up critique, content edit)

The Potter of Paradox by Traci Stead (copyedit)

The Protectorate Wars: Born Hero by SA Shaffer (content edit)

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman (proofread)

The Red Storm: The Life and Afterlife of Prince Eoloff Danzweiga by Thomas Dawn (content edit)

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 Shepherd of Shotton Cross by Traci Stead (copyedit)

The Silent Deal by Levi Stack (proofread)

The Sprigs of Defiance by Samer Samna (critique, content edit)

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)

War of Shadows: Soul Census by A.J. Vega

Winterflight by Joseph Bayly (proofread)


“John David Kudrick is thorough, adaptable, and attentive. His strength in proofreading for us has been providing consistent work on an epic fantasy series, and his grasp of detail throughout the intricate story arc has been especially helpful.”

— Elisa Tally,
Assistant Editor, Bethany House Publishers

“One of my responsibilities is to send our trade-book manuscripts out to freelance proofreaders. It has been my pleasure to work with John David Kudrick, one of our A-list freelancers, during this period. John David is a magnificent proofreader, as he has done stellar work for our publishing company. He not only catches all of the little details by adhering to The Chicago Manual of Style rules, but he also queries questionable content when he thinks something is off (for instance, a timeline discrepancy in a fiction book). In addition, John David has never missed a deadline. In fact, a good amount of his projects have even come in a few days early. These extra miles separate him from our average proofreaders, who simply follow the rules and do not care about the content or the quality of the book nearly as much. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with John David. He’s a joy to visit with and a wonderful professional to work with. I could not give a freelancer a higher recommendation.”

—Jack Campbell
Copyeditor/Project Coordinator, David C Cook

“John communicated quickly and with great helpfulness going far beyond what I honestly expected for what I paid. He was gracious and honest at the same time and provided me both with very useful comments as well as some very helpful material. I feel he was a very effective ‘coach’ for me at this stage of my writing. Thanks very much.”

—Martin Bennett
Hungry Kitty LLC

“Your network was a lifesaver after numerous previous disappointments and delays with indifferent/inexperienced editors. The consultant you provided did excellent work within the agreed upon timeframe and allocated fee. I am extremely satisfied and would recommend John David to anyone in need of a pressing and challenging editing service.”

—Tino Randall
VP/Business Development, DevTec Global

“The network was very useful in helping me source a Christian editor. I was impressed with John David’s previous editing credentials and the testimonials from his past clients. The feedback he gave me was very positive but also constructive. He was very thorough in terms of showing me the weaknesses in my writing and where I need to do more work.”

—Lianne Blanch

“John David was very quick to respond to my inquiry and also took care of my project ahead of schedule. I’m very pleased with his work.”

—Melissa Taylor

“John has been a steadfast and reliable companion along my road to creating quality, adult genre fiction. I have found his editorials to be both insightful and genuinely helpful. His contributions have made the good, great, and there is no higher praise to be had in this industry.”

—Uriah McCollum

“I highly recommend John David Kudrick. As an editor for Whitaker House, his strong leadership and management skills became very evident and he was soon promoted to senior editor. John was instrumental in Whitaker House’s expansion into Christian fiction.”

— Robert Whitaker, Jr.,
President, Whitaker House Publishers

“John David Kudrick’s copyediting and proofreading skills have been a great benefit for NavPress. John’s attention to detail and knowledge of language give him the foundation that every good copyeditor needs. He has the skills to spot errors and refine writing, resulting in a clean, polished manuscript. And his responsible and professional manner means you can depend on him to follow through on deadlines.”

—Darla Hightower
Former Production Director, NavPress

“As a copy editor and project coordinator at David C. Cook, I have a long list of freelance proofreaders to choose from for each project. John David Kudrick is at the top of that list as a thorough, dependable proofreader. He consistently turns in excellent work, catching the tiny details as well as finding discrepancies in the overarching stories and themes of the books. He is willing to complete rushed projects, and I know I can count on him for high-pressure jobs. I thoroughly recommend him for any project.”

—Jaci Schneider
Copyeditor/Project Coordinator, David C Cook

“I was a little nervous about who to use for editing since my chosen topic of discussion and my approach to addressing it were sensitive in nature, but profound in content. I didn’t want to lose the essence and message of the manuscript during the editing process. I’m so pleased with the result. I can’t wait to get my next project finished so I can send it in as well.”

—Chris F. Walker

“John did a highly proficient job of editing, and followed my instructions to the letter. His comments made it clear that he had thoroughly read and carefully thought about the text.”

—John Wallen

“The network was very useful in helping me source a Christian editor. I was impressed with John David’s previous editing credentials and the testimonials from his past clients. The feedback he gave me was very positive but also constructive. He was very thorough in terms of showing me the weaknesses in my writing and where I need to do more work.”

—Lianne Blanch

“John David Kudrick provided an outstanding experience throughout every stage of editing! He was professional, communicated in a timely manner, gave sound and expert advice, and was most of all- a good coach and willing to go the extra mile to ensure what went to print was a quality product. JDK did a great job of helping me keep the story on track (killing my darlings) and providing that delicate balance by adding just the right amount of external influence to make it a polished and professional product, but still keeping it my own. This project was too important not to have been done right, JDK exceeded my expectations.”

—Bobby Colella

“Mr. John David Kudrick did a terrific job with his developmental edit of my manuscript—a total professional with keen insight. Not only did he do a wonderful job, but he provided the deliverable way ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend both him, and this service to anyone.”

— Andrew Vega

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