Editing and Proofreading
22 Years in Business
Christian Editing / Religious Editing / Spiritual Editing
Turnaround is currently 1-3 business days
I'm Dr. Kirkpatrick, and for over 20 years, I've had the pleasure of being an editor of Christian, spiritual and other religious and faith-based works, theology, philosophy, religious studies, memoirs, and inspirational projects. With a strong background in history, I'm a specialist in books related to both historical and contemporary religious ideas and constructs.
I've mentored over 100 published authors of books, novels, novellas and short stories now happily selling their works. Since 1999, I've evaluated and edited 180+ manuscripts, allowing me the privilege to work with Christian and other religious authors to help them improve their manuscripts and feel proud to publish their work. With referrals on their behalf, many of these authors have gone on to be published in the mainstream. I want to see you and your books succeed! Please have a look at the information below and write to me when you're ready.
Selected Christian, Religious, Spiritual, and Inspirational Titles I've Edited
The Dictatorship of Relativism
Myths of Christianity: A Five Thousand Year Journey to Find the Son of God
The Signs of Modern-Day False Prophets
Characteristics of a True Believer in Christ
Today's Spiritual Threat Matrix
Deceive-Proof the Tribe
Developing a Healthy Marriage
Identifying the Roots of Bitterness and It's Symptoms
The New Creation: Know Who You Are in Christ
Pastor Ti.Ti. K.
Muslims, Mormons, M Theory
Dr. Jonathan Carey
Be Holy for I am Holy
Grace Dola Balogun
Christ's Life in the Life of Christians
Grace Dola Balogun
Remembering the Poor and Needy Among Us
Grace Dola Balogun
How God Created the Universe
W. A. Dunkley
C. J. Korryn
Who is God?
Know the What: Discover the How
The Dreams of I am the Light
Up: Getting Up is the Key to Life
These books have gone on to earn great praise from reviewers and readers, as well as multiple awards. As an editor, aside from religious projects, my strengths include 1800s historical nonfiction.
Choosing a Religious Editor
Before submitting to an agent or publisher, it is important to have someone review your work by providing proofreading and an in-depth edit. An editor needs to be keenly aware of the religious reader's expectations. The most successful religious and spiritual works inspire, teach, and encourage readers. In recent years, readers have come to expect more of their favorite authors. Readers scorn typos, spelling errors and overused phrases. Religious readers discuss all aspects of the works they read. Often, those discussions focus on the lack of editing in a book. Poor editing is one of the biggest complaints among Amazon book reviewers. In choosing an editor for your spiritual or religious work, it is paramount that s/he is familiar with this form of writing. An editor familiar with religious philosophy and principles will suggest words, phrases, and concepts that help readers connect with all aspects of your work.
Don't struggle through another draft!
Use the contact form
your first chapter (ten pages of text or more) and ask for a sample. I will illustrate my precision proofreading, editing and print formatting of your work right now. I will choose a section and provide you with a revision of your writing within 48 hours or so.
What You Can Expect From Me
I provide the following:
- collaboration with you in a mentoring capacity with creative ideas;
- help navigating the publishing industry to determine whether traditional, small, or self-publishing is best for you;
- a detailed written evaluation of your manuscript asking questions, pointing out incongruencies, muddled timelines, issues with characterization, and other problems in the project, to guide you as you rework your manuscript;
- a hands-on content edit (e.g., copyedit or line edit) and structural/stylistic edit doing everything necessary to get your manuscript ready for an agent, a self-publishing company, a traditional publisher, or ready for submission to an e-publisher. In addition to copyediting for spelling, grammar, repetitive words or phrases, and punctuation, I offer substantive editing (also called line editing), which is a more detailed work-through of a manuscript including evaluation for continuity, characterization, pacing, point of view, showing vs. telling and similar big-picture issues without the full immersion that goes with developmental editing;
- notations of what I believe you've done particularly well;
- indication of anything I believe would make a publisher or agent more likely to reject your manuscript or that would prevent it from being ready for independent publishing; and
- help with a query and/or synopsis when the manuscript is ready for publication.
More information about the company I work for; including the mechanics of what I do, more information about our services, and the details of our our terms and conditions; can be found on other pages.
Editing requires an investment of time and effort in the manuscript. As a religious editor, I work with both traditional authors and independent authors to help polish their manuscripts. I am hands-on in my editing. I offer content editing with commentary line-editing, submission help, and career consulting. Whether for stand-alone titles or a series, I focus on consistency, accuracy, and clarity, so that authors can successfully connect with their readers while avoiding awkward missteps. I diligently work through a manuscript, checking spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting, and style; tracking character traits and the timeline; confirming proper names, dates, places, and other technical or historical elements; noting any issues that may lead a reader to question something. As an editor, I view manuscripts with a comprehensive vision and an eye for detail and believability. I see the big picture and have an in-depth knowledge of today's publishing market. My expertise includes managing features of your work such as extricating clichés, redundancies, wordiness, staleness and vague generalizations.
The Religious Reader at a Glance
In the most recent year measured, the religious/inspirational genre saw an increase of over 52 million units (Nielson BookScan) in the U.S., which was a 10.5% increase over the previous year. That's more than four times the increase in the book market as a whole! Christian books have been particularly strong in the Nonfiction (11.3%) and juvenile categories.
Religious/Spiritual Buyer Demographics
- women are stronger Christian book buyers than men, but they tend more toward Christian fiction,
- about half of Christian book-buying households earn less than $50,000, and
- half of Christian book buyers are older than 45.
Source: Nielsen's Religious Book Buyer Report.
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