Gold Members of The Christian Pen

Jenne Acevedo

As a freelance editor, writing consultant, and editing instructor, Jenne Acevedo encourages and assists writers through Acevedo Word Solutions LLC and the Chandler Writers’ Group (Arizona). Jenne is a co-owner of Christian Editor Network LLC, the director of The Christian PEN and PENCON, a member of Christian Editor Connection, and an instructor for The PEN Institute. She judges the Excellence in Editing Awards and the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Jenne has a bachelor’s degree in French and is an avid reader who loves studying God’s Word, playing games with her family, traveling with her husband, and baking gluten-free treats.

Marilyn Anderson

Marilyn, whose “bliss” has always been in the writing field, began her career by earning bachelor’s (cum laude) and master’s English degrees. She launched her editing, writing, and proofreading business—Done wRite Editorial—in 1993. Marilyn can help you by editing your book, business project, doctoral dissertation, thesis, and/or other academic papers. She offers reasonable, competitive rates and a free sample edit. Marilyn has tutored twenty-nine English as a Second Language students. She works for publishing houses and a Christian ministry, along with mentoring successful writing students. You may email, or call her at 502-244-0751 or 502-452-2681.

Karen Andrews

My services provide a detailed search of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and word usage errors, including sentence structure, clarity, spacing and breaks, and redundancy. In addition to copy editing, I perform a line-by-line and paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the manuscript, checking for passive writing, internal consistency and clarity. For copy editing and line editing, I offer a free sample edit of five pages taken throughout the book. This gives me an idea of the level of editing needed and an estimated turnaround time; it also gives you the opportunity to see my work.

Blake Atwood

Blake Atwood is an editor, ghostwriter, and wordsmith who helps writers tell better stories, choose the right path to publication, and how to best market their words. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas, where they daily pray for the AC never to falter. To read more, visit To see a sampling of the books Blake has written, co-written, or edited, visit

Karin Beery

Owner of Write Now Editing and Copywriting Services, a wife, novelist, and homemaker, Karin Beery has had hundreds of articles published in various periodicals, in addition to writing her novels. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the American Christian Writers Association, and Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. She is represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at Word Wise Media. You can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter. Website:

Erin Brown

Erin Brown, aka The Write Editor, is a full-time, professional freelance editor, proofreader, and writer. Erin’s formal training in editorial practices and procedures, ten years in Christian retailing, twenty-six years in education, and over ten years as a Christy Award judge affords her a wide knowledge and experience base. She combines her love of editing and teaching by mentoring new writers and teaching nonfiction editing skills to other professional editors. Visit her website to view a selected client list and to read what editors and authors say about Erin and her work. The Write Editor . . . is the right editor!

Christy Callahan

Christy Callahan has been known to “catch what others miss.” At Carnegie Mellon University, she majored in social history, then earned her MA in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary. Certified by the Christian Editor Connection in fiction and nonfiction, Christy has worked on over seventy projects for BroadStreet Publishing Group. For another traditional publisher, Chosen Books, she edited Encountering Our Wild God by Kim Meeder and Walking the Path of Prayer by Jack Hayford. Christy is fluent in German and bilingual French-English. Her writing has been published in academic journals, The Christian Childbirth Handbook, and online. She also loves typesetting.

Jeanette Cameron

Jeanette Cameron (Risen Editing) is a freelance fiction editor with a decade of experience in book publishing. From fantasy and romance to science fiction and young adult fiction, Jeanette assists and mentors authors to give readers powerful emotional experiences and helps authors to develop their craft along the way. She believes that fiction can be a powerful vehicle for speaking truth into a person’s life and to honor God in the process. Through her work and passion, her goal is to connect readers with amazing stories told by Christian fiction authors.

Tiffany Colter

I am the business coach to writers and writing source to businesses. I have been published in local and national publications and am an award-winning fiction writer (1st place in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Unpublished Division. 2007) I also do content editing and consultations by phone.
Specialties: Ghost writing and working a as a writing coach to help turn business owners and consultants in to experts. I can help you create a book or an entire line of products for you based on your message. Find out more:  Website:

B. Kay Coulter

Having been in ministry for 25 years, B. Kay Coulter served as a vocalist, conference speaker, book editor, and the author of Proverbs for Personalities, Victim/Victor: It’s Your Choice, and Free to Be. Kay is a freelance editor with Crews and Coulter Editorial Services. She edits fiction and nonfiction and specializes in helping non-native English speakers. She has served as editor for over 250 projects. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother and lives in Temple, Texas. Website:

Janet Crews

Growing up in an abusive home, Janet Crews found solace and inspiration in books, both fiction and nonfiction. She learned the value of the written word and the importance of words being put together clearly to communicate the message of the author. She added education to her knowledge with majors in English and history along with minors in religion and psychology. Janet carried her knowledge and education into twenty-five years as a Christian conference speaker and twenty years as a freelance editor. Janet is also a Certified Personality Trainer, and she uses all of her experiences and training to help aspiring/ established authors produce manuscripts which clearly convey the messages God has given them. Janet is the senior editor of Crews and Coulter Editorial Services. She is a wife, mother and grandmother (most recently of twin boys) and resides in Temple, Texas.

Christy Distler

Educated at Temple University and UC Berkeley, Avodah Editorial Servicesowner Christy Distler has fifteen years’ editorial experience and a creative writing background that includes published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She edits and proofreads for CBA publishing houses, and offers services to authors pursuing traditional and indie publishing. In 2015, Christy co-authored 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing. She has judged ACFW’s First Impressions and Genesis contests; taught at Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference; and is a member of Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Editors and Proofreaders Network, and ACFW.

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards is an established professional editor and writer serving Christian authors and publishers. She edits non-fiction, specializing in developmental, content, and line editing. She is thorough, fast, and flexible, with fair rates. Jennifer earned an MA in Biblical/Theological Studies from Western Seminary. Her seminary training has proven invaluable by providing a critical eye for content, a thorough understanding of Scripture, and insightful theological thinking. She manages publishing & marketing for Principles to Live By, a non-profit that publishes discipleship materials to Christians worldwide ( She freelances for Lexham Press, working with a talented editorial team on numerous titles. Contact Jennifer via email.

Karen Engle

Karen Engle holds a BS in journalism, an English teaching credential, and a master’s in biblical studies and theology. She is an editor with Faithlife Corporation/Lexham Press and an adjunct writing instructor with Moody Bible Institute. She combines her editing experience with a strong theological background—a unique fit for clients publishing Christian or faith-based work. Her expertise includes substantive editing, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as quality checking theological information. In 2017, she published A People Chosen: God’s Purpose and Plan for Israel and the Nations, an eight-week Bible study reflecting her love of Israel and the Old Testament.

Sue A. Fairchild

Sue A. Fairchild started out as a devotion writer, but now also claims the titles of editor, proofreader, webmistress, and blogger. She is a freelance editor with Elk Lake Publishing, proofreader for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, blog coordinator for the PEN Tips Blog, and webmistress for St. Davids Christian Writers’ Association. She has written and self-published three books as well as helped a variety of authors get their manuscripts into readers’ hands. Sue loves working with clients that are working toward the greater good of sharing God’s message in this world. Email to discuss a free sample edit.

Judy Hagey

I am that other set of eyes assuring that your written words convey exactly the emotion and meaning you intend. I make sure every t is crossed and every i dotted, but it’s not all about the grammar and punctuation. Does the narrative flow? Is it clear? Is the vocabulary appropriate for the target audience? The era? Are the characters realistic? Are there inconsistencies, gaps in the plot? For all these reasons and more, I urge you to invest the time in finding and hiring an editor who can make you and your work shine. Learn more About Me and what I have to offer.

Deb Haggerty

Deb Haggerty provides freelance editing services through Positive, a blog for Christian authors and books. Deb is the Publisher of Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., an independent, royalty-paying publisher that “Publishes the Positive.” Elk Lake publishes all genres of Christian fiction and selected nonfiction. She has spoken throughout the United States and has been on the staff at several writers’ conferences including the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference and the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference. Deb and her husband, Roy, have been married for thirty-five years and live in Plymouth, MA, with Coki the Dog.

Jeanette Hanscome

Do you need some help polishing a work-in-progress? Would you like a mentor to guide you along as you get starting on the journey of becoming a published author? I have been writing for 20 years in a variety of genres and enjoy helping people succeed. I offer detailed feedback on your manuscript, including pointing out strengths and weaknesses; help with flow, format, dialogue, scenes, chapter break-down, clarity, and overall content; I am available to help new and intermediate writers with works-in-progress, brainstorming, developing projects, and getting started as a published author.

Denise Harmer

Denise began her career in 1990 as a court reporter in San Diego, which included editing transcripts. For approximately eight years she honed her skills in that capacity and has been editing in some form or another ever since. She loves to help others reach their dream of becoming a published author. Her areas of editing specialty include copyediting and proofreading fiction and creative nonfiction. Her professional memberships include The Christian PEN, the Christian Editor Connection, and ACFW. She lives in sunny SoCal and enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, and family time. Email Denise at

Linda Harris

Linda Harris has been a freelance editor and writer for over 35 years and owns Perfect Word Editing Services. She is certified through The Christian Editor Connection and teaches Editing Children’s Books 101 for The PEN Institute. Her articles have been published in Moody MonthlyGuidepostsPsychology for LivingFocus on the Family’s Clubhouse, and other publications. She was the assistant editor for a Christian newspaper in Topeka, Kansas. She edited The Special Blessings Prayer for best-selling author Donna Partow. Linda specializes in picture books and middle-grade chapter books, as well as nonfiction for adults.

Sarah Hayhurst

If you are seeking an editor who specializes in nonfiction, visit or call Sarah at 715-548-1514. Sarah will help you to achieve your goal of a distraction-free, professional-quality manuscript. After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, Sarah earned an associate degree in secretarial science in 1991 and pursued a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2014, graduating cum laude. During the past twenty years, Sarah has held the titles of online teacher/editor for a publishing company, managing editor for a university, communications director at a law firm, marketing manager at an engineering firm, and content editor/writer for a school.

Vie Herlocker

Vie Herlocker freelances at Cornerstone-Ink Editing and is the associate editor for Surry Living Magazine, a regional publication. She is proficient with CMOS, AP, and the Christian Writers Manual of Style. Her professional memberships include the Christian Editor Connection, Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network, Word Weavers, ACFW, and ACW. Vie received a CEN Excellence in Editing Award for 2017 for a nonfiction book. A YA novel she edited won a Selah Award at the 2018 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Past experience includes eight years as executive editor for Sonfire Media, a small traditional publisher.

Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the Capitalization Dictionary and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s been a professional freelance editor and writing mentor since 1998, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She directs the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Having founded The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors NetworkChristian Editor Connection, and PENCON, she is now co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, parent company to those organizations as well as The PEN Institute.

Bethany Kaczmarek

Bethany Kaczmarek loves working with authors—not just their manuscripts. She is a content and line editor and a copy editor. An ACFW Editor of the Year finalist, she’s worked with writers all along the spectrum—from multi-published, award-winning authors to beginners. Because of her love for the Great Author, Bethany makes sure stories resonate deeply with readers, connecting and prodding them to consider deeper things. And she believes a healthy dose of humor can make the revision process fun. She enjoys the cold winters of western Wisconsin, real conversation, board games, and sonic screwdrivers.

Dawn Kinzer

Experienced in fiction and nonfiction, Dawn Kinzer edits books, articles, devotions, and short stories. She believes the written word can bring laughter and tears. It can comfort, challenge, teach, and inspire. Her goal is to help writers achieve that for their readers. She belongs to the Northwest Christian Writers AssociationAmerican Christian Fiction WritersThe Christian PEN, and the Christian Editor Connection. Dawn is also a team member for Seriously Write, a blog devoted to encouraging and equipping Christian writers. Her own work has been included in devotionals and magazines, and three novels comprise her published Christian historical romance series.

Ann Knowles

Ann Knowles, multi-published author and certified editor, is passionate about helping others use the gifts God has given them to write His message. Trained and mentored by Kathy Ide, she operates Write Pathway Editorial Services and is a member of The Christian PEN, American Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Editors Network. Her wide range of writing experience enables her to have a keen eye for editing your manuscript. She speaks at civic groups, churches, and writing events, offers online classes, and has taught at more than twenty conferences. Visit Ann at

Dan Larsen

Dan Larsen is a freelance editor with over twenty years of experience in book publishing, almost exclusively fiction, and has done more than fifteen hundred novels so far. He’s worked for several major New York publishers, including Pocket Books, St. Martin’s Press, Houghton Mifflin, Kensington, Disney, and Time Warner. He’s been with Penguin and Harlequin since 2005. He is also an author of juvenile books with ten titles in the Young Reader’s Christian Library of Barbour Publishing, a series that has been in print, through several editions, since 1989.

Jeanne Marie Leach

Jeanne Marie Leach is a multi-published author, speaker, writing coach, and freelance editor specializing in fiction and memoirs. She is past coordinator and current Gold Member of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, a member of the Christian Editor Network, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She teaches courses on editing fiction and has mentored authors who have gone on to win numerous awards in the writing industry. Her passion is helping others become successful with their writing or editing endeavors. Jeanne lives with her husband of 42 years and their Alaskan malamute, Kona, in beautiful Colorado.

Christi McGuire

Christi McGuire, freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant, has been in the Christian publishing industry for more than seventeen years. Formerly an editor at LifeWay Christian Resources, Christi has published more than one hundred parenting magazine articles, dozens of children’s devotionals, and ten years of VBS curriculum. She is a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, the director of the Christian Editor Connection, and the director of The PEN Institute. Currently, her primary focus is partnering with authors in the creative process to polish their manuscripts and book proposals and help them navigate the path to publishing. Christi lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with her husband of eighteen years and their two daughters.

Rebecca Florence Miller

I have always loved the written word and its ability to transform lives. During my young adult years, I wrote feature articles for local and national publications. I graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, with a degree in English and much of my focus spent on creative writing electives. I served as the managing editor of my college’s literary journal, The Muse. Although these are not exclusive editing areas for me, I specialize in editing: Nonfiction, Christian literature, Biblical studies, Thesis projects, Websites, blogs, and articles. Please contact me, and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Nanette Thorsen-Snipes

Nanette Snipes is a freelance editor, proofreader, and writer in the Christian publishing industry. She has contributed stories/devotions to more than sixty books (Guideposts Miracleseries, Chicken Soup for the SoulNew Women’s Devotional Bible, among others), and has written dozens of magazine articles, devotions, children’s stories. She has been published in GEORGIA Magazine, and currently edits their twenty-plus monthly newsletters. She specializes in editing memoirs, children’s picture and chapter books, devotions, both fiction and nonfiction. Clients include a ghostwriter who writes memoirs for houses like Revell, Tyndale, Zondervan, and others. Member: Christian PEN, Christian Editor Connection. Owner of FaithWorks Editorial.

Jennifer Vanderklipp

Jennifer Crosswhite Vanderklipp has sat on both sides of the publishing desk as an author and an editor. She has over 15 years of experience in the industry, including as a managing editor of a Harper Collins imprint. She is also a bestselling author. And in her other life, she’s a mom to two, navigating the teen and young adult years while battling her daughter’s juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son’s autism, and keeping gluten free. A favorite thing is discovering how much there is to love about the great outdoors.

Ken Walker

A longtime freelance writer for national publications and news services, Ken Walker devotes much of his time now to ghostwriting and book editing projects. He has written, edited, or contributed material to more than 60 books, including writing devotionals for God’s Man (Kregel Books), which remains in print after 20 years. Ken enjoys using writing and editing skills to help others relate what God has done in their life. Samples of his work are available at his website or you can email him at

Linda Nathan

Linda Nathan has provided professional writing, editing, and publishing services through Logos Word Designs, LLC, since 1992. She is the published author of two apologetics books, two devotions in Zondervan’s Livingstone Women’s Bible, and dozens of articles and booklets. She was the editor of three major publications and has helped numerous authors achieve publication. Linda has a B.A. and master’s work in psychology from the University of Oregon. She is a freelance staff editor with Redemption Press, and a member of the Christian Editor Connection, the Editorial Freelancers Association, the NW Independent Editors Guild, and the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Rachel E. Newman

Rachel E. Newman graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern State University and has been awarded the Certified Paralegal designation by the National Association of Legal Assistants. After nine years in the legal field, she founded Revisions by Rachel, LLC, Professional Editing & Indexing Services. Her favorite aspect of being an editor is the opportunity to show authors they are valuable and significant. Rachel stays informed on current industry trends, and at any given time she is engaged in continuing education to maintain proficiency in this field. You may contact Rachel by email or telephone (866-872-3253 [within the U.S.]).

Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel specializes in speculative fiction and is associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on science fiction and fantasy. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on various projects for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection and is active in Realm Makers, an association of Christians who write speculative fiction. She is the author of Alara’s Call, a fantasy novel, and Tales of the Phoenix, a collection of science fiction novellas set on Mars.

Phyllis Wheeler

Phyllis Wheeler. Co-founder of Castle Gate Press. Reviewer of middle-grade fiction from a Christian worldview. Fiction editor and writer with a background in the news business. Phyllis specializes in fiction: big-picture developmental edits as well as line edits.  In addition to “clean” books for young adults and adults, she has expertise in children’s books, especially middle grade (aimed at twelve-year-olds), the genre she writes in. She provides free evaluations of your first three pages. She also provides mentoring and advice to indie authors, based on her experience running an award-winning small press, Castle Gate Press.

Nancy Arant Williams

Nancy Arant Williams is a multi-published author and book editor with over seventeen years’ experience on everything from manuscript evaluation to ghostwriting. The  author of over thirty books, she has unique insight into the needs of authors and does her best to make their writing shine. She is very approachable, and gifted with what her clients call, “a beautiful, lyrical writing style.” She also gives clients thirty days after completion to get back to her with minor changes that can be made in one hour, by phone. Check out her website, and especially her editor page at Email her at for a free consultation and estimate. (NOTE: no horror or fantasies please.)