The Christian Editor Connection began in 2007 as a “matchmaking service” to connect authors, publishers, and agents with qualified, established, professional editorial freelancers who meet their specific needs.
Editors who are interested in being listed in the Christian Editor Connection database must fill out an online application and take brief tests in whatever editorial services they wish to offer. While these tests are approximately five pages each, they are designed to test the editors’ skills and determine their levels of experience. Those who pass at least one test are added to our database in their specialty (or specialties).
As a result of this screening process, all of the editors in the Christian Editor Connection are established, experienced professionals. They are also Christians, so they understand the ins and outs of writing from a biblical worldview and publishing from a Christian perspective—whether or not the writing itself is specifically religious. These individuals are dedicated to helping you make your writing the best it can be and helping you achieve whatever type of success God might have in mind for you and your project. (Click here to read our Statement of Faith.)
The editors in the Christian Editor Connection are all professional writers and editors with years of experience in the publishing industry. They and their clients have been published by such houses as:
- Abingdon Press
- AMG Publishers
- Barbour Publishing
- Guideposts Books
- Focus on the Family
- Kregel Publications
- Moody Publishers
- Thomas Nelson
- Tyndale House Publishers
- WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
- Whitaker House
They also have extensive experience with self-publishing, subsidy publishing, and electronic (e-book) publishing.
Our editors and their clients have been nominated, placed, and won writing awards and contests, including:
- American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year, Genesis, and Noble Theme contests
- Christy Awards
- ECPA’s Christian Book of the Year Award
- AWSA’s Golden Scroll Novel of the Year
- Heartsong Presents Book Club members’ top ten favorite books and top ten favorite authors
- Mount Hermon Most Promising New Writer, Pacesetter, and Writer of the Year awards
- Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards
Authors, publishers, and agents can fill out our online request form to get connected with one of our established, professional editors by describing the manuscript(s) they wish to have edited and identifying the type of editorial service(s) they’re looking for. When a request for editing comes in, I go through the database personally to determine which editor(s) I think would be the best fit for the job. I pass along those leads to the appropriate editors. Those who are interested and available will contact the potential clients and deal directly with them.
Alternately, authors can get an overall critique of a book proposal, sample chapters, or a complete manuscript for a set fee, with a thirty-day turnaround from receipt of payment.
Christian Editor Network is the parent company of the Christian Editor Connection, as well as The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. Our mission is equipping and empowering Christian editors.
If you have any questions about the Christian Editor Connection, please feel free to contact us.
Christy Distler, Director
Paul Conant, CEC Assistant