The Christian Editor Network 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 database fill out an online application and take brief tests in whatever editorial services they wish to offer. Those who pass the tests are added to a database.
As a result of this screening process, all of the editors in the Christian Editor Network 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 book. (Click here to read our Statement of Faith.)
Authors, publishers, and agents can fill out our online request form, 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.
Alternatively, 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.
—Kathy Ide, founder and director
I just want to say thank you for finding me an editor. Your highly efficient network came up with several promising candidates, all of whom were incredibly helpful and professional. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your website to other potential authors.
Praise God for your organization. For several hours while researching the Internet I prayed and asked God for help in finding the right editor for our book. Just before I was ready to sign off, the Lord directed me to your website. Within 24 hours I had received a response from two of the editors in your network. Of the two, I selected one as being a potentially good fit for our project. Thanks so much.
--Karen Jones Selman
Having never written a book, I had no idea how to approach formatting or phrasing. While I could lay out my thoughts, my writing did not flow with the readability needed to get me published. Thank goodness for Christian Editor Network. CEN quickly put me in touch with [an editor], who transformed my rough manuscript into prose that flowed with coherence and grace. I can’t say enough good things about this great group and their caring and helpful approach.
I am so thankful for the Christian Editor Network. They are a network of editors who are extremely trained and compassionate about their work. Through them, I found [an editor] who took a story of my experiences and turned it into a testimony. Readers constantly share how they couldn’t put the book down because it captured their attention. I look forward to working with [this editor] on my next book.
From a publisher:
As a small publishing company, it was important for us to receive exceptional editing services at a cost that was economical. I contacted the Christian Editor Network to select a professional editor and I chose [one] to edit one of our manuscripts. She completed the editing within the time frame given and we were well pleased with the services that she provided.
From a CEN editor:
The Christian Editor Network is a match made in heaven for both writers and editors. The quality leads and professional connections available through CEN have formed the bedrock of my editing business since 2010.
--Rachel Starr Thomson