Amy Raubenolt, a former art historian in the making, discovered in grad school that her true passion is editing. After completing her master’s degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, she moved back to Ohio and has been editing happily for well over a decade, helping authors prepare their manuscripts for publication. She particularly enjoys the variety inherent in editing, rooting out those tricky little grammar errors and typos, and that strong feeling of satisfaction that comes from making a sentence cleaner and sharper. In her free time, Amy is a batik artist, avid reader, printmaker, hiker, and mother to three sweet girls. Amy’s preferred genres include nonfiction, instructional/self-help, sci-fi, and contemporary fiction.
Glenn Meganck is the author of the Tony Kozol Mystery Series (written as JR Ripley) among other works. His latest novel, George and the Angels, was described by the Midwest Book Review as “an outstanding novel about George Richard’s terribly mundane, tedious, and seemingly aimless existence … a truly timeless and well-crafted story of one man’s decision to create his own fate in life and pursue even the most disillusioned dreams.” Though Michigan born and bred, Glenn Meganck currently resides in North Carolina. He attended Florida Atlantic University on the Faculty Scholar’s Program, going directly from eleventh grade high school to junior level at the university with a major in anthropology and a minor in English. He received his BA in two years. He now devotes his time to the arts as a writer and editor. He is also a professional musician/songwriter whose latest CD, Glenn Meganck/Lost In Austin (Hitman Records), was co-produced by Merel Bregante. Glenn has served as chairman for the Edgar Committee of the MWA for Best Paperback Original, 2003; Edgar Judge Best Short Story 2001; IACW Hammett Award Judge 2003; among others. He has been an active member of many professional organizations including Authors Guild, MWA, Society for Technical Communication, American Copy Editors Society, and BMI. For further information, please see www.glennmeganck.com.
Jennifer Hartland has had a lifelong passion for the written word. She started her career working with university students by helping them focus and improve their writing processes. Then she found her true passion when she began working as an editor. She has experience editing a wide variety of non-fiction and fiction documents from authors with varying writing abilities. When she is not editing, Jennifer can be found playing the piano or walking her dog, Casey. She enjoys editing non-fiction, in particular educational, technical, Christian living, and biographical genres, as well as fiction, especially contemporary fiction and historical fiction.
Kayleigh Gray knew she wanted to be an editor before her enrollment at the University of Florida where she graduated with highest honors in a B.A. in English. Since then, she’s dedicated her time to building experience by working for two book publishers and picking up random projects from other contacts. She enjoys editing many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, young adult fiction, memoir, and educational documents. When she’s not reading or editing, Kayleigh stays active by painting, hiking, or kayaking near her Southwest Florida home. She is very enthusiastic about her career and is interested in taking on any project in any genre.
Keith Balser has a background in traditional publishing and enjoys working on genres that include inspirational; religion (theology, Bible commentary); academic (dissertations); inspirational; history; general nonfiction; biographical; and agricultural.
Kevin Cook is a man of letters…all 26 of them. A first cousin of Henry Bemis, Kevin is a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers and is fanatical about the written word. Kevin has been a writer and editor since the age of 13, when he launched The Star Trek Scene, a self-published magazine with an international readership. Over the last 30 years he has written and edited professionally for newspapers, newsletters, magazines, catalogs, and websites. Since 1993 he has operated Cyrano’s Creative Services, a home-based editorial/graphics/desktop publishing firm providing, uh, creative services that are so good, he actually charges money for them. Kevin cites being editorial consultant and marketing assistant on Fiddler’s Ghost (Wildstone Media, 2007), a novel by his literary and musical idol, Mitch Jayne, as a career highlight. In 2006 he originated Wild About Henry, a photographic/textual project intended to foster an appreciation of the rich biodiversity of Henry County, Georgia. As a community blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kevin writes about life in the South and other blissful subjects. He also writes insightful and/or tongue-in-cheek reviews for Amazon.com. In 1997 and 1998, he was a semi-finalist in the Unisong International Song Contest. Fiction specialties: contemporary, historical, Southern, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and juvenile. Non-fiction specialties: biography, memoir, history, humor, popular culture/entertainment, and nature.
Kimberley Jace is an award-winning journalist with more than fifteen years of newspaper management experience and co-author of a series of published self-help e-books. She has written and edited everything from chemical engineering articles to breastfeeding brochures. Her most recent work has been on “chick lit” fiction, but she also has edited motivational books, how-to business management volumes, and suspense script treatments.
Pamela Cangioli started her editing career as an in-house editor for a Pittsburgh-based traditional publishing house. After picking up odds and ends freelance work, she eventually established herself as a contracted senior editor for three additional publishing houses and two editorial service companies. She’s edited countless traditionally published books during her career, ranging in genre. She was selected as a judge for the Christy Awards, the Silicon Valley RWA awards, the ECPA Book Awards, and enjoys teaching at writer’s conferences when she’s not busy with her Arabian horse. She stays up with innovative writing trends by filling her extra time—and her library—with today’s best sellers and lesser-known gems. The perks of the job are establishing relationships with her clients and watching their dreams come true. What more could an editor want? She enjoys working with all types of fiction, including suspense, historical, romance, thriller, psychological, adventure, fantasy, and contemporary; her non-fiction experience includes health, technical, memoirs, business, biographical, inspirational, Christian living, history, and educational.
Sara Schapmann is a Chicago-based writer and editor with a wide-ranging background. She is a contributing author for several websites in areas such as well-being, education, careers, psychology, real estate, and even pet care. Her well-seasoned resume also includes development writing for documentary television as well as writing and editing newspaper and magazine articles. When Sara isn’t busy putting pen to paper, she enjoys taking classes in hula-hooping, guitar, and modern dance, and you may find her performing with her “garage band” around Chicago. Sara enjoys editing nonfiction, inspirational/self-help, popular culture, contemporary fiction, and biographical manuscripts.
Scott Alexander Jones is the author of a collection of poems: “One Day There Will Be Nothing to Show That We Were Ever Here” (Bedouin Books, 2009). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Montana and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin. With poems appearing in over forty literary journals, Scott has received a variety of awards, including a grant to travel to Prague, a residency at The Montana Artists Refuge, and the 2011 Nancy Dew Taylor Award for Excellence in Poetry. As a member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, Scott has edited a range of documents over the years, including academic essays, dissertations, novels (fantasy, horror, mystery, etc.), memoirs, and self-help books. For more information, check out his website: www.scottalexanderjones.com