I provide a range of services all aimed at helping you create the best non-fiction manuscript possible, one that says to an agent or acquisitions editor, “We need to find a way to publish this.”

Ideation—you have this great idea for a book. Or do you? Sort of a brainstorming session to sharpen your idea before you start writing. You send me your pitch. I read it and respond with a written critique. Then we get on the phone and wrestle with it until it dazzles.

Macro-editing—this is a 50,000-foot assessment of your manuscript. The final product is your manuscript with comments via Track Changes that question, challenge, and suggest. Because I am an editor, I usually can’t resist some “line editing,” but the primary purpose of a macro-edit is to answer the question, “What could I do to take this from a B- to an A+?” In addition to the comments embedded in the manuscript, I provide a written critique.

Line or content editing—think of this as what your high-school English teacher used to do to your essays because, well, I used to be a high-school English teacher. Grammar, sentence structure, word choice, wordiness, and that participle that keeps dangling.

Coaching—more of a relationship during the writing process. You get stuck and need another set of eyes/an outside opinion. You’re making great progress, but will anyone want to read this? You want to add a new section, but aren’t sure.

Ghostwriting—because of your job, you’ve developed presentations (or sermons) that have connected well with audiences, but that day job won’t let you devote the time it takes to turn that content into a book. Through one-on-one interviews, collections of speeches, presentations, sermons, and other material you have written, I am able to produce a manuscript that we can both edit and revise so that it fully represents your unique contribution to a specific audience.

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These services are provided by Lyn Cryderman, a veteran in the religious publishing industry currently serving as a freelance editor, writer, and consultant. Previously he was the managing editor of Christianity Today magazine and publisher of Zondervan’s book group. As a journalist, he has filed stories from Syria, Israel, Cuba, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Beirut, and Sarajevo. As a publisher, he assisted in the acquisition or development of books by prominent authors such as John Ortberg, Joni Eareckson Tada, Bob Buford, Rob Bell, Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham, Brian McLaren, Ron Sider, Craig Groeschel, Ben Carson, Margaret Feinberg, Ken Blanchard, and Bill Hybels.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyn-cryderman-316ba48

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