Lil Copan

Lil Copan serves as Senior Acquisitions Editor at Broadleaf Books (part of 1517 Media; formerly the trade books of Fortress Press). She previously worked in acquisitions for several religious publishing houses — Eerdmans, Abingdon Press, Ave Maria Press, and Paraclete Press, among others. 

Among her areas of expertise are author and platform cultivation, substantive editing, and cross-platform content development. Lil is also the author of “Little Hours: A Novel” released in 2021.

Copan has worked with an impressive array of bestselling authors, including Madeleine L’Engle, Scot McKnight, Debbie Blue, Amy Frykholm, Thomas Lynch, and Lauren Winner. She acquired Frederick Buechner’s Faces of Jesus for Paraclete in 2004 and was credited by Jana Riess in a 2011 Publishers Weekly interview for having “brilliantly suggested” the concept for her book Flunking Sainthood.



Twitter: @LilCopan

Online Video Training Presentation

Lil Copan: “Discovering What Publishers are Looking For” – free

  • Topics in this presentation include researching publishers and agents, finding a good match, the 3 key elements that publishers look for, and more
  • 60 minutes including Q&R
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