Every author could use a little help on the journey to publication. And freelance editors/proofreaders can benefit from connecting with other editorial freelancers.

Whatever your role is in this exciting industry, here are some resources you may find helpful:


Kathy Ide has been a full-time freelance editor since 1989. Click here to read her bio. Use the Contact page to request a quote from her for your project.


If Kathy isn’t the right editor for you, her Christian Editor Connection can help you find the right one for you. Just fill out the online form to Request an Editor, and you will be connected with established professionals who fit your project and your needs. All editors in CEC have been extensively screened and tested.

If you are a freelance editor/proofreader, or think you might be interested in becoming one, check out The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network. Dedicated to the spirit of “cooperative competition,” this professional support organization has tips and articles on the website, an e-mail discussion loop, a quarterly e-newsletter, and more.

For online courses, webinars, mentoring, and other training opportunities for aspiring and established freelance editors, check out The PEN Institute.

If you want to connect face-to-face with fellow editorial freelancers and professionals in the industry, consider attending the only annual conference specifically for Christian freelance editors, PENCON.


 In addition to Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Kathy Ide recommends:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style (for writing books)
  • The Associated Press Stylebook (for writing journalistic articles)
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (for writing books)
  • Webster’s New World College Dictionary (for writing articles)
  • The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style (for specifically Christian issues)
  • Writer’s Market Guide (general or Children’s, Christian, Novel & Short Story, Songwriters, Poets, etc.)

For a comparison between Chicago style vs. AP style, check out


Many authors have tips for writers on their websites and/or blogs. Check out the websites of these multi-published writers who are featured in Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, or both: