Original Writing

Our team does original writing and research for a variety of projects, including books, magazine articles, study guides, DVD participant’s guides, and more.

Collaborative Writing

If an author doesn’t have the time or skill to write alone, Edit Resource can pair up with him or her to get the job done. This can involve interviewing the author, working with his or her talks, developing blog posts and other raw material, or all of the above. Our aim is to present the author’s ideas with authenticity and impact.

Eric helped me write and edit a series of books on a range of life and work topics. I found him to be reliable, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. His rich experience and polished skills provided just the help I needed."

Dr. Stephen R. Graves, author and CEO of Cornerstone Consulting Group

Transitioning from blogger to book author was far more difficult than I expected. I am forever grateful that Eric was there to help me through the process. He did more than edit my book; he helped me redefine my writing voice. And I couldn't be happier with the results."

Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less

Author Coaching

Sometimes an author doesn’t need someone to help him or her write but does benefit from having a sounding board during the vulnerable writing process. We have years of experience providing professional advice and direction throughout those writing weeks and months.

Developmental Editing

Once an author has a concept and direction for a book, he or she may need help ordering chapters, brainstorming stories, and troubleshooting along the way. Keeping word count, target audience, and format in mind, we offer knowledgeable critique of the evolving manuscript.

Substantive Editing

After an author has completed a manuscript, Edit Resource can shape it so that it communicates effectively to the target audience. As always, our goal is to keep the author’s voice and message as clear and rich as possible.

Line Editing

After a book’s chapters, stories, and target audience are well established, most books benefit from line editing—an editorial stage that is less involved than substantive editing but more involved than copyediting. In this stage, we shape up a manuscript line by line so each sentence is clear and strong.

Book Doctoring

Sometimes an author realizes that a manuscript needs more help than he or she can give it. At Edit Resource, we can take feedback from a developmental editor, agent, or in-house editor and turn a book around so it meets a publisher’s needs.

Manuscript Evaluation

This is a one-time service in which we read a manuscript and provide a report on its marketability and content.

Proposal Writing

Presenting a strong book proposal is the first step in getting a literary agent or an in-house editor to take note of a book. The process of writing a proposal also helps the author crystallize the book’s content, message, audience, and tone. We’ve worked with many authors and agents to develop and write proposals that have gone on to get publishing contracts.


Elisa is our resident copywriter. As one senior editor in a publishing company said, “Elisa could sell Twinkies at Whole Foods.” Depending on the needs of the publisher or author, Elisa can provide back cover copy, catalog copy, sales tip sheets, headlines, consumer summaries, and Web copy for fiction, nonfiction, multimedia, children’s, young adult, gift, graphic novels, and curriculum products. She also is experienced at writing magazine ads, press releases, interview questions, and promotional audio scripts.

I highly recommend Elisa Stanford. Over the past ten years, I have hired her for editing projects, as well as book doctoring and collaborative writing, and she has never disappointed. Her attention to detail, understanding of the industry, and ability to come alongside authors to make the best book possible is unsurpassed."

Sandra L. Vander Zicht, former associate publisher & executive editor, Zondervan Books

“I’ve worked with Elisa for over fifteen years. She consistently writes thoughtful marketing copy that simply delivers the message of the product. Plus, she's always willing to deliver on a quick deadline. Elisa's ability to write effective copy helps our books stand out in the marketplace. I will use Edit Resource for years to come!"

Ginia Hairston Croker, vice president, director of marketing, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

To discuss the services our team can provide for you, please contact us.