In addition to serving publishers and writers directly, Edit Resource serves as a vendor for independent contractors. In this capacity, we connect publishers and projects with writers and editors. We’re proud to work with some of the most highly respected independent contractors in publishing.

To see if we can connect you with one of the following service providers, please contact us.

Evelyn Bence

Specialties: developmental and substantive editing for nonfiction and developing compilations of authors’ texts.

Evelyn has served as editor of religion books at Doubleday and managing editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine. A seasoned nonfiction editor, she’s skilled at clarifying the big picture of a book and, if requested, cleaning up the details too. Through either an editorial memo or a hands-on approach, she aims to enhance, rather than encroach on, an author’s message and voice. She has worked with authors Sheila Walsh, Anita Lustrea, Albert Haase OFM, Gary Smalley, Chonda Pierce, Neal Lozano, Charles Colson, and Valerie Bell, among others.


Rachelle Gardner

Specialties: results-based coaching in writing, publishing, platform building, and social media.
During her 20 years in publishing, Rachelle has worked in-house at two publishing companies and has worked directly with authors on hundreds of books. As a freelance editor, she’s been hired by dozens of individual writers as well as by publishers, including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. She has edited numerous books that went on to win awards such as Publishers Weekly Best Books of the year, Library Journal Best Books of the year, Carol Awards, Christy Awards, and the ECPA Christian Book Award.

As a literary agent, Rachelle has negotiated 200+ contracts with publishers and has worked with more than 100 authors to bring their books to publication. She coaches writers through their journey, including conceptualizing and writing books, building platforms, leveraging social media, and navigating all aspects of the publishing business. She is happy to offer coaching to writers who don’t currently have an agent.


Jeff Gerke

Specialties: fiction and nonfiction writing, author coaching, and developmental and substantive editing for fiction and nonfiction. 

Jeff has been in the Christian publishing industry since 1994, when he received a contract to write his first novels. He became a professional editor in 1999, and he has been a writer and an editor ever since, both with publishing houses and as an independent contractor. He ran his own publishing house from 2008 to 2013, is a seminary graduate (M.Div.), is the author of six novels and seven nonfiction books, and has published several articles about writing with Writers Digest. He now offers his wealth of knowledge to publishers and individual clients alike. 


Erin Healy

Specialties: author coaching and fiction developmental and line editing.

Erin has 25 years of experience as a developmental editor of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. She is the author of 10 novels published by Thomas Nelson and has edited books for Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and other publishers. She has worked with authors such as Jane Kirkpatrick, William Paul Young, Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee, Colleen Coble, Kristen Heitzman, and James Scott Bell. She was named Fiction Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.


Liz Heaney

Specialties: author coaching, developmental and line editing for nonfiction books, manuscript review and critique

Some of the publishing houses that continue to offer Liz assignments include Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Baker, and David C. Cook. Liz has edited for Max Lucado, Christine Caine, Paul Miller, Tricia Goyer, Brennan Manning, Shannon Ethridge, Nicole Johnson, Phil Gulley, Joyce Myers, Carol Kent, John Townsend and Henry Cloud, and Linda Dillow—many of whom have requested her for multiple projects. Many of the books she has worked on have been acknowledged in the New York Times best-seller lists and other industry indexes.

Liz began her career more than 30 years ago as an in-house editor at Multnomah Press. She became an independent contractor in 1992, specializing in books on spirituality, Christian living, marriage and family, counseling, and women’s issues. The main focus of Liz’s editorial coaching is to empower authors—helping them express their unique ideas in their own voices.

Liz is a founding member of the Academy of Christian Editors.


Marianne Hering

Specialties: collaborative writing and developmental editing for nonfiction books, including biography, marriage, parenting, and women’s books.

Marianne Hering has almost three decades of editing and writing experience in the evangelical community. As a staff and freelance writer, she’s reached a wide range of audiences—pastors, teachers, families, parents, children, tweens, and teens—with the life-changing message of God’s grace. She has developed several best-selling book campaigns as well as been part of launching five magazines. She resonates especially with moms who are “all in,” women seeking to improve their health, and writers who want to take steps toward becoming professional. Known for her attention to detail, she not only goes the extra mile but will endure a marathon to make sure a project is done to perfection.


Ami McConnell

Specialties: Developmental and substantive/macro edits, collaborative writing, author coaching, copywriting

Ami McConnell is passionate about creating books that readers will devour. Her editing credits include many New York Times bestsellers and RITA, Carol, and Christy award winners. She’s edited books by such beloved authors as Colleen Coble, Ted Dekker, Homer Hickam, Denise Hunter, Karen Kingsbury, Tosca Lee, Max Lucado, Frank Peretti, Sheila Walsh, and Wm. Paul Young. Her work has been recognized for excellence by the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She served on the advisory board of The Buechner Institute at King College as well as the Women's National Book Association, Nashville chapter. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.


Amy Boucher Pye

Specialties: author coaching, collaborative writing, developmental editing, copywriting, and translating between American and British

Amy began her editorial career working with author Os Guinness and helping to set up Hourglass Books, an imprint of Baker Book House. After marrying her English husband and moving to the UK, she served as a senior commissioning editor with religious books at HarperCollins UK and then as the UK senior acquisitions editor with Zondervan. She has enjoyed working with authors such as Adrian Plass, Jeff Lucas, and Michele Guinness.

Amy has been an independent contractor since 2005. In that role, she has served as a trustee of Inter-Varsity Press UK, as a publishing consultant with Bible Society, and as a freelancer publisher with Authentic Media. She is the author of two books and regularly writes devotions for Our Daily Bread. She loves vision-casting with authors and publishers but is equally happy getting deeply immersed in a manuscript.


Julee Schwarzburg

Specialties: substantive editing, line editing, and copy editing for adult and teen fiction.

Julee Schwarzburg has worked in Christian publishing for nearly 30 years through in-house positions with Tyndale House, Multnomah Publishers, and WaterBrook Multnomah. She has been a freelancer since 2008. She’s received the Golden Scrolls Fiction Editor of the Year Award twice from Advanced Writers and Speakers Association as well as the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Editor of the Year Award.

Julee is proficient at the big-picture assessment of substantive/macro editing and the particulars of line editing and copyediting. She comes alongside a novelist to walk the tightrope of encouragement and challenge, to both honor where that author is and push him or her to a higher level of craftsmanship.

Several novels Julee has edited have become CBA bestsellers and have won Christy and Carol awards. She has had the privilege of working with such talented storytellers as Melody Carlson, Amy Clipston, Colleen Coble, Robin Jones Gunn, Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig, James Rubart, Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Mary Weber.


Margot Starbuck  

Specialties: collaborative writing, developmental and substantive editing, and writing derivative materials, such as participants’ guides and devotional resources.

Margot is the author of six books, including The Girl in the Orange Dress, and a collaborator on many others. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. As an editor and writer, Margot has a reputation for excellence and a commitment to swift delivery. She has worked with numerous publishers as well as with authors such as James Merritt, Chrystal Evans Hurst, and Lisa Sharon Harper. Margot has a particular passion for the overlooked in society and lives in a neighborhood built around friends who have disabilities.


Thomas Womack

Specialties: author coaching, collaborative writing, and developmental and substantive editing. He especially enjoys books that are intellectually serious about the Bible, theology, and the living reality of Christ in daily life as well as memoirs and business and leadership books.

Thomas has been editing books full time for nearly four decades, concentrating on the categories of Christian living, popular theology, ministry, Bible study, devotionals, marriage and family, leadership, business, memoirs, fiction, and children’s books.

He has held senior editing positions over the years with NavPress, Multnomah, and WaterBrook Press. Since 2008, he has served as a freelance editor working for several publishers as well as churches and individual authors. He has been privileged to work with noted authors, including Jerry Bridges, J. I. Packer, Randy Alcorn, C. J. Mahaney, Ruth Myers, Henry Blackaby, Thelma Wells, Andy Stanley, John Maxwell, David Jeremiah, Kay Arthur, Joshua Harris, Ken Blanchard, Larry Crabb, and numerous others.

Thomas is also the author of 20 children’s books and a three-time winner of the Christian Book Award (formerly the Gold Medallion Award) from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.