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One of my favorite recent projects as a faith-based book editor

As a faith-based book editor, I work with every type of Christian literature, from Biblical texts to fiction novels to Christian apologetics to true-life stories.

Some projects are more technical than others, and it’s exciting to watch an author break down complex topics into bite-sized morsels. This is exactly the case in Through Daniel’s Eyes by Bill Herman, a biblical scholar and PhD.

Challenges of an Author and Faith-Based Book Editor

This was not an easy book to write or edit. Daniel’s story arc spans ninety-plus years of danger, risk, and faithfulness, impacting the Jewish nation and gentiles alike. Put into context, Daniel’s teen adventures and challenges throughout his adult life read like a thriller, considering the forces he encountered. The political intrigue, national and international unrest, wars, and the battle for values resonates as much today as it did back then.

Daniel’s prophetic wisdom was amazingly and undeniably confirmed in those early days, and has implications for the future. Thanks to Dr. Herman, many misconceptions of what those prophecies meant have been corrected through his book. He did so with tender loving care, always mindful of the reader. After all, most readers are very likely laypeople who are interested in expanding their knowledge of Old Testament prophecy.

Yes, this was an intense book editing project. The author says it best:

“Approaching the completion of my final manuscript draft I began searching for someone to review and apply the final polish. I considered my work (non-fiction Biblical and historical commentary) perhaps something from which a typical editor might shy away. An author and friend living close by pointed me to Melanie and she was a perfect match. Melanie jumped right in with feedback, questions, suggestions, and encouragement. The effort felt as though Melanie and I had been working together on the same team for years.”

Is it any wonder Daniel is now one of my favorite men of courage within the thirty-nine books in the Old Testament? I remember posting on Facebook after the book published: “I must say that editing this book has changed my life!”

Through Daniel’s Eyes is available on Amazon. Check it out!

Do you have a faith-based book that needs editing? Contact melanie@melaniesaxtonmedia.com.

About the Author

Hi! I'm fortunate to be one of those creative types who work in the world of words. I knew very early on that I would be a freelance writer and editor. What I didn't know was that I'd end up interviewing some of the most fascinating public figures around! I also write about wonderful community-minded people who are making a difference in the world. I'm an English major and proud alumnus of University of Houston. Through the years I've studied various writing and reporting disciplines and have built a career writing papers, press releases, announcements, speeches, toasts, newsletters and obituaries. I've also written many magazine articles for some of the best publications around. As a ghost writer, online editor, contributing editor and news reporter I've learned a thing or two about people and the stories they feel compelled to share. I love teaching what I know best. As an English tutor (ESL and Special Education) as well as a certified English, Language Arts and Reading teacher, I share insights into the writing disclipine. I earned my teaching credentials well after establishing a writing career. Bringing real life experience into a classroom is very rewarding, especially when working with special needs students. I specialize in editing, ghost writing or co-writing books for aspiring authors. And yes, I have a couple "Great American Novels" of my own percolating at this point. The advice any good writing expert will give is, "Finish what you start." We'll see as time goes on if my own books end up on your Kindle. If you are over your head with a writing project, consider hiring an editor. That's what we do . . . a good writer / editor's job is to make your manuscript, press release, article, speech or paper sparkle.

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