Resources for Writers

Recommended Editors


Kristen_smallKristen Johnson

Kristen has worked with Christina Tarabochia and Sherrie Ashcraft for many years, both as a critique partner and as freelance editor for Ashberry Lane. She has also been a first round judge the last two years for the Cascade Awards.

She has written historical, speculative, and children’s fiction, but is open to working with all genres. In evaluating client’s work, she will do some line editing (grammar, sentence structure, word choice, etc.), but is most confident in critiquing big picture issues: story structure, characters, and catching inconsistencies.

Kristen has been published in LIVE, Secret Place, Keys for Kids, Clubhouse, and Clubhouse Jr. She completed a B.A. in English with a certificate in professional writing from Washington State University. She is a member of both American Christian Fiction Writers and Oregon Christian Writers.

kristengjohnson [@] gmail [dot] com



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Tami has worked with Ashberry Lane Publishing since 2013. To this homeschooling mom, correcting paperwork was a familiar task, but proofing full manuscripts offered an exciting new challenge. In editing, she discovered an outlet for her keen inquisitiveness, pursuit of perfection, and affinity for a well-written word. She is proud to be part of the team recently dubbed “stunning proofreaders” by one Ashberry Lane author. Tami makes her home in Forest Grove, Oregon, with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of domestic and wild animals.

engletami [at] gmail [dot} com




Andrea Renee Cox 2014 (1)

Copyeditor Andrea Renee Cox checks manuscripts for typos, grammatical errors, inconsistencies, echoed words or phrases (including “pet words”), and formatting variances. She also double-checks facts along the way, making sure truth meets fiction in a seamless way.

Her passions encompass God, family, reading, and watching the professional Dallas basketball and hockey teams. Her favorite books fit into one of three categories: contemporary, historical, and suspense. Andrea lives in north Texas.

Andrea Renee Cox’s copyediting services are recommended by publishing houses, publishers, editors, and authors. Find out more about the copyediting services she offers.




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Rachel Lulich is a long-time bookworm who first discovered her penchant for editing while proofreading her friends’ papers in college. She considers herself primarily a developmental editor – she has an eye for plot holes, character inconsistencies, and other big-picture issues. She has worked with Hillary Manton Lodge, author of the Two Blue Door series, for nearly a decade.  Rachel started working as a freelance editor with Ashberry Lane when she moved back home to Oregon in 2014 following a six-year adventure in the Air Force. A writer herself, she published her first book of poetry, To Do This Right, just before Christmas of that year. You can learn more about her editing services here.




Recommended Craft Books


The first five pagesThe First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

Whether you are a novice writer or a veteran who has already had your work published, rejection is often a frustrating reality. Literary agents and editors receive and reject hundreds of manuscripts each month. While it’s the job of these publishing professionals to be discriminating, it’s the job of the writer to produce a manuscript that immediately stands out among the vast competition. And those outstanding qualities, says New York literary agent Noah Lukeman, have to be apparent from the first five pages.

The First Five Pages reveals the necessary elements of good writing, whether it be fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry, and points out errors to be avoided, such as
* A weak opening hook
* Overuse of adjectives and adverbs
* Flat or forced metaphors or similes
* Melodramatic, commonplace or confusing dialogue
* Undeveloped characterizations and lifeless settings
* Uneven pacing and lack of progression
With exercises at the end of each chapter, this invaluable reference will allow novelists, journalists, poets and screenwriters alike to improve their technique as they learn to eliminate even the most subtle mistakes that are cause for rejection. The First Five Pages will help writers at every stage take their art to a higher — and more successful — level.

(There is a curse word in this book, but the point it makes is valid. Be forewarned.)


Self-editingSelf-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.





Deep point of view2Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

Dear Novelist: Would you like your readers to live your stories, not merely read them?

Deep Point of View anchors your readers inside the point of view character(s) of your novel. This handbook shows you how to perform the transformation from ordinary narrative to deep narrative in clear, easy-to-master steps. I invite you to sweep your writing to the next level with a technique that creates immediacy and intimacy with your readers and virtually eliminates show/don’t tell issues.

My Best to You, Jill






plot and structurePlot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish

Craft an Engaging Plot

How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course?

With Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure, you’ll discover the answers to these questions and more. Award-winning author James Scott Bell offers clear, concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot, including:

Techniques for crafting strong beginnings, middles, and ends
Easy-to-understand plotting diagrams and charts
Brainstorming techniques for original plot ideas
Thought-provoking exercises at the end of each chapter
Story structure models and methods for all genres
Tips and tools for correcting common plot problems
Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.