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John David Kudrick, Copy  Editor, Proofreader

John David Kudrick

Action/Adventure, Children’s Fiction, Christian Fiction, Contemporary/Mainstream, Detective/Crime, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller/Suspense

Copy Editor, Proofreader

John David Kudrick has been working with words for nearly three decades as a writer/editor and holds an MA in Professional Writing (Fiction). Throughout his career, he’s been a staff writer, copy editor, managing editor, and paginator for newspapers; an editor and then senior editor at a publishing house; a copywriter and editor for a marketing/consulting agency; and a freelance writer and editor who’s appeared at writers conferences as a presenter and panelist.

Through the years, John David has had the opportunity to serve as an editor in some capacity on nearly 300 published fiction and nonfiction titles, lending a hand to authors from across the US and around the world. At this point in his career as a full-time freelance book editor, he specializes in copy editing and proofreading all genres of fiction. His main focus is ensuring that your story is as clean and coherent as possible and that it’s ready for submission to agents/publishers or to publish independently.

As not only an editor but also a writer of fiction himself, John David understands the feelings that go along with letting someone else edit and polish all those words you’ve spent so much time and energy on, so he’s ready to serve you as an editor who can relate.

Editing Services

  • Copy Editing—Line-by-line and word-by-word editing for grammar, word usage, tone, format, mechanics of style, and consistency of facts, spelling, capitalization, and numerals. Also includes recommendations to author on part of editor. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.
  • Proofreading—A final polish to clean up typos, inconsistencies, misspellings, and punctuation problems. Revisions made by editor within Word document using tracking feature. Includes two rounds of editorial review.

Please Note …
My apologies, but I don’t provide critiques/evaluations or developmental/substantive/content editing, and I don’t work on nonfiction, nor do I work on partial manuscripts or parts of manuscripts. Because I specialize in copy editing and proofreading, the authors I work with are satisfied with their stories from a big-picture perspective and are not looking for large-scale edits or ideas on how to improve the story, but rather seeking an editor to smooth out, enhance, and polish the entire tale’s text. Many thanks for taking the time to read this note. 🙂

Nightbringer, by James Byron Huggins“You have a true talent, John David, something God-given. All the learning in the world can’t give it to you, and nothing can take it away. You comprehend on several levels far beneath the story itself, a rare thing in literature these days. You can have my back anytime.”

—James Byron Huggins
Author of A Wolf Story, The Reckoning, Leviathan, Cain, Hunter, Rora, Nightbringer, The Scam, Sorcerer, Dark Visions, Crux

Darkness Reigns, by Jill Williamson“John David Kudrick is thorough, adaptable, and attentive. His strength in proofreading for us has been providing consistent work on an epic fantasy series, and his grasp of detail throughout the intricate story arc has been especially helpful.”

—Elisa Tally
Assistant Editor, Bethany House Publishers

A Treacherous Mix, by Kathy Herman“It has been my pleasure to work with John David Kudrick, one of our A-list freelancers. John David is a magnificent proofreader, as he has done stellar work for our publishing company. He not only catches all of the little details by adhering to The Chicago Manual of Style rules, but he also queries questionable content when he thinks something is off (for instance, a timeline discrepancy in a fiction book). In addition, John David has never missed a deadline. In fact, a good amount of his projects have even come in a few days early. These extra miles separate him from our average proofreaders. I could not give a freelancer a higher recommendation.”

—Jack Campbell
Project Coordinator, David C Cook

“John communicated quickly and with great helpfulness going far beyond what I honestly expected for what I paid. He was gracious and honest at the same time and provided me both with very useful comments as well as some very helpful material. I feel he was a very effective ‘coach’ for me at this stage of my writing. Thanks very much.”

—Martin Bennett
Hungry Kitty LLC

“The network was very useful in helping me source a Christian editor. I was impressed with John David’s previous editing credentials and the testimonials from his past clients. The feedback he gave me was very positive but also constructive. He was very thorough in terms of showing me the weaknesses in my writing and where I need to do more work.”

—Lianne Blanch

“Your network was a lifesaver after numerous previous disappointments and delays with indifferent/inexperienced editors. The consultant you provided did excellent work within the agreed upon timeframe and allocated fee. I am extremely satisfied and would recommend John David to anyone in need of a pressing and challenging editing service.”

—Tino Randall
VP/Business Development, DevTec Global

“John has been a steadfast and reliable companion along my road to creating quality, adult genre fiction. I have found his editorials to be both insightful and genuinely helpful. His contributions have made the good, great, and there is no higher praise to be had in this industry.”

—Uriah McCollum

Godiva, by David Rose“I highly recommend John David Kudrick. As an editor for Whitaker House, his strong leadership and management skills became very evident, and he was soon promoted to senior editor. John was instrumental in Whitaker House’s expansion into fiction.”

—Robert Whitaker Jr.
President, Whitaker House Publishers

From Bad to Worse, by Todd and Jedd Hafer“John’s attention to detail and knowledge of language give him the foundation that every good copyeditor needs. He has the skills to spot errors and refine writing, resulting in a clean, polished manuscript. And his responsible and professional manner means you can depend on him to follow through on deadlines.”

—Darla Hightower
Production Director, NavPress

“As a copy editor and project coordinator at David C. Cook, I have a long list of freelance proofreaders to choose from for each project. John David Kudrick is at the top of that list as a thorough, dependable proofreader. He consistently turns in excellent work, catching the tiny details as well as finding discrepancies in the overarching stories and themes of the books. He is willing to complete rushed projects, and I know I can count on him for high-pressure jobs. I thoroughly recommend him for any project.”

—Jaci Schneider
Copyeditor/Project Coordinator, David C Cook

“I was a little nervous about who to use for editing since my chosen topic of discussion and my approach to addressing it were sensitive in nature, but profound in content. I didn’t want to lose the essence and message of the manuscript during the editing process. I’m so pleased with the result. I can’t wait to get my next project finished so I can send it in as well.”

—Chris F. Walker

“John did a highly proficient job of editing, and followed my instructions to the letter. His comments made it clear that he had thoroughly read and carefully thought about the text.”

—John Wallen

“John David Kudrick provided an outstanding experience throughout every stage of editing! He was professional, communicated in a timely manner, gave sound and expert advice, and was most of all- a good coach and willing to go the extra mile to ensure what went to print was a quality product. JDK did a great job of helping me keep the story on track (killing my darlings) and providing that delicate balance by adding just the right amount of external influence to make it a polished and professional product, but still keeping it my own. This project was too important not to have been done right, JDK exceeded my expectations.”

—Bobby Colella

“Mr. John David Kudrick did a terrific job with his developmental edit of my manuscript—a total professional with keen insight. Not only did he do a wonderful job, but he provided the deliverable way ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend both him, and this service to anyone.”

— Andrew Vega

“John David was very quick to respond to my inquiry and also took care of my project ahead of schedule. I’m very pleased with his work.”

—Melissa Taylor