Barbara J. Scott believes in the power of the written word. God’s word has transformed her, and she has seen the lives of others transformed by the heartwarming stories of Christian authors. With 20 years of experience as an author, editor, and literary agent in the Christian book industry, Barbara can edit your novel so that your audience hears the clear, clarion call of your unique voice.

As a senior acquisitions editor, Barbara launched a well-rounded series of bestselling YA novels at Zondervan (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) and quality, highly reviewed novels at Abingdon Press. She also worked with both fiction and non-fiction authors and sold their work to numerous publishers while acting as a literary agent for WordServe Literary Group. Barbara holds an MA in ENGLISH from National University as well as a BA in English from Missouri Southern State University. She also holds a Film Certificate from Mass Media Institute and Stanford University.

“Let me help you fulfill God’s purpose in your life through the creative process and change lives as you share the gospel in story form.” — Barbara J. Scott


Suggestions to improve your plot, structure, characters, dialogue, narrative, and setting.


Rephrase, reorganize, tighten, and recast sentences or dialogue to make it as authentic as possible.


Attention to every word and punctuation mark, applying The Chicago Manual of Style ​standards.

Manuscript Format: Double-spaced, 1″ margins, 12pt Times New Roman

Deposit: One-half of the total cost of the edit is required before work commences. An invoice for the remainder of the fee will be sent to you along with the edited book manuscript after the work is completed.