Why Should You Work With Rachelle?

I realize it can be difficult to find a qualified editor or coach. Many people are promoting their services without extensive publishing experience.

I’ve been in publishing for 20 years, worked in-house at two publishing companies, and worked directly with authors on hundreds of books. As a freelance editor, I’ve been hired by individual writers as well as by publishers, including Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and many more. Over the years I’ve developed expertise in substantive editing, line-editing, book doctoring, and general author coaching.


I’ve edited numerous award-winning books, including:


  • butterfly-and-violinKristy Cambron: The Butterfly & the Violin (Library Journal Best of 2014)
  • Kristy Cambron: A Sparrow in Terezin (Romantic Times Top Pick)
  • Christa Parrish: Stones for Bread (Christy Award, 2014)
  • Ginger Garrett: Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther (Christy Finalist, 2011)
  • Lisa Samson: The Passion of Mary Margaret (Christy Award, 2010)
  • Lisa Samson: Embrace Me (Christy Finalist, 2009)
  • Lisa Samson: Quaker Summer (Christy Finalist, 2008)
  • Lisa Samson: Straight Up (Christy Finalist, 2007)
  • Siri L. Mitchell: Chateau of Echoes (Christy Finalist, 2007)
  • The Wedding Dress Mary DeMuth: Watching the Tree Limbs (Christy Finalist and Carol Finalist, 2007)
  • Julie Klassen: Lady of Milkweed Manor (Christy Finalist, 2008)
  • Camy Tang: Sushi for One (Carol Award, 2008)
  • Rachel Hauck: The Wedding Dress (Romantic Times Novel of the Year)
  • Neta Jackson: Stand By Me (Romantic Times Top Pick)
  • Beth Webb Hart: Sunrise on the Battery (Romantic Times Top Pick)
  • Michael Card: A Sacred Sorrow (2006 ECPA Christian Book Award)


As a literary agent and coach:

I’ve negotiated 200+ contracts with more than 20 publishers, and worked with more than 100 authors to bring their books to publication and build their careers. A large part of the author-agent relationship is coaching. I coach writers through their journey, including conceptualizing and writing books, building platforms, leveraging social media, and navigating all aspects of the publishing business.


A few of my clients include:


Biblical Womanhood thumbnailRachel Held Evans, bestselling author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching For Sunday; award winning blogger with 350,000 monthly page views; featured on the Today Show, The View, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The Times London, HuffPost, and Oprah.com.


When We Were On Fire thumnailAddie Zierman, author of When We Were on Fire, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2013.




Tailor Made Bride Karen Witemeyer, bestselling author of numerous historical romances. Winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion; ACFW Carol Award Winner; and two-time RITA Finalist.



Wildflowers Katie Ganshert, author of A Broken Kind of Beautiful and three additional novels. Katie is a Christy Award finalist, an ACFW Carol Award winner, and a finalist in Christian Retailing’s Best.



Somebody Like You Beth K. Vogt, author of Somebody Like You, one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, and several other novels. Beth is also a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards.



Code Blue Richard Mabry, semi-finalist for the 2010 International Thriller Writers’ “Best Debut.” Dr. Mabry is also a 2011 ACFW Carol Award finalist, 2011 finalist in Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice, and 2012 Selah Award winner.




Want to see some samples?

Upon request, I can provide an 8-page sample of a Line-Edit and a real-life example of a Comprehensive Critique. Just ask and I’ll email them to you.


A few testimonials:


Rachelle’s ability to apply her expansive knowledge of the publishing industry to my specific writing career — both where I am and where I want to go in the future — is invaluable. She’s helped me navigate all the details of a writer’s life: deadlines, editors, preparing/pitching a proposal, as well as managing expectations, successes, and disappointments. Rachelle grounds me in much-needed reality, while encouraging me to pursue my writing dreams. 

~Award-winning author Beth K. Vogt


I can’t overstate how awesome it was to work with Rachelle on my memoir. Her keen editorial insights and brilliant revision directions made the difference between a half-baked book and one that drew eight publishers to the table. Her instincts are simply dead on. She has a rare gift for seeing the book that is trying to happen and helping the writer bring it to fruition.

~Bestselling author Heather H. Kopp


“My coaching session with Rachelle was invaluable. She helped me to untie some knots in my head, which were hindering my ability to make progress with my literary novel, by adding clarity, focus and purpose to the project. She read a solid sample of my work, had structured feedback and worked very hard to ascertain not only the writing itself, but who was doing the writing and why. I would highly recommend her coaching services to any writer looking to improve their work.”

~Anthony Faggioli, first-time novelist

I continue to depend on Rachelle’s level-headed and practical advice about the publishing world in general and my situation in particular. She’s been an invaluable asset to me along my road to writing. 

~Richard L Mabry, MD, award-winning author


Rachelle Gardner is an exceptional editing partner. Her understanding of the trends in the publishing industry, her attention to detail and her professionalism caught my attention right away. But it was her day-to-day commitment to the stories we were creating together that made the partnership between author and editor such a solid one. She’s encouraged me, inspired me to stretch my skills and has improved my understanding of the writing craft. She’ll invest in each author with whom she works to bring out their unique voice, and ensure that every story shines. I enjoyed working with her so much that she is now my literary agent!

~Award-winning author Kristy Cambron


I’ve worked with Rachelle on numerous writing projects, and she has been an integral part of each step in my publishing process. She has helped me expand and develop my ideas, strengthen my writing, consider my audience, craft proposals, and negotiate contracts. One thing I particularly appreciate about Rachelle is her honesty—she is straight-forward and direct. She has always been willing to tell me the truth, even if it hurts. This also means that when she loves my writing, I know her sentiment is genuine and my writing is strong. For an author, this is an invaluable quality of a writing/publishing coach.

~Zeke Pipher, author of Man on the Run and In Pursuit


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