As a five-year-old, I begged to be a first grader in our small Indiana town with a single school building that had no kindergarten. I got there thanks to the assistance of my tenacious schoolteacher mother and an available seat in that grade's classroom.
But even before then, I loved reading and words. So when an opportunity for a career in publishing came my way after a short career in social work and a period as a stay-at-home mom, I jumped at the chance. I've been a publishing professional now for more than thirty-five years.
- I worked in publishing operations, editorial project management, and as a corporate editorial services editor at Zondervan publishing house over a period of nearly twenty-four years, the latter years as an executive managing editor. Zondervan is now under the HarperCollins Christian Publishing umbrella, along with Thomas Nelson. During that time, I did freelance editing on a limited basis.
- As a full-time freelance editor for more than eleven years now, I offer editing primarily for Christian publishing companies. I've edited a wide variety of works, including novels, novellas, Bible devotionals and notes, memoirs, devotional books, business books, and other works of nonfiction. (See the tabs above for lists of editing projects—one for fiction and one for nonfiction—that include their authors and in most cases the publishers who hired me.)
- As a writer, I've written blog and website posts and articles, case studies, and the stories people tell me. I've revised others' work and provided ghost writing as well. (See the "professional writing" tab above for more information.)
- Zondervan published two children's devotional/activity books I developed and wrote for their Zonderkidz division: Bible Promises for God's Precious Princess and Bible Promises for God's Treasured Boy. You'll find them both on Amazon. (See the "publications" tab above for more information.)
- Kavich—my maiden name I use in honor of my late father—is pronounced "cave-itch"! My father was instrumental in my editorial career, planting the seeds well before I got here. Here is a post I once wrote about that.
- Two of my three adult children are professional writers as well, the other ensures writing is part of the family's homeschooling curriculum, and I have some budding writers among my grandchildren.
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