Killian Creative

Turning good ideas into bestsellers since 1999

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A Proven Track Record

We’ve guided more than 70 manuscripts to completion; two became NYT Bestsellers.

All together our books have sold roughly 3 million copies.

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Editing/Writing

We can handle all of your editing needs from copyediting to developmental editing to complete ghostwrites.

Coaching/Consulting

Do you need organization, clarity, or just confirmation you are headed in the right direction with your writing? We also evaluate manuscripts and coach writers to help find the best possible presentation of their message.
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Speaking/Training

Do you want to learn how to find your voice, articulate your message, and effectively make it heard? We are teachers at heart. Contact us about our workshops and courses.

Rick and Melissa are a truly dynamic team! Their combined creative writing and editing abilities are second to none. They have a unique ability to find the voice of each author and express ideas consistent with each author’s style and personality. Their passion shows through in everything they write which also translates into a tireless work ethic and focus on making each work the absolute best it can be. They are truly remarkable individuals in their knowledge base and communication of ideas from a world view perspective. Most importantly, their kindness and compassion shows through in all they do and makes them an absolute joy to work with!

Ronda Ranalli

Former Director of Content and Author Relations, Destiny Image Publishers

I first heard the name Rick Killian when I was the publisher at Regal Books in the late 90s. He had just helped prepare a little manuscript called Jesus Freaks by some band called dc Talk (that book, of course, went on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies). As vice president of nonfiction at Bethany House, I was finally able to work directly with Rick, as he prepared the book Living Under God by artists Toby Mac and Michael Tait. Rick is both an accomplished writer and editor—and in the publishing world, people with both competencies are rare animals indeed. When I’m in need of a great writer or book doctor, “Killian” comes first to mind.

Kyle Duncan

Former Vice President and Publisher of Books and Media, David C. Cook

Rick Killian is a ghostwriting extraordinaire. Not only does he understand the technical aspects of writing, what engages readers, and what makes a good book, but he also knows how to create that himself (a very different skill). His broad and diverse experience in the publishing industry gives him a breadth of knowledge and wisdom that is quite valuable to the entire book process. His relaxed, personal nature makes him an ideal person to work with. In a world filled with stressed out people, I prefer to surround myself with people like Rick.

Mark Russell

Founder and CEO, Elevate Publishing

Working with the Killians was a joy for me. My book was so personal and to be comfortable enough with them to be open and honest with the pain in my life made this journey a successful one for me. They are professional, thorough, detailed, and most important—kind. Thank you Melissa and Rick for being part of this Motiv8n’U experience with me.

Staci Boyer

Founder and CEO, Motiv8n'U Personal Training & Wellness Coaching

All our experiences with Rick have been great. He’s easy to work with. His research is outstanding, and he masterfully incorporates it into his writing.

David Horton

Vice President of Editorial, Bethany House Publishers

Recent Blog Posts

Read our latest thoughts on writing, publishing, and whatever inspires us.

I am always chilled and astonished
by the would-be writers who ask
me for advice and admit,
quite blithely, that they “don’t have
time to read.” This is like a guy
starting up Mount Everest saying
that he didn’t have time to buy
any rope or pitons.

―Stephen King

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Don’t have time to read?

I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons. ―Stephen...

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Yeah, I know you’re not supposed to do that, but far too many authors underestimate the power of the physical design of a book. Today more than ever, the look and feel may not tell you much about the quality of writing or depth of thought put into a book, but they do...

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It’s easier to persist
with commas if you know
you’re engaged in some
fundamentally important
human activity that has
very great consequences
for your full development
as a human being.

—Charles Cooper

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There’s a reason to get it right…

It’s easier to persist with commas if you know you’re engaged in some fundamentally important human activity that has very great consequences for your full development as a human being. —Charles...

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The good artist
believes that nobody
is good enough to give
him advice. He has
supreme vanity.
No matter how much
he admires the old
writer, he wants
to beat him.

―William Faulkner

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The good artist…

The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him. ―William...

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It’s a great lesson
about not being
too precious about
your writing. . . .
You can’t be that kid 
standing at the top of
the waterslide,
overthinking it. . . .
You have to let people
see what you wrote.
―Tina Fey

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It’s called a draft for a reason…

It’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing. . . . You can’t be that kid  standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. . . . You have to let people see what you wrote. ―Tina...

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