Killian Creative

Helping authors turn good ideas into bestsellers since 1999

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.

Don’t try to figure out what other
people want to hear from you;
figure out what you have to say.
It’s the one and only thing
you have to offer.

—Barbara Kingsolver

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The one and only thing you have to offer…

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer....

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The Christmas Trap (Part Four)

[Part three of a four-part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] That Christmas Eve, things went as usual. They had a nice dinner and then went to the service at church. The entire sanctuary was lit only by candles, except for the stage where...

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The Christmas Trap (Part Three)

[Part three of a four part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] The next day was the last of kindergarten before winter break. Jeremy felt as if the entire year had built up to this day and he was so excited he couldn't get his socks to...

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The Christmas Trap (Part Two)

[Part two of a four-part story for Christmas. In case you missed it, here is part one.] The next day was Saturday, and before anyone else in the house was up, Jeremy took the card table out of the garage and set it up in the middle of his bedroom. He scootered his...

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The Christmas Trap (Part One)

[For the month of December, just for fun, I wanted to share a story I've had lying around for a few years now. It seemed to fit the season. This is part one of four.] Jeremy Tanner Bachman was never really sure what had started his father's feud with Santa Claus....

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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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