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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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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I write to give myself strength.
I write to be the characters
I am not. I write to explore all
of the things I am afraid of.

—Joss Whedon

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I write to…

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters I am not. I write to explore all of the things I am afraid of. —Joss Whedon

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Once when I (John Maxwell) was flying to Dallas with Zig Ziglar, he asked if I ever received letters from people thanking me. When I acknowledged that I did, he asked, “When you get those letters, what do people thank you for?” I had never really thought about that before, but the answer was clear. People almost always said thanks for a book I had written or some other resource I had provided.

“It’s the same for me,” Zig said. “Isn’t that interesting? You and I are known for being speakers, but that’s not what prompts people to write.”

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What people will thank you for…

Once when I (John Maxwell) was flying to Dallas with Zig Ziglar, he asked if I ever received letters from people thanking me. When I acknowledged that I did, he asked, "When you get those letters, what do people thank you for?" I had never really thought about that...

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Carve out a regular
“writing time” and
don’t make excuses.
If you can’t commit 
to your own writing,
why should anyone
else commit to it?

—Val McDermid

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If you can’t commit…

Carve out a regular "writing time" and don’t make excuses. If you can’t commit  to your own writing, why should anyone else commit to it?...

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Don’t rewrite as you
go. Don’t try to make
your first chapters
perfect. If you come
to a scene where you
don’t know what
14th-century 
underwear looks 
like, don’t stop
and research 
14th-century
underwear.
Just write 
‘underwear here.’ 
The second draft 
is filling in 
those holes.
—Laurell K. Hamilton

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Don’t make your first draft perfect…

Don’t rewrite as you go. Don’t try to make your first chapters perfect. If you come to a scene where you don’t know what 14th-century  underwear looks  like, don’t stop and research  14th-century underwear. Just write  ‘underwear here.’  The second draft  is filling...

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Find your best time
of the day for writing
and write. Don’t let
anything else 
interfere. Afterwards
it won’t matter to 
you that the
kitchen is a mess.

—Esther Freud

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Don’t let anything else interfere…

Find your best time of the day for writing and write. Don’t let anything else  interfere. Afterwards it won’t matter to  you that the kitchen is a mess....

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