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.

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.

Staci Boyer

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

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

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

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. 

Ronda Ranalli

Former Director of Content and Author Relations, Destiny Image Publishers

Rick not only 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 publishing process.

Mark Russell

Founder and CEO, Elevate Publishing

Recent Blog Posts

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

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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When I sit down to write a book,
I do not say to myself,
“I am going to produce
a work of art.” I write it
because there is some
lie that I want to expose,
some fact to which
I want to draw attention,
and my initial concern
is to get a hearing.

—George Orwell

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To expose a lie, draw attention to a fact, get a hearing…

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, "I am going to produce a work of art." I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing. —George...

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Intuition makes us look at
unrelated facts and then think
about them until they can all
be brought under one law. . . .
Intuition is the father of new
knowledge, while empiricism is
nothing but an accumulation of
old knowledge. Intuition,
not intellect, is
the “open sesame” of yourself.

—Albert Einstein

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The “Open Sesame” of Yourself…

Intuition makes us look at unrelated facts and then think about them until they can all be brought under one law. . . . Intuition is the father of new knowledge, while empiricism is nothing but an accumulation of old knowledge. Intuition, not intellect, is the "open...

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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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