Thinkers Write

We help turn their best ideas
into great books

Many thought leaders and mission-driven organizations desperately need a book
as the next step in changing their world

Yet tens of thousands of incomplete manuscripts sit in desk drawers,
while the world awaits the next transformative idea.

Many people die with their music still in them. . . .
Before they know it, time runs out.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

We’re here as experienced writers
and publishing consultants
to change all of that.

Our Process

1

Define
your book’s message

2

Develop
your writing plan

3

Determine
your publishing path

Manuscripts completed

Authors helped

NYT Top 5

Million books sold (and counting)

Testimonials

Melissa and Rick are a dynamic duo that will absolutely help you produce your best work. From framing a concept into a compelling narrative, to structuring the chapters, editing, writing and supporting authors, their experience, compassion and savvy make all the difference.

Jessica Hartung

Founder, Integrated Work

As a publisher and publishing services company serving both indie authors and other trade publishers, it’s critical to find writing and editorial partners that are professional, cool under pressure, and responsive to the needs of clients. Killian Creative checks off all three of these boxes. We worked with Rick in serving a client on a tight-turn revision schedule for a novel, and he was a complete pro every step of the way, translating the client’s requests into solid prose on the page. I’m glad to work with Rick and recommend Killian Creative to others looking for professional writing and editorial services.

Matt West

Founder and CEO, Dexterity Books

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 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

Writer in Residence, The Fedd Agency

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

I was a reluctant writer! Rick coached me into a love and confidence of writing that has made the whole experience enjoyable. Rick’s ability to preserve your thoughts and stories while adding an easy reading style and ordering the material to best flow for the reader is something I could not have done without him.

Jon Petersen

Founder and CEO, CityForce

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

Former Vice President of Editorial, Bethany House Publishers

Recent Blog Posts

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

Storytelling is
the most powerful
way to put ideas
into the world today.
Stories are the creative
conversion of life itself
into a more powerful,
clearer,
more meaningful experience.
They are the currency
of human contact.

—Robert McKee

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The currency of human contact…

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact. —Robert McKee

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Don’t wait for the muse. . . .
Your job is to make sure the muse
knows where you’re going to be every day
from nine ’til noon. or seven ’til three.
If she does know,
I assure you that sooner or later
she’ll start showing up.

 

Stephen King, 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Don’t wait for the muse….

Don't wait for the muse. . . . Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you're going to be every day from nine 'til noon. or seven 'til three. If she does know, I assure you that sooner or later she'll start showing up.   —Stephen King,  On Writing: A Memoir...

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Who wants to become a writer?
And why?
Because it’s the answer to everything. . . .
It’s the streaming reason for living.
To note, to pin down, to build up, to create,
to be astonished at nothing,
to cherish the oddities,
to let nothing go down the drain,
to make something,
to make a great flower out of life,
even if it’s a cactus.

—Enid Bagnold

 

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Who wants to become a writer?…

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. . . . It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make...

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