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Need great content for your book? We can get your idea in best-selling form.

Writing & Publishing Coaching

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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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.

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

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Keep a small can
of WD-40 on your desk—
away from any open flames—
to remind yourself
that if you don’t write daily,
you will get rusty.

—George Singleton

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If you don’t write everyday…

Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk— away from any open flames— to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty. —George Singleton

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What I have learned in time,
in 32 years of writing,
is that it’s a lot of work,
and if I just show up,
and I work and work,
there is a moment,
a magical moment,
at some point,
when it gives. 

—Isabel Allende

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If I just show up…

What I have learned in time, in 32 years of writing, is that it’s a lot of work, and if I just show up, and I work and work, there is a moment, a magical moment, at some point, when it gives.  —Isabel Allende

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Discipline is the ability
to make yourself do something
you don’t want to do
in order to get a result
you really want to get.

—Andy Andrews

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The result you really want to get…

Discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don’t want to do in order to get a result you really want to get. —Andy Andrews

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I find the line,
“Write what you know,”
extremely unhelpful. . . .
I think, in fact, writing what
you can dare to research
and imagine is a far
better line to live by.  

—Emma Donoghue,
The 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop

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Writing what you dare…

I find the line, “Write what you know,” extremely unhelpful. . . . I think, in fact, writing what you can dare to research and imagine is a far better line to live by.   —Emma Donoghue, The 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop

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To hell with last words.
Let’s try to make
one sentence
that’s rightly positioned
within a manageable context
so that we can utter it
to somebody else
and they’ll understand it.

—Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry discusses life

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Let’s try to make one sentence…

To hell with last words. Let's try to make one sentence that's rightly positioned within a manageable context so that we can utter it to somebody else and they'll understand it. —Wendell Berry Wendell Berry discusses life

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