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.

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Yeah, I know you’re not supposed to do that, but far too many authors underestimate the power of the physical design of a book. Today more than ever, the look and feel may not tell you much about the quality of writing or depth of thought put into a book, but they do...

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It’s easier to persist
with commas if you know
you’re engaged in some
fundamentally important
human activity that has
very great consequences
for your full development
as a human being.

—Charles Cooper

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There’s a reason to get it right…

It’s easier to persist with commas if you know you’re engaged in some fundamentally important human activity that has very great consequences for your full development as a human being. —Charles...

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The good artist
believes that nobody
is good enough to give
him advice. He has
supreme vanity.
No matter how much
he admires the old
writer, he wants
to beat him.

―William Faulkner

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The good artist…

The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him. ―William...

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It’s a great lesson
about not being
too precious about
your writing. . . .
You can’t be that kid 
standing at the top of
the waterslide,
overthinking it. . . .
You have to let people
see what you wrote.
―Tina Fey

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It’s called a draft for a reason…

It’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing. . . . You can’t be that kid  standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. . . . You have to let people see what you wrote. ―Tina...

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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 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.”

—John Maxwell

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What people will thank you for…

Once when I 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...

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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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