Killian Creative

Helping authors turn good ideas into bestsellers since 1999

A Proven Track Record

We’ve guided more than 75 manuscripts to completion;
two became NYT Bestsellers.

All together our books have sold
roughly 5 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.

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

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

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

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 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

Top Blog Posts

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

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 Fey

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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? —Val McDermid

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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. —Esther Freud

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Presently you shall walk out the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals, and shall find yourself before an audience—the pen still behind your ear, the ink stains on your fingers, and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your inspiration.

—Stanton Kirkham Davis

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There shall pour out…

Presently you shall walk out the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals, and shall find yourself before an audience—the pen still behind your ear, the ink stains on your fingers, and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your...

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