Our Editors

Just like our authors, the editors at FriesenPress come from diverse backgrounds. Some hold degrees in writing, cultural studies, and education; others have earned diplomas in communications and publishing. They are educated in a wide range of subjects, poetry, art, anthropology, English literature, history, and science, to name a few. 

Our editors' education has been complemented with substantial related experience; each editor has a proven track record in both writing and editing. Together, their work spans a multitude of print publications such as OWL Magazine, Today's Parent, ARTicle Magazine, and WHERE Magazine; they also contribute to various newspapers, university journals, and health, culture, and business publications. They are theatre reviewers, screenwriters, reporters, authors, and journalists. Many are teachers and lecturers who devote their time to educating aspiring writers.

We thoroughly screen our editors to ensure their work meets a high standard of editorial excellence. Each prospective editor is initially evaluated based on education, experience, and skill level; they are subsequently required to demonstrate their work, and are then hired based on their aptitude with the craft.

Stories from our Editors:

Surviving in a Heartless world: Teen author Mya Zemlock talks about her zombie debut novel

Zombies are a much more logical, possible supernatural occurrence. If I told you, in twenty years, that vampires were attacking the Earth and that we were all going to die, you would probably laugh, with no doubt in your mind that I was crazy. Even if I told you it was zombies instead of vampires, you still wouldn't believe me. But there would be that nagging voice in the back of your mind that would say, "But maybe..."

Make your dialogue deliver a one-two punch

For many writers, figuring out how to punch up their dialogue is a bit of a challenge. As one literary agent says, “good dialogue illuminates your characters, moves your plot forward and develops relationships.” She goes on to write, “If you find that your dialogue does need explanation, then frankly, something is wrong with your dialogue.”

Interview with the FriesenPress editor / author Rhonda Hayter

I think that one of the reasons that self-publishing is finally earning respect, is because people have come to understand that while writing may be a solitary pursuit, publishing a book is not. It’s very much a collaborative effort…and it should be. It was a number of years before I read a single self-published book that was worth the paper it was written on. That is absolutely not the case now…and it’s unquestionably because writers are working with editors before they publish.