Meet Andrea

Andrea Merrell has been writing for as long as she can remember, but her career took a serious turn about twenty years ago when she and her husband attended a marriage retreat, where the guest speaker encouraged her to follow her passion for writing. She went home, started writing seriously for the Lord, and has never turned back.

Andrea has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues. Her first book, Murder of a Manuscript is full of writing tips to help keep your book out of the editorial graveyard. Her second book, Praying for the Prodigal, is about her journey with two prodigals and what God taught her along the way. The book contains a survival guide for parents, advice from her former prodigals, and thirty days of prayers and Scriptures.  She is also the author of Marriage: Make It or Break It, a book that takes a candid look at attitudes and behavior that can make or break a relationship, the importance of honest communication, and the difference in the way men and women approach life. It's also filled with Scriptures to personalize and pray over your marriage.   Andrea writes for, writes a weekly devotion at, and is currently working on four novels, which are at various stages begging to be completed.

Besides her love of words and putting them on paper, Andrea thrives on using her editing skills to help other writers become the best they can be. She encourages and mentors those seeking to learn the trade and sharpen their skills. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries ( and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (now LPC Books). and has been on faculty at writers' conferences such as The Asheville Christian Writers Conference (formerly Writers' Boot Camp), Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, Write2Ignite, the CLASS Christian Writers Conference, the Carolina Christian Writers Conference, and the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference.  She is also a freelance editor and would love to help you get your manuscript ready for submission.

When not at the computer (which is not often), Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband (and best friend) Charlie, and her six noisy, adorable grandchildren. She loves coffee, dark chocolate, Hallmark movies, reading, and computer games.

Making sure your manuscripts are as clean and professional as possible.
  • Initial Critique/Edit – $30.00
An overall critique and sample edit of your first five unedited pages. This will help both author and editor have a better understanding of the material and the type of editing that will be required.

  • Proofreading/Copyediting – $30 per hour
Correction of basic errors in PUGS: punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling, along with formatting and consistency.

  • Substantive Editing – $40 per hour
A thorough line-by-line edit of your work. This includes checking for the items mentioned above, along with: content, flow, hooks, writing tight, showing-not-telling, and problems with plot, point of view, characterization, and dialogue. This will include any rewriting that needs to be done and the editor will work closely with the author, using comments and track changes.

  • Mentoring – $40 per hour
If you are just starting out as a writer and need to learn some basics, or you are struggling in a particular area, this mentoring process will help you hone your skills and polish your prose. We can cover things like: basics of writing, formatting, learning the lingo, or writing a devotion, article, or story.

  • Blog Posts – $8-10 per post

If you are a blogger, allow me to help you get your posts ready for publication.

For any of these services, please contact me by clicking here.

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I would love to work with you and help you on your writing journey.


Andrea is an expert craftsman with words and the nuts and bolts of grammar, sentence structure, and conventions of writing. I learned a tremendous amount through the process that I’ve applied to new manuscripts —to me, that alone is the mark of a talented editor when her efforts translate to other works. As a first time novelist, Andrea made me feel worthy of her time. Her documentation was detailed, clear, and spot-on. In areas that needed discussion, we spoke often, and together made the best choices for the book’s success. She is a skilled people person and values relationships—her investment in the manuscript and author are evident. 
~ Jayme Mansfield, award-winning author of Chasing the Butterfly and Rush

Andrea has been a great friend and mentor as I've begun contract editing. Her experience and skill set have been invaluable tools. 
~Betty Hassler, author and editor

With the eagle eye of a copy editor and the heart of a writer, Andrea Merrell finds not only the most obscure typos, but also awkward passages and missing gaps that need to be reworked. Her professional manner and encouraging feedback offer much help to the writer. She is a joy to work with. 
~ Carol Stratton, author of Changing Zip Codes: 
Finding Community Wherever You’re Transplanted and Lake Surrender.

Andrea Merrell’s eagle eye editing and superior knowledge of current practices polished my story, Atonement for Emily Adams, till it shone. Even more beneficial, her always-positive attitude, teaching spirit, and heart-felt encouragement lifted me up during the laborious work of publication. It is my sincere hope that all my subsequent novels will have Andrea’s deft touch before landing on the public book shelf.
~ Susan Lawrence, author of Atonement for Emily Adams

Andrea Merrell not only has the necessary skills and knowledge for editing a manuscript, she has a passion for helping the writer reach his or her potential. She is very professional, yet approachable and accessible.She is a blessing and a delight.


  1. I just purchased your Murder of a Manuscript. I wish I had found it three years ago. Mine is not buried, but has had numerous threats on its life.
    Thanks for your advice at ACWC and your book.

  2. Ann, I so appreciated your time and advice at ACWC. I re-attacked my character "ROSTER" which, of course, restructures about half the book. I didn't kill them dead, just made them smaller. They appear as incidental characters along the journey. Your kindness in taking time for me between appointments was a God send. I bought your book, too, and it is very helpful. It helped with the semi-death of my characters without much remorse.


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