The Team

Miralee Ferrell, Publisher

IMG_0894-6Miralee Ferrell has ten years of experience in the publishing world as a multi-published author with traditional houses, winning awards and writing an ECPA Best Seller. She then branched out, while continuing to write for the traditional market, to publish three of her own books through Mountain Brook Ink.

Miralee had an extensive sales background before she started to write, selling ads for a local paper, working as the fiction book buyer for her local Christian bookstore, and winning awards for top sales person for a Fortune 500 insurance company. She brings that experience to this new venture, as well as a gifting in PR and communication. Her vision is to see work published and recognized that might not have a chance without the help of a small press. 


Mountain Brook Ink has added a copy editor, Judy Vandiver. Judy is a gifted editor with solid training and experience. She’ll also be part of our acquisitions team, helping to review new proposals as they come in. 

Judy Vandiver, In-House Copy Editor 

judyVJudy Vandiver began her career as a professional freelance editor several years ago at a writer’s conference when another editor read one of her manuscripts, noticed the perfectionism in her work, and suggested she consider editing as a full-time occupation. She now works with multi-published and beginning authors, polishing their manuscripts, shares editing tips as speaker to writing groups, and teaches on-line editing courses to others in her field.

After college, Judy acquired a job in the corporate world, where she excelled at writing, copy editing, and proof reading reports and contracts for the legal department of a major corporation. This taught Judy the importance of paying attention to minutiae, which helps her today as one of the most detail oriented editors.  

After an early retirement in 2004, and with the encouragement of Kathy Ide, founder and director of the Christian PEN and Christian Editor Connection, Judy began following her dream in becoming a full time freelance editor. She has attended numerous writing and editing conferences, taken online editing courses, and spent countless hours pouring over grammar, writing, and editing books. She now teaches online editing courses to fellow editors, speaks at writing clubs, and works for Mountain Brook Ink as staff copy editor and reviews book proposals. In addition she finds time to serve as judge for writing contests, work on her own manuscripts, and offer freelance editing and writing services to individuals needing help in polishing their manuscripts.

Though doing a bit of writing herself, Judy has found that her real love is on the editing side of the publication business. As a freelance editor she accepts fiction and nonfiction manuscripts as well as devotionals. Judy enjoys novels set in both historical and contemporary settings with her favorite genres being romance and mysteries. Judy is available for proofreading, editing, ghost writing, mentoring, critiquing, and coauthoring of both fiction and nonfiction. She accepts works written for children and adults. No poetry or English as a second language.

Judy is a member of the following organizations:

  • Christian Editor Connection
  • The Christian PEN
  • American Christian Fiction Writers
  • Houston Christian Authors
  • Writers on the Storm

Judy offers a wide scope of editing services at realistic rates. Clients say her detailed explanations, comments, and suggestions are like taking a writing course because she teaches as she edits.

Contact Judy for edits for books, brochures, web content, ghost writing, and more. You’ve written it, now let Judy help you make it shine. For rates and availability, contact Judy at judy@judyvandiver.com


We have an excellent team of editors standing by should an author want to hire them to edit their manuscript before final submission. Please check with Miralee for contact information if it’s not listed below. They are willing to work after a book has been approved by Mountain Brook Ink for possible publication, and according to their schedule.


Susan K Marlow, In-House Copy Editor

Susan MarlowSusan K Marlow is a multi-published fiction author with Kregel Publications and has worked as a professional editor since 2008. Until 2014, she did substantive and copy editing—as well as manuscript critiques—for Winepress Publishing Group, which included a variety of fiction genres stretching from children’s picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult to women’s fiction, historical, and drama. She also edited non-fiction genres—personal experience stories and Bible studies. As an evangelical Christian, she currently freelances for Magnificat, the Catholic women’s ministry publisher, where keeping the author’s voice and intent is essential. In addition to working for publishers, she edits for numerous up-and-coming fiction authors.

Email Susan at susankmarlow@gmail.com for more information.


Nikki Wright, Publicist

Photo-wosymbol-blur-smallNikki Wright has worked with a diverse collection of aspiring and published authors since 2005. She began to hone her interest in the writing world early on with a group of friends who were each pursuing individual writing-focused paths. However, after years of trying to write creatively herself, she found her skill and passion landed more on the editing, mentoring, and marketing front than in the actual creative writing field.

Nikki is the assistant editor for Mangy Cat Creative Services, a tutoring company that aims to help middle and high school students discover the more fun side of writing by collaborating with fellow students on fictional (oftentimes out-of-this-world) novella projects. She also works as a volunteer writer on contemporary culture and theology questions for 412teens.org, and has been a manuscript adviser for a small handful of indie published authors. On a marketing and publication level, she is the webmaster and social media coordinator for Christian fantasy author, Donita K. Paul.

Every author writes for a different reason and has a different heart they are trying to paint onto the page. Nikki’s passion lies in helping authors to be the best they can be while still working with the author to communicate their own individual goals. If you would like to know more about what she’s done and what she does, you can find her at her website: nevermorelit.com


Need Editing?

Here are some outside editors that our authors can hire for content edits.

Kathryn Davis, former Heartsong Editor–please contact Miralee to see if Kathryn is taking new work.

Lissa Halls Johnson, substantive editor with extensive experience editing for traditional publishers.

Nancy Toback, substantive editor working for multiple houses with extensive experience editing for traditional publishers.

Libby McKinmer

Libby has been editing for almost twenty years and have edited for a number of online publishers including Hard Shell Word Factory (now owned by Mundania Press), Amber Quill Press (all three imprints), and Whiskey Creek, in addition to the editing of a weekly community newspaper, a quarterly women’s magazine and several newsletters (corporate and national). She has a BA with a double major in English Lit and Classical Lit. Libby spent several years as the Creative Director at an adult contemporary radio station and also taught Oral and Written Communications at a local college. 

Libby’s perspective on editing is author and editor are the team polishing the manuscript…there is no attempt or wish to change the author’s voice, style, etc. She’s your editor and wants to work with you to make your manuscript its best. 

Each publisher has its own house style for the mechanics, and she can work within those guidelines during an edit if the author has them, or I can follow Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press Stylebook or any other style guide requested. She is always glad to provide a sample edit of a few pages for a new author, so you can see how you would work together. 

In addition to editing, I’m a writer, too, so understand how much we love our stories and how important they are!  For rates and availability, email Libby at libby@libbymckinmer.com 

Graphics and Website Help

Our website was a collaborative effort between Miralee Ferrell, Judy Vandiver, and Nikki Wright. Judy also designed the awesome original logo for Mountain Brook Ink and helped design the business card. Logo re-design is by Annie J. Designs.