The Team

Miralee Ferrell, Publisher

Miralee Ferrell has years of experience in the publishing world as a multi-published author with traditional houses, winning awards and writing several ECPA Best Sellers. 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.  

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 if you desire to have any of your books you’re working on edited in hope of landing a contract, or for 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

We have an excellent team of editors standing by should an author want to hire them to edit their manuscript before you submit to us in hopes of acquiring a contract. We do NOT require it’s been edited before you submit it, nor do we require you use one of these editors. But as with any agent you contact, a publisher is going to look more favorably on work that’s clean, tight, and without craft issues.

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, 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:

Need Editing?

Here are some outside editors that our authors can hire IF your book needs a content edit before you present it to any publisher in hope of landing a contract.

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. She’s also had several books as Christy Award Winners. 

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

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.