FREELANCE Writer, Editor, & Book Designer

In writing, you must kill all your darlings. —William Faulkner


FREELANCE Writer, Editor, & Book Designer

In writing, you must kill all your darlings. —William Faulkner


Hi I’m Mathew Sims! I’ve authored, edited, or contributed to several books including A Household Gospel: Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Homes, We Believe: Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms for Worship, and Make, Mature, Multiply: Becoming Fully-Formed Disciples. I graduated with a degree in English Literature with a secondary emphasis in Creative Writing. I also completed over forty hours of post-graduate work in theology.

I’m married to LeAnn who is a talented home designer and writes at The Modest Homestead. She is a creative tour de force. We have three daughters—Claire, Maddy, and Adele—who are joyful, mischievous, and full of wonder (I’m outnumbered if you’re counting). I love good food, black coffee, and Kentucky Bourbon. And I’m an Apple geek.

I am currently Editor-in-Chief for 360 Quote LLC (which includes several web properties) and My responsibilities include:

  • managing a team of nine editors
  • coordinating projects over dozens of web properties
  • culling SEO-driven keywords for article topics
  • overseeing publishing over one-hundred articles bi-weekly
  • building new web properties from the ground up
  • working with a team of writers at

I am the Managing Editor of Gospel-Centered Discipleship. My responsibilities include:

  • soliciting articles for their online blog
  • creating weekly newsletters
  • working with a team of staff writers to cultivate a creative writing environment
  • working with a team of staff writers to mature their writing voice
  • managing social media outlets
  • managing design elements for the blog
  • formatting digital and print books for the publishing imprint, GCD Books
  • copyediting and developmental editing for book projects

I am the Production Manager of JBMW. My responsibilities include:

  • keeping the project on track for a timely publication
  • formatting the journal for digital and print publication—including internal and cover layout
  • proofreading the final product
  • managing layout and design for CBMW’s publishing imprint, Danvers Press

By Lines: GCD, TGC, RAAN, Christ and Pop Culture, and others

Taking the Next Step Is Hard

Many writers spend years cultivating a book idea or just honing their story. When you’re ready to take the next step, releasing your creative child into the world can be difficult no matter how you choose to publish. However, I can be an invaluable partner for you during this exciting time.

If you’re pursuing traditional publishing and will be sending your manuscript to an agent or publisher, I can provide a critical eye to strengthen your writing. Or if you’re pursuing self-publishing for the creative control it provides, I offer services including:

  • Cover design
  • Copyediting and developmental editing
  • Book layout for paperback and digital

No matter where you are on the spectrum with your book—whether it’s complete but needing a final polish or just in the infant stage, take the next step and let’s have a conversation about your dreams for your book as well as how we can partner together to make them a reality!


Freelance Services

I can’t write five words but that I change seven. —Dorothy Parker


Freelance Services

I can’t write five words but that I change seven. —Dorothy Parker

Freelance Writer, Editor, & Book Designer

Ask me about pricing for bundling services

Copyediting: the details

  • One round of copyediting (track changes)
  • Clarification for ambiguity
  • Style sheet (highlighting common errors in manuscript)
  • One hour of post-editing assistance
  • Additional post-editing support for $30/hr.


Development Editing: the big picture

  • Based on standard manuscript layout (8x11 page, 1” margins, 12 point Times New Roman font)
  • Examining the logical flow of the manuscript
  • Outlining with an eye towards the thesis
  • Ensuring a strong structure
  • Cutting extraneous passages and requesting new passages


Internal Layout & Design: the Final Product

  • Based on your desired manuscript layout
  • Ensuring the manuscript is properly formatted for publication
  • Converting document into MOBI (Amazon) and EPUB (iBooks)
  • Formatting document for paperback printing (design elements i.e., front and back cover, not included)


Cover Design: The Attention Grabber

  • Book cover design questionnaire (read now)
  • Three cover concepts
  • Three rounds of edits
  • Front Cover for Digital
  • Front, Back, & Binding for Paperback
  • Check out my designs
  • Additional concept plus an additional two rounds of edits (Add $100)

$300/Front, Back, & Binding