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Substantive Editor, Copy Editor, Writer, Proofreader
Phil Newman is an editor and writer based in Franklin, Tennessee, with more than two decades’ experience in book editing and content development.
He started his career as a daily-newspaper journalist and magazine writer before transitioning to magazine editing, public relations, corporate communications, and publishing.
Phil’s skills include developmental editing, substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and writing (ghost, chapters, study guides, cover copy). His work has spanned multiple genres and subject areas, and his experience in a wide range of industries—sports business, music, nonprofits, education, real estate, the military—informs the breadth and depth he brings to every editorial project he undertakes.
The 200-plus titles he has worked on include:
I Still Believe, by Jeremy Camp with Phil Newman (co-author; later developed into a major motion picture)
Grown-Up Faith: The Big Picture for a Bigger Life, Kevin Myers with Charlie Wetzel (study guide author)
Stronger Than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle, Havilah Cunnington (workbook author)
30 Days of Dynamic Devotions: Featuring the Best Content from Your Favorite and Future Breakout Authors (chapter author)
Everyday Miracles, Dr. Richard K Burt (developmental and copyedit)
Hope in Addiction, Andy Partington (developmental edit)
Three Things Successful People Do, John C. Maxwell (cover copy)
Love Does Action Guide, Bob Goff (proof)
Churchill’s Trial, Larry P. Arnn (copyedit)
Phil holds a bachelor’s in Communications (News-Editorial Journalism) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he played collegiate soccer and served as an editor and columnist for the UT-K newspaper, The Daily Beacon.
He lives in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, with his wife and pup and enjoys disc golf, hiking, refereeing soccer, playing piano, and spending time with his family and friends.
Endorsement: "I just wanted to take a minute to brag on Phil Newman for his work on this project. His detailed notes made the manuscript so much better. I’m especially thankful for the diligence he put into editing the almost one hundred footnotes. Not all freelancers take the time to do that, and I am so thankful that he was on this title. Job well-done!"
– Brooke Hill, Editor, W Publishing Group, HarperCollins Christian Publishing