Freelance Writing and Editing


I have been a freelance editor for over 20 years. Before going freelance, I worked on the proofreading and editorial side of publishing in Grand Rapids, MI and for St. Martin’s Press and Addison, Wesley, Longman in New York City. While I can line edit just fine, I’m at my best when development editing, helping writers develop the flow and the argument of nonfiction, and the worldbuilding and characterization of their fiction.

“I especially want to thank Natalie Hart for her excellent copyediting and probing questions–on both editions of Growing Strong Daughters.”

Lisa Graham McMinn, Growing Strong Daughters, Revised Edition, Baker Books (Grand Rapids, MI: 2007), Acknowledgments.

The above is an unusual thing: a named thank-you to a freelance editor working for a traditional publisher. Unusual both because many published authors don’t appreciate my probing questions (but unpublished authors appreciate that someone is taking them seriously as an artist and a thinker), and because freelancers usually toil thanklessly in the dark.

Unless you are a teenager, I charge a nice and neat $2/page for editing services (for teenage writers, it’s $1/page). If you are interested in talking with me about an editing project, please contact me at writtendeer @ gmail dot com.


Insights of the Urban Church Leadership Center I am the editor of and a frequent writer for this online journal of the Urban Church Leadership Center, a professional education and support center for urban pastors in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Examples of the kinds of pieces I write for them:

Profiles of individuals:
Thank You, Dr. Mariano Avila

The Gift of the Ask: Growing Ministry By Deepening Connections

Profiles of programs:

What Happens When You Take Away the Title?

When the Needs Are Deep, the Vision Gets Deeper

Articles about leadership:
The simplest consensus-building tool ever: the five-finger vote

Training at Every Meeting

Grand Rapids Association of Pastors – I write (and run the website and social media) for this organization of pastors from across denominational and racial and ethnic lines, including this article on the last meeting of the 2016/2017 season: Listening and Praying. This article on myths about immigration is a good example of my informational writing: Busting Myths and Leaning Into Local Issues About Immigration. – I wrote many of the church profiles (the ones for Ideal Park and Moline are my favorites), and they repost my content from this blog, but with way better images. The Thanksgiving post I wrote for them may be one of the best things I’ve ever done: “Thanksgiving is a great big but.”

Gospel-Centered Renewal: The Philadelphia Story,” in The Banner, March, 2011.

I write web copy, newsletters, articles, blog posts–if it has words, I will happily weave them for you. Please contact me at writtendeer @ gmail dot com.

Guest posts for other blogs:

Spiritual Practices: Writing out prayers,” a guest post for Emily McFarlan Miller.

Stations of the Cross: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,” a guest post for Emily McFarlan Miller.

with all his might,” a guest post about my ribbon-stick dancing group for Suzanna Paul, of The Smitten Word.

Salvaged goods,” in catapult*magazine, Vol.13 No.15, about my mother saving her mother’s ratty house shoes from a fire.

Big City Sidewalk, a guest post at You Are Here Stories, about growing up in a big city and my complex relationship to the sidewalk.

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