Nat Akin

Copy Editor, Copywriter, Developmental Editor, Editor, Writer

Passion for helping good stories find their way.

I have nearly 25 years of editorial experience, providing developmental and line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for more than 300 titles put out by major trade publishers. I began my editorial career as sole editor and book designer for a small trade press and have also been executive editor and publisher of another independent press, where I designed and edited more than 40 nonfiction and literary anthologies. I'm also an award-winning writer of literary fiction and the recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing.
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Guide, Ebook, Website Copy, Ad/Promotional Copy
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University of Mississippi, MA, English & Creative Writing
University of Tennessee, BA, English & History
Memphis, TN, USA|English

Published Content

Copyedit of What's So Funny About God? (forthcoming), for IVP Academic

If you don't believe God has a sense of humor, just look in the mirror. Humor is a truly human phenomenon—crossing history, culture, and every stage of life. Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence. And although it may seem simple on the surface, humor depends on the use of our highest faculties: language, intelligence, sympathy, sociability.

November 19th, 2019
Copyedit of Nerves of Steel (Young Readers Edition)(forthcoming), for HarperCollins

The amazing story of pilot Tammie Jo Shults, adapted for young readers! Tammie Jo worked hard, had faith, stayed true to herself, and overcame every obstacle on her journey to becoming a navy pilot. Years later, those lessons served her well as she was put in the right place at the right time to safely land a crippled plane and save 148 lives.

November 12th, 2019
Copyedit of Unsettling Truths (forthcoming), for IVP Academic

In the fifteenth century, official church edicts gave Christian explorers the right to claim territories they "discovered." This was institutionalized as an implicit national framework that justifies American triumphalism, white supremacy, and ongoing injustices. The result is that the dominant culture idealizes a history of discovery, opportunity, expansion, and equality, while minority communities have been traumatized by colonization, slavery, segregation, and dehumanization.

November 5th, 2019
Copyedit of Crescendo (new release), for HarperCollins

In the spirit of Mr. Holland’s Opus, this classic story of human triumph reminds readers of the incomprehensible joy found in music and in using our own lives to make the lives of others better.

July 16th, 2019
Rush copyedit of Inseparable (new release), for HarperCollins

Much more than a sports memoir, in Inseparable Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin share the previously untold details of the powerful and inspiring story behind the modern NFL’s first one-handed player, and his twin brother’s unrelenting devotion, sacrifice, and love.

July 9th, 2019
Copyedit of Desperate Forgiveness, for Tyndale Publishers

Duck Dynasty stars Al and Lisa Robertson were desperate for their love to survive—and with God’s help, they realized the only answer to marital and family betrayal is all-consuming, life-altering, desperate forgiveness. In their new book, they share this message with anyone who wants to exchange broken relationships for healing.

June 4th, 2019
Copyedit of novel Priscilla, for IVP Academic

The book is an imaginative but historically sensitive sketch of the life of a significant early Christian female leader, Priscilla. Priscilla's life, however, is more than a life—it is a clear window through which Ben Witherington offers nothing less than a sketch of first-century Christianity's expansion throughout the Roman Empire—all the way to Rome.

May 14th, 2019
Copyedit of Young Whit and the Shroud of Secrecy, for Tyndale Publishers

The backstory of John Avery Whittaker, the beloved patriarch of the Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas, continues with more intriguing mysteries and exciting action. Book 2 concerns a coffin previously hidden under the floor in an old, supposedly haunted mansion and the meaning behind an old journal bequeathed to Johnny by his grandfather.

April 9th, 2019
Proofread of Reading Buechner (forthcoming), for IVP Academic

Frederick Buechner is one of the most gifted writers of his generation, and his legacy casts a long shadow over Christian letters today. As a memoirist, he opened up an entirely new way to think about the genre. As a novelist, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer. And as a theologian and preacher, he pioneered the art of making theology accessible for a popular audience.

November 19th, 2019
Proofread of Curveball (forthcoming), for HarperCollins

After watching his career as a professional baseball player go down in flames, Cy Young Award-winner Barry Zito discovered a real connection with God and a renewed passion for life.

September 17th, 2019
Proofread of The Hole in Our Gospel (10th Anniversary Edition), for HarperCollins

More than twenty years ago, Rich Stearns came face-to-face with that question [of faith] as he sat in a mud hut in Rakai, Uganda, listening to the heartbreaking story of an orphaned child. Stearns’s journey took much more than a long flight to Africa. It took answering God’s call on his life, a call that tore him out of his corner office at one of America’s most prestigious corporations, to walk with the poorest of the poor in our world.

September 3rd, 2019
Proofread of Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A, for HarperCollins

The longtime chief marketing officer for Chick-fil-A tells the inside story of how the company turned prevailing theories of fast-food marketing upside down and built one of the most successful and beloved brands in America.

June 11th, 2019
Proofread of A Dream Too Big, for HarperCollins

By all rights, Caylin Louis Moore should be dead, in prison, or stalking the streets of Compton with his fellow gang-members. Instead, he’s a Rhodes Scholar, author, speaker, and role model for every kid deprived of hope in downtrodden communities. A Dream Too Big is the story of Moore’s exodus from one of the most impoverished, gang-infested communities in the United States to the golden, dreaming spires of Oxford, England.

June 4th, 2019
Proofread of Still in the Game, for HarperCollins

Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Devon’s tireless devotion in helping his daughter, Leah, learn how to “beat up cancer.” But in these pages, Devon takes readers behind the headlines to reveal the deeper story of what prepared him for that fight.

January 8th, 2019
Proofread of Welcoming the Stranger (updated version), for IVP Academic

In this book World Relief immigration experts Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell stories of immigrants' experiences in and out of the system. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system.

July 3rd, 2018
Proofread of Everybody, Always, for HarperCollins

When Love Does first appeared in 2012, Bob Goff was described as "the world’s best-kept secret." More than 800,000 copies later, he is no longer a secret. But Bob never stops surprising, and in Everybody, Always, his eagerly awaited follow-up to Love Does, he reveals what happens when we stop worrying about a challenging world full of difficult people and instead simply love them: we discover the outsized, unfettered, liberated existence we’ve always dreamed of.

April 17th, 2018
Website Copy
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature

Excerpt from published fiction that led to me being awarded one of 36 highly competitive NEA Fellowships in Literature for 2018. "NEA Literature Fellowships represent the National Endowment for the Arts' most direct investment in American creativity. . . . These fellowships are highly competitive, with 1,692 eligible applicants in FY 2018. Applications are reviewed by a panel through an anonymous process and are judged solely on the artistic excellence of the work sample provided." (

January 1st, 2018
Website Copy
A Stranger in Her Own House

Book review on Chapter16, the website for Humanities Tennessee, to provide literary coverage throughout the state.

September 14th, 2017
Short story "Bible Stories for Full-Blooded Americans," in Storyscape Issue 18

After the time when dark first became distinct from light, earth carved away from water and man sculpted from mud where the two met and then his woman fabulously formed straight from him by the magic of God’s own hand, beyond the days the original growth of all and a flooding away of the darkened hearts of the earth and a solid skylit promise, dove-messengered so the transmission came through clear to man’s ears that such would never befall again: No worries. I’m on it. You’re mine.

May 1st, 2017
Short story "At Home with the Spirit," in Waxwing Issue 10

Kitty Mills stood before the floor-to-ceiling mirror in her walk-in closet and craned her chin back over her shoulder, looking as best she could to see if any outline of the black thong crept through the pale pink skirt she’d picked out for church.

October 1st, 2016
Novella "Reno," published as winner of The Florida Review's 4th annual Chapbook Award

The contest judge, Patricia Grace King, had this to say about the winning manuscript: "Lush and lyrical, Reno, by Nat Akin, explores important questions of heritage and homeland. Evoking a small Florida beach town in all of its dimmed, gritty splendor, Reno is pure pleasure—from this vivid setting to the deftly drawn characters who are alternately drawn to and compelled to leave it."

March 23rd, 2016
Short story "Delivery," in Ascent

She had to match up his little socks last. It probably made no difference to anyone else how it got done, just as long as it did. A chore for most. They might save socks for last because you always had to hunt for the other one, the match, at least once in a whole load of laundry. Always.

March 5th, 2016
Short story "Driving Range," in Litro #147: Space

The lesbians’ little dogs are at it again. Their big house across my street is lit up at both ends against this evening shade, and I can see Doris and Jean sitting in their respective studies continuing the legal work they each, always, bring home.

November 3rd, 2015
Publisher and Executive Editor, Fishers of the Moon literary anthology

story booth’s 2014-2015 literary anthology of original work from the past year-and-a-half of our afternoon creative writing workshops, featuring the stories of more than thirty-five middle- and high-school youth from seven Memphis schools.

September 12th, 2015
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