What they got was a good editor. . .or writer. . .or consultant. . .or teacher. . .
Leonard G. Goss worked inside the book publishing industry for over three decades, most recently as editorial director/senior acquisitions editor at B&H Publishing Group. Before that, he led editorial efforts at Crossway Books, Zondervan Publishing House/HarperCollins Publishers, and the Evangelical Book Club. He began his publishing career with John Wiley & Sons. After retiring from commercial publishing, Len and his wife Carolyn began GoodEditors.com, a boutique editorial services company specializing in all things literary.
Len has solicited, developed, and edited hundreds of books, including several Gold Medallion and Christy award winners, and has routinely launched many writing careers in both the fiction and nonfiction fields. He is the author of A Brief Style Guide to Good Writing for Authors and Editors andA Guide for Authors, Editors and Proofreaders in the Preparation of Manuscripts, and he is the coauthor, with Don Aycock, of Writing Religiously and The Christian Writer's Book, and together they edited Inside Religious Publishing. Their most recent book is The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing: Getting Your Foot in the Publisher’s Door. With his wife Carolyn Len coauthored The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing, which has become the most regularly used, concise, and yet definitive style guide for writers and editors in religious publishing. With Ron Birtcher, Len is coauthor of I Am Who You Are, and with John Cionca, he is coauthor of Your Church at Its Best! Partnering with the Spirit in Ministry.Len’s writing is also widely published as chapter contributions in other books. His articles on alternative religions appear in theApologetics Study BibleandIf God Made the Universe, Who Made God?and his faith story is published in the books Mere Christians andIn Their Own Words. Len served as series editor for B&H Academic's "Perspectives On . . ." series of books on different aproaches to important questions impacting Christians and the church. He began a similar series at Zondervan. And he is the writer behind many other published books.
He has spoken and offered many courses at numerous industry writing guilds and publishing conferences around the country, and is a member of the Academy of Christian Editors, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Aslan Society, the C.S. Lewis Readers and Scholars Association, the International Spenser Society, the Milton Society of America, and other professional societies. He is honored with biographical reference listings in Who's Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Media and Communications, Who's Who in Religion, Notable American Men, Men of Achievement, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, and the Dictionary of International Biography.
Len's maternal grandparents emigrated from Russia to New York. His mother is of Ashkenazi Russian Jewish descent, and he is a messianic Jew (halachically Jewish through his mother), proud Zionist, and partisan of the evangelical demimonde. He is an inveterate, if unfit, walker who enjoys international travel, book hunting, research on the history of books and printing, literary biographies, early English Renaissance poetry (especially Spenser and Milton), early modern literary culture, Shakespearean authorship theories, early-to-mid-twentieth century American and British poetry, contemporary poetry criticism, the field of C.S. Lewisiana, books on literary crime, books on Eretz Ysrael and its politics, studying new, alternative, and mystical spiritualities, occasionally playing golf (never successfully), playing guitar (even less successfully, considering he used to live in Music City), pursuing Dylanology and listening to an eclectic mix of music, and supporting Sun Devil college football and baseball. He is a poet for whom the writing of an actual poem is a mythological event. Len is a native of San Diego and earned degrees from Phoenix College, Arizona State University, Canterbury College/University of Windsor (M.A.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University (M.Div.).
Carolyn Stanford Gossworked in book sales for many years before entering publishing’s creative side. Earlier she started her publishing career in college textbook sales for Random House and later was a special sales account manager for McGraw-Hill’s Professional Book Group. She has also worked in marketing and special sales for Richard D. Irwin Publishers, Mott Media, Inc., Publishers, and Providence House Publishers, and she acquired solid experience editing medical reports and articles for doctors and nurses for Medical News Incorporated. Her extensive experience in wrestling errant manuscripts into books includes being a professional writing coach, stylist, book editor, free-lance copy editor, book doctor, ghostwriter, and copywriter, and she has worked on major projects for several book publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson, Standard, B&H, WinePress, and New Hope.
Carolyn has done collaborative projects with many authors and has ghostwritten or is currently ghostwriting several other books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is a co-contributor along with son Joseph Stanford Goss to Narnia Beckons, edited by Ted Baehr, and the author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Family Reading and Viewing Guide and Skills for Success, a modular life and study skills curriculum used by the Consortium of Online Christian Colleges. Her writing has appeared as chapter contributions in Transformed, Out of the Overflow, Echoes of Mercy, and several other publications. She and her husband Len are coauthors of The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing, which covers the waterfront of editorial issues, including punctuation, grammar, spelling rules, elements of style, rules for capitalization, number use, and book production. Some of the other books she has written or cowritten include Dead Man Breathing, The Ebbie Jackson Story, Gone for 18 Minutes, Grace is Enough, Hide and Seek, I Saw Heaven, More Than Just a Catch, Only in America, There's Gotta Be More, Influencing Like Jesus, The Girl with the Caterpillar Eyebrows, Living Right Side Up in an Upside Down World, When Home is Not a Safe Place to Be,Made New: A Hippie Chick's Journey from Abuse to Forgiveness, Two Hearts--One Vision, Ghost Warriors,and Equipped to Win: Seven Strategies for Defeating the Hated Seven.
She holds an undergraduate degree with high distinction in English from Arizona State University, and was elected to Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi international honor societies. After graduate work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she earned the master's degree from the graduate school of Vanderbilt University with an emphasis in American literature. Carolyn enjoys exercise walking, bicycling, water aerobics, and playing arts and crafts supervisor and camp counselor for her grandkids. Her reading interests include literary fiction, current biography, and inspirational works, and she taught English composition courses and a specialty seminar in the literature of C.S. Lewis at the college level. She also taught English, drama, and developmental reading at two high schools. Active at writing conferences in the U.S., she is a member of the Academy of Christian Editors. Carolyn was a morning news anchor for WVLP 98.3 radio in Valparaiso, Indiana. Len and Carolynlive in the Valley of the Sun, have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four lovely granddaughters—Lia, Sylvia, Madeline, and Shelby. Their dog Tim is better than other dogs.
Len and Carolyn have edited over three hundred books for evangelical and secular publishers, as well as many other books working directly with topflight popular and best-selling authors, including Willie Aames, Richard Abanes, Ken Abraham, Jay Adams, Sunday Adelaja, Mark Affleck, David Aikman, Daniel L. Akin, Michael J. Anthony, John Armstrong, Candy Neely Arrington, Don M. Aycock, George S. Babbes, Ted Baehr, Greg. H. Bahnsen, Voddie Baucham Jr., James Scott Bell, William J. Bennett, Ron Benrey, Kevin Benton, Ronald E. Birtcher, John Bisagno, Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, Craig Blaising, Ken Blanchard, Craig Blomberg, Ron Blue, Stephen Bly, Kenneth Boa, Darrell Bock, Pat Boone, Chad Brand, Ginny Dent Brant, Jon Bridgewater, Bob Briner, Colin Brown, Harold O.J. Brown, Michael L. Brown, Mac Brunson, Larry Burkett, J. Lanier Burns, L. Russ Bush, Nigel Cameron, Emir Caner, Ergun Caner, Melody Carlson, Kim/Krickitt Carpenter, D.A. Carson, Vicki Caruana, Christopher Catherwood, Gary Chapman, Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., John R. Cionca, Gordon Haddon Clark, Jan Coleman, Robert Coleman, Gary Collins, Charles Colson, Paul Copan, Winfried Corduan, Bob Cornuke, Vicki Courtney, Larry Crabb, William Lane Craig, William Crockett, Jimmy H. Davis, Jack Deere, Bruce A. Demarest, William Dembski, Jay Dennis, Ron DiCianni, Steve Diggs, David S. Dockery, David Dolan, Jimmy Draper, Judith Deem Dupree, John J. Dwyer, Larry Dyke, William A. Dyrness, Kendell Easley, Bruce Edwards, John Eidsmoe, Tom Elliff, Ellen Banks Elwell, Walter A. Elwell, Roger Elwood, Ronald Enroth, Tony Evans, Pamela Binnings Ewen, Michael Farris, William Fay, John Feinberg, Paul Feinberg, Sinclair Ferguson, Ajith Fernando, Ronnie Floyd, Marcia Ford, Daniel Fuller, Frank Gaebelein, Donna Gaines, Steve Gaines, George Gallup, Jr., Al Gansky, Richard Ganz, Eric Geiger, Norman Geisler, Jeanette Clift George, Timothy George, Ken Gire, Mike Glenn, Jerry Glover, Jack Graham, Stanley Grenz, Douglas Gresham, Wayne Grudem, Royce Gordon Gruenler, Os Guinness, Gary Habermas, Hal Haddon, Marti Hefley, John Hendee, Carl F.H. Henry, Jim Henry, Andrew Hill, Zane C. Hodges, Hank Hornstein, Bob Hostetler, H. Wayne House, Mike Huckabee, R. Kent Hughes, Selwyn Hughes, June Hunt, Kevin McCoy Hunt, Susan Hunt, Klaus Issler, Dalton and Vicki Jantzen, Tony Jeary, David Jeremiah, Doug Johnson, Peter Jones, Mark Joseph, Walter C. Kaiser, Kenneth S. Kantzer, Mary Kassian, D. James Kennedy, Graham Kerr, Treena Kerr, Claude King, Thomas Kinkade, Dennis Kinlaw, Brent Kinman, William W. Klein, John R. Kohlenberger III, Andreas J. Kõstenberger, Harry Kraus, Richard Land, Wes Lane, Stephen Lawhead, Steven J. Lawson, Steve W. Lemke, Gordon R. Lewis, Robert Lewis, Walter L. Liefeld, Kathryn Ann Lindskoog, Terry Lindvall, D. Bruce Lockerbie, Tremper Longman III, Max Lucado, A. Boyd Luter, John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Ken Mansfield, Louis Markos, Scottie May, Paul R. Martin, Ralph P. Martin, Paul Marshall, Thomas Edward McComiskey, Billy Jack and A'Leta McDaniel, Josh McDowell, Lucinda Secrest McDowell, Alister E. McGrath, Nancy McGuirk, Reggie McNeal, Robertson McQuilken, Tracy Lindsey Melchior, Angus Menuge, Dean Merrill, Eugene H. Merrill, Terry L. Miethe, Calvin Miller, Kathi Mills-Macias, Gene Mims, Frank Minirth, Christopher Mitchell, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., John Warwick Montgomery, Leslie Montgomery, Douglas J. Moo, Beth Moore, Dave Moore, Karen Moore, Roy Moore, Russell D. Moore, J.P. Moreland, Patrick Morley, Gilbert Morris, Leon Morris, Terry C. Muck, Richard A. Muller, Cec Murphey, Kitti Murray, Ronald H. Nash, Chuck Norris, Oliver North, R. Stanton Norman, Wayne Oates, Thomas C. Oden, Marvin Olasky, Susan Olasky, David Olford, Stephen Olford, Roger Olson, Jennifer O'Neill, Raymond C. Ortlund, Susan Titus Osborn, George Otis, Jr., Ron Owens, J.I. Packer, Frank Page, Luis Palau, Roger C. Palms, Joel Patchen, C. Marvin Pate, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Paige Patterson, Charlie Peacock, Nancy Pearcey, Frank Peretti, John Perry, Clark H. Pinnock, Matt Pinson, John Piper, Rebecca Manley Pippert, Harry L. Poe, David Poling, Vern S. Poythress, Paul Pressler, Ray Pritchard, William Proctor, Steve Rabey, Thom Rainer, Michael Reagan, Bob Reccord, Jeremy Reynalds, Ramesh P. Richard, Lawrence O. Richards, Fritz Ridenour, Tim Riter, John D. Robb, Sr., John D. Robb, Jr., Lissa Roche, Adrian Rogers, Gayle Roper, Garth Rosell, Leland Ryken, Charles Ryrie, John H. Sailhamer, Joy Sawyer, George Sayer, Francis Schaeffer, Thomas E. Schmidt, Thomas R. Schreiner, Brett Schrock, Quentin J. Schultze, Charles "Chick" Sell, Nina Shea, Amy Sherman, Marguerite Shuster, Moises Silva, Kevin Mark Smith, Timothy L. Smith, Howard A. Snyder, R.C. Sproul, Mat Staver, Ed Stetzer, Les Stobbe, Jerry Sutton, Leonard Sweet, Joni Eareckson Tada, Charles Thaxton, Cal Thomas, Kim Thomas, W. Oscar Thompson, Donald Tinder, Nancy M. Tischler, Peter Toon, Elmer Towns, John Trent, Ruth Tucker, Zan Tyler, David Tyree, Maylo Upton, Gene Edward Veith, Jerry Vines, Ken Wales, Susan Wales, John H. Walton, John F. Walvoord, Bruce A. Ware, Linda McGinn Waterman, Douglas D. Webster, David F. Wells, W. Terry Whalin, John Wesley White, John Whitehead, Warren W. Wiersbe, J. Rodman Williams, Don Wilton, Sherwood Eliot Wirt, Kurt Wise, Robert Wolgemuth, Cindi Wood, John D. Woodbridge, H. Norman Wright, Vinita Hampton Wright, Don Wyrtzen, Philip Yancey, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Ed Young, Sr., Ed Young, Jr., William R. Yount, Michael Zigarelli, and Zig Ziglar. Len has also worked with dozens of the best and brightest academic and scholarly authors in the Christian world.