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Cynthia Kenney

Freelance Editor & Creative Writer

Location:Batavia, Illinois, United States
Phone: 630-877-2110
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CINDY KENNEY - Award Winning Writer, Editor, Speaker, & Consultant

Twenty years of experience in publishing working as a writer, editor, senior managing editor, and publishing director. Writer of over 75 books, numerous curriculum programs, scripts, articles, ghostwriting, poetry, and website materials. I have learned to perfect what others do average, having mastered the art of publishing content. I meet any and all deadline expectations, deliver fast and efficient turn-around, and provide outstanding customer satisfaction. I am a top-notch communicator with clients and will exceed a client's expectations in the delivery of projects.

Other Top Skills: managerial, hard working, productive, dedicated, honest, organized, effective, creative, efficient, accurate, team player, mentor, budgeting, business planning, acquisitions, goal setting.


Kenney Creative, Batavia, IL 1992-Present

Publishing consultant, writer, editor, and speaker for various publishing companies, businesses, and more. Productive entrepreneur who provides outstanding services to companies and individuals seeking help in the area of publishing.
I have learned to perfect what others do average. Backed by 20 years of solid writing and editing experience, I have mastered the art of publishing content. I provide quality content that leaps off the page and paints a picture, regardless of the topic. I meet any and all deadline expectations, deliver fast and efficient turn-around, and provide outstanding customer satisfaction. I am a top-notch communicator with my clients, and have proficiency in the Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and APA style manuals. I will exceed a client's expectations in the delivery of their projects.
I have successfully helped various businesses and publishing companies develop solid goals, timelines, budgets, training programs, and assignment layouts for departmental, project, and marketing needs.
In addition, I have worked to create a wide variety of profitable book and curriculum projects. I speak and teach at a large number of conferences, conventions, retreats, workshops, colleges and schools.


Exclaim Entertainment, Dallas, TX 2006-2008
A media company specializing in value-based, family edutainment. The creators and producers of the hit program, Barney, and the hit series, BOZ the Bear.
Supervisor of all book and curriculum development in addition to obtaining and maintaining publishing partnerships. I created fun, innovative products for educational and entertainment purposes. My job consisted of:

acquisitions training
text layout timeline creation
website content pipeline direction
goal setting budget planning
product management business plans
marketing freelance supervision

I obtained top-notch book, curriculum, toy, media, and specialty partners, wrote and edited multiple books and curriculum, and established an effective, best-selling pipeline. I acquired well-known authors, stayed under budget, trained editors and proofreaders, collaborated with design, artists, and production, and brought major awareness to the brand while providing key support and content for marketing of all products.


Big Idea, Inc., Lombard, IL 1998-2006
A media company specializing in family entertainment and publishing. The creators and producers of the award-winning children’s series, VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and the feature films, Jonah and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.
I built book and curriculum publishing from the ground up. I developed, created, and produced a wide variety of successful books, scripts, curriculum, music, DVDs, marketing, website, and online materials. I created continual growth in sales profit, exceeded revenue expectations, stayed in budget, and produced positive feedback from both retailers and customers. Duties included:

creative team development supervision of staff
generated effective timelines trained staff & sales team
product archiving cultivated partnerships
acquisitions marketing
design supervision & support style guide development
budget & goal setting website content creation
editorial management team leader
music production & DVD development

I delivered fresh ideas, coordinated, led and developed an outstanding creative team, and developed, wrote, edited and marketed products to bring them to a successful fruition. The Big Idea publishing department was accountable for bringing major awareness to the brand.


WinePress Self Publishing, WA 2008-2011
Shine the Light Ministries, California 2011
Precious Moments, IL 2007-2011
Upward, South Carolina 2009 – 2010
Harvest House Pub., Oregon 2009 - 2010
Tyndale Publishers, IL 2007-2009
Zonderkidz/Big Idea, MI 2000-2006
Sony Pictures, CA 2008
Tommy Nelson, TN 2006
The Safe Side, TN 2006
Integrity Publishers, Nashville, TN 2005
Group Publishing, CO 1997-2003
Willow Creek Association, IL 1998-1999
Cook Communications, CO 1995-1999
Concordia Publishing, MO 1996-1999
Chapel Ministries, Wheaton, IL 1995-1999
Livingstone Publishing, IL 1998
Augsburg Fortress, MN 1993-1994
Motive Entertainment, (Narnia Projects), CA 2005
Cedar Partners, (The Roach Approach & Seeds), TN 2004-2005
Florida Hospital, (Max & Buddy), FL 2003-2005


I can provide you with an exhaustive list of the many engagements for which I provided speaking and/or teaching services at a wide variety of conferences, conventions, colleges, schools, retreats, and other venues since 1995.


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Aurora, IL 1993-1998
Batavia Congregational Church, Batavia, IL 1990-1993
Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeKalb, IL 1988-1990


* CBC Top 5 Children’s Books Winner 2007
VeggieTales Bible Story Book
* Who’s Who Among America’s Business Executives 2006
Awarded by the Manchester Who’s Who Group
* 2005 Editor of the Year Award 2005
Presented by the American Christian Writers Guild
* Winner of Gold & Silver Medallion Writing Awards 2004
Mess Detectives - Series Creator and God Loves You Very Much - Writer
* Numerous other small contest awards since 1998


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1984-1986
Double Major: Education and English

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL 1977-1983
Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students; Dean’s List

Oswego Community High School, Oswego, IL 1973-1977
Who’s Who Among American High School Students


Available upon request
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Creative Writing