Collaborator and author of eight books, and ghostwriter on others, Margot Starbuck understands what publishers are looking for in projects and in authors. With a BA degree from Westmont College and an M.Div from Princeton Seminary, a reputation for excellence and a commitment to swift delivery, Margot is passionate about effective communication.
​Margot has lent her touch—as a consultant, collaborator, writer, coach and editor—to more than sixty major publishing projects.

Awards & Honors

2017 Golden Scroll Award; He Knows Your Name
​2017 Silver Scroll Merit Award for Nonfiction; Overplayed
2017 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist; He Knows Your Name
2017 Selah Awards Finalist, Best Christian Living Book; Overplayed
2015 Selah Awards Finalist, Best Christian Living Book; Not Who I Imagined
2014 Evangelical Publishers Association, 4th Place in Evangelism Article Category
2012 Westmont College's 75 Distinguished Alumni
2011 Golden Scrolls Award, Nonfiction Book of the Year Winner; The Girl in the Orange Dress
2000, Millennium Essay Contest Winner, Today's Christian Parent

Writing Nonfiction Book
Proposals That Shine...

​One reader raves...
“This is a brilliant guide!...It is a must-buy resource for anyone needing help not just with the basics of proposal writing, but wanting competent guides to walk them through the process. A steal for $5!”   -Ashley Hales
"I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your book proposal workshop at Festival of Faith and Writing this Spring.  I was the one who said I might never write a book proposal but was just attending out of curiosity.  Guess what? Not only have I written a proposal but it was accepted and I have signed a contract.
Thanks so much for your wonderful seminar. Not only was it clear and information-rich, your warm, encouraging presentation made it seem much less scary than I had imagined.  Without your session, I doubt I would ever have attempted it at all.​"
Megan Hill Author of Praying Together
“Margot is amazing to work with. Thorough and thoughtful, Margot took the time to understand what I wanted for my book and delivered. An excellent writer and great listener I couldn't be more pleased with our work together. "
Sanya Richards Ross, Olympic Gold Medalist
“When I talked to you the first time, I said to my editor, ‘It’s Margot. Totally 100%, yes.’ You are the exact person to be on this journey with me—not just from a writing perspective but because you have this strong unique gift of encouragement. Today, and many times talking to you or emailing with you, that confidence has been confirmed.”
Chrystal Evans Hurst, author and speaker
“Margot Starbuck is one of my favorite freelance editors. She is quick, bright, creative and a wonderful asset on every book project she’s a part of.  I have the utmost confidence in her assessment of a project and her ability to communicate what is needed – both to the author and the publisher."
Carolyn McCready, Executive Editor, Zondervan Publishers

“Margot Starbuck is one of the most gifted writers I know of anywhere. She is punctual, never missing a deadline; passionate, taking a personal interest both in the author and his material. She made writing a pure joy and I enthusiastically recommend her talents to any author looking to put out the best literary product possible.”

Dr. James Merritt, Pastor of Cross Pointe Church and author of  52 Weeks With Jesus

"Seriously your feedback was super helpful. First of all it was simple. Second, it was understandable and hit the nail on the head."
Nancy Ortberg, Author of Seeing in the Dark
"​You are amazing and fun. Thank you. I never wince in pain when I get your suggestions, and they're awesome."
Lizbeth Meredith, Author of Pieces of Me: Rescuing my Kidnapped Daughters