Copy Write Consultants (CWC) is dedicated to assisting authors with the more mundane and tedious tasks of the traditional or self-publishing process. Using our scholarly talents in research and writing, we assist authors in the areas of permissions, author/publisher research, and editing.

Kelly Figueroa-Ray earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in the Scripture, Interpretation & Practice Program and is a co-founder of Copy Write Consultants (CWC) along with Christopher Hoffmann. CWC grew out of Grad Student Freelancers in order to expand the work with clients in the areas of permissions, agent/publisher research, editing, and other forms of author assistance. In addition, she has over ten years of experience working on book and archive projects and navigating the use and attribution of copyrighted material. In addition to working with Jane Friedman (The Business of Being a Writer, 2018), she has also worked with Charles Marsh (author of Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2014)) and Vanessa L. Ochs (author of a The Passover Haggadah (2020)).

Christopher Hoffmann graduated from Harvard Divinity with a Masters in Theological Studies and is the co-founder and co-director of Copy Write Consultants. He is trained in the historical approach to biblical texts. He has mastered a variety of languages from antiquity (such as Biblical & Rabbinic Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine & Patristic Greek), historical-critical and other textual research tools, and communicating complex concepts in clear, precise terms. Christopher has always enjoyed helping others express their ideas in the best manner possible. After two years of doctoral work, he is leaving academia for the more stable world of freelancing. Christopher also enjoys cooking and the arcana of bicycle repair.

Kayla Kauffman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Focusing on the history of African religions, Kayla conducts archive and database research as well as the collection, translation, and analysis of fieldwork data. In addition, Kayla has experience researching agents and publishers for independent authors, translating academic transcripts from French to English, copyediting for West African religious authors, and has worked as an author assistant. Kayla spends her free hours experimenting with new homebrew beer and pie recipes.

Kathryn Steed earned her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Michigan and has extensive experience in research, writing, and teaching others to write. Both the grammatical rigor Latin and Greek and the painstaking archival and source work of ancient history have always appealed to her very detail-oriented mind, so much so that she joyfully spent the last fifteen years teaching these subjects to others. As much as she adores the ancient world, though, she finds that working with people to help them pursue their interests and refine their writing is the most rewarding part of her work. As an academic and the mother of two small children, she is also committed to making it easier for others to incorporate writing and publishing into their busy lives.


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