About me


Nathan J. Barnes, PhD
nathanjohnbarnes@gmail.com
I am a freelance editor and writer based in Fort Worth, TX.  I help independent authors, publishers, and literary agencies produce outstanding fiction and non-fiction works.  In the past 16 years I have worked with authors and businesses from all over the world.  I operate a consulting firm called The Sharper Quill, which offers a comprehensive range of writing tools and services.  On this page you will find links to my comprehensive portfolio, references, and samples of my work.


Other websites that I own: 
www.sharperquill.com - My email is nathan@sharperquill.com
www.barnestwins.com - Website dedicated to my twins Marshall and Lily, born 2/17/14
www.nathanbarnes.us - Personal blog (not very active)



My Book


Education
PhD Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University - May 2012
New Testament and Early Christian Literature




Study, Non-degree seeking pre-doctoral, complete Dec. 2004
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary



MA Religion – Aug. 2003
Biblical Studies Specialization
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX



BA May 2001, Cum Laude
Religion major and Spanish minor
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX


AA May 2001, With honors
South Plains College, Levelland, TX



High School Diploma, May 1997
Coronado, Lubbock, TX




Experience
Freelance Writer / Proofreader - Aug 2005 - Present
Self-Employed Contractor, www.nathan-barnes.com and www.sharperquill.com 
Duties: Professional writing services including proofreading, editing, SEO writing, ghostwriting, and copyediting. Most of my work has been with first-time writers of fiction and non-fiction, helping authors with to develop their draft into a manuscript ready for publication. I work as an independent contractor for two literary agencies, and work through many freelancing websites such as Guru, Freelancer, and E-lancer.
Online Professor of New Testament - Aug 2012 - Present
Duties: Teach online courses as assigned in the Department of Religion and Philosophy.  Create all components of the course in Blackboard. Utilize online resources: screencasting, interactive Google Earth maps, websites on various topics in the ancient world, facilitate discussion forums, create YouTube lectures, continue research, work with peers. 
Reviewer for Syllabus Journal - Oct 2012 - Present
Provide academic review of journal articles as assigned.  
Coordinator of External Registrations/VA Certifying Official – Aug. 2001 - Aug. 2003
Office of the Registrar
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX
Duties: Coordinate the input of course schedules and grades into university computer systems for 13 campuses in seven states. Ensure the accuracy of documentation for administrative decisions and act on those decisions. Oversee the filing of external campus information, supervise student workers. Train external campus staff in University procedures concerning registrations. As the Veteran’s Affairs Certifying Official, I certified qualified students for the Montgomery G.I. Bill.

Honors
Full Scholarship to the Ph.D. program at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Fall 2005; Dr. Marianna Brady Memorial Endowment, SWBTS 2003-2004; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, WBU 2002; Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society for Two Year Colleges and Spanish Honors Society, South Plains College. First Degree Black Belt, American Taekwondo Association, 1996.