The Book Nest Literary Services

Perceptive care for your creation

Amanda Bird writes and edits a range of genres, including academia, inspirational nonfiction, historical fiction, personal growth, memoir, reviews, poetry, and fantasy. She has a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in comparative literature. Her experience includes project management as well as editing manuscripts, proposals, and periodicals.

The Book Nest offers:

  • developmental editing
  • content editing
  • copy editing

Amanda is passionate about literary fiction that explores ultimate truths. Whatever your genre, Amanda endeavors to employ intuition and precision to capture the essence of your work and help it fulfill your vision.

Clients say: 

Breakthrough Retailing: How a Bleeding Orange Culture Can Change Everything“I was fortunate to have the editing services of Amanda Bird in the preparation of the book I self-published last year. As a new author I needed a lot of help and guidance, which Amanda provided with incredible competence.”  –Jim Inglis, Breakthrough Retailing


The Disquieted Soul: Paths of Discovery and Deliverance“All of [the previous editors] were mechanically proficient, but you actually tapped into the meaning of what I was writing. You instinctively picked up on areas I wasn’t particularly pleased with but didn’t know how to improve. That is a true gift.” –Lane Cohee, The Disquieted Soul


Deep Breathing: Finding Calm Amid Cancer Anxiety

“I can’t thank you enough for carving out time for me, for your valuable insights, and instilling hope that it will be clear and helpful to others.” –Mary Naegeli, Deep Breathing and Why I Don’t Pray


And The Stars Saw It All

“I liked working with you and I liked our mutual understanding, despite the fact that we are of different nationalities.” –Tamara Reznikov, And the Stars Saw It All (translated from Russian)



Lepunia Kingdom of the Gallopers“I am so grateful for your work. I couldn’t be happier with the job you have done. … I had really hoped to find someone who understood the ethos from which I wrote. You nailed it!” –Kevin Ford, Lepunia: Kingdom of the Jackrabbits (forthcoming)


Other projects include: 

Eddie Reese: Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life

Eddie Reese: Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life, by Chuck Warner



Some Form of Grace

Some Form of Grace, by Dee Dee Chumley



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The Last Roses, by Jeanette Mirich



Shadowed in Silk (Twilight of the British Raj Book 1)

Sofi’s Bridge and Shadowed in Silk, by Christine Lindsay



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Amanda Bird is a freelance writer and editor living outside Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, daughter, and a handful of chickens and pigeons. When not tending the assorted birds, she enjoys gardening, painting, puttering about the kitchen, walking the trails near their house, and, of course, reading. Her work has been published in Ekstasis, Fathom, Christianity Today, Literary Mama, and Dappled Things, among others. She contributes to the Story Warren website and the World Kid Lit blog and is an associate managing editor for the Timberline Review literary journal. Her poems, essays, and short stories have won multiple awards in the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition. Her work in progress is a historical novel set in 1908 Central Asia.

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