Who Is Jot or Tittle?

Jot or Tittle Editorial Services is Samuel Kelly, a manuscript editor with a background in biblical studies, Christian theology and biblical languages. Sam is an alumnus of Fresno Pacific University (BA English; BA Biblical and Religious Studies, 2012) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA Theology, 2016) whose experience in editing includes copy from short-form web content to technical biblical commentaries.

Sam has been married to Katy, a fellow FPU and Fuller alum, since 2014. They live in Fresno, California, where they worship and serve at Free Grace Church. Sam and Katy enjoy tabletop board games, reading (for work and for pleasure), and excursions to local and far-flung national parks. When Sam isn’t reading about the Bible or spending time with Katy, he might be found writing poetry about them.

"Sam's editing of my dissertation exceeded my expectations. His communication throughout the process was timely and clear. Sam caught many errors and inconsistencies in the manuscript that other readers and I had overlooked. His clarifications preserved and enhanced my voice as a writer. I would gladly work with Sam again!"
Robert Howe
Campus Minister

"Sam joined my team in the final phases of publishing my latest book. He immediately dived into the project, bringing expert editing talents that improved the work. Not only was he able to clarify complex concepts, but he was able to do it without disrupting the author’s voice—extremely important when a writer’s reputation is built on ideas expressed through a trusted voice. He was sensitive to the material, understood its significance, and strove to bring it to life in a meaningful way. I found Sam easy to work with one-on-one, and he developed an excellent rapport with other members of the team. I recommend him highly."
Beth Wilson
Author of Meditations for New Mothers and He’s Just No Good for You

“Samuel Kelly's work on our content has been invaluable. His copy editing has helped eliminate barriers to help better serve our audiences. His work is consistently precise and timely. Our team, our content, and our website are better because of his skills, time and effort.”
Deanna Kustas
Content Strategy Lead

"I can highly recommend Sam Kelly as a solid professional in the field of editing. He truly put my work under a microscope to make sure it was polished and well written. But he is also knowledgeable in the study of theology, which enhanced the work he did for my particular project. He went far beyond what I had expected and he was a pleasure to work with.  Sam can give your work the boost it needs to truly stand out from the crowd."
Jane Woolsy Gropp
Master of Arts in Theology, Talbot Seminary
Bible Teacher

“JoT was excellent. A truly professional editor that met not only the demands of my dissertation, but the flexible approach my need for an editor required. Samuel is top notch and I highly recommend him to anyone need of a strong academic editor for graduate level work.”
Brian D. Bennett

“Sam's edits and comments were intelligent, helpful, and flowed with my writing style.”
Dr. Jonathan M. Finley

"As a doctoral student, I worked with multiple editors throughout the revision process on my dissertation. Sam was able to catch errors others missed in my writing and in my visual graphics (figures, tables, charts, etc). His method of communicating revisions was always very easy to understand and timely."
Amber Smith
Doctoral Student, Fuller Theological Seminary

“This being my first time to work with a professional editor, it was a major learning curve. I thought I was fairly good at editing until I worked with Sam. Going far beyond basic issues of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, he saw a lot of nuances and word selection issues that I had missed, and he made appropriate proposals for changes that made my text more readable, concise and professional. He went far beyond the call of duty to communicate with me frequently on issues of clarity, even making some helpful comments on the content of my research. I would highly recommend Sam for his services and would use him in the future when in need of editorial services.”
Larry Sellers
Doctoral Student, Fuller Theological Seminary

“Sam did a great job editing my documents. He helped me achieve my goals through his quality work, finely honed editing craft, and timely turnaround. He provided his service with excellent professionalism. I highly recommend him for your editing needs.”
Helen M. Edwards
Faculty, Renavaré Institute
Doctoral Student, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Learning my Hebrew class hadn't prepared me for my exegetical class, I looked for help and found Samuel Kelly. He was patient, sensitive to my anxiety, and provided resources that helped me. He provided hands-on resources, handouts, and exercises I could do on my own, and he worked through exercises with me. He encouraged me, helped me understand my mistakes, and celebrated my successes. Just a few weeks after starting tutoring with Sam, one of my fellow students, whom I didn't know well, noticed I'd improved. Sam is great to work with. He even helped me talk through my final paper."
Julia Wells
Master of Divinity Student, Fuller Theological Seminary