Jot or Tittle Editorial Services exists to support writers through inquisitive development, perceptive line editing, professional copyediting, and personal service.

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Bring Out the Best in Your Book, Essay, or Dissertation

Jot or Tittle Editorial Services exists to support writers.

JoT's perceptive line editing will capture and enhance your voice while consistent copyediting gives your writing a professional finish.

JoT's personal service means that your work will be edited to your vision rather than rigidly conformed to a grammar book.

JoT's work is guaranteed. My job is over only when the client is satisfied with the product.





Services Including

Line Editing     Copyediting     Proofreading     Fact Checking     Project Consultation     Layout     Research

Disciplines Including

Biblical Studies     Theology     Christian Living     Classical and Koine Greek     Biblical Hebrew     Psychology     Sociology     Literature     Linguistics     Philosophy     History     Classics     Fiction   





Who is Jot or Tittle?

Jot or Tittle is Samuel Kelly, a Pasadena-based freelance line editor, copy editor, and writing consultant. Sam has earned a double BA in English and biblical and religious studies at Fresno Pacific University and an MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently lends his talents to pastors and teachers as a researcher and team leader at Docent Research Group. Although Sam specializes in biblical and theological writing and biblical languages, his cross-disciplinary curiosity and familiarity with multiple style manuals (including MLA, APA, and AP) make him an ideal partner whatever your current project is.

Sam grew up in eastern Madera County, CA, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park but now resides in Pasadena. When he isn't working on a writing project, Sam reads (classics, epic fantasy, and theology), plays table-top games, and travels with his wife, Katy, to see America's natural wonders. So far he hasn't found anything that outdoes the beauty of his hometown backyard.



What is "Jot or Tittle"

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The phrase "jot or tittle" comes from the King James Version of Matthew 5:18: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." This verse has vexed many who have tried to understand the relationship between Law and Gospel in Christian theology, but as I have misappropriated it, it simply means that I guarantee a quality product. As one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, so I will work to ensure that no jot or tittle is out of place in your writing project. Copyediting is a task immersed in minutia, and a careful editor will have the attention and the skills to develop a great piece of writing into a professional product by ensuring strong grammar, correct usage, consistent style, and every jot or tittle's being in place.






“I highly recommend Samuel Kelly as an editor. His professionalism, skill, and grammatical prowess have taken my new manuscript to another level of clarity, relevance, and impact. I am very grateful I came across him, and if you use his services, you will be too.”
Mark Karris
Author of Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain and Soul

"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

"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 Candidate, Fuller Theological Seminary

“It is my pleasure to write a review about Sam. I am really thankful to Sam for his advice, suggestions, and proofreading, which improved my grades. I trust him because he did this with his genuine heart rather than as just his job. It was so helpful for me to learn from his advice and suggestions, and also he fixed the errors in my grammar. It was just awesome.”
R. K. Pillai
Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Candidate, Fuller Theological Seminary





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