About IdeaHouse

IdeaHouse is a Minnesota-based business offering freelance services to book publishers and independent writers. I have particular interest in theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry projects, as well as genre fiction.

Barry Hudock


Before opening the doors of IdeaHouse in 2018, I worked for seven years at Liturgical Press, a notable Catholic publishing house established by the Benedictine monks of Collegeville, Minnesota. There I conceived of, commissioned, acquired, shepherded to publication, and/or marketed hundreds of books and other resources. Before that I served as Director at an inspiring social services agency in central Appalachia.

I have translated books of theology and spirituality from Italian, Spanish, and French into English. I have a BA in Communications from Gannon University, an STB in Theology from the Gregorian University, and an STL in Sacramental Theology from The Catholic University of America. I have also studied in the MA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

My wife Toni and I live in rural central Minnesota. To my shock, four of our seven kids are now grown and out of the house.

I'm a reader, a writer, a walker, a pray-er, a sinner, a husband, and a dad. Not in that order. I love spaghetti carbonara, crepes with Nutella, a great story, cosmology, and Bruce Springsteen. I'm inspired by Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Philip Neri.