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TEAMWORK: As a professional editor
it’s my job to see that your manuscript is the very best it can be.
My extended team includes specialists in
printing as well as specialists in ebook formatting and cover design. Your
book can be uploaded to Amazon, the Apple Bookstore and more.
I personally monitor the process every
step of the way.
is checking a copy for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, verb tenses
and other grammatical errors.
checks for factual errors, contradictions, and inconsistencies. If the content
is fictional, it checks for discrepancies in the plot, character, or dialogue.
(In short, it keeps you from accidentally screwing up.)
I DO BOTH AND
MORE. Unlike most editors, I'll be there with you from start to finish---
Copy editing, content editing, helping with your book cover design, assisting
with your back cover story summary and your publisher query letter. If you
wish to self-publish, we can do it quickly, simply, and inexpensively. During
a self-publishing procedure I'll also oversee the uploading of your book
to Apple Bookstore and Amazon. Bonus Service: Verbal hand-holding when your
characters just aren't behaving.
What type of
books? Mysteries, Adventure, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Young Adult,
Children's Stories, Romance, Humor, Memoirs, Poetry, (and Screenplays)
I've been performing
one-on-one mentoring, in-depth story editing and making certain that an
artist's illustrations remain true to the author's vision of the tale, for
well over twenty years.
My editing rates
are reasonable.If I agree to accept the assignment, your first five pages
of Copy Editing are free.
BELOW: A SAMPLING OF
KIND WORDS FROM EDITING CLIENTS
Just finished. October 2023. Look for this one to be made into a
I am good with it Cynthia, We
have done an excellent job! Thank you. - John W. MacMillan
I never needed an editor
before because I never anticipated writing a book. The
book I wrote is Chattanooga Hugs... after I had
given her the job and she was into her editing and told
me: "Your book is on my computer screen. I read out
loud as I edit, so as not to miss anything. I'm laughing.
I'm also talking back to your book..." That's when I
knew for sure...Next visit there [to Florida], I'll
definitely be meeting Cynthia. She's been a great editor
who really enhanced my book and kept me out of some
big uh-ohs. She's also been a great support for a brand
new author."--Susan Spurgeon (full
Thank You Again!!!!
Cynthia, Thank you so much for everything.
I am so grateful to have come across your website the
TheQuantumCat.com I saw that name and it really stood
out to me.
I had been having a couple synchronistic
experiences with cats at the time and I felt that I
had to reach out to you.
It’s amazing how this universe works.
How it brings people together. I have really enjoyed
working with you and think you are amazing at what you
do. It is impressive how you work. You are truly gifted.
You have helped materialize a dream
and I can’t thank you enough for that.
I am almost done writing another
manuscript and would really love to work with you again.
Thank you -Gio
Moving Forward - Place Holder
Cover Artwork in Progress
by Lisa Wilford
“What about you?” she
“Marine. I’m from here
in Wake County, a bit north of Raleigh. I
was one of six men in a Humvee that hit an IED during
my fourth tour in Afghanistan.”
“Damage report?” Sarah
asked, point blank.
“All six lost their lives.
I just happened to continue breathing.”
The finality of his statement
shook Sarah to her core. Jeezus
“You planning on staying
dead?” she asked.
REVIEW of Moving Forward
You're going to cry,
You're going to laugh,
And you're going to yell HOORAY!
Damn but this is a good book!
Moving Forward was a
screenplay to novel conversion.
3 OF THE TALION SERIES
5 Book Saga
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
During The Reconstruction Years - 1865 - 1877
Aftermath - 1886
by JEFF WILLIS
Placeholder Cover - Artwork Underway
Richard Bryan of Mt.
Lebanon, Louisiana was the consummate idealist. He
had a forward-looking outlook. Slavery was an anachronism.
In 1856, five years before the war, he offered emancipation
to all 97 on his plantation, hired a teacher, deeded
land, shared profits, and encouraged entrepreneurs.
The Civil War devastated the South but the war never
reached his home. When Union occupiers arrived in
Mt. Lebanon a decade later they were astounded to
find Bryan's experiment fully implemented. Former
slaves could not only “read, write, and cipher,” they
were landowners, engaged in a trade, some were even
bilingual. Bryan's objective was to facilitate the
“conveyance” of his peaceful society from pre-war
to post-war America. He saw no reason why he could
not achieve this goal. Union occupiers envisioned
a plethora of beneficial propaganda, but Bryan declined
to be used by aggressive new politicians who demanded
his cooperation to further their agenda.
After the Confederate
surrender, Richard Bryan, his family, their hired
hands, the people, and a wounded Yankee deserter his
young sons had stumbled upon in the woods and brought
home with them, found themselves at the mercy of a
corrupt Governor, political hacks, petty tyrants,
and remorseless convicts in military uniform. Not
just rustlers but occupying troops would frequently
raid farms. Often they’d steal entire harvests. If
you resisted the men in uniform, they might hang you
and burn your place down out of spite.
There was no legal recourse
against the government. Food became scarce, hard money
even more so. “Injun Grass” as it was known to those
who smoked it, grew wild on their land. It was good
quality, so they’d periodically harvest it and offer
little poke bags of cannabis sativa for sale to visitors
who were passing through on the stagecoach. Occasionally
they’d even sell some to soldiers. Every penny counted.
They tightened their belts, quietly bartered for weapons,
secretly manufactured ammunition, and killed in self-defense
when they were faced with no other choice.
Their joint goal was
survival. Some of them would make it.
What transpired across
the South might today be equated to legal, as well
as militarized police brutality by occupying forces.
The experience of all, regardless of color, who lived
through this traumatic and tumultuous time in history,
burned itself deeply into America’s collective psyche.
Exquisite and Enchanting,
A ballet series worth treasuring forever,
complete with breathtakingly beautiful illustrations.
the time she was old enough to accompany her parents
to the ballet, eight year old Belle has dreamed
of taking ballet lessons. Fate intervenes when her
father is offered a promotion and a transfer from
San Francisco to Mougins, a small but famous village
in the south of France, and home to a remarkably
talented ballet teacher. We not only follow Belle's
adventures as she adjusts to what is for her a brand
new world, we delight in discovering that each book
teaches how to do ballet steps, introduces young
dancers to classical music, is inspired by famous
ballets, and contains practical information for