Precise and thorough edits for novels, short stories, scripts, dissertations, corporate handbooks, promotional materials, and more.
Professional content generation, creative collaboration, and on-demand writing packages tailored to meet your individual needs and your budget.
From a background in news and professional writing to editing for small presses and major houses alike, my 20+ years of experience can work for you.
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About Carrie Cuinn
About 60% of my work is editing fiction - military/political, romance, and SFF especially - manuscripts.
About 20% of my work comes from editing non-fiction projects like PhD theses, corporate handbooks, and promotional materials.
My content creation work includes press releases, blog posts, news articles, and more.
About 5% of my work is helping authors create print and digital books.
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Tania Walsh, writing as T.F. Walsh, is a best-selling paranormal and fantasy romance author that recently hired me for one project, and then another, and then two more! She has such sweet things to say about me, too: I’ve just starting working with Cuinn Edits on my newest paranormal romance series, and I am beyond impressed[…]
There are two facts about hiring an editor which are equally true: a professional editor can substantially improve your book, and hiring a professional editor to do a full range of edits is a cost not every author can afford. Sadly, too many authors think this means they can get away with hiring an amateur at cut-rate[…]
I got a great email from a client last week, and with his permission, I’m sharing it below. Carrie, After some thought I’ve decided to do a massive top-to-bottom rewrite of my novel*. I’ve never been truly happy with the result, and have decided to go back to the original premise. Plus your notes are[…]
Have a question that you don’t think is answered anywhere else on my site? Check out the new FAQs page for answers.
I was recently asked If I hire you to edit my novel, what are your terms on copyright and editorial acknowledgment (say if there are 2 or more editors)? My answer was simple: there aren’t any. When you engage an editor, you’re buying “work for hire”, whether that’s specifically stipulated or not. You pay me to edit your[…]
Have you ever received a rejection letter — from a magazine, editor, agent, or publisher — that you were just sure you need to reply to? Have you gotten a rejection and wondered, Hmmm…. how should I respond to this? If so, this handy flowchart will tell you exactly what to do! You can click on[…]
I’m once again teaching my favorite online workshop: Better Writing Through Brevity: Writing/Editing Microfiction and Flash! In this class, you will read, write, critique, and edit short fiction of various lengths, including 140 characters, 1 sentence, 100 words, six sentences, under 500 words, and under 1000. Previous students of this class have sold their final pieces[…]
I edited a children’s book a few months ago. It was probably exactly what you’re picturing: less than 1000 words, and meant to be heavily illustrated. I did a two-part developmental package for this client — we worked together to review and revise his overall plot and characterization, and when he was satisfied, I did[…]
In the first half of 2016, I completed edits on: a children’s book a non-fiction psychology text academic papers comic book scripts short stories (genre fiction and literary) novellas novels and more! All together, I edited more than 750,000 words between January 1 and the end of June. When you consider that I was off work[…]