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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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Welcome to the first week of my 2017 readthrough of The Chicago Manual of Style. All year long, I’ll be reading the 16th edition of this classic style guide, and posting my thoughts here. Before I get started, I do want to make one thing clear: as important, as historic, and as trusted as The Chicago[…]
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[…]
It’s good to have goals, and a big one of mine is going to be met in 2017. I am going to read the entire 1,026 pages of the 16th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, and share my thoughts here each week. I’ve used various editions of CMoS over the years — both as a[…]
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[…]