My name is Melody L. Quinn.
(In case you were wondering, the L stands for Lee.)
I know that choosing a writer or editor to work with can be a difficult decision.
In order to help you better understand why I might make a good addition to your team, here are a few things you should know about me…
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The boring but important stuff:
**I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Technical Writing from SFASU. (Go Lumberjacks!) I was a part of the Honors Society for my entire educational career, and I graduated a year ahead of my peers with the distinction of cum laude.
**I have been a freelance editor/writer since August 2014. That’s six years of experience successfully working with a wide variety of clients who all have different content needs.
**I spent almost 4 years of my editing career as a manuscript acquisitions editor at TouchPoint Press. An acquisitions editor deals with every level of manuscript development from initial critique to developmental edits for fiction and non-fiction submissions.
**I have learned that the most important part of this job is communication. In fact, the most important part of society is communication. That’s why I chose to become a writer and an editor. It’s a thrill and an honor to help so many clients connect with their audience, but first we must communicate effectively as a team. I am more than willing to put in the effort to achieve your editing/writing goals.
**I am most familiar with MLS and CMS when it comes to editing, but I have a wide background in “research and development.”
**You can also find me on Guru.com (a freelance site) and InkandInsights.com (where I serve as a manuscript competition judge).
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And the kind of cool stuff:
**My biggest pet peeve as an editor is the bane of English major existence: comma placement. Comma rules can be subjective; they are different for every editing style and author. Will I deliberately choose to follow a different style than what you have specified? No! Will I cringe every time I pass up the change to add an Oxford comma? Yes!
**I have been a Texan from birth. No matter where I move, I will always be a Texan. There’s double red, white, and blue in my blood, and I’m proud of it!
**I will always have a soft spot for fiction that features a young, spunky female lead who sets out to change her life and ends up changing the world. But I have experience working with all genres from self help books to Christian non-fiction to historical fiction to contemporary romance to sci-fi thrillers to YA fantasy. Seriously, I’ve worked with so many genres and sub-genres. Just ask me for more information about my experience.
**My idea of a perfect afternoon is curling up alone in my favorite reading chair with a fantasy book (or manuscript), my writing journal, a bowl of popcorn, and a large grape dr. pepper from sonic and spending four hours of uninterrupted time reading, writing, and listening to Broadway tunes on Pandora. True story :).
**My favorite authors are those that I held dear as a child, because you can’t beat classics. They include: C.S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Christopher Paolini, and Shannon Hale.
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Now you know a little more about me.
I’d love to know more about you and the project that’s been sitting for way too long in a file on your desktop.
Click on contact at the top of this page to learn how you can contact me and discuss your writing and editing needs.