Cassandra Dunn

Cassandra Dunn - Editor

Walnut Creek, California, USA

Developmental editor/traditionally published author/20+ years of editing experience. Together we'll bring out the best in your manuscript.

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Overview

I'm a traditionally published author (The Art of Adapting: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) with an MFA in creative writing and over 20 years of experience as an editor. I offer book doctor, developmental editing, and copyediting services for novels and memoirs. I charge $70/hour, I work fast, and I'm passionate about preserving your voice and vision while helping your work shine. I've edited dozens of books across all genres: women's fiction, literary, historical fiction, fantasy, young adult, middle-grade, children's books, memoirs, and self-help. I'm featured in Kindlepreneur's list of "Best Book Editors."
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Awards

  • Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist
  • Glimmer Train short story award finalist

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (over 17 years)

Senior Editor

UC Berkeley
August, 1994 – January, 2005 (over 10 years)

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Home Again in Paris: Oscar, Leo and Me

Matthew Fraser

Matthew Fraser never imagined that one day he would find himself living in Paris again. France was part of his past, not his future. But following the sudden death of his wife, he moved back to France – this time with two bichons, Oscar and Leo, and no idea what lay ahead.After taking a flat in Paris’ posh 7th arrondissement – “Poodleland” – it doesn’t take long for him to realise that somethi... read more

Matthew Fraser never imagined that one day he would find himself living in Paris again. France was part of his past, not his future. But following the sudden death of his wife, he moved back to France – this time with two bichons, Oscar and Leo, and no idea what lay ahead.After taking a flat in Paris’ posh 7th arrondissement – “Poodleland” – it doesn’t take long for him to realise that somethi... read more

Catcher's Keeper

JD Spero

Award Winner! Historical Thriller! What if Holden Caulfield were around when John Lennon was shot?It's 1979 and Holden Caulfield, at nearly forty, has yet to heal from his childhood trauma. When his older brother stumbles upon Holden's teenage "journal," he believes it will save his struggling writing career. That journal becomes "The Catcher in the Rye" -- published secretly under the brother... read more

Award Winner! Historical Thriller! What if Holden Caulfield were around when John Lennon was shot?It's 1979 and Holden Caulfield, at nearly forty, has yet to heal from his childhood trauma. When his older brother stumbles upon Holden's teenage "journal," he believes it will save his struggling writing career. That journal becomes "The Catcher in the Rye" -- published secretly under the brother... read more

Our Forgotten Allies: A Guide to Naturally Beat Health Crises with Seven Steps to Renewal

Rhea Iris Rivers

In 2015, Rhea Iris Rivers felt horrified, scared, sad, embarrassed, exhausted, and ungrateful after she learned she was facing a myriad of health challenges. In a thirty-day guidebook filled with personal experiences and the wisdom of Mother Earth, Rivers shares how she naturally beat her own health crisis with seven steps to renewal that transformed her life and healed her ailments through wh... read more

In 2015, Rhea Iris Rivers felt horrified, scared, sad, embarrassed, exhausted, and ungrateful after she learned she was facing a myriad of health challenges. In a thirty-day guidebook filled with personal experiences and the wisdom of Mother Earth, Rivers shares how she naturally beat her own health crisis with seven steps to renewal that transformed her life and healed her ailments through wh... read more

Day One: Birth Is a Death Sentence

Don Sedei

From the beginning, Kachada knew his life was destined to be anything but normal when his mother whispered in his ear at birth. "Kachada. Remember: Birth is a death sentence, so make every minute count." At an early age, Kachada is forced to live his future not by the years or months but by the minute. This unlikely tale, where two parallel universes--the chilling ancestral traditions of the C... read more

From the beginning, Kachada knew his life was destined to be anything but normal when his mother whispered in his ear at birth. "Kachada. Remember: Birth is a death sentence, so make every minute count." At an early age, Kachada is forced to live his future not by the years or months but by the minute. This unlikely tale, where two parallel universes--the chilling ancestral traditions of the C... read more

Serendipitous Rescue

Lowell Dunn

It was a time before computers, cell phones, DVD's or color television. Before microwave ovens, automatic doors, or diet sodas. Children played outside, and doctors made house calls. World War II had recently ended, and everyone was optimistic. These are the chronicles of Miss Nancy, JJ and Laddie, and others. It is a multi-generational story recounting the many ways in which accidental herois... read more

It was a time before computers, cell phones, DVD's or color television. Before microwave ovens, automatic doors, or diet sodas. Children played outside, and doctors made house calls. World War II had recently ended, and everyone was optimistic. These are the chronicles of Miss Nancy, JJ and Laddie, and others. It is a multi-generational story recounting the many ways in which accidental herois... read more

A Heart's Journey Home: The Adventures of Eli Benjamin Bear Vol. I (Volume 1)

Hal Price

Meet the Little Bear with a Big Heart! Eli Benjamin Bear is born with a heart that needs immediate care. Whisked off to a human hospital for kids, Eli must survive this perilous journey armed only with a special blanket his mother gave him – imbued with his father’s essential life lessons and her own farewell lullaby to bring him home safely. But Eli’s hopes to return home quickly to his paren... read more

Meet the Little Bear with a Big Heart! Eli Benjamin Bear is born with a heart that needs immediate care. Whisked off to a human hospital for kids, Eli must survive this perilous journey armed only with a special blanket his mother gave him – imbued with his father’s essential life lessons and her own farewell lullaby to bring him home safely. But Eli’s hopes to return home quickly to his paren... read more

Extreme

Gelfand, Joan

Another Slice of Cake

Hansen, Alexa

The Fall of a Man

Thompson, Ryder

Hand-me-down Dreams

Wilhite, Phillip

Face the Night

Lastufka, Alan

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