Cortni Merritt

Cortni Merritt - Editor

Orlando, FL, United States

Your story deserves outstanding craft. Historical fiction, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, self-help & more. Results-driven word nerd.

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Overview

Craftswoman. Wordsmith. Linguistic artist. I crave solid creative fiction and non-fiction. I cherish little more than a finely tuned sentence. My passion thrives when helping writers enhance and enliven their tales. An experienced pair of eyes, I catch mistakes and propel ideas. Any topic. Any length. All levels of editing services, including:

🌹 Beta Read / Content Review
🌹 Line Editing
🌹 Developmental Edits
🌹 Proofreading
🌹 Back cover copy/online summary copy
🌹 Online review copy

I read your manuscript's every word, looking for opportunities to make your author voice resonate and the message shine.

Qualifications include:
🌹 Currently contracted as a Developmental Editor with New Degree Press.
🌹 M.A. English literature from Florida State University (2014)
🌹 Graduate certificate in publishing and editing from Florida State University (2013)
🌹 B.A. English literature from University Central Florida (2012)
🌹 B.S. Psychology from Colorado State University (2005)

Details at
🌹 SRDeditingservices(dot)com 🌹

Follow me on IG: @shylarosedreams 🌹

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Psychology

Work experience

Editor | Writer | Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (11 months)

🌹 After 8+ years as a freelance line editor, copywriter, and developmental editor, I launched SRD Editing Sevices to provide affordable, top-notch editing services for writers of all experience levels.

🌹 SRDeditingservices(dot)com
🌹 on IG: @shylarosedreams

Developmental Editor

New Degree Press
January, 2019 – Present (11 months)

Contracted to provide developmental editing for a cohort of a mixture of fiction and nonfiction writers over a 16-week program. Guided each writer from 0 written words to a goal of 25K+.

Proofreader

Ravenfly Publications
November, 2018 – Present (about 1 year)

Correcting grammar, spelling, and other technical errors in fiction manuscripts in romance, fantasy, and erotica genres.

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
December, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

For nearly a decade, I've been a freelance writer and editor with individuals and companies around the world, and although I'd like to say I've seen it all, I read something new every day.

I've scaled mountains of manuscripts (fiction and non-fiction), and traversed thousands of pages of business documents and websites, touching on innumerable topics and industries. In dark hours, I've researched countless subjects in order to become educated before the sunrise, and I thoroughly enjoy the learning experience I receive with every project.

I know what separates great writing from writing that is merely good enough. I challenge every sentence to command attention.

I look forward to getting inside your story.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Blood of a Queen: Book 1

Toi Powell

A secret so deadly, she should have stayed hidden.A young woman’s newfound independence takes her into the heart of a dangerous city in New York; a place her parents forbade her to return to. Ruby, beautiful, yet, sheltered and naive, unearths a web of deception, betrayal and love triangles. She stumbles upon a family secret so deadly, she makes it her mission to prove the serious accusations ... read more

A secret so deadly, she should have stayed hidden.A young woman’s newfound independence takes her into the heart of a dangerous city in New York; a place her parents forbade her to return to. Ruby, beautiful, yet, sheltered and naive, unearths a web of deception, betrayal and love triangles. She stumbles upon a family secret so deadly, she makes it her mission to prove the serious accusations ... read more

Bad Love Cleanse

M. Kavanagh

A 30-year-old unrequited husband hunter gives up dating for 100 days, and throws a romantic comedy convention with her best friend, risking her day job, their friendship, and her friend's engagement.

A 30-year-old unrequited husband hunter gives up dating for 100 days, and throws a romantic comedy convention with her best friend, risking her day job, their friendship, and her friend's engagement.

A Dragon's Heart: A Story of Forbidden Love

Naomi Burke

All is fair in love and war. Except when there is no love.Between the Tolmach and Ciar, there are only politics and alliances. Marriages are arranged for the sake of territory, children are pawns in a strategy for power, free will is à question. No one marries for love.And Lorna is next.But in a world where the past is almost worshipped, Lorna doesn’t want to stick to tradition. She wants to m... read more

All is fair in love and war. Except when there is no love.Between the Tolmach and Ciar, there are only politics and alliances. Marriages are arranged for the sake of territory, children are pawns in a strategy for power, free will is à question. No one marries for love.And Lorna is next.But in a world where the past is almost worshipped, Lorna doesn’t want to stick to tradition. She wants to m... read more

Bitchy: The NO-BS Woman's Guide to Claiming the Love, Peace of Mind, and Happiness She Deserves

Tiffany Okafor

Lonely? Stressed? Unhappy? Tiffany Okafor’s BITCHY is the no-nonsense guide you need to claim the Love, Peace of Mind, and Happiness you deserve. With engaging exercises, practical tips, and intriguing insights on every page, you'll soon become the kick-ass protagonist of your own story, one that seizes opportunities and takes risks, all because you are a Beautiful Individual That Communicates... read more

Lonely? Stressed? Unhappy? Tiffany Okafor’s BITCHY is the no-nonsense guide you need to claim the Love, Peace of Mind, and Happiness you deserve. With engaging exercises, practical tips, and intriguing insights on every page, you'll soon become the kick-ass protagonist of your own story, one that seizes opportunities and takes risks, all because you are a Beautiful Individual That Communicates... read more

Enneagram : Learn Self Awareness, Emotional Intelligence and The 9 Personality Types of Highly Sensitive People

Liam Anderson

Are you struggling to find your life purpose? Have you tried many different methods to understand yourself and your emotions but nothing has worked?The Enneagram system is a life changing tool that will help you on your road to evolution and development. It helps you gain a deeper understanding of how you operate and what is truly important to you in life so you can start focusing and achievin... read more

Are you struggling to find your life purpose? Have you tried many different methods to understand yourself and your emotions but nothing has worked?The Enneagram system is a life changing tool that will help you on your road to evolution and development. It helps you gain a deeper understanding of how you operate and what is truly important to you in life so you can start focusing and achievin... read more

Dark Psychology 2 Manuscripts: Hypnosis, How To Analyze People Learn How To Understand Body Language And Human Behavior for Manipulation And Persuasion. Learn The Basics of How To Hypnotize a Person.

Liam Anderson

Do you struggle to understand the people around you? Are you struggling with your confidence in social environments? Want to have more influence over those around you? We come across so many different people in our lifetimes it can be hard to know how to navigate each connection. It can be made even more difficult if we can’t let go of past negative experiences.This book will show you how to u... read more

Do you struggle to understand the people around you? Are you struggling with your confidence in social environments? Want to have more influence over those around you? We come across so many different people in our lifetimes it can be hard to know how to navigate each connection. It can be made even more difficult if we can’t let go of past negative experiences.This book will show you how to u... read more

The Photo Shoot (The Games People Play Book 1)

Inez Colbert

The moment I walk in I know I'm not in the real world and I'm not safe in the confines I've created for myself. I have to go through with it - I'm determined to make things work between me and Max. When my marriage is at stake, though... how much is too much?Candice and Max have hit a dry spell in their marriage and she's trying to liven things up with a boudoir photo shoot for their third ann... read more

The moment I walk in I know I'm not in the real world and I'm not safe in the confines I've created for myself. I have to go through with it - I'm determined to make things work between me and Max. When my marriage is at stake, though... how much is too much?Candice and Max have hit a dry spell in their marriage and she's trying to liven things up with a boudoir photo shoot for their third ann... read more

The Checkup (The Games People Play Book 2)

Inez Colbert

We’re in a public office. There are people just on the other side of the door and I’m here for a routine checkup. There’s nothing professional about the way he’s touching me. Unless we’re talking about the way he manages to get me to melt into my panties, because he’s a pro at that. After the Photo Shoot, things were supposed to get better between Candice and Max. Instead, everything feels eve... read more

We’re in a public office. There are people just on the other side of the door and I’m here for a routine checkup. There’s nothing professional about the way he’s touching me. Unless we’re talking about the way he manages to get me to melt into my panties, because he’s a pro at that. After the Photo Shoot, things were supposed to get better between Candice and Max. Instead, everything feels eve... read more

The 12 Principles of Zen Stoicism

Victor Pierantoni

The philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Stoicism have helped improve people’s lives for centuries. Never before have they been integrated together quite like this to give you a practical step-by-step guide to achieve optimal performance for real-world success. Victor inspires clients to be their best.In life, in love, and in business.He believes all greatness in life and business, is nothing more... read more

The philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Stoicism have helped improve people’s lives for centuries. Never before have they been integrated together quite like this to give you a practical step-by-step guide to achieve optimal performance for real-world success. Victor inspires clients to be their best.In life, in love, and in business.He believes all greatness in life and business, is nothing more... read more

How Not 2 Cheat: " A Man Manual to Being Faithful to One Woman"

Darrius Shannon

CommitmentThe word commitment is defined as "the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity." It is also "an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action."If we're going to live faithful lives, we must have the word "commitment" written on our chests. We must be dedicated. The reason why some of us are so ready to throw in the towel so easily is that people have le... read more

CommitmentThe word commitment is defined as "the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity." It is also "an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action."If we're going to live faithful lives, we must have the word "commitment" written on our chests. We must be dedicated. The reason why some of us are so ready to throw in the towel so easily is that people have le... read more

Florida Heat

Geoffrey Moehl II

Before his death, Larry Bianchi’s father told the cautionary tale of a legendary sword held by a single horsehair. A horse figurine hanging on a chain around Larry’s neck reminded him of a warning, “Temptation comes in many forms, and most of it leads to abuse of power.” Not even good boys are immune to its corrosive effects. Embodied by the lure of a childhood dream and the sensual wiles of a... read more

Before his death, Larry Bianchi’s father told the cautionary tale of a legendary sword held by a single horsehair. A horse figurine hanging on a chain around Larry’s neck reminded him of a warning, “Temptation comes in many forms, and most of it leads to abuse of power.” Not even good boys are immune to its corrosive effects. Embodied by the lure of a childhood dream and the sensual wiles of a... read more

Game Changer: How Augmented Reality Will Transform the World of Sports

Matthew Busel

Augmented reality (AR) technology will soon shape the future of our society and specifically the world of sports. After countless interviews with some of the field's most knowledgeable experts, Matthew Busel has distilled years of work and research to provide an easy-to-read primer on this emerging technology and its effect on the sports industry. Game Changer covers the startups and Fortune 5... read more

Augmented reality (AR) technology will soon shape the future of our society and specifically the world of sports. After countless interviews with some of the field's most knowledgeable experts, Matthew Busel has distilled years of work and research to provide an easy-to-read primer on this emerging technology and its effect on the sports industry. Game Changer covers the startups and Fortune 5... read more

The Fat Kid Within: How to Ditch Dieting, Celebrate your Body and Feel like a Million bucks.

Ahmed Seif

Do you wake up every morning marveling at the infinite capabilities of your body?Do you see the possibility of enjoying the food you like without incessantly worrying about your ability to stop when you're full?Could you believe that our bodies follow a higher intelligence but our brains get in the way too often, too much?Did you ever wonder Why only humans (and pets) are the only creatures ca... read more

Do you wake up every morning marveling at the infinite capabilities of your body?Do you see the possibility of enjoying the food you like without incessantly worrying about your ability to stop when you're full?Could you believe that our bodies follow a higher intelligence but our brains get in the way too often, too much?Did you ever wonder Why only humans (and pets) are the only creatures ca... read more

The Ultimind System: The Proven Path to Creating Your Ultimate Mind and Life

Matt Jakstis

What if you could squeeze much more productivity and happiness out of each day? What if 90 days from now you could make or break a life-changing habit? You can. Matt Jakstis’ Ultimind System gives you unprecedented access to the latest tools of psychology, neuroscience, and life coaching, all within a daily system that allows you to consistently design and execute your ideal day, week after we... read more

What if you could squeeze much more productivity and happiness out of each day? What if 90 days from now you could make or break a life-changing habit? You can. Matt Jakstis’ Ultimind System gives you unprecedented access to the latest tools of psychology, neuroscience, and life coaching, all within a daily system that allows you to consistently design and execute your ideal day, week after we... read more

Ride Like the Wind

Luann Reynolds

Ride Like the Wind is the fifth book of the series "Let the Wildflowers Bloom." The heroine, Victoria Alexandra Highland, receives enlightening information from her dead mother, Sarah Margaret Mathieson, which ignites a journey west for Edwin Morgan and Inspector Southerland, hunting the slayer Frances Highland. Lorenzo Dow Parrish is hired to keep a watchful eye on Alex. Time with Lorenzo ini... read more

Ride Like the Wind is the fifth book of the series "Let the Wildflowers Bloom." The heroine, Victoria Alexandra Highland, receives enlightening information from her dead mother, Sarah Margaret Mathieson, which ignites a journey west for Edwin Morgan and Inspector Southerland, hunting the slayer Frances Highland. Lorenzo Dow Parrish is hired to keep a watchful eye on Alex. Time with Lorenzo ini... read more

Hello God: How to Get Your Kids to Heaven and Grow Your Ministry

JJ Vasquez

75% of the teenagers and young adults who have dropped out of church say they have never heard Jesus speak to them in a personal way. Are your children doomed to die without Christ? Is Christianity no longer relevant to this generation? Is it not cool enough? Has it finally become too opposed to the cultural norms? Or is it simply just unbelievable? No, we misjudged what this generation wants ... read more

75% of the teenagers and young adults who have dropped out of church say they have never heard Jesus speak to them in a personal way. Are your children doomed to die without Christ? Is Christianity no longer relevant to this generation? Is it not cool enough? Has it finally become too opposed to the cultural norms? Or is it simply just unbelievable? No, we misjudged what this generation wants ... read more

Go Deeper: Inspirational Life Lessons That Took Me From Merely Surviving to Purposeful Living

Tina Jackson

Years of abuse and neglect created in me the desire to grant mercy and forgive quickly. My prayer is that Go Deeper will open up a dialogue within you that will begin your own journey towards a greater sense of compassion and understanding. As you take this journey with me, allow your walls of selfishness, anger, and strife to fall completely down. This will make way for an awakening in your s... read more

Years of abuse and neglect created in me the desire to grant mercy and forgive quickly. My prayer is that Go Deeper will open up a dialogue within you that will begin your own journey towards a greater sense of compassion and understanding. As you take this journey with me, allow your walls of selfishness, anger, and strife to fall completely down. This will make way for an awakening in your s... read more

The Light of Nimbdell (The Hosttowers of Nimbdell Book 2)

J Welch

Upon earning her title as Master, Secile must now search for the lost daughter of her late friend Lucimina, the one she intends to take as her first apprentice in the Hosttowers, if the girl is still alive. Further, the region is no longer duly ruled, but split between the southern invaders under Queen Raekehl and the northern school of magic known as the Hosttowers of Nimbdell. Worse, the evi... read more

Upon earning her title as Master, Secile must now search for the lost daughter of her late friend Lucimina, the one she intends to take as her first apprentice in the Hosttowers, if the girl is still alive. Further, the region is no longer duly ruled, but split between the southern invaders under Queen Raekehl and the northern school of magic known as the Hosttowers of Nimbdell. Worse, the evi... read more

Stolen Words (High Tower)

India Caedmon

It was supposed to be one letter. One time…Cassidy Thatcher has just been fired. In an attempt to salvage her life, she flees to New York City to rebuild her career. Desperate for hope, she passes her time writing love letters to her fiancé in the U.S. Navy, but the Big Apple has other plans.Grayson Daniels has a brilliant mind but is not so brilliant when it comes to relationships. After bein... read more

It was supposed to be one letter. One time…Cassidy Thatcher has just been fired. In an attempt to salvage her life, she flees to New York City to rebuild her career. Desperate for hope, she passes her time writing love letters to her fiancé in the U.S. Navy, but the Big Apple has other plans.Grayson Daniels has a brilliant mind but is not so brilliant when it comes to relationships. After bein... read more

It's Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss

Edy Nathan

In It’s Grief, Edy Nathan examines the emotional and devastating impact of loss and trauma. It identifies the intricacies of the dark and unfamiliar effects on the self. The book illuminates how the brain holds the complex circuitry of grief. It then provides choices to help deal with the complexity of grief. It’s Grief unravels the mysterious dimensions of this journey with a clarity that tra... read more

In It’s Grief, Edy Nathan examines the emotional and devastating impact of loss and trauma. It identifies the intricacies of the dark and unfamiliar effects on the self. The book illuminates how the brain holds the complex circuitry of grief. It then provides choices to help deal with the complexity of grief. It’s Grief unravels the mysterious dimensions of this journey with a clarity that tra... read more

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