Cynthia Shepp

Cynthia Shepp - Editor

Opelika, AL, USA

Professional copy editor with a BA in English, 8+ years of experience, and a multitude of Amazon, NYT, and USA Today bestselling clients.

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Favorite comment from a client:
"𝐼'𝑚 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑦 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑟𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝐾𝑢𝑛𝑔-𝐹𝑢 𝑀𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑢𝑎𝑔𝑒. 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑚𝑎𝑧𝑖𝑛𝑔!" (Joshua Killingsworth, author of The Three Realms series)

First and foremost, I’m a single mother to two hardheaded boys (15 and 9) and a beautiful daughter (14) who love to roll their eyes at me every time I correct their grammar, but it is because of them that nothing can divert my dedication to being the best at what I do. Hard work and determination are what I try to instill in my children, so I attempt to make sure to be that role model in all aspects of life, especially work.

In addition, I love everything word and book related, which makes editing my dream job. Give a girl a book, she can read for a day, give a girl a library, she can read for life—well, as fast as I read, maybe not life—but give a girl an editing career, and she can not only read for life, but also have a hand in shaping the books others will continue to read long after she’s gone. That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.

I’m also a freelance copy/line editor and proofreader with 8+ years of experience, stellar client references, a spotless reliability record, and a BA in English/Lit who specializes in young adult, new adult, and adult romance in all subgenres―including LGBTQ. Dystopian and apocalyptic genres are also particular favorites.

However, I'm open to most other fiction genres as well. MM/Gay Romance is my absolute favorite to pleasure read, and I would love to add authors who write in the genre to my client list. #EditingGoals

Major projects include copy editing and proofreading for New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon best-selling authors such as Sawyer Bennett, Melissa McClone, Marquita Valentine, Juliette Poe, Jennifer Anne Davis, LB Gilbert, Jasmine Walt, Toni Aleo, Shelly Crane, Kay Bratt, and many others. Other projects include numerous Amazon best-selling and award-winning authors through Clean Teen Publishing, Crimson Tree Publishing, and Tule Publishing―many independent authors, too.

Independently Published Authors comprise most of my client list. It's a joy to work with authors who put so much dedication into making sure their books succeed.

I love to work with authors to polish their hard work into a finished product they are proud to see on bookshelves everywhere. My belief is the relationship between authors and editors must be open, trusting, and completely honest, and I strive to keep it that way. A comprehensive overview of my editing services, terms and conditions, and references can be sent to clients on request. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Testimonials:

Sawyer Bennett:
Cynthia just finished a manuscript for me, and I cannot even begin to describe how thrilled I am by her work. It was thorough and professionally executed. Her insight into my work was invaluable. I will be using Cynthia for all of my future editing work. I cannot sing her praises loud enough. (New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing:
We have worked with numerous other editors in the past. There hasn’t been one who has stood out from the crowd for us like Cynthia Shepp has. Cynthia’s edits are not only thorough and accurate, but she also offers a personal touch by adding simplified grammar lessons along with her edits to help our authors grow. Her professionalism and desire to go the extra mile make her a notch above the rest. We will continue to use Cynthia for our editing services for many years to come!

Marquita Valentine:
I highly recommend working with Cynthia for all of your editing needs. She always goes the extra mile and catches things that most others wouldn’t in a manuscript. I find her prices reasonable and her work exceptional. I plan to continue to work with Cynthia on future projects. (New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author)





Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Mystery & Crime
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Bachelor Degree in English/Literature

Work experience

Owner, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

◾ Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp
◾ BA from Grand Canyon University in English/Literature.
◾ Graduated with Honors: Cum Laude.
◾ Stellar client references.
◾ A multitude of USA Today, NYT, and Amazon bestselling clients.
◾ Professional editor since 2012

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

Tule Publishing
July, 2016 – Present (about 4 years)

Senior Copy Editor and Proofreader

Clean Teen Publishing
May, 2013 – Present (about 7 years)

Senior Copy Editor and Proofreader

Crimson Tree Publishing
May, 2013 – Present (about 7 years)

Editor, Publisher

Self-employed
January, 2012 – January, 2020 (about 8 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Hard Truth About Sunshine

Sawyer Bennett, S. Bennett

***** 2017 Kindle Book Awards WINNER - Literary Fiction *****New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.Despite having narrowly escaped death's... read more

***** 2017 Kindle Book Awards WINNER - Literary Fiction *****New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.Despite having narrowly escaped death's... read more

The Stolen Empire Boxed Set

Sherry D. Ficklin

Save money when you order the complete boxed set of The Stolen Empire series by Sherry D. Ficklin. This complete set includes Queen of Someday, Queen of Tomorrow, and Queen of Always. No cliffhangers, no waiting, read the whole story together! Don’t miss the series dubbed a “must-read romance” by the USA Today and “An entertaining and racy read” by School Library Journal. Fans of the hit TV sh... read more

Save money when you order the complete boxed set of The Stolen Empire series by Sherry D. Ficklin. This complete set includes Queen of Someday, Queen of Tomorrow, and Queen of Always. No cliffhangers, no waiting, read the whole story together! Don’t miss the series dubbed a “must-read romance” by the USA Today and “An entertaining and racy read” by School Library Journal. Fans of the hit TV sh... read more

Bellamy and the Brute: A retelling inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Alicia Michaels

A fresh twist on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Bellamy and the Brute proves true love really is blind.When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she's reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin's eldest son, Tate. Th... read more

A fresh twist on the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, Bellamy and the Brute proves true love really is blind.When Bellamy McGuire is offered a summer job babysitting for the wealthy Baldwin family, she's reluctant to accept. After all, everyone in town knows about the mysterious happenings at the mansion on the hill—including the sudden disappearance of the Baldwin's eldest son, Tate. Th... read more

Code Name: Genesis (Jameson Force Security Book 1)

Sawyer Bennett

** A USA Today Bestselling Novel **Years ago, we were in love. She was an up-and-coming superstar and I was the security professional hired to keep her safe. We fell hard and fast, no matter how much we tried to resist one another. But not everyone around us was happy about our relationship, and a string of lies and deceit destroyed what we once had. I moved on from her and didn’t look back.No... read more

** A USA Today Bestselling Novel **Years ago, we were in love. She was an up-and-coming superstar and I was the security professional hired to keep her safe. We fell hard and fast, no matter how much we tried to resist one another. But not everyone around us was happy about our relationship, and a string of lies and deceit destroyed what we once had. I moved on from her and didn’t look back.No... read more

Realm of Knights: Knights of the Realm, Book 1

Jennifer Anne Davis

***The first book in a new fantasy series from best-selling author Jennifer Anne Davis.***Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington i... read more

***The first book in a new fantasy series from best-selling author Jennifer Anne Davis.***Reid has spent her whole life pretending to be a man so she can inherit her father’s estate, but when a chance encounter threatens to expose her lie, she is forced to risk everything.In the kingdom of Marsden, women are subservient to men and land can only pass from father to son. So when Reid Ellington i... read more

Nora & Kettle (A Paper Stars Novel Book 1)

Lauren Nicolle Taylor

2017 IPPY Book Awards Winner! A “remarkable” (Booklist Magazine) reimagining of Peter Pan. After World War II, orphaned Kettle faces prejudice as a Japanese American but manages to scrape by and care for his makeshift family of homeless children. When he crosses paths with the privileged but traumatized Nora, both of their lives are forever changed...Lauren Nicolle Taylor’s Nora & Kettle is a ... read more

2017 IPPY Book Awards Winner! A “remarkable” (Booklist Magazine) reimagining of Peter Pan. After World War II, orphaned Kettle faces prejudice as a Japanese American but manages to scrape by and care for his makeshift family of homeless children. When he crosses paths with the privileged but traumatized Nora, both of their lives are forever changed...Lauren Nicolle Taylor’s Nora & Kettle is a ... read more

The Bionics (The Bionics Novels Book 1)

Alicia Michaels

A heart-pumping futuristic thrill-ride set in a frightening dystopian society. 2016 Once Upon A Book Award Winner. It is the year 4006, and nuclear war has come to the United States. With tens of thousands killed and countless more injured or terminally ill from the blasts, there is no more “normal”…life will never be the same. For her part, Blythe Sol is reeling from the loss of her arm and a... read more

A heart-pumping futuristic thrill-ride set in a frightening dystopian society. 2016 Once Upon A Book Award Winner. It is the year 4006, and nuclear war has come to the United States. With tens of thousands killed and countless more injured or terminally ill from the blasts, there is no more “normal”…life will never be the same. For her part, Blythe Sol is reeling from the loss of her arm and a... read more

Royal Affair: A Royals in Exile Novel

Marquita Valentine

A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal. Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North C... read more

A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal. Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North C... read more

His Christmas Wish (Mountain Rescue Romance Book 1)

Melissa McClone

Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck.Distraught and grief-stricken over the deaths of her fiancé and brother, she left Hood Hamlet and her Christmas spirit behind, to start over somewhere new. But now, six years later, her family needs her. Carly returns home to face her past and give her niece and nephew the best Christmas ever.Burdened with guilt, Jake Porter believes he could h... read more

Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck.Distraught and grief-stricken over the deaths of her fiancé and brother, she left Hood Hamlet and her Christmas spirit behind, to start over somewhere new. But now, six years later, her family needs her. Carly returns home to face her past and give her niece and nephew the best Christmas ever.Burdened with guilt, Jake Porter believes he could h... read more

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