Lynn Baca

Lynn Baca - Editor

Dolores, CO, USA

I am a book lover, a book judge, a former book publisher, and a former book marketer. I like helping authors push forward their BEST book.

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Overview

I have a background in publishing that will enable me to help the author. I was responsible for marketing and directing the School for Advanced Research Press, a century-old academic press located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. SAR Press has a stellar reputation for publishing anthropology books used in graduate school courses along with high-production-value popular books. As the director of SAR Press, I was responsible for ensuring that the editing and proofreading (done by other staff members) resulted in a high-quality product. So, although I have personally edited only a few books, I have overseen the editing process for years.

Although my experience is in academic writing, I would love to take on really good fiction that needs either developmental editing or marketing post-publication.

I have served as a judge/reader for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for ten years as well as judge/reader one year for the New Mexico Historical Society Book Awards.

As an anthropologist, my forte is in working with academicians in the social sciences. As an avid reader and book reviewer, my forte is all genres of fiction.

I love helping authors present their best manuscript to publishers. I respond quickly to requests.

One book I recently worked on, Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana was announced as the winner of the 2020 Best Popular Book Award from the Society of American Archaeology and was further acknowledged as a winner in the High Plains Book Awards. Working with author Carl Davis on the developmental edit was a pleasure.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Science Fiction

Work experience

Founder and Member

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

I do what I call a “developmental/line edit.” The focus is to help you, the author, tell a better story. The developmental side of the edit will include suggestions on re-structuring the manuscript, addressing redundancies, cutting or adding text, including or deleting particular lines of inquiry, and strengthening arguments as needed. The line editing side of the edit will enhance the strength of the manuscript and smooth out the writing style through suggestions on flow of text, clarity of voice, use of language, and development of content. Although I will not do a copy edit (typographical errors, grammar and punctuation errors, or inconsistencies in capitalization and numerals), any of these errors will be corrected as they catch my eyes. This process will include a dialogue between us, ensuring factual accuracy of the text, preservation of your voice and intent, and a better manuscript for presentation to your publisher.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Six Hundred Generations: An Archaeological History of Montana

Carl M. Davis

Six Hundred Generations is a stunning look at the archaeological evidence of Montana's long Indigenous human history. Focusing on 12 unique archaeological sites, the book takes readers on an extraordinary journey through time, technologies, and cultures. Beginning with the First Americans who followed mammoths into this landscape, peer-awarded Montana archaeologist Carl Davis describes how Nat... read more

Six Hundred Generations is a stunning look at the archaeological evidence of Montana's long Indigenous human history. Focusing on 12 unique archaeological sites, the book takes readers on an extraordinary journey through time, technologies, and cultures. Beginning with the First Americans who followed mammoths into this landscape, peer-awarded Montana archaeologist Carl Davis describes how Nat... read more

A Study of Southwestern Archaeology

Stephen H Lekson

In this volume Steve Lekson argues that, for over a century, southwestern archaeology got the history of the ancient Southwest wrong. Instead, he advocates an entirely new approach—one that separates archaeological thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves to more historical ways of thinking. Focusing on the enigmatic monumental center at Chaco Canyon, the book provides ... read more

In this volume Steve Lekson argues that, for over a century, southwestern archaeology got the history of the ancient Southwest wrong. Instead, he advocates an entirely new approach—one that separates archaeological thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves to more historical ways of thinking. Focusing on the enigmatic monumental center at Chaco Canyon, the book provides ... read more

Seven at Santa Cruz: The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley “Swede” Vejtasa

Ted Edwards

"It was just like flying into the void." --Stanley "Swede" VejtasaThis riveting biography details how Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa became a World War II naval hero. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Swede flew an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber and helped sink Shoho, the first aircraft carrier lost by Japan in World War II. The next day, in that same Dauntless, he took off from USS Yorktown and out-fle... read more

"It was just like flying into the void." --Stanley "Swede" VejtasaThis riveting biography details how Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa became a World War II naval hero. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Swede flew an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber and helped sink Shoho, the first aircraft carrier lost by Japan in World War II. The next day, in that same Dauntless, he took off from USS Yorktown and out-fle... read more

Lynn has 2 reviews

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Albert Sipes
I am thoroughly satisfied with the comments and suggestions made by Lynn T. Baca. I would not hesitate to use her professional edit experience for my next novel.

Albert Sipes, August 2021


Rachael Lacina-Taylor
Lynn was wonderful to work with. She replied to all of my questions in a timely manner, and I feel confident in the revisions and suggestions she made to my query letter. I plan to work with her again on the next project.

Rachael Lacina-Taylor, May 2021

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