Lynn Post

Lynn Post – Editor

Developmental editor, book coach, copy editor, proofreader; 10 years experience; specialties: historical fiction, action/adventure, memoir.

Overview

ABOUT ME


Since 2014, I have provided freelance editing and proofreading services to individual authors, publishing companies, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and large corporations, including Alaska Airlines, Holland America, Mountaineers Books, becker&mayer!, and Girl Friday Productions. Through Reedsy, I work with dozens of authors each year, many of whom have successfully published their books and regularly return to collaborate on their next project.


Through the editing certificate program at the University of Washington, taught by seasoned veterans of the industry, I learned the professional editing methods of traditional publishing houses. As a strong proponent of the indie market, I apply those same high standards and thorough processes whether working with self-publishing authors or those seeking traditional publication. In addition to my editing services, I provide guidance for first-time authors trying to navigate the (sometimes daunting) publishing process.


ABOUT YOU AND YOUR PROJECT


Before soliciting the services of any editors, I highly recommend Reedy's blog article "9 Types of Editing," which defines the various stages of the editing process (https://blog.reedsy.com/types-of-editing/). Knowing which type of editing your manuscript is ready for will help your collaboration to begin much sooner and could potentially save you money and time.


Here are additional links with definitions and what to expect with each type of editing service that I provide:


Editorial assessment: https://reedsy.com/editing/editorial-assessment


Developmental editing: https://reedsy.com/editing/developmental-editing


Copy editing: https://reedsy.com/editing/copy-editing


Proofreading: https://reedsy.com/editing/proofreading


Book coaching: https://reedsy.com/editing/writing-coach


WHAT WILL EDITING SERVICES COST?


It’s also a good idea for authors to be aware of what to expect in terms of cost for various editing services. Reedsy provides a handy cost calculator that shows the average rates charged by editors based on book genre, word count, and type of editing (https://blog.reedsy.com/cost-to-self-publish-a-book/). Note that these are only averages, and many factors go into determining rates. Other reputable sources for editing rate charts are provided by organizations such as the Northwest Editors Guild and the Editorial Freelancers Association, which also includes an estimated pace for each type of editing (e.g., using 250 words/page, copy editing = 5 to 10 pages/hour; proofreading = 9 to 13 pages/hour), so you can calculate a range of how much to expect to pay based on the word count of your manuscript.


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As a way to work within limited budgets, in addition to the basic services, I also offer some other options, such as a First 10K Review and one-time consultations. I also offer discounts to repeat clients.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU SEND FOR A WRITING SAMPLE?


Ideally, your writing sample should include something from the beginning, middle, and end sections of your manuscript to best determine how much time will be needed to complete the project.


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If you’ve taken the time to read through all of this information, thank you! I look forward to hearing your unique story and providing the services you need to help turn your hard work into a publishable finished product!


~Lynn

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs DIY & Crafts Nature Travel
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • University of Washington Editing Certificate

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2014 — Present

Book production and editorial services for indie & traditionally publishing authors: Developmental, Line & Copy Editing | Proofreading | Manuscript Critiques | Writing & Publishing Guidance | Book Coaching | Consultations

Portfolio

The Prancestor Project

Morse, Christine

Room 39

Coleco, Mike

The Third Secret

de Sio, Marco

Not White Bread: A Memoir

Midla, George Stephen

Brief description of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Travel/Environmental Essays for a Changing World Personal experience travel essays that highlight an environmental issue in that place caused by climate change. Some essays also address our relationship with othe... read more
"These are poisoned hollow-point bullets. I can shoot you in the elbow and see how fast you die"So spoke Ishmael, armed with a gun and claiming to have a bomb around his waist, to the flight crew of the Delta L-1011 he hijacked on January 26, 1980. In this tru... read more
Sell Montana

Gilreath, Steve

A quirky family fights to protect their home with the power of a loving community--and magical bead strings.The Skully family lives in a cozy little campground hideaway on a beautiful Pacific Northwest island, where there are plenty of odd jobs to keep food on... read more
“I have found the quiet. At forty-five years old, my life’s mission was complete. If I died tomorrow, I would be proud of the life I lived.” - Loving TiaraLoving Tiara is a compelling memoir that will encompass your every thought, break your heart, fill you wi... read more
GOD & SPIES: Based on a True Story. Author GM Matheny was a US Navy saturation diver on the nuclear submarine USS Halibut. Involved in Operation Ivy Bells. America's most important (and most dangerous of the Cold War) clandestine operations. If you like espion... read more
Hop on a roller-coaster ride of comedy and tragedy and suspense. Follow the lively dips and turns of characters who are as real as your next-door neighbors.
After the sudden loss of her husband, Joe, Nora Cooper makes a startling discovery: shortly before his death, Joe secretly sold their newly purchased dream home on Martha’s Vineyard, where the couple had planned to retire.Nora doesn’t know what to think. As sh... read more
Ruth Cardello’s second steamy and sensual book in the Lone Star Burn series may leave you blushing.Melanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame that he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologiz... read more
Single Version

Scott Barsotti

CURE, a massive private paramilitary organization, has replaced the police force in all major cities. The general public is fully armed. The population of cockroaches has exploded.In this world lives Palazzo, an entomophobic pacifist (and his cat, Larry). His ... read more
A serial killer stalks the streets of Savannah...Homicide detective Elise Sandburg and her partner, profiler David Gould, are all too familiar with the terrible costs of chasing evil. Despite their wounded psyches, the detectives delve into the deranged killer... read more
Crow Hollow

Michael Wallace

In 1676, an unlikely pair—a young Puritan widow and an English spy—journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound.Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip’s wa... read more
On a snowy night on the outskirts of Lyon, France, the son of the Somarec chairman is brutally attacked. The assailant leaves only one clue—a cryptic message: “Najuno, remember.” A reminder of an environmental tragedy Somarec was responsible for twenty years e... read more
Quitting her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department was an easy decision for Tracy Crosswhite. Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of her life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sis... read more
Add sophisticated flair to your needlework with the nature patterns of Embroidery Designs: Natural Splendor. This kit includes 12 step-by-step designs, the how-to basics of embroidery, and all the materials you need to create 2 projects. This isn't your grandm... read more

Lynn has 39 reviews

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Ed M.

Ed M.

Jun, 2024

It is always a shock to me as an author to receive an edit by a professional and realize how far away I am from writing a decent manuscript. Honesty by the editor is essential if I want to move forward and Lynn has provided that. I will study everything that she has sent five or six times until I am ready to rewrite the manuscript. Thank you for the education and improving me as a writer.
Jennifer O.

Jennifer O.

May, 2024

Even though I just received her response yesterday, I’m finding a lot of value with her response. Her perspective and insight is really helpful.
Barry A.

Barry A.

Apr, 2024

Lynn kept to the schedule and delivered on time. Her comments were comprehensive and helpful.
Gloria A.

Gloria A.

Dec, 2023

Clear, concise notes. Good, constructive feedback.
g M.

g M.

Sep, 2023

Can't do it without her.

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