Lynn Post

Lynn Post - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

Freelance editor and proofreader, specializing in working with first-time authors, for both traditional and self-publishing.

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Overview

As a professional editor, certified from the University of Washington, I have provided editing and proofreading services to a variety of individual authors, publishing companies, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and large corporations, including Alaska Airlines, Holland America, becker&mayer!, and Girl Friday Productions.
Although I love any type of editing project, I especially enjoy working with first-time authors and helping them navigate the (sometimes daunting) publishing process.

What type of editing do you need? Before soliciting the services of me or any other editor, 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 both parties a lot of time.Reedsy has a lot of other great resources for writers, and I encourage first-time authors especially to check them out.

When submitting a sample of your manuscript, it is helpful to include something from the beginning, middle, and end sections so that editors can better determine how much time will be needed to complete the project. If you can provide the answers to the following questions, in addition to the standard information that Reedsy requires, I can respond to your request much quicker:

  • Why did you write this story/book/memoir?
  • Have you worked with any other editors on this project? If so, what type of editing did they do?
  • Did you or any other editors create a style sheet specific to your project?
  • Do you have a preferred style guide and dictionary, or are you okay with using the standard
    Chicago Manual of Style
    and Merriam-Webster’s online?
  • Are you familiar with and comfortable using MS Word's Track Changes feature?
  • What are your publishing goals? Will you be submitting to traditional publishers or self-publishing?
  • If self-publishing, do you plan to have a print version and e-book, or just e-book? Do you plan to go through Amazon exclusively or have it available for all e-book formats?
  • Do you also need assistance with formatting your document for self-publishing?
  • What is your timeline and/or deadline?

I work with each client as a team--I want your project to succeed as much as you do!--so please feel free to provide any other information about your writing experience, publishing goals, or personal background that you think might be beneficial to understanding your story's tone, language, theme, intended audience, or mission.
I look forward to hearing your unique story and providing the editing services that you need to help turn your hard work into a publishable finished product!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
DIY & Crafts
Nature
Travel

Certifications

  • University of Washington Editing Certificate

Work experience

Copy Editor, Proofreader, Fact-Checker

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

As a professional editor, certified from the University of Washington, I have provided editing and proofreading services to a variety of individual authors, publishing companies, nonprofit organizations, small business, and large corporations, including Alaska Airlines, Holland America, becker&mayer!, and Girl Friday Productions.

Although I love any type of editing project, I especially enjoy working with first-time authors to help them navigate the publishing process and see all their hard work turned into a professionally designed finished product.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Environmental Travel Essays for a Changing World

Sharon K Sneddon

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 other species that are coping with these changes.

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 other species that are coping with these changes.

Dagney Skully and the Pendulum Bead Strings

Sarena Schumacher

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 the table, and a host of human friends who don't mind that the Skullys are six-inch-high creatures with faces to match their last name.... read more

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 the table, and a host of human friends who don't mind that the Skullys are six-inch-high creatures with faces to match their last name.... read more

Loving Tiara: Memoir

Tiffani Goff

“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 with hope, and leave you with a sense of awe.When Tiffani married the love of her life, Lou, after graduating from college, she assumed sh... 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 with hope, and leave you with a sense of awe.When Tiffani married the love of her life, Lou, after graduating from college, she assumed sh... read more

Hijacked-A Critical Change of Plans: The True Story You've Never Heard

Arthur Krull

"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 true story, Second Officer Arthur Krull describes the events that led to the plane landing in Cuba and what happened when Ishmael insisted ... 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 true story, Second Officer Arthur Krull describes the events that led to the plane landing in Cuba and what happened when Ishmael insisted ... read more

Embroidery Designs: Natural Splendor: Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Natural Designs

Kelly Fletcher

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 grandma's embroidery! Embroidery Designs: Natural Splendor is a modern take on a classic craft—no stuffy, old-fashioned flowers here. This 64-... 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 grandma's embroidery! Embroidery Designs: Natural Splendor is a modern take on a classic craft—no stuffy, old-fashioned flowers here. This 64-... read more

The Academy: A Short Story

Robert Dugoni

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 sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions... 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 sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions... read more

Revenge on the River (A Sister Blandine Mystery Book 1)

Philippe Bouin

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 earlier in Chile…When the police get involved, a string of burglaries, more attacks, and vicious murders all lead back to Somarec. Clues ... 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 earlier in Chile…When the police get involved, a string of burglaries, more attacks, and vicious murders all lead back to Somarec. Clues ... 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 war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an ag... read more

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 war. She’s convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an ag... read more

Pretty Dead (Elise Sandburg Book 3)

Anne Frasier

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’s twisted mind, determined to unravel the clues in the taunts he leaves behind.A city gripped by fear...When his daughter becomes the k... 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’s twisted mind, determined to unravel the clues in the taunts he leaves behind.A city gripped by fear...When his daughter becomes the k... 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 goal is simple and yet impossible: maintain a shred of sanity as society erodes around him. Human empathy is on the decline. CURE’s infl... read more

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 goal is simple and yet impossible: maintain a shred of sanity as society erodes around him. Human empathy is on the decline. CURE’s infl... read more

Tycoon Takedown (Lone Star Burn Book 2)

Ruth Cardello

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 apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and... 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 apologizing for her one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and... read more

Words in the Dark (Nora Cooper Mysteries Book 1)

Giulia Beyman

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 she searches for answers, she is tormented by grief and doubt—until she starts receiving mysterious and inexplicable messages in Scrabble ... read more

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 she searches for answers, she is tormented by grief and doubt—until she starts receiving mysterious and inexplicable messages in Scrabble ... read more

Stealing Liberty: A Tragedy In Two Parts: Part One

Jack Augenblick

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.

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.

GOD & SPIES: BASED ON A TRUE STORY TOP SECRET OPERATION

G.M. MATHENY, Garry Matheny

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 espionage, diving, adventure, history, true US Navy special ops, and good old fashioned American bravado, you will enjoy this book. GOD & SPIE... 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 espionage, diving, adventure, history, true US Navy special ops, and good old fashioned American bravado, you will enjoy this book. GOD & SPIE... read more

Lynn has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Laurie Douglass
If you are seeking THE top-notch proofreader to polish your manuscript, you need to look no further than Lynn. She is so knowledgeable, responsive, and prompt. We have all read published books with errors. Don't let yours be one of them! Hire Lynn. You will be so glad you did. I will be happy to use her proofreading services again, and I have complete confidence in her.

Laurie Douglass, March 2020

Lynn Post
Laurie is a very talented writer with creative ideas and a lot of knowledge to share with YA readers. I highly recommend her book The Uncommon Thread (hopefully, the first of many!), and I would de...
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Rene Terry Mucci
Lynn is so wonderful to work with. I am a complete novice, yet she made me feel I "belong" among people trying to put their words to paper. I am learning so much from her and look forward to proceeding with my dream of creating my book. I recommend Lynn to anyone, experienced or new, but if you are a novice, be sure to collaborate with Lynn for sure! Thank you, Rene Terry Mucci

Rene Terry Mucci, February 2020


Christopher Thomas
If you have a book that is a winner to start with, I highly recommend Lynn for your work. She will make it that much better.

Christopher Thomas, February 2020


jack augenblick
I thought Lynn's editorial suggestions were mostly on target. I hopefully have learned a few things at least regarding the editorial side of things. She also made cogent points to improve the story -- which is very important, of course. Lynn was absolutely punctual -- a huge plus -- and clarified any point that I needed a better understanding of. During our collaboration, she addressed the di...
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jack augenblick, November 2019


Tiffani Goff
Lynn did an incredible job proofreading my manuscript. She was extremely thorough and I couldn't be happier with her work. I will definitely use Lynn's services in the future.

Tiffani Goff, November 2019

Lynn Post
It was a pleasure to work with Tiffani. She has an amazing story, and I think she will be very successful as a self-publishing author!

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