Lynne Cantwell

Lynne Cantwell - Editor

Alexandria, VA, USA

More than 40 years as a professional writer and editor, including for CNN and Mutual/NBC Radio News, and for my own shop, hearth/myth.

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Lynne Cantwell has been a professional writer and editor for more than forty years. She has written for CNN, Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV stations you've probably never heard of. She has been an independent author and editor since 2011, working for Calderwood Books and at her own shop, hearth/myth editorial services. Her vast overeducation includes a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University, an M.A. in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a paralegal certificate. She is of two minds about the Oxford comma. Her preferred editorial genres are fantasy, some sci-fi (more sociological than robots and rayguns), magic realism, and some horror - but if you write something else, let's talk.
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Epic Fantasy
Magical Realism
Paranormal Romance
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy


  • M.A. in creative writing, Johns Hopkins University

Work experience


January, 2011 – Present (over 11 years)

Lynne has been a professional writer and editor for nearly forty years, including stints at CNN, Mutual/NBC Radio News, and Calderwood Books. She has a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and an M.A. in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Services: Copy editing, substantive (line) editing, and proofreading. She is also available to script and produce book trailers.

Staff Writer

Indies Unlimited
September, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

Contributed monthly posts to superblog for independent authors. Interviewed celebrities in indie author community for LynneQuisition feature. Developed a month-long event on predatory publishers that ran in March 2015.

Freelance Editor

Calderwood Books
January, 2009 – December, 2011 (almost 3 years)

Author, developmental editor, and line editor for small press.

Adjunct Professor

American University
August, 1996 – December, 1996 (4 months)

Taught introductory video production course to undergraduates.

News Editor

Mutual/NBC Radio News
February, 1996 – August, 1998 (over 2 years)

Interviewed newsmakers, edited material filed by correspondents and stringers, checked for accuracy. Senior producer on Saturdays: Supervised editors, anchors and correspondents, determined content of network newscasts and other news programming as required, copy edited newscasts.

Freelance News Writer

February, 1996 – August, 1996 (6 months)

Wrote news copy for cable newscasts.

Freelance Writer

WTTG-TV, Washington, DC
February, 1996 – August, 1996 (6 months)

Wrote news copy for morning show.

News Editor

WTOP-AM, Washington, DC
January, 1994 – February, 1996 (about 2 years)

Supervised production of one-hour newscasts for all-news radio station. Responsible for determining newscast content and assigning stories to reporters and assistant editor.

Managing Editor

December, 1990 – September, 1993 (almost 3 years)

Supervised staff of seven, plus coordinated submissions from correspondents and news organizations in 30 states. Responsible for quality and content of broadcast wire service copy. Troubleshot problems with computer equipment. Also wrote and distributed nine newscasts daily.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

In the Absence of Light (Absence of Light Trilogy Book 1)

Strayer, Susan M., Cantwell, Lynne, Milyko, Kat

How To Write A Book: Tips from Authors for Authors About Writing and Publishing

Cantwell, Lynne, Cherie, Rachel, Darden, Katie, Leslie, Judy, Ormiston-Smith, Tabitha, Picard, Joseph, Phythyon Jr., John R., Richards, Tory, Seeger, Alan, Ziomek, Diane

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