Sun Cooper

Sun Cooper - Editor

Tahlequah, Okla, USA

Sun Cooper of Sun Literary, a diverse women-led studio specializing in creative writing and multicultural publishing projects.

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Overview

I'm Sun Cooper, a writer, editor, and literary consultant who founded Sun Literary, a diverse women-led agency specializing in creative writing and multicultural publishing projects.

I have over 20 years experience navigating the terrains of the publishing world. Since the founding of my company, I've shepherded, edited, and consulted on a wide array of books in traditional, indie, and hybrid publishing. As a published author, I understand the personal and soulful journey of publication; and as an editor and literary expert, I understand the value of high quality work, dedication to the craft and process, and of building excellent, trustworthy relationships in the publishing industry. My personal feature work and collaborative projects have appeared in People Magazine, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Hill Lily, American Cowboy, Southern Writers, Severine, WAVES: A Confluence of Women's Voices, and UNUM Magazine. I also serve as editor and advisor for A Room of Her Own Foundation, a nonprofit literary organization by and for women, and was named its 2015 Blackbird Fellow.


After a broad, deeply-plumbed experience collaborating with authors, editors, agencies, and publishers, I became aware of the need for more female-centered and multicultural narratives and support in modern publications. I offer manuscript critique, vision mapping, developmental editing and editorial consultation, and a global roster of beta readers and expert multicultural and DEI sensitivity reviewers. I specialize in literary consultation for women's literature, children's literature, and multicultural literature. Sun Lit's clients have been published in Harper Collins, Seventy Seven Press, SheWrites, Heinemann Publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Familius, Lulu, and more.

Sun Literary has virtual agency worldwide and deeply values its relationships and partnerships within a globally diverse community within the literary arts and the publishing industry. This work was first imagined on my great-grandmother's desk in a horse barn on Monacan land in Virginia, flourished on Iipay-Tipay-Diegueño land in California, and was founded and continuously operates from the Cherokee capital of the state of Oklahoma, home to 39 tribes including the Indigenous Osage, Caddo, Kiowa, Comanche and Wichita peoples.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
History
Travel
Fiction
Children's
Historical Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Certified Professional Writers and Editors

Awards

  • National English Merit Award
  • Blackbird Fellow, A Room of Her Own Foundation

Work experience

Founder, Editor, and Literary Consultant

Self-employed
February, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

Welcome to Sun Literary, a woman-founded and diverse women-led studio specializing in creative writing and publishing projects. I've been vision mapping, writing, and working with authors, editors, experts, agents, and publishers around the world for over 20 years.

Executive Editor and Advisor

A Room of Her Own Foundation
April, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

A Room of Her Own is a nonprofit foundation by and for women, digitally publishing women from around the world, and providing platforms for creative writers and artists gatherings. Some of its past fellows and featured authors and artists have included Maxine Hong Kingston, Rita Dove, Marilynne Robinson, and Janet Fitch. Through online publication and virtual gatherings curating the diverse, global voice of creative women, the shape, size, and capacity of our room changes exponentially. Together, we make room for each other and our work in our way.

Consultant

Self-employed
March, 2014 – Present (about 7 years)

I offer publishing consultation and project management for authors pursuing the traditional, indie or hybrid path.

Writer and Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
August, 2012 – February, 2018 (over 5 years)

In a similar vein of The Artist's Way and Writing Down the Bones, I've developed a unique Vision Mapping self-paced email course curated from my twelve years of experience working with authors, agents, writer organizations, presses and publishers; it is an uncommon method designed to help writers and visionaries thoughtfully and smartly ask and answer the three most important questions in your writing, platform, and publishing goals and provide resourceful milestone mapping for your unique, particular vision.

My past experience working with agents and publishers has funneled through my work with authors and relationships I've built through such organizations such as A Room of Her Own Foundation and the San Diego Writers and Publishers Association. As a former newspaper editor, as well as a contributor to magazines and a publishing consultant working in partnership with my authors, I am familiar with both the nature and the process of publishing for readers. The list of publishers I've communicated with and worked with are broad and varied, including Seventy Seven Press, Red Hen, Familius Publishing, Tate Publishing, Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and others.

I also provide intuitive, editorial review and writing services for manuscripts, queries, endorsement and review campaigns, book proposals, book description and jacket copy, cover letters, and author biographies.

In addition, I offer fresh, expertly curated agent and contest lists with sample cover letters.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

A Beauty Collected: A Captivating ABC Book to Discover the Beauty Around You

Rachel Garahan

Adventure, treasure-hunt, discover, enjoy. The world comes alive with A Beauty Collected, a picture book filled with a lush alphabet of artful photography and dreamy narrative. By featuring items that can be found in one's own neighborhood (pinecones, flowers, herbs) combined with more exotic items (raw turquoise nuggets, tentacles, rambutan), the imagery in A Beauty Collected is designed to b... read more

Adventure, treasure-hunt, discover, enjoy. The world comes alive with A Beauty Collected, a picture book filled with a lush alphabet of artful photography and dreamy narrative. By featuring items that can be found in one's own neighborhood (pinecones, flowers, herbs) combined with more exotic items (raw turquoise nuggets, tentacles, rambutan), the imagery in A Beauty Collected is designed to b... read more

The Alexandrite: A Hollywood Time-Travel Noir

Rick Lenz

Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show busi... read more

Is sleeping with Marilyn Monroe worth getting murdered again?When Jack Cade, a down-and-out aging Hollywood actor, is fired from a no-pay production of Hamlet, he has no inkling his next role will be opposite Marilyn Monroe - only forty years back in time, in the year 1956.An award winning time-travel noir that slips between the shimmering worlds of modern and mid century Los Angeles show busi... read more

The Tigress and the Yogi

Shelley Schanfield

A talking tigress.A wandering yogi.A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi.She offers him hospitality, though as an untouchable her very shadow may sully the holy man, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with stories th... read more

A talking tigress.A wandering yogi.A young woman's harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos threatens gods and mortals alike.A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in terror, she stumbles upon an irascible old yogi.She offers him hospitality, though as an untouchable her very shadow may sully the holy man, and he accepts, repaying her kindness with stories th... read more

Old Wounds to the Heart (Whippoorwill Hollow Book 2)

Ken Oder

2016 WINNER International Book Awards & IPPY AwardsAmazon Best-Selling Literary Fiction: Romance: March 2016The second Whippoorwill Hollow novelShenandoah National Park, Thanksgiving Morning, 1967The morning mists are still rising in Whippoorwill Hollow when two aging friends find themselves staring at each other: one pointing a gun and the other beaten and chained to a tree. Their love for th... read more

2016 WINNER International Book Awards & IPPY AwardsAmazon Best-Selling Literary Fiction: Romance: March 2016The second Whippoorwill Hollow novelShenandoah National Park, Thanksgiving Morning, 1967The morning mists are still rising in Whippoorwill Hollow when two aging friends find themselves staring at each other: one pointing a gun and the other beaten and chained to a tree. Their love for th... read more

The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith

Judy Gruen

As Judy Gruen walked down the aisle and into her Orthodox Jewish future, her bouquet quivered in her shaky hand. Having grown up in the zeitgeist that proclaimed, “If it feels good, do it,” was she really ready to live the life of “rituals, rules, and restraints” that the Torah prescribed? The Skeptic and the Rabbi is a rare memoir with historical depth, spirituality, and intelligent humor. Gr... read more

As Judy Gruen walked down the aisle and into her Orthodox Jewish future, her bouquet quivered in her shaky hand. Having grown up in the zeitgeist that proclaimed, “If it feels good, do it,” was she really ready to live the life of “rituals, rules, and restraints” that the Torah prescribed? The Skeptic and the Rabbi is a rare memoir with historical depth, spirituality, and intelligent humor. Gr... read more

the shanghai [exile] diaries

mr. aric s. queen

At the prow of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, few so irreverently cut through the Chinese suppression as Aric S. Queen, the messy-haired controversial producer of the wildly successful "The Shanghai Diaries." Aric lives the high life with drugs, sex, and maverick success; but while on hiatus in Indonesia, one phone call changes everything. Aric discovers the Chinese police are hunting him down. Ca... read more

At the prow of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, few so irreverently cut through the Chinese suppression as Aric S. Queen, the messy-haired controversial producer of the wildly successful "The Shanghai Diaries." Aric lives the high life with drugs, sex, and maverick success; but while on hiatus in Indonesia, one phone call changes everything. Aric discovers the Chinese police are hunting him down. Ca... read more

Like It Was Yesterday

Los Angeles, CA - Iconic seventies photographer Brad Elterman has published a new volume featuring fifty-five black & white and color versions of his iconic images. Elterman had the incredible good fortune of arriving on the pop culture scene in 1974 as a teenager with a camera around his neck. He captured hundreds of legendary images of the kind most photographers can only dream. Like It Was ... read more

Los Angeles, CA - Iconic seventies photographer Brad Elterman has published a new volume featuring fifty-five black & white and color versions of his iconic images. Elterman had the incredible good fortune of arriving on the pop culture scene in 1974 as a teenager with a camera around his neck. He captured hundreds of legendary images of the kind most photographers can only dream. Like It Was ... read more

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