Sun Cooper

Sun Cooper - Editor

Oklahoma, United States

I am a writer, editor, and literary consultant specializing in creative writing, vision mapping, and publishing projects.

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Overview

I'm Sun Cooper, a writer, editor, and literary consultant who migrates between my home state, Oklahoma, and my adopted home, California. I've lived in a horse barn, a sea captain's house, and spent summers in Mexico, England, and Hungary. I've been in Baja the past months on a writer's residency, following the whale migration and working on a collaborative poetry and music project highlighting international women's literature and courage.

Under my belt, I've tucked a B.A. in English Lit, Harvard studies in Modern Masterpieces of World Literature, and over 18 years experience navigating the terrains of the publishing world. I am a member of the Certified Professional Writers and Editors, The Shakespeare Fellowship, a previous award-winning editor for the Nashville Gazette, a regular contributor to literary and travel magazines, an internationally published poet, consulting editor with My Two Cents Editing, editor of digital Waves, and Blackbird Fellow and consultant with A Room of Her Own Foundation.

My individual and collaborative publications have been featured in People magazine; National Geographic; Rolling Stone; Nashville's Gazette; London's Severine; NonDoc news online; ongoing hybrid publishing expert contributor for Southern Writers; and ongoing contributor for American Cowboy, highlighting indigenous history, conservation, and the role women play in the American West and modern culture. A featured work on the Cherokee Beloved-Women is slated for publication soon in A Room of Her Own's literary anthology, WAVES: A Confluence of Voices.

After a broad, deeply-plumbed experience collaborating with authors, agencies, and presses, I became aware of the need for more female perspectives and support in modern literature and publications. I offer manuscript critique, development, and sensitivity reading through M2CE. I specialize in literary consultation for women's literature, historical genres, travel and memoir, fiction, poetry, indigenous history and modern culture, sustainability and conservation, and soulful projects.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
History
Travel
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Poetry
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Certified Professional Writers and Editors

Awards

  • National English Merit Award
  • Shakespeare Fellowship, Randolph-Macon College
  • Best of Nashville, Gazette, Editor
  • Blackbird Fellow, A Room of Her Own Foundation

Work experience

Consultant

Self-employed
March, 2014 – Present (almost 5 years)

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

Writer and Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 7 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 (10 selected works)

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

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

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

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

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 Lost Gospel of Barabbas: The Thirteenth Apostle

Kevin L Brooks

A historical fiction with a supernatural twist. Follow the notorious insurrectionist, Barabbas, as he comes of age in the days when Romans ruled the ancient land of Cana surrounding the Sea of Galilee. The Lost Gospel of Barabbas invites the reader to join the young Barabbas as he faces his own demons and begins the journey down the road that leads him to his ultimate destiny. A road of love, ... read more

A historical fiction with a supernatural twist. Follow the notorious insurrectionist, Barabbas, as he comes of age in the days when Romans ruled the ancient land of Cana surrounding the Sea of Galilee. The Lost Gospel of Barabbas invites the reader to join the young Barabbas as he faces his own demons and begins the journey down the road that leads him to his ultimate destiny. A road of love, ... read more

Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland (The Picaresque of Imagine Purple)

Beth Fine

Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words 'wreck house' written on it. While searching the train corridors for Vanna, Ima learns what the note means and suspects it portends a fateful interruption to this final train trip. When Vanna is forced to joi... read more

Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words 'wreck house' written on it. While searching the train corridors for Vanna, Ima learns what the note means and suspects it portends a fateful interruption to this final train trip. When Vanna is forced to joi... read more

Starfall

W. A. Fulkerson

The Riveting Debut of an Expertly Crafted Original Fantasy Series Starfall is an exciting, adventure-filled journey inside a world filled with giants, monsters, and races not yet known. Whenever a child is born in the land of Pontus, a star appears in the sky. Children grow up watching their star, because at a certain point in their adolescence it's going to fall. When it does, for those who a... read more

The Riveting Debut of an Expertly Crafted Original Fantasy Series Starfall is an exciting, adventure-filled journey inside a world filled with giants, monsters, and races not yet known. Whenever a child is born in the land of Pontus, a star appears in the sky. Children grow up watching their star, because at a certain point in their adolescence it's going to fall. When it does, for those who a... 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

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