Lynn M Cross
Wings for Your Words
612 770-7788

As a member of PEN, I have one goal for your great writing, and that is to make it even better. I particularly enjoy working with speculative fiction and dissertations. I use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. as my style guides. For dissertations, I apply APA, 7th ed. I can also serve as your substantive editor, making many helpful suggestions about language, clarity, and stylistic choices. And if your manuscript needs even more assistance, I can put on my developmental editor's hat to look at aim, content, and structure. I have a BA in English, doctoral study in experimental social psychology, and advanced study in editing. I give painstaking attention to detail, have a finely tuned eye and ear for word choice and sentence structure, and am committed to clarity. I work at the level you need, always with respect for your voice. If you provide me a sample of your manuscript, I will do a free mini-evaluation. Send me a brief description ( of what your manuscript needs, and together we will formulate a plan of action that will give your words the wings they deserve! Visit my web page: and my LinkedIn page:

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Writing Services
Academic, Book proposals and query letters, Fiction, Nonfiction, Rewriting, Web
Other Services
Author coaching, Content review, Fact-checking, Manuscript critique, Query, proposal, and/or submission review, Research, Style guide creation
Special interests are behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, psychology, self-help and counseling, spirituality, alternative health, women's issues, food and cooking, science fiction and fantasy
Fiction Genres
Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Humor/satire, Memoir, Poetry, Science fiction, Self-help
Nonfiction Genres
Academic, Autobiography and memoir, Biography, Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, Essay, DIY/how-to, History, Self-help, Textbooks, Travel
Age Levels
Infant and toddler, Pre-K, Early elementary, Middle grade, Young adult, New adult, Adult
End Products
Dissertations, theses, and scholarly articles in excellent conformity to APA style. Fiction: all types, but especially speculative and SF. Nonfiction: books of all kinds, memoirs, reports, and articles; Web pages; publicity and marketing materials. In other words, a manuscript that you will be proud to submit for publication!
Style Manuals
American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), Gregg Reference Manual, Modern Language Association (MLA)
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Photoshop, Google Docs, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt
Other Memberships
Editorial Freelancers Association