Lynn M Cross

Lynn M Cross
Wings for Your Words
Phone: 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
Subjects: 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)
Software: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Photoshop, Google Docs, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, PerfectIt
Other Memberships: Editorial Freelancers Association