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2017 Editing Prices




Proofreading starts at .0055 a word

Proofreading is done on a final draft and includes line-by-line correction of spelling, grammar, and minor sentence structure issues. Each proofread receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes. Proofreads are only accepted if full manuscript has been approved by me or previous editing by a reputable copy editor has been confirmed.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $110.

Detailed Copy Editing starts at .0070 a word

Copy Editing is done on a final draft and includes detailed, line-by-line editing for sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and, if needed, other issues that do not require major changes, such as plot consistency, character analysis, and style. Each detailed copy edit receives at least two passes before being sent back to the author. This package does not include second edit after author reviews changes.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $140.

Detailed Copy Editing & Proofread Package starts at .0090 a word


This is the package I recommend most for every author, as well as my best-selling and best-value package. It also includes a free blurb edit ($35 value). The Detailed Copy Editing and Proofread Package combines both services. This package has two different steps. First, Detailed Copy Editing will be done to a manuscript and sent back to the author. The author will then make all the changes they need to based on offered suggestions. Once the author has finished this stage and sent it back, a thorough Proofread will be done on the finished product. Please refer to the above explanations for each service to see what they entail. This is the most cost-effective package if you desire both a detailed copy edit as well as a final proofread after suggested changes have been made. This package gives the most-polished end product. It is the author’s responsibility to supply the blurb at the time of the edit.

Package fees are baseline fees. Please be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done.

Anything under 20,000 words is automatically $180.

$35 Flat Rate for Blurb Editing & Critique

Need help making your blurb great? Need a fresh pair of eyes to check for errors and readability? This is your option. This is a flat-rate service with a two-day turnaround. 

$50 Flat Rate for Small Jobs

Almost anything under 2500 words, such as query letters. (Query letter format)


BA from Grand Canyon University in English/Literature.

Graduated with Honors: Cum Laude.

Four Years of Experience.

Editor in chief for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing. and

Freelance copy editor for Tule Publishing. 

I have edited, compiled, and published four anthologies through Indie Style Press, which is a compilation of Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp & Phycel Designs by Rene Folsom, Author. 

Apocalypse: An Anthology by Authors & Readers, Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST, Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories, and Stardust: A Futuristic Romance Collection.  You can find these on Amazon.


Terms and Conditions:

I occasionally update my Terms and Conditions. It is the client’s responsibility to occasionally glance at them to see if anything has changed. 

MANUSCRIPTS must be submitted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, and double spaced. If they are not, I will change them. It makes the editing process cleaner and easier.

I DO NOT edit non-fiction books. However, I will edit non-fiction articles, website material, press releases, and other such subject matter. I am also not familiar with UK grammar. I will edit UK books, but only if they are being completely Americanized.  If you want to keep some UK tone, (colour instead of color, sayings, etc) that is fine. You just have to make sure to tell me. However, any and all grammar related issues that I do recognize will be Americanized.

GRAPHIC and/or gratuitous RAPE scenes are not accepted. Books containing them are subject to IMMEDIATE return without refund or completion.

HOWEVER, books that contain rape are not an automatic no. A girl trying to get over being raped, a fade-to-black rape scene that is integral to the story, a book about rape that inspires hope in victims, a crime book that manages to impress the violence without making it graphic and pleasingly sexual, etc… would all be considered and most likely accepted. Please just explain the scenes to me. Erotica books that use rape as something pleasingly sexual, or any book that does, or any book that describes rape in graphic, violent, sexual, scene-by-scene detail, will not be accepted and if in a book I accepted without my knowledge, will be returned with NO REFUND OR COMPLETION. (Rape Clause Added October 20, 2015)

AUTHORS are responsible for getting their books to me by the date agreed upon. If I have not received it within two days of the agreed upon date, I will move on to the next in line, unless I have an email from the author and we agree on other terms.

RUSH JOBS, which I rarely take and usually only from established clients, will incur a fee. It will depend on length of manuscript and amount of time given to finish. The start amount is $100, and it goes up from there. Anything expected in less than ten days is considered a rush. The less amount of time given to complete the edit, the higher the rush fee.

-There is no harm in asking if a rush is possible, for a new or established client. I just can’t promise it will always be possible, so I would not base a publishing date on it unless verified with me in advance.

PLEASE be aware that books that need excessive editing outside of the package picked may lead to extra fees. The fees will be discussed with the author before any work is done. If while editing the book, excessive editing outside the package becomes a problem, progress will halt while the author is contacted. This rarely happens. However, I have had a book for proofread that the sample was great, but when I received the book, only the first two chapters were acceptable. The rest needed more of a developmental edit. This is the reason I mainly ask for middle-of-the-book samples.

PAYMENT is accepted up front. An invoice will be sent through PayPal when the manuscript is received. No work will be done until invoice is paid in full. PayPal fees are calculated and added to final bill. A $100 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than a week before their date. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged if the client cancels their time slot less than two weeks before their date. This fee is strictly enforced.

HOLIDAYS and holiday weekends DO NOT count toward the estimated amount of time given to edit your manuscript. Those times are spent with my family. We always take a vacation during the week of Thanksgiving and one week in the summer. Please be respectful of those times. If any of those fall during your time period, please be aware of this. Example: If you are given a time period over Christmas, please be aware the holidays will interfere with the edit time. Times given are estimates unless completely firmed up with me by way of a pre-order publication date. Two-week turnarounds are no longer automatically given. Manuscripts are given my complete attention and are turned over in as timely a manner as possible. Sometimes, life happens. Please be patient.

***I am NOT a developmental editor. I am a final-draft editor. If you are a FIRST-TIME author who needs extensive help with plot, character development, and flow, I would recommend you hire a developmental editor to work with you through the different stages of pre-editing before you contact me.***

I reserve the right to refuse any and all manuscripts at my discretion.

Contact Details:

To contact me about availability, questions, or to submit your manuscript, please email me at Please be aware that my schedule fills up quickly. For assurance of a spot, a 4-6 week pre-schedule is necessary. However, do not hesitate to contact me about sooner availability. It is possible that I have open spots.

Books Edited:

(Some titles and authors are not listed due to privacy)

Jason Brant: The Gate, Tartarus, Sheol, The Dark, Devoured, Consumed, Ravaged, Ash, Madness, The Perfect Crime, Clown

Melissa McClone: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) The Wedding Charade

Marquita Valentine: (NYT and USA Today Best-selling Author) Twice Tempted, Just Desserts, Only For You , True For You, Not Over You, Wish For You, Burn For You, The Request, Be Mine, All the Right Moves, The Deception, Need You Tonight, Love So Hot, Dare Me Once, Love So True, Love So Irrestible, The Forgotten Bride, The Temporary Bride, The Billionaire Bride, Seducing the Billionaire’s Wife, Skin Deep, Royal Scandal

Sawyer Bennett: (USA Today Best-selling Author) Off Course, If I Return, Forever Young, Off Chance, Legal Affairs 1-6, On the Rocks, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Uncivilized, Off Season, With a Twist, Off Duty, Shaken Not Stirred, Wicked Fall, Clash, Crash, Grind, Yield, Love Uncivilized, Wicked Fall, Wicked Lust, Wicked Need, Wicked Ride, Wicked Bond, Sexy Lies and Rock and Roll

Rene Folsom: Heart You, Voices of the Soul, Eyes of the Soul, Truths of the Soul, Blood of the Soul, Secrets of the Soul, Bind Me, Hearts of the Soul, Shuttered Affections, Exposed Affections, Flatter Me, For Liberty, Adventurous, Tempt, The Wager, Game Changer, Trust, Trapt, The Break, Game On, Promise You, By Chance

Rebecca Hamiliton: (NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author)& Conner Kressley (USA Today Best-Selling Author): Charmed by the Beast, Under: An Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance: Othala Witch Collection (Sector 5)

Rebecca Hamiliton: Origin: an Adult Dystopian Paranormal Romance: Othala Witch Collection (Sector 1) (NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Jasmine Walt: (NYT Best-Selling Author) & M. Moya: Marked by Magic, Betrayed by Magic

Shelly Crane: (NYT Best-selling Author) Smash Into You

Tabatha Vargo: (NYT Best-Selling Author) On The Plus Side

Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea: (NYT Best-Selling Authors) The Procedure

Jon Messenger: The Brink of Distinction Trilogy, Card Tricks, Rage

Kay Bratt: Somewhere Beautiful, Where I Belong

Sonya Loveday: The Summer I Fell, End Note, If Ever I Fall, Relevance, The Vows We Make

Candace Knoebel: Evernight, Everlost, Everdeep

Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel: Love Always, Runaway Heart, When Two Hearts Collide

T.L. Frye: The Secret of Magik and Dragons

Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele

Tanith Morse: Super Dark 2 and Super Dark 3

Rene Folson & Juli Valenti: Adventurous, Bound, Charming

Hans Cummings: Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy, Zack Jackson & The Hives of Valtra, Scars of the Sundering

Rachael James: Hook, Line, and Garter, Crazy B*tch, Baby B*tch

Erika Kathryn: Audie the Angel and the Angel Army, Audie the Angel: Plague

Phil Taylor: White Picket Prisons, 50 Shades of Phil, The Sneaker Tree

Nicholas Andrews: Festival of the Saints, Babyface Fire

Cheyanne Young: Powered

Shelby Fallon: Stealing Grace, Taking Faith

Ryan Casey: The Painting, The Disappearing

Jennifer Foor: Hustle Him

Andris Bear: Angel Unleashed, Demon Undamned, All Wicked’s Eve, Lover’s Lane, Memory Lane, Dead End Lane, Inked, Daring to Fall

M.L. Ryan: Special Offers, Special Attraction, Special Passage, Special Deception

Nicki Scalise: Prayer for the Dead

Jennifer Clay: The Other Side of Normal

Bart Hopkins: Dead Ends

Michael Loring: Number Eighteen, Say My Name

Dawn Husted: Safe

E.G. Gaddess: Dhampyr Journey

Jim Proctor: Made in the Stars, Veronica Phoenix, Search for the Phoenix

G.E. Saturley: The Real Deal

Toni Aleo: (NYT and USA Today Best-Selling Author) Breaking Away, Tangled in the Laces, The Whiskey Prince

Shaun Dowdall: Rebirth (A Thousand Hearts), Second Chance, From Beyond, Chrysalis Blooms (Serial Episodes)

Stephanie Summers: Haunting, Awakening

Stephanie Erickson: Unseen, The Dead Room, Unforgiven, Undivided, The Fate, The Reaper, The Human, The Dead World

Kyan Yauchler: Homeostasis Lost, Autumn Nation

A.G. Henley: The Fire Sisters

Katie French: The Brothers, Clay: A Breeder’s Story, The Barriers, Monster Island Serial Series

Marta Brown: Sun-Kissed Summer

Shelbi Wescott: Virulent Stories

Peter Boland: The Spiral Arm Episodes 2-4

Pete Bauer: Kneel and Pray, Lost and Found, Sins and Suicide, Gods and Martyrs

Annalise Nixon: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place 1-6, Bargain with the Bear, Saving the Wolf

Richard Gibbons: Battlefield Abductions, The Battlefield Indoctrination

Catherine Wilson: Look to the Stars, The Darkest Night

Charity Vandehey: Pirate Bound

Catherine Stine: Witch of the Cards

E.R. Arroyo: Aggression

Kristina Canady: Eclipsed by Midnight, Scrupulous, Valorous

Kelly Miller: My Blue Nightmare

Rickie Blair: From Garden to Grave, Danger and the Sting, A Branch Too Far

Jennifer Anne Davis: The Key, Red, War, Cage of Deceit, Burning Shadows

L.B. Gilbert: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) Air: The Elementals Book Two


Apocalypse, Twist, Stalkers, Stardust

Tule Publishing:

Madeline Ash: Breaking Good

Dani Collins: His Christmas Miracle (USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Eve Gaddy: Love Me, Cowgirl (Best-Selling Author)

Melissa McClone: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) A Thankful Heart, Christmas at the Castle

Robin Bielman: (USA Today Best-Selling Author) Once Upon A Royal Christmas

Clean Teen Publishing:

Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels: Exposing Ele, Surviving Ele, Ending Ele

Gabrielle Arrowsmith: Concealed in the Shadows, Released from the Darkness, Reduced to Dust

Cindy Saunders: Double Star

Wonderstruck: Various Authors

B.T. Lyons: Heartkeeper, Heartbound

Jon Messenger: Wind Warrior, Flame Caller, Water Shaper, Earth God

Lauren Nicolle Taylor: The Woodlands, The Wall, The Wounded, The Wanted, The Willful (Woodlands Novella), Nora and Kettle

Holly Kelly: Rising, Descending, Avenging, Raging

Melissa J. Cunningham: Reluctant Guardian, The Elementalist, The Celestine Sword, The Undoer

Erica Kiefer: Lingering Echoes, Rumors, Vanishing Act

Kelly Risser: Never Forgotten, Current Impressions, Always Remembered, Sea of Memories

Sherry Ficklin: Haunting Zoe, Queen of Someday, Queen of Tomorrow, Queen of Always, Playing With Fire, In Too Deep, Digital Horizons

Delsheree Gladden: Wicked Power, Wicked Glory

Neil Harris: The Last Orphan, The Harvest, Enslaved

Amanda Strong: The Awakener, Hidden Monster, Holy and the Fallen, Inner Demons

Michelle K. Pickett: Finding Willow, Unspeakable, Milayna, Milayna’s Angel, The Innocent

K.C. Finn: A Place Halfway

Sandy Goldsworthy: Aftermath, Aftershock, Afterlife

Renee Shearer: The Hunted, The Forsaken

Shannon Maynard: Wicked Luck, Wicked Fate

Tyler Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin: Prodigal, Riven, Extracted

Audrey Greathouse: The Neverland Wars, The Piper’s Price

Jennifer Derrick: Broken Fate, Avenging Fate

Kendra Saunders: Dating an Alien Pop Star, Engaged to an Alien Pop Star

Kristin Smith: Catalyst, Forgotten

Lila Felix: Lightning Forgotten

Jenna-Lynne Duncan: Blue Tide

Nely Cab: Marker of Hope

Crimson Tree Publishing:

Alicia Michaels: Secrets (Bionics 3), Spark (Bionics 4), Flame (Bionics 5), Revolt (Bionics 6), The Resistance, Bellamy and the Brute

Jon Messenger: Brink of Distinction series, Wolves of the Northern Rift, The Blood Thief of Whitten Hall, The Golem of Solomon’s Way

Peggy Martinez: Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction, Contradiction Cookbook

Ranae Glass: Chasing Daybreak, Chasing Midnight

June Stevens: Voodoo Moon, Changing Moon

Becky Doughty: A Long Way Home

Julie Wetzel: Blazing Moon


Clean Teen and Crimson Tree Publishing:

We have worked with numerous other editors in the past. There hasn’t been one who has stood out from the crowd for us like Cynthia Shepp has. Cynthia’s edits are not only thorough and accurate, but she offers a personal touch by adding simplified grammar lessons along with her edits to help our authors grow. Her professionalism and desire to go the extra mile make her a notch above the rest. We will continue to use Cynthia for our editing services for many years to come!

Marquita Valentine:

I highly recommend working with Cynthia for all of your editing needs. She always goes the extra mile and catches things that most others wouldn’t in a manuscript. I find her prices reasonable and her work exceptional. I plan to continue to work with Cynthia on future projects. (New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Jason Brant:

For anyone reading this and thinking about hiring Cynthia Shepp, let me tell you to stop waffling around and do it. That’s a decision you won’t regret. Her quality of work is so spectacular that she is now my full-time editor. My prose is stronger, my characters more believable, and my stories more plausible because of the fantastic work she has done.

Timely, accurate, professional, and affordable – what more could you ask for?

Jon Messenger:

Like most independent authors, I spent a significant amount of time looking for a quality editor. I tried companies that didn’t live up to my expectation. I found numerous editors who charged far more than Cynthia did but, when compared side by side, Cynthia’s editing work was of a far higher quality.

If you’re looking for an editor, you won’t find a better quality for a better price and a quicker turnaround. Cynthia is absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality editorial services. Her editing was so impressive that I’ve even hired her to re-edit novels that I’ve already published, just because she makes my work that much better.

If you’re still on the fence or searching for an editor, hire Cynthia. You won’t be disappointed.

Sawyer Bennett:

Cynthia just finished a manuscript for me, and I cannot even begin to describe how thrilled I am by her work. It was thorough and professionally executed. Her insight into my work was invaluable. I will be using Cynthia for all of my future editing work. I cannot sing her praises loud enough. (USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Melissa McClone:

I lucked out when I found Cynthia to edit my stories. I’ve worked with her on a novella, bonus story materials, and two novels. She’s fantastic to work with, and I appreciate all she does to make a manuscript and my writing as strong as it can be. She’s thorough and willing to offer suggestions like adding an epilogue when needed. I look forward to working with her on more projects! (USA Today Best-Selling Author)

Kay Bratt:

When it comes to editing, Cynthia Shepp is one of the best. I’m first and foremost a storyteller, and I’ll admit my weakness is grammar and its plethora of rules. However, with Cynthia on the job, I can rest easy knowing that her attention to detail will give my manuscript that professional touch it needs. (Bestselling author of The Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters.)

Tanith Morse:

Let me start by saying that I have worked with a LOT of editors and Cynthia is hands down the best ever. Not only is she first rate at spotting all those little typos and continuity errors that all authors dread, but her turn around time is nothing short of miraculous. Throughout working with Cynthia, she was always a consummate professional, always keeping me up to date with her progress and, wait for it … she actually delivered the project THREE days earlier than agreed. Cynthia is a truly marvelous editor, and I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you are an Indie author concerned about finding a diamond in all the murky waters of sub-par editors, I can wholeheartedly say that Cynthia is the real deal. A truly first-rate editor that I will be recommending to all my friends.

Phil Taylor:

I recently received my first manuscript edited by Cynthia Shepp. I was blown away by the quality of her work. Her editing increased the quality of my writing immeasurably. Her rates gave me an incredible return on my investment and she was fast as well. I could not be more satisfied. I plan to use her again and have no hesitation at all recommending her to others. Thank you, Cynthia!

Hans Cummings:

I’ve worked with other editors before Cynthia, but she is the one I will be going back to. Her feedback was extremely helpful and her communication was great. There are many comments already left here which sum up my feelings for working with her, so I’ll just say: they’re right!

Cheyanne Young:

Cynthia is a fabulous editor with a really quick turnaround time. She promised dates to me and they were met with no problem. One thing I really liked about her editing was that she would include the reason why she changed some of my grammar errors, thus enabling me to learn from my mistakes and not make them again. I found that super helpful and it was a way of going above and beyond when editing my novel. I can’t wait to have her edit all of my future novels.

Shaun Dowdall:

Blurb Editing: Cynthia was recommended to myself by my cover designer, and I must say I was more than impressed by the quality and efficiency of her work! I would definitely recommend her services for editing, and I hope to work with her again once my second draft is complete! Wonderful job on my blurb.

Copy/Proof: Cynthia’s work is fantastic. Not only does she pick up on my errors, but she also gives some very helpful direction and feedback. Having Cynthia edit my work has been an educational experience and her feedback is extremely constructive. I would definitely recommend her.

Rachel James:

I recently hired Cynthia Shepp to edit my manuscript and to critique my blurb. I was positively thrilled with the results. Not only is Cynthia professional, timely, and affordable, but she was also very much committed to bringing out the best in both. I have learned so much from the experience, and I truly believe she has helped me become a better writer. For anyone looking for an editor, I cannot recommend her strongly enough. We have already begun discussing my next project, and I am very much looking forward to working with her in the future. Cynthia, you are fabulous!

Andris Bear:

Cynthia is fabulous–efficient, professional, and affordable. She met my high expectations on a tight schedule and was delightful to work with. She explains her reasons behind every suggestion (which is a big value to the flighty, anal retentive, worrywarts such as myself). I cannot recommend her enough and will definitely hire her again!

S.L. Dearing:

I have been fortunate enough to have three of my short stories chosen to be in Cynthia’s Anthologies. Through the course of being chosen, I have also had the opportunity to be exposed to her editing abilities. She is exactly what a writer is looking for in an editor! She is thorough, detailed, knowledgeable and interactive. She is looking to make your manuscript the best it can be not only when it comes to correcting the grammar and punctuation, but also the flow and content. She is definitely my first choice when my next novel is finished, and I have complete confidence in her ability to make me shine!

Tara Moeller:

Best. Editor. Ever. Seriously. She is fast, good, and friendly. She does an excellent job, without taking your voice out of your work.

M.L. Ryan:

If you are thinking of hiring an editor, you can’t do better than Cynthia. A consummate professional, she is thorough, prompt, and a joy to work with. I can’t envision trusting my future manuscripts to anyone else, and you shouldn’t either!

Jim Proctor:

Cynthia edited a short story for me, and I was thrilled with the results. I had thought that the story was well written, having carefully gone over it numerous times. Cynthia’s edits amazed me. She made my work shine. She made rough sections flow beautifully. She suggested changes that made the story better without changing my meaning. Her comments explaining various issues throughout the story were very clear and extremely helpful. I was blown away. Her work is impeccable and her prices are very reasonable. I will never publish another book or story without hiring Cynthia to edit it.

Carrie Avery Moriarty:

Cynthia was great in editing my short story. She was concise in her changes, never making the story deviate from the original, and helped me present a better finished project. If she was unsure of my intentions, she asked for clarification. This was helpful because I was able to see where a reader would question what I had written. I couldn’t ask for a better editor for my work.

Pete Bauer:

Cynthia Shepp’s skills are top-notch. She has an extensive knowledge about the genre and age range for which my book was intended and gave clear, concise guidance on areas of concern. She has an eagle eye when it comes to finding punctuation, spelling, and grammatical mistakes. No matter how many times I’ve read my book or had it read by others, Cynthia was able to spot the places we missed.

Best of all, Cynthia is a dream to work with. She was clear in her communication and remained true to her word on expectations and process, delivering her services in a timely manner. I spent a lot of time researching editors and her previous/current clients were all unified in their satisfaction. Like them, I couldn’t be happier.

Marta Brown:

I cannot thank Cynthia enough! She is an amazing editor who goes above and beyond for her clients. She is a real find. Quick, kind, and a consummate professional. You will not be disappointed!

Stephanie Erickson:

I have worked with Cynthia Shepp on my last four books, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. As a perfectionist, I require two things from my editorial team: accuracy and reliability.

Cynthia does an amazing job editing. One of the most consistent compliments my books get is that they are well edited. That is thanks to Cynthia’s critical eye and firm grasp of grammatical rules. Not only will she make a change, but she cites why the change was made, and even includes online links so you can see—and understand—for yourself.

Second, with such a tight publishing schedule, I have to have someone reliable, and Cynthia is just that. She tells you upfront when she can have your project done, and then she delivers on or before that date. That quality is priceless to me, and it helps me meet all my deadlines.

I highly recommend Cynthia for all your editing needs. Seriously, she’s amazing. Stop reading this now and get in touch with her. I mean it.

A.G. Henley:

(Author of The Scourge, a 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist)
Cynthia did an excellent job proofreading my novel, The Fire Sisters. She was timely, professional, detailed, and always available for questions. She even taught me a few tips and tricks to make my next manuscript better. I highly recommend her!

Stephanie Summers:

Cynthia is awesome! She is very professional, and I love that she lets you know why something is incorrect so you can learn from it. Highly recommend!

Tieran Smith:

I am getting ready to release the second book in my new adult romance series. I was struggling with the blurb. I’d had some help, but couldn’t come up with what I really envisioned for the book. I asked for a critique here in the forum, and she reached out to me. I went to her website and saw her prices are super reasonable, so I hired her for the job. Let me tell you, she is spectacular to work with. She started the same day and after only going back and forth a few times, I had the perfect blurb. She took what I had, which wasn’t great, and turned it into something entirely different. It was like she had read the book, even though she hadn’t. I am amazed.

If I could give one piece of advice to all writers out there it’s this: Invest in your blurb. It is your sales pitch. Your cover garners initial attention and interest, but the blurb is what potential readers use to make their final decision. For just $35 (actually $30 because I received a discount for having her re-vamp the blurb for the first book in the series) she provided me an awesome blurb.

Best part yet, she is lovely to work with. Super responsive with a quick turn around.



(No Refunds… No Exceptions.)

I always recommend that authors send the manuscript to betas after editing. No manuscript will ever be 100% perfect. Betas can help find those stray errors before publication. They are a valuable asset.



One Month Only: Editing Promotion


For one month only (ends 6-12), every person who schedules an edit for this year will receive a free blurb edit and critique. That is a $25 value!

Editing Services by Cynthia Shepp

*Edit must be scheduled this year. Any service is acceptable. Manuscript must be received on time. Blurb to be edited must be from the book to be edited. Blurb edit received at time of book edit.

Please make sure to mention this promotion when scheduling.

STALKERS IS ON SALE FOR $0.99 (Regular price $3.99) US & UK

Seventeen authors. Seventeen tales of terror. Infinite nightmares. 

(Feel Free to Re-Blog)

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Shadows follow you in the darkness of the night and the eerie sensation of being watched crawls up your spine. Your sanity pulls apart at the seams as the terrors stalk their victims, leaving you too frightened to turn off the light. 

These twisted stories will leave you breathless, dreading the horrors lurking around the corner. 

Seventeen authors. Seventeen tales of terror. Infinite nightmares. 


Watch your back. 

Stories featured in this anthology: 
– Every Thorn by Rene Folsom 
– Dead Ringer by Jason Brant 
– Autumn by Elizabeth Collins 
– Don’t Kiss the Dead Fred by A.E. Killingsworth 
– Affliction by S.L. Dearing 
– Lucid by Andrea Stanet 
– Donations by Bart Hopkins 
– Bernice by Chad Foutz 
– Destination: Death by Eaton Thomas Palmer 
– Powerless by Laurie Treacy 
– Freezer Burn by Jon Messenger 
– The Watcher by Lindy Spencer 
– Immortal Luck by Magen McMinimy 
– Izzy’s Assassin by Nicole Clark 
– Say My Name by Michael Loring 
– Damaged People by Nicki Scalise 
– Blog Stalker by Phil Taylor 

** Edited and Compiled by Cynthia Shepp and Rene Folsom **


Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories  (US)

Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories  (UK)










Stalkers: A Collection of Thriller Stories

Roommate Romance Boxed Set

Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Three-Book Collection (#1 Resisting, #2 Falling, #3 Choosing)

Love Me, Cowboy: A Copper Mountain Rodeo Anthology

Warrior Unleashed (Mythrian Realm Series)

Breaking the Nexus (The Mythrian Realm)

Broken and Screwed (The BS Series)

Love Me, Cowboy: A Copper Mountain Rodeo Anthology

Revenge (Volume 1)

Holding Onto You (Never Letting Go)

Love’s First Bite Boxed Set (6 vampire romances)

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy)


Love Square

His Ever After (Love Square)

Because You’re Mine (Mine #1)

Driven (The Driven Trilogy)

The Captive Maiden

The Merchant’s Daughter

The Fairest Beauty

The Healer’s Apprentice


ON SALE FOR $1.50-$1.99


Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire

A Certain Slant of Light

Reaching Out For You (Never Letting Go)

A Little Too Far

First Comes Love




Never Close Enough (The Never Series)

Cowboy Heat – Sweeter Version (Hell Yeah! Sweeter Version)

That’s a Promise (Promises, Promises)

Mail-Order Groom

A Wedding Story

Hotter than Hot




Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island)

Guest Post and Giveaway from Irving Podolsky

Today we have Irving Podolsky, author of the Irv’s Odyssey Trilogy. Book One: Lost in the Looking Glass: Book Two: To the Light and Beyond: Book Three: Seeking the Way Home. Two lucky winners will walk away with the whole E-Book Trilogy! I, for one, can’t wait to delve into Irv’s world. Even though these books are not my usual type of read, the covers drew me in and the author himself snagged me the rest of the way.

Review Snippets:

“A perfect introduction to this coming-of-age trilogy of one young Jewish man in the midst of the era of sex, drugs and rock and roll.”

“My plan was to take Lost in a Looking Glass with me so I could read it on our cruise. But I finished it before we even left. What a page turner “
Gregor Wossilus – film critic, content producer and story analyst for the Bavarian Broadcasting Network

“The story had me laughing and groaning, with a distinct voice and a somewhat naïve approach to life and sex, Irv’s immersion into the world of porn films was penned in a conversational first person style, that often felt very much like a series of screen shots  of a day in the life.”



Irving H. Podolsky resides in the mind of this writer, and within the trilogy, Irv’s Odyssey.  As your host, I wish to remain in your hearts as that forever-young YOU seeking love, joy, wisdom and adventure. 

To learn more about Irv and his books, go to or


 Dear Readers,

Cynthia gave me absolutely no restrictions regarding what I should write about.

Well…there was one. She reminded me of that Golden Rule of Blogging. Write unto Others as you would have them write unto you, but not over 650 words.

A very important rule, ‘cause on the internet most of us don’t read more than 300 words about anything.

I break that rule. A lot. I have this crazy idea that you’ll stay with me for five minutes, reading my stuff to the end.

But I may be delusional. I could be boring and no one is telling me….out of KINDNESS.

There’s a lot of kindness out there and we’re all awarding it. Here’s an example.


I’m visiting my folks now, and last night they invited me to the Acropolis Restaurant and there we met Dave and Estelle, my parent’s best buddies and the other half of our small gathering. I’ve known Dave and Estelle for eight years. Estelle is engaging. David is not.

Three of us chose the garlic “House” dressing and that kicked Dave into reciting a yarn about a very old man who ate those stinky cloves everyday. The set up: Why did the garlic let grandpa live to be one hundred? The punch line: Because every time the Angel of Death came to visit, the old man would say, (Dave continued with a breathy exhale) “Whoooo are you?” You guessed it. The old codger’s garlicky breath chased the angel away.

Joke delivered, Dave laughed, our cue to join him.

I darted a quick glance at Estelle, who I’m sure had heard this yawn a thousand times. She grinned with a hint of a giggle. Mom and Dad politely chimed in next. I followed with a feigned smile and an approving nod.

Dave was boring and we were his enablers. No one wanted that job, but who was gonna tell the man his humor sucked, even for the second grade? Okay, his wife. But that wasn’t happening. She was kind.

From that point on my opinion of Dave locked in. The guy was not reading the room, and clueless about the difference between funny and stupid, which I assumed would apply to anything else he might say.

So when he related another story about early booster rockets, I didn’t believe him when he emphatically stated that the Jupiter C never put a man into space. I thought it did and he curtly corrected me.

When I got home I looked it up. Guess what? David was right. The Jupiter C tested various nose cones, (Who knew?) and the Redstone M lifted the Mercury astronauts into orbit.

And I got to thinking. Telling a bad joke can bust your credibility, and yet how many friends advise us to can the gags? They don’t. They pretend we’re funny. They’re being kind.

This kindness sets up bad novels too. When you write your best and give it out for review, how many people tell you it’s crap? (Agents not included.) Okay, maybe it’s not crap, but maybe your style is rough, or you’re overly wordy, or your tension isn’t working. Do your readers tell you you’re not the writer you think you are? And that your breath stinks, you slump and you’re conceited?

They don’t? Humm. Could it be…dare I say it…that you really, deep down inside DON’T WANT TO KNOW?

Because if you don’t want the truth, that leaves the one thing you DO want – validation. And consequently friends and strangers, out of kindness, will give you just that – PRAISE (the kiss of death to any writer if it’s not justified).

“Oh, that’s not me,” you say, “I can handle criticism.”

Me too. So when I gave out my first drafts of Irv’s Odyssey, I insisted on brutal honesty. Sure, that first editing pass was deadly unpleasant. But it made me a better writer (after Mr. Ego settled down). I then developed my style and found a “voice” – Irv’s voice; and then another  – this voice. I strive to keep it frank, open and honest.

Still, I can’t stop being kind to lame jokesters.


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 Brynn Aberdie has everything but freedom … but everything has a way of changing.
When Brynn loses her family, her security, and her handouts, she is left with one last option, and it guarantees one of two things: freedom or death.

Brynn vows to find that freedom, and soon learns a lesson many in One United have already learned – by failing to protect their rights, Citizens have forfeited their lives with little hope to ever recover them.


All of you know that I am fond of dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I would even go as far as saying at this point in my life they are my favorite genre. This is a great dystopian book that I am glad I got the chance to read.

Brynn Aberdie lives in what is called the One United. This takes place in the future where all of North American has joined together into one nation, people are microchipped with their every move tracked by the government, supposedly for their own safety, and their lives are mostly controlled by the government. They live underground in energy-saving homes. Their lives are in essence, mapped out for them. They have no control. Their every word is listened to and their freedom contingent on their willingness to be sheep.

After the death of her father in what the One United calls a terrorist attack, Bree’s life is changed forever. Along with a boy named T, Bree throws off the conventional chains and takes off in search of freedom.

This book is action-packed. I literally could not put it down. Bree was a very likable character and T is just what you would expect in a boy that turns her life upside down. Bree goes through so much on her quest for freedom. There are so many twists and turns that you just do not expect. Plus, the little bit of romance makes it sweet. This is one book that you do not want to miss.

Quotes from the book:

“Equality in the classroom means equality in life.”

“We were modified, Brynn.”

“Two of us – and you think we can change the world?

“I worry about you, about anything happening to you, because I truly love you, every bit of you.

Available on Amazon for $3.99
inDIVISIBLE by Ryan Hunter

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COVER REVEAL of Stina Rubio’s ‘The Forgotten Princess’

Today we have a cover reveal for Stina Rubio’s ‘The Forgotten Princess’. Great cover Stina! Looking forward to the book.


Amaya is a seventeen-year-old girl, who is anything but normal. Her father abandoned her as an infant, leaving her to be raised by a verbally abusive mother who –by the way– is never sober. Leaving her to defend herself, Causing Amaya to become a social outcast. One night while walking home from a party, Amaya was struck by a car while crossing the street, leaving her in a coma. When she wakes in the hospital a few days later, she is visited by a very strange-but-handsome man. When left alone he starts telling Amaya her life is more then what it seems. There is a Prophecy telling of a fogotten princess who will save his clan, the Suisuni Indians. Eli, the strange yet very sexy man, is suppose to be Amaya’s soul mate; the one who she is to marry. With nothing else to lose Amaya sets out on a journey with Eli, a journey of unanswered questions; a journey to find her absent father. Along the way Eli teachs Amaya who she is, and introduces her to a world of magic and myths. Will Amaya be able to handle all the pressure everyone set on her shoulders? Will she be able to forgive the father who left her? Most importantly will she be able to live up to the prophecy of the forgotten princess?


On a day in September,
our world will be gone forever,
Unless we can find,
The one person lost in time,
A Princess who he shall bear,
With traits from her mother; fair,
A moment lost in time,
That we must diligently find,
born to another,
A warrior like no other,
He shall be the lost princesses fate,
Side by side they fight,
True soul mates,
Trained to love and protect,
Her warrior is the key to her merriment,
Love is the truth,
Death is the way,
Together they fight,
Together they slay,
Two souls one destiny,
Together and only together,
Will they bring peace and harmony.


Stina is the mother of three energetic boys (Daniel Jr. age 8, Zion age 6, Ezra age 1) they are her everything, the Princes’ of her heart. She has been with her husband Daniel for 11 yrs., and still going strong. The only other thing in her life she loves with a passion is writing, well and reading. She started writing poems and short stories, her short stories geting negative attention from teachers, thinking Stina was demented. Writing has always came easy to Stina because her imagination always runs wild.

This is going to be Stina Second book she has wrote, but The Forgotten Princess is going to be the first one released.


Apocalypse Writing Contest (Facebook) Open to EVERYONE (readers and authors)

This is a contest that I have going on Facebook right now. I would love to have more entries. Everyone is having such fun with it and I would love to see how creative everyone is. This contest is for ANYBODY, readers, authors, book bloggers, absolutely anyone can submit a story. The only stipulation is that you be a fan on my facebook page as that is where the contest is going on. You can become a fan HERE. I will post everybody’s stories on my facebook page for everyone else to read. Come check out the entries already submitted. The contest details are below.


*For this contest I want you to imagine that the world as we know it has ended. Total Apocalypse. You only have yourself and one other person you can rely on (your choice). There is no power, no water, and you are armed with only a backpack of supplies. In your backpack there are matches, 4 bottles of water, enough food to make it 3 days, and one weapon (your choice). Spin me a story, it can really be as long as you want, but at least 3 paragraphs, and tell me what you would do. Make it like a fiction book and spin a web of survival, danger, and conflict. Tell me why the world as you knew it ended, tell me your fears, make up a world in which nothing is the same and survival is hard, and the world is against you. Tell me what you would do, where you would go, how you would get food and water, how you would protect yourself, and how you would you make your life over again. You could even throw in some romance and meet some new people to help you on your journey.*

You can submit this story to me through my email or just send it to me in a message on Facebook. 2 Winners will get a handmade fabric bookmark from  Monkeyface Boutique as well as a MYSTERY PRIZE. There will also be a few runner up prizes (depends on how many people enter)! Contest ends September 27th. Cassie and I will review the stories and pick the most creative. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!