Saturday, May 6, 2017

Meet ShoreIndie Editor Cynthia Luna

As a marketer and linguist, Cynthia T. Luna has been editing and reviewing people's writing for more than 10 years. She began editing works of fiction in earnest with her brother's debut novel. Since then, she has helped several new and seasoned writers structure their books to be better calling cards for their businesses and advised indie authors on ways to structure and develop their stories. If there's only one thing Cynthia has learned while editing it's this: good writing emerges during edits!

In fiction, Cynthia most recently completed edits for a couple of young adult romance novels. In nonfiction, she rounded the corners of an upcoming book for indie authors on writing better villains. Cynthia wrote and self-published The Aspiring Author's Guide: Write Your Marketing Strategy (2016) for indie authors. And she contributes semi-regularly to her own blog,

Cynthia earned an M.Sc. in Public Relations (with distinction) from Boston University College of Communication and holds a B.A. in French Language & Literature (summa cum laude) from University of Maryland, College Park. Born in Trinidad, she grew up in Washington, D.C., and today lives in Winterthur, Switzerland. In her free time, Cynthia loves to read, binge watch Netflix series, eat delicious foods, take long walks in nature with her husband and travel.

For ShoreIndie 2017, Cynthia is excited to accept...

Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction with female characters who are going through a marked change. Action/Adventure, Upmarket commercial, Espionage, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Magic realism (if your story has a voodoo priestess or a downtrodden psychic, fine; if it’s loaded with shapeshifters and vampires, it’s probably not my bag), Romance, Women’s Fiction (especially from marginalized voices).

Whether your project is adult, YA or NA, I hold the same criteria in reviewing your work: incredible voice, good pacing, compelling characters who grow--and maybe even transform. I strongly believe we need diverse books and am looking for an authentic representation of all characters.

Follow Cynthia on Twitter, check out her Website, and ask her all your questions during her #ShoreIndie #AskEditor session on Wednesday, May 31st at 3pm ET.

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