Résumé

Crystal MM Burton
Author • Editor • Stock and Graphic Designer
(254) 217-2790
crystalmmburton@gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/crystalmmburton

Freelance editor and author with 2+ years’ experience in the publishing field. Proficient at managing social media accounts, networking, and communication. Has extensive grammatical knowledge and research abilities in relation to the Chicago Manual of Style. Types an average of 95 words per minute with a 97% accuracy, and has skills in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Calibre, Notepad++, Epubcheck, WordPress, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and MailChimp. Has growing knowledge and experience in the fields of graphic and stock design with skills in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

 

Skills

  • Types an average of 95 words per minute with 97% accuracy.
  • Uses Microsoft Word for writing, editing, formatting, and planning.
  • Uses Google Docs for writing, editor feedback and critique, and collaborating.
  • Uses Notepad++ to build an e-book using CSS and HTML coding.
  • Uses Calibre to convert file formats.
  • Utilizes Epubcheck to ensure e-books are free of errors.
  • Understands and applies guidelines stated in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Performs fiction editing including but not limited to developmental edits, substantive edits, line edits, and copyedits.
  • Performs fiction writing in the fantasy, drama, and romance genres.
  • Maintains a website and blog via WordPress with an expanding social following.
  • Combines skills from the Adobe Design Trinity (PS, AI & ID) to create professional book covers for both print and digital formats.
  • Organizes, designs, and publishes monthly newsletters using MailChimp.
  • Has independent publishing knowledge and experience as Editing Director and as Owner.
  • Has public relations experience as Story Coordinator and as Owner.
  • Manages and administrates a fantasy community on Facebook.
  • Administrates a writing community.

 

Experience

2016-08  –  current      Freelance Editor; Stock and Graphic Designer

Self-employed — hours vary

  • Runs and maintains a business website.
  • Participates in social media outlets as a knowledgeable professional.
  • Edits novels or children’s books for either developmental, substantive, and/or copy edits.
  • Formats novels or children’s books into upload-quality .docx, .mobi, and/or .epub files for publication as paperback and/or digital books.
  • Communicates with clients/authors to ensure they understand their edits and why certain suggestions were made.
  • Communicates with clients/authors to ensure their cover design accurately depicts their vision while portraying the tone, theme, and genre of their book/series.
  • Uses a wide array of features in Microsoft Word, Notepad++, Calibre, and Epubcheck.
  • Understands and applies the grammatical guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style to all edits performed for clients/authors.
  • Uses the Adobe Design Trinity (Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign) to create professional book covers in both print and digital formats.

2016 – current      Social Community Administrator

Authors’ Tale writing community and nonprofit / Volunteer position and board member — part time

  • Post and monitor the weekly Tale Tuesday thread for community interaction
  • Stay informed on new member requests and approve or deny where applicable
  • Monitor the group feed and react accordingly
  • Interact with members on their posts, including offering industry advice as a knowledgeable professional
  • Post helpful or fun information and memes to engage the community
  • Turn off commenting on time-sensitive posts
  • Organize and manage the group files and uploads
  • Edit the group’s annual anthologies
  • Format the anthologies’ e-books
  • Participate in group activities and encourage member interaction
  • Repeat all aforementioned activities in The Writer Scrolls (sister community)
  • Occasionally post book recommendations in the Writer Scrolls
  • Contribute to and help guide tri-annual community collaborations
  • Offer management and development opinions during admin and staff discussions and brainstorming
  • Act as temporary happiness specialist (customer support) during member disputes

FEB-2016 – SEP-2016      Story Coordinator

Collaborative Writing Challenge — part time

  • Corresponds with a list of writers via email
  • Organizes and structures the developing plot of a cohesive novel on a tight weekly schedule spanning an eight-month period
  • Reads, examines, and judges chapter submissions from authors based on their plot and character developments and whether they progress the story
  • Gives a light copyedit to all chosen chapters during the submission period
  • Offers constructive feedback to the authors whose submissions were declined
  • Utilizes MailChimp to inform all writers and followers of the story’s progress and submissions
  • Edits the final collaboration for cohesion, plot and character arcs, grammar, and consistency
  • Acts as liaison between the CWC and the Project Five authors and followers
  • Maintains a social media presence representing the CWC

FEB-2016 – AUG-2016      Editing Director

Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc. — full time

  • Edits novels for either developmental, substantive, and/or copy edits.
  • Formats novels or children’s books into upload-quality .docx, .mobi, and/or .epub files for publication as paperback and/or digital books.
  • Communicates with signed authors to ensure they understand their edits and why certain suggestions were made.
  • Uses a wide array of features in Microsoft Word, Notepad++, Calibre, and Epubcheck.
  • Understands and applies the grammatical guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style to all edits performed for signed authors.
  • Reads and accepts/rejects novel submissions to the publishing company.
  • Communicates with other Directors in the company and works together with them to accomplish mutual tasks.

JUL-2015 – current      Independent Author

Self-employed — hours vary

  • Runs and maintains a business website.
  • Participates in social media outlets and networks with other authors and publishers.
  • Writes stories that fall into the fantasy genre, among others classified as fiction.
  • Actively networks and seeks publication in various outlets.
  • Keeps social media accounts active and updated.
  • Engages in YouTube content creation and marketing geared toward readers and writers.
  • Maintains a blog of short stories, dreams, poetry, and writing/editing advice.

 

Publications

My Books

Children’s Books
2016 – Mommy, What Is the Moon?
2016 – Mami, Que Es la Luna?

Standalone Short Stories
2018 – Blank Space (coming soon!)

Anthologies
2015 – The Grim Keepersmy short: The Open Door
2015 – Festive Frightsmy short: Julbocken
2015 – A StarkLight Steampunk Anthologymy short: A Tinker’s Gift
2016 – Twisted Easter Tailsmy short: Death by Chocolate
2017 – Once Upon a Wednesdaymy short: Just Coffee
2018 Heart of a Childmy shorts: In the Park (featured) and Parting Ways

Collaborations
2016 – ARK
2016 – The Map (I coordinated this story.)
2018 – Esyld’s Awakening
2018 – Army of Brass
2018 – BIT (coming soon!)

Featured Articles and Stories
2016 – Embellished with Roses—short story contest runner-up @ The Collaborative Writing Challenge
2016 – OCD Is More Than What You See—article published @ The Mighty

My Clients’ Books

Edited
2016 – Dead by Morning—Kayla Krantz (This book has been rewritten post-edits and my work may not be evident.)
2017 – Phoenix Always—Jae Dawn
2017 – Key of the Prophecy—Vicki B. Williamson
2017 – Estelle and Ziggy—Adam DeRose
2017 – Once Upon A Wednesday—Authors’ Tale (co-edited with Cayce Berryman)
2017 – Live & Learn—Vance Pumphrey
2017 – There’s No Such Thing As People—Michelle Williams-King (co-edited with Cayce Berryman)
2018 – Alive at Sunset—Kayla Krantz (This book has been rewritten post-edits and my work may not be evident.)
2018 – Heart of a Child—Authors’ Tale (co-edited with Cayce Berryman and Ekta Garg)
2018 – Shards of the Crystal Rose—Benjamin Phillips (coming soon)
2018 – Die & Don’t—Vance Pumphrey (coming soon)

Formatted
2016 – Phoenix Always—Jae Dawn
2017 – Once Upon A Wednesday—Authors’ Tale
2017 – Live & Learn—Vance Pumphrey
2017 – Souls Asunder—Miranda Brock
2018 – Heart of a Child—Authors’ Tale (e-book edition)
2018 – The Grapevines—Nadezhda Ilieva
2018 – Shards of the Crystal Rose—Benjamin Phillips (coming soon)
2018 – Die & Don’t—Vance Pumphrey (coming soon)

 

Education

2018–current  Post-Secondary Courses

Shaw Academy (FEB-2018 to current)
Online at shawacademy.com

  • 20-MAR-2018: Graduated basic graphic design with distinction (technical certification)
  • Currently taking: advanced graphic design; viral marketing

2005–2007  United States Navy (Nuclear Field)

Nuclear Field Power School—Enlisted ( 12-OCT-2006 to 06-APR-2007)
Naval Nuclear Power Training Command
Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina

  • Graduated Power School with a rank of E-4 (Petty Officer Third Class) and a rate of ET – Electronics Technician (Nuclear)
  • Learned and demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of  a pressurized-water nuclear power plant, including reactor core nuclear principles, heat transfer and fluid systems, plant chemistry and materials, mechanical and electrical systems, and radiological control
  • Courses included: atomic and nuclear physics; general chemistry and principles of materials; general physics; heat transfer; nuclear reactor engineering; radiation protection technology; technical mathematics; hydraulic systems; AC circuits; DC circuits; digital principles; electric machines

Nuclear Field A-School (08-MAR-2006 to 25-AUG-2006)
Naval Nuclear Power Training Command
Goose Creek, Charleston, South Carolina

  • Graduated A-School with a rank of E-4 (Petty Officer Third Class) and a rate of ET – Electronics Technician (Nuclear)
  • Learned and demonstrated knowledge of fundamental mathematical concepts; basic electricity, electronics, digital, and microprocessor-based equipment, instrumentation, and control systems; interpreted schematic diagrams and used appropriate test equipment to isolate and correct faults in both civilian and military electronic systems; and understood and applied principles of industrial safety
  • Courses included: AC circuits; DC circuits; basic instrumentation and controls; digital circuits and microprocessors; electrical or electronic systems troubleshooting and repair; industrial safety; solid state devices and circuits; technical math

Basic Training (16-DEC-2005 to 15-FEB-2006)
Chicago, Illinois

  • Graduated boot camp with a rank of E-3 (Seaman) with co-ed Section 087
  • Learned and demonstrated knowledge of general military and Navy protocol, first aid, personal health, safety, basic swimming, water survival skills, physical fitness, and fire fighting
  • Courses included: personal community health and personal conditioning

2001–2005  High School

Colonial High School (AUG-2001 to MAY-2005)
Orlando, Florida

  • Graduated with a district GPA of 3.2 (2.96 state) with a qualification for honors
  • Earned and obtained a high school diploma

 


Testimonials

Crystal is a wonderful editor! I had the privilege of working with her on my debut novel, Dead by Morning. She improved it 100%! She knows exactly what to look for in all the important areas: grammar, character development, and plot. Not only did she smooth out the sentence structure in my novel, but she […]

Kayla Krantz

Crystal has edited countless short stories, blog posts, and novels-in-progress for me, and they are always edited to perfection! She’s one of my go-to editors when it comes to asking for any editing advice. I highly recommend any of her services. She is amazingly thorough and dedicated to every project she takes on. It’s obvious […]

Michelle King

Crystal edited and formatted my debut novel, Phoenix Always. I knew what to expect from her, which is why I knew that only she could be my editor, and she did not disappoint. It was challenging at times, and there were times when I wanted to curse her out, but that’s exactly what a writer […]

Jae Dawn

With my second novel, I had the opportunity to work with Crystal MM Burton as the editor. What began as a new relationship soon ended up being one of my best decisions ever. Not only is Crystal a wonderful and knowledgeable editor, but she has a talent for providing a lesson with her work. I […]

Vicki B. Williamson