Résumé

Crystal MM Burton
Author • Editor • Dreamer
(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, Calibre, Notepad++, Epubcheck, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, and MailChimp.

 

Skills

  • Types an average of 95 words per minute with 97% accuracy.
  • Uses Microsoft Word for writing, editing, formatting, and planning.
  • Uses Notepad++ to build an e-book using CSS and HTML coding.
  • Uses Calibre to convert file formats.
  • Uses 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.
  • 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 on Facebook.

 

Experience

2017-01  –  current      Independent Publisher

Imagine House / Self-employed

  • Runs and maintains a business website.
  • Organizes and publishes a monthly newsletter via MailChimp.
  • Participates in social media outlets as a knowledgeable professional.
  • Owns and operates a fantasy community on Facebook.
  • Determines the quality of submitted stories and novels and provides feedback to the authors as to why they were or were not accepted.
  • Networks and communicates on behalf of the authors published by Imagine House.

2016-08  –  current      Freelance Editor

Self-employed

  • 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.
  • 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.

2016-02  –  2016-09      Story Coordinator

Collaborative Writing Challenge

  • 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

2016-02  –  2016-08      Editing Director

Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc.

  • 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.

2015-07  –  current      Independent Author

Self-employed

  • 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.

 

Publications

My Books

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

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 Child—my shorts: In the Park (featured) and Parting Ways (coming March 24, 2018!)

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

Standalone Short Stories
2018 – Blank Space (releasing in August 2018!)

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 revised post-edits, so my work may or 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 (coming soon) (This book was previously published and is undergoing edits now.)
2018 – Heart of a Child—Authors’ Tale (coming soon) (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 (coming soon)
2018 – Shards of the Crystal Rose—Benjamin Phillips (coming soon)
2018 – Die & Don’t—Vance Pumphrey (coming soon)


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