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++, and Epubcheck.

 

Skills

  • Types an average of 95 words per minute with a 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.
  • Has independent publishing knowledge and experience as Editing Director 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.
  • 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 – 2016-08      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

Collaborations
2015 – BIT (coming soon in 2018!)
2016 – ARK
2016The Map (I coordinated this story.)
2016 – Esyld’s Awakening (releasing in December 2017!)
2017 – Army of Brass (coming soon in 2018!)

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

Standalone Short Stories
2017 – Blank Space (releasing in November 2017!)

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

My Clients’ Books

Edited
2016 Dead by Morning—Kayla Krantz
2017Phoenix Always—Jae Dawn
2017Key of the Prophecy—Vicki B. Williamson
2017Estelle and Ziggy—Adam DeRose
2017 – Live & Learn—Vance Pumphrey
2017 – There’s No Such Thing As People—Michelle Williams-King
2017 – Alive at Sunset—Kayla Krantz (coming soon)
2017 – Shards of the Crystal Rose—Benjamin Phillips (coming soon)

Formatted
2016Phoenix Always—Jae Dawn
2017 – Live & Learn—Vance Pumphrey
2017Souls Asunder—Miranda Brock
2017 – Shards of the Crystal Rose—Benjamin Phillips (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

 


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