What I’m all About

To self-publish, land a literary agent, or get picked up by an indie press, you need to show off the goods, meaning the best version of your book you can, and, boom, that's where I come in!

My goal is to help you turn an idea into a publishable product, to take what you've already written and push it to the next level. I'm here to give you tools and techniques that you can start putting into practice NOW!

I'm here to help you become a published author.

"Initially, I had a "lump" of writing...about 30 or so pages that didn't really make sense. I showed this "lump" to Cynthia and she told me that there was something there, that I had a novel in me. I am not sure how she recognized it, but she did, and currently I have been signed with a highly-reputable agent." - Joanne Strasser

When I was younger, I dreamed of being a writer and publishing books. I'd walk into bookstores and spend hours in one row leafing through pages, all the while fantasizing about what my life would be like once my name was on a jacket cover. Where was I living? Who was I with? What my world looked like. I didn't dwell on any of the realities of writing a book like the time and mental exhaustion it could take, or not having anything to write about, I simply saw the spines on the shelves and thought, I want to do that too.

Fast forward to now, and what I can tell you is that I still spend hours in bookstores, but I also now know what it takes to get your name on a cover. First, it's impossible to get your name on a cover without knowing what you want to write about and the purpose behind what you're doing. Second, you need an awesome coach to guide you through - to tell you if this is working or not, give helpful techniques to enhance what's already there. This is where I can help!

Professional Bio
Cynthia has been a Development Editor for over ten years and has received her B.A. from Bard College and M.F.A from Sarah Lawrence College. She is fluent in Spanish and is a certified ESL teacher. She's seen over 100 titles to market, and along with working for publishers and individual authors, helping writers of fiction, non fiction, and computer books, she's also edited for UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). She has worked with Michael Gross, New York Times best-selling author, on 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building and Rogues Gallery: The Secret History of the Moguls and the Money That Made the Metropolitan Museum. She is the former Senior Editor of two literary magazines, A Gathering of the Tribes and Lumina. Cynthia is also a published author.

Cynthia is a holistic editor, in that she knows what one needs to understand about him/herself before even beginning to write, and she knows there is more to writing than words on the page. Being a writer herself, she understands the writer's world, and offers workshops to help artists overcome their fear of failure, help them find their voice, and techniques on creating time for writing.

What We Do