About Me

 FYI

Writing goal this year: Launch my debut novel, More Than You Think You Know, coming in 2017 from Beating Windward Press. Have fun researching, interviewing and telling great stories that entertain and uplift for Michigan Technological University, and continue producing features, profiles and travelogues for magazines with further expansion into other print and electronic venues (business, gardening, social trends, politics, fitness).

Writing goal next year: Complete my next novel Yoga For Smokers (WIP), set on the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys, and start the third, working title Bite Me, a homage (exposé?) of the food and beverage industry. 

Recent editing projects: Numerous web pages and print publications for Michigan Tech’s University and Marketing Communications Department. Assisted with big-picture edits for inspirational romance writer Kristin Neva’s second in a delightful trilogy of Copper Country-based novels. She scored an agent. Sweeeet! Edited a fun, smoky, funky 1960s-70s memoir by a roadie who traveled with legendary rock acts including Bob Seger. Did first edits for Corey LaBissoniere’s Return to Enchantasthe second in his Young Adult Fantasy series Land of Enchantas. Also worked with some academic clients, (ELS/APA). Serving as writing coach and editor for higher-purpose projects is so rewarding!

My newest gig: Web writing for Michigan Technological University, along with collaborating and co-creating on other new-media projects, including social media platform management—Instagram to LinkedIn. It’s an eclectic, exciting writing-editing mix that immerses me in learning and teaching every day. I’m still available on a selective basis for freelance copy editing and content creation for clients that require clear, correct, clean, concise and consistent copy. Errors beware!

Harshest writing advice received: “No one cares how you feel when the sun shines on your face in the morning.”

Harshest writing advice given: “No one cares how you feel when the sun shines on your face in the morning.”

Favorite writing experience: Whatever I’m working on now.

Worst writing experience: Let me think about that and get back to you.

And if you want to get back to me: Email me at cyndiperkinseditor@gmail.com or PM me on the blogs, including this writing room, or my inspirational offering, tweet @cyndiperkins, join me on Instagram @cyndiperkins or meet me over on LinkedIn

TMI

I am not a woman of few words, although I try to make every word count. I’m a writer, editor, reader, Yogini, gardener, foodie and fashionista. A constant waitress and eternal cheerleader. A wife, mother, daughter, niece and cousin, hailing from a long line of touchy-feely huggers who love to dance and sing. Most of us have been told at one point or another, “Don’t quit your day job.”

What most people don’t know about me: I can whistle loudly, on key.

Latest hobbies:  Learning Kundalini Yoga mantras, practicing forgiveness and wildcrafting Cyndi’s Abundant Unguents, healing herbal balms from my garden and the Keweenaw landscape.

Guilty pleasure: Weaned from Bravo TV network thanks to ROKU. Addicted to Downton Abbey and Mad Men re-runs and House of Cards, thanks to Roku.

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16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I especially enjoy your use of alliteration in your “editing goals” section. It’s nerdy, but I like it! I’d like you to consider a piece on the versatility of throwback Reeboks in a nautical setting. I wait with bated breath 🙂

  2. Me too , Ebay does bring out your creative side. Yes its all about how you sell it. ( Pics help a lot ) I know, my 11th year with Ebay., before PayPal, before so many things we now take for granted.. I resisted change, hated PayPal, now Its lard to live without it.. For three years I was platinum seller, not easy to do over 20M a month ! I even sold my last house on Ebay !

  3. Anyone who’s first novel is going to be entitled “Loop dee doo” is worth following!!! I hate actual ‘word counts’ as I’m a bit of a waffler but I’m hoping to do an honours degree next year so I’m following some editorial folk such as your good self as a little tag along and so I can shamelessly pick up some free tips and advice!! edit, edit, edit -terrifies me but needs to be my mantra from now on!

    • Fair is fair – if you’re going to pick my brain I get to pick yours! I hate word counts, too, because I SPEW. If they ask for a 1,500-word article, I’ll give ’em 4,000. Then it’s time to hack and slash. Working at a newspaper was an excellent way to learn how to murder words. But I still haven’t figured out how to make it less painful.

  4. I can drop some names too, Hemingway , we both suffered from excess, and way too many ” ands” in our writings. . Every book I ever wrote required proofing many times and by several sources, it’s fun to let your creative juices flow .unchallenged ., often as with Hemingway, somewhat less than sober. At one time in earlier years, I did my best work with a hangover . At some point, with age, the Hirt exceeds the worth. This year marks 10 years sober,, just another day , as I saw it.

  5. Hi Cindy: I came here via FWG’s “show me your website” and was impressed with your site. It conveys a friendly and inviting feeling, which is good for aYA writer. I write dark historical fiction, and my blog, xenoseye.wordpress.com is a companion blog to my novel, “the shadow of Xeno’s eye.” Please take a look at my blog when you get a chance. Advice, suggestions, and constructive criticism are welcomed.

    • You can do it, too! There’s a saying: 75 percent of us want to write a book. Five percent actually start. Five percent finish. Five percent polish, revise and go through the query or self-publication process and take that book to market.

      I’m betting on you. Welcome to the five-percent club!

      • Those are interesting statistics. I’ve also heard that 90% of what’s published is non-fiction, making it even more challenging to find a publisher for fiction. Five-percent club…love that. And my hat is off to you, truly.

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