About Cup & Quill
Founder and Editor
I am the founder and senior editor at Cup & Quill Editing & Publication Services. I’m also an English professor with over twenty years of experience teaching literature and writing courses.
A specialist in African American literature, I’m the author of Lockstep and Dance: Images of Black Men in Popular Culture.
In addition to editing, I offer coaching packages for writers, helping them turn ideas into stories and stories into books. My coaching packages provide guidance, accountability, and encouragement throughout the writing process.
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your writing, editing, and publishing goals. Discover how a professor’s touch can help you bring your project to fruition.
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Mike is a writer, speaker, leadership authority, serial entrepreneur, and executive coach. He is also a passionate advocate for men’s mental health.
In his free time, Mike is an ultramarathoner and loves spending time in the Canadian Rockies. He is a loving father of two adult children.
Mike brings to Cup and Quill’s ‘front porch’ his business acumen, his talent for writing and coaching, and his love of people.
Dr. Shannin Schroeder
Dr. Shannin Schroeder has been teaching writing, including creative writing, at the university level for over twenty years. She received her Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University and her BA and MA, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Truman State University in Missouri. Her scholarly expertise and publications center around magical realism. Her most recent writing delves into young adult literature. Shannin excels at helping writers to focus, to maintain continuity, and to refine their works, no matter the genre or the scope of the project. She has an ear for believable dialogue and a knack for finding clever ways for writers to move in and out of scenes, but she can also step back and do simple copyediting for authors who want to send out polished works. Shannin is a Midwesterner who moved to Arkansas with her husband to teach; they have two daughters.
Dr. Joe Dornich
Dr. Joseph Dornich graduated from Texas Tech University with a PhD in English. He is the author of the short story collection, The Ways We Get By. Joe’s writing has won contests and fellowships with The Master’s Review, Carve Magazine, South Central MLA, Key West Literary Seminars, The South Carolina Academy of Authors, among others. Joe lives in California and teaches writing at Cal State University San Bernadino.
Sara Day joined the Cup and Quill Team as a senior editor in 2023. She holds a PhD in English from Texas A&M University and a BA in Writing and English from Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature (2013). After two decades as an educator, she now works as an editor and project manager. Sara enjoys traveling, baking, and crafting. She lives in the mountains with her family.
Andy Malinski joined the Cup and Quill team in 2023 as an associate editor and proofreader. He holds a BSEd in Secondary English Education from Northern Arizona University. He is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing through Lindenwood University. Andy’s non-fiction writing on fatherhood and his life as a dad has been featured nationwide in the blogs of birth-workers (doulas and midwives). He is a natural fit for the Cup and Quill team because of his passion for storytelling and desire to help others bring their stories to fruition.
In his non-writing life, Andy is breathing his way—deeply, slowly, and carefully—through raising two kids, a teen and an almost-teen. In a family of violinists, Andy is the odd man out as a trumpet player who also enjoys cooking and watching good movies. He and his family reside in Colorado.
Dr. Heather Smyth
Where it all began
Not so long ago...
…in August of 2018, Dr. Linda Tucker ran into a former student-cum-romance-novelist who invited her to edit one of her books. Linda enjoyed the process and created a profile online, seeking similar projects. Editing jobs poured in, and she hired a team of professors and graduate students to meet the demand. Before long, what began as a hobby became a business, Cup and Quill, LLC.
Then we evolved...
Since February of 2021, Linda and her friend and mentor, Mike Cameron (www.mikecameron.ca), have co-taught a weekly, online book-writing course to a group of Canadian and American writers. In February of 2022, Mike became an official Cup and Quill partner, bringing to the table years of business success, his belief in the power of stories to change the world, and his passion for helping people fulfill dreams and achieve goals.