About Cup & Quill


Linda Tucker

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.

I look forward to speaking with you!


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Mike Cameron


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.

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The Crew


Dr. Shannin Schroeder

Senior Editor

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. Joe Dornich earned a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University where he served as the Managing Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. Currently, Joe is an Assistant Professor of English at Austin Peay State University and the Fiction Editor for the literary magazine, Zone 3. He is the author of the short story collection, The Ways We Get By. When not writing and traveling, Joe volunteers with Best Friends, the largest animal sanctuary in the United States.


Dr. Micah Dean Hicks

Coach and Editor

Micah has taught writing for twelve years. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Florida State University and is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones, and the story collection Electricity and Other Dreams. Micah is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, has been awarded the Calvino Prize, is a two-time finalist for the Nelson Algren Award, and was awarded the bronze medal in the Florida Book Awards. His writing has appeared in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, The New York Times, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and elsewhere.
Micah grew up in rural southwest Arkansas and now lives in Houston. He loves all kinds of stories, but his favorite genres are science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
When not writing, he is probably playing tabletop role-playing games with friends.
As an editor, Micah emphasizes tight narrative structure, deep characterization, emotional punch, and prose that bites.
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Clare O'Brien

Associate Editor

Clare holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside. Her Ph.D. research focuses on classical Arabic literature and medieval Spanish literature. She teaches English Composition at the university. When not reading or writing, Clare can be found doing web development, playing board games, or chasing her cats

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Leah Washburn

Associate Editor

Leah Washburn earned her B.A. in English Creative Writing from Rhodes College and her MFA in Fiction from the University of Central Florida, Orlando. She was a Rhodes’s Writing Center fellow and taught creative writing and composition classes. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Leah’s reading interests are eclectic, ranging from high fantasy to fabulism, from space operas to historical fiction, and from YA dystopian revolutions to quiet realist stories about family, connection, and memory—she reads it all. Leah loves helping other writers bring out the best in their work. Good writing is all about good revision. Leah believes that all stories have potential, and she is passionate about helping writers realize it.


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.

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