A Message from Linda
At Cup & Quill, we care as much about the people with whom we work as we do about the projects they hire us to edit and publish. In other words, when you sign on with CQ, you are more than just a word count; you’re a person with goals and dreams and our goal is to help you achieve them.
My team of editors and I work with academics, professionals, and lay writers on projects ranging from doctoral dissertations to fiction to memoirs to faith narratives. Our Senior Editors have Ph.D.s in a range of disciplines and many years of university research, writing, and teaching experience. Our Associate and Junior editors have M.F.A.s or B.A.s in Creative Writing and English. We also have a Senior Editor available for projects in both English and Spanish. Visit the Team page to learn more about Team CQ.
I’d love to share what "the professor's touch" can do for your work and answer questions you have. Please contact me directly at Linda@cupandquill.com to schedule a complimentary telephone consultation.
Thank you for dropping by.
All the best,
Dr. Linda Tucker
One of my lifelong dreams was to write a fiction novel. After nearly five years of work, I am about to publish one. When I began writing this novel, the idea was daunting. After all, I was in my late fifties and had no track record as an author. Frequently I found myself asking why I was still pursuing this dream. Lucky for me, I found Cup and Quill Editing and Publication Services. My first contact in the company was the editor, founder, and CEO, Doctor Linda Tucker. She proved to be a priceless asset not only because of her knowledge but also because of her energetic personality.
My editor, Doctor Shannin Schroeder, was equally priceless. One of the challenges of my writing was my age. I am currently sixty-one years old, and I grew up in an age when Americans were far less politically correct. My use of language and my grammar were a bit archaic. Doctor Schroeder was both patient and informative all along in her work with me. She was available for assistance both via the internet and by phone. She helped shape my novel into something far greater than I imagined it would be.
The people of Emerald Design truly lived up to their company’s name: they were gems! Both Doctor Jessica Hammerman and Isaac Peterson were almost as excited as I was to publish my work.” Doctor Hammerman’s deep understanding of history brought unique and powerful insights into my narrative. Also, as written on the Cup and Quill home page, Isaac’s “technological know-how complements his creativity.”
I could not have worked with a better team of people. Apart from the accolades I wrote above, their services were amazingly affordable. I live in Minnesota, and before I found Cup and Quill, I met with a local small publishing company that has similar services. However, that company wanted to charge me approximately three times as much!
A couple of people who have already read my work wonder when I will write a sequel. I have no idea. But I do know that I will use Cup and Quill when I do.
I want to extend my heartfelt thank you to Rebecca! She gave of herself as she coached me and turned my words into a beautiful work of art. She was patient, kind, and a true professional. I highly recommend this talented editor to anyone who is seeking excellence.
I bumped into the worst editors until Linda gave me Isaac to read one of my children’s books. This professional business really cares that you write a good book. It makes you feel like you have real supporters in your life. I will reach out to them again soon!
I would highly recommend Emerald Design. They have been great to work with and have gone above and beyond to make sure I was happy. Isaac has been great to work with. His work is amazing, and I would definitely work with him again in the future!!
Rebecca was great to work with. Her insights and questions pinpointed the weak areas of my story, which led to a stronger narrative. She exceeded my expectations and I will be working with Cup and Quill again.
Linda at Cup and Quill assigned Dr. Jessica Hammerman as the editor of my first novel. I’m not college educated and this is my first attempt at writing for an audience other than myself, so when I learned of the extent of Jessica’s education and experience I was really quite intimidated. My experience with Jessica has been far from intimidating. Her criticism has been constructive and every one of her edits have added nothing but quality to the finished product. I highly recommend the services of Cup and Quill and Jessica, especially for first time authors such as myself. I actually recommend Jessica’s services because she became more of a writing coach than just an editor. I’ll definitely be using her advice, tips and suggestions in all of my future work.
As a writer seeking an excellent and highly professional editor, I could not be more pleased with Jessica Hammerman. As a business writer, I was delighted to work with someone who understood the voice I wanted in the final product.
In addition, her knowledge of APA and citation gave me a high level of confidence that my work would be viewed as thoughtful, thorough and credible. Editors are critical team members in this demanding process, and the additional depth Jessica brought beyond the standard editing process of grammar, format, and voice added much value to the work. Highly recommended.
My first six books were published by major publishers so when I decided to publish my seventh independently, I knew I would need help. The staff at Cup and Quill went above and beyond and were so professional and understanding. They say “don’t judge a book by the cover,” but the cover of my new book, A Midwife’s Song: Oh Freedom, designed by Cup and Quill artist, Isaac Peterson, will definitely help with sales.
Thanks everyone. Patricia Harman CNM, MS, midwife and author. www.patriciaharman.com
Cup & Quill Editing & Publication Services LLC was phenomenal to work with. I was paired with an editor, Jane Theriault who is an expert in APA and understood methodologies very well. This pairing proved to be imperative for my research manuscript. The resulting work was a high quality publishable academic paper. I cannot say thank you enough to Linda and her team.
As a first time author, I knew I needed a professional set of eyes to review my novel. So I reached out to Linda at Cup and Quill who put me in touch with Michael Levitt. When I received his edit recently and his suggestions for plot development, I was really impressed. The time and effort he put into my novel far exceeded what I was expecting. I couldn’t be happier in my decision to work with Linda and Michael. I’d give them a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10! My novel is far better as a result of Michael’s efforts and expertise.
Linda took my mangled grammar and, with her understanding of the subject matter, and her amazing ability to rewrite, she recreated a document that I am now able to send to others to solicit collaboration on a project that is very important to me.
“Working with editor Dr. Shannin Schroeder of Cup and Quill on my debut book Becoming A Better Man has been an absolute joy. It can be extremely intimidating putting such deeply personal work out into the world. Shannin worked with me through the entire editing process, respected my voice, and challenged me where necessary. When I became stuck, we took the relationship further, and Shannin coached me weekly through the final edits to complete my manuscript.”
I came upon Cup & Quill through search engine algorithms, but I can’t imagine having been directed by a human hand to a better resource for professional editing. Skilled in both formal structure and the flexibility that language allows, the manuscript that resulted from editor Dr. Shannin Schroeder‘s caring attention is one that I am proud of beyond measure.
I can’t begin to express my amazement at and appreciation of the incredible editing by Shannin at Cup and Quill. Since this was my first book, I didn’t know what to expect and just thought correcting my misspellings and grammar would be in order. However, it was much more. Shannin showed me better sentence construction besides making comments in the margins with corrections and offering suggestions for better ways to express specific passages or pointing out repetition.
I also appreciated her compliments about my many exciting adventures with my young daughter when we lived in Cairo. I will definitely use Cup and Quill for my next book!
Two Words! The Best!
After interviewing at least six other companies, Cup & Quill editor Mike Leavitt was the perfect fit for me. As a writer, finding the perfect copy editor is almost as diﬃcult as finding the perfect date. Cup & Quill exceeded my expectations, and I am so pleased. Brilliant? Incredibly. Funny? Absolutely. Diplomatic? Thank God. Friends for life? I can only hope. Thank you for making a nerve-racking process not only doable but enjoyable and educational.
“This was my first experience with a professional editor, and everything went better than anything I could have planned for. I’ve had friends tell me horror stories about what they experienced with editing, and it made me apprehensive about paying for an editor. But I have to say that this was worth every dime. Jessica not only helped me cut back on my word count, but she gave me great and helpful tips on how to improve my story. Her feedback was positive and helped motivate me to keep working on my story. I found the task of editing my book daunting, but Jessica eased my worry and made the process extremely easy. I even learned how to use Microsoft Word better. And Linda has been great with communication and helping me set up a payment plan. There’s no smoke and mirrors here. I got more than what I paid for and I can’t wait to move forward with publishing my book.”
Linda was the quickest to respond and she was very relatable and professional. She took my kids’ book manuscript and very promptly returned it to me with all of the wonderful editing that turned it quickly into a book ready for print. The upgrades she included were ones well needed that put finishing touches in place to bring cohesion to the story and help me captivate my readers’ imaginations and hearts. Thank you, Linda, at Cup & Quill. I am so happy to have worked with you and I highly recommend you and your services.
Barefoot Heart Studio
What a delight working with them. I truly believe my beginning chapters of the book are so much better as a result. Linda was well ahead of schedule. I’m grateful for her services.
I needed someone to edit my children’s book, and I am so glad I contacted Cup and Quill! Linda was amazing! She responded quickly and was very nice and professional. I was nervous about submitting my work because this is the first time I’ve ever done it. Linda made me feel comfortable and did an amazing job helping me get my book ready to publish. Thank you, Linda! I would recommend Linda to anyone looking for a great editor!
“Linda and her team have been nothing short of amazing to work with. I reached out for an editor, and what I received is so much more. Linda listened to me and heard me. She knew exactly what I needed when she sent me to her associate editor, Rebecca Stohler. I am a first-time author, and I was nervous about how Rebecca would react to my manuscript. She has handled me and my many questions with kid gloves. Rebecca is direct but kind. Linda and Rebecca have both shown me the importance of slowing down and not rushing my work. I purchased the coaching package with Rebecca, and I cannot list all the things I have learned. She is an incredible teacher and very easy to talk to. Rebecca is never more than a phone call or text away. She has taught me not only how to improve my manuscript but also how to feel more confident in my writing. From the first phone call, I could tell that Linda and Rebecca genuinely care about helping others reach their goals. It is not about money for this Cup & Quill team, and that is a rare find in this day and time.”
I used Linda to edit my first manuscript. As a new author, I couldn’t help but feel vulnerable turning my work over to someone with the experience Linda has. After all, commas and semi-colons in my college English courses scared me. Yet, Linda’s professionalism quickly put me at ease and the returned product assured me that I had selected the most efficient editor for my project. I look forward to working with Linda again in the future.
I had assigned Linda an important project to write about mission, vision, and description of the organization and she has done a wonderful job showing her professionalism and the quality of work with timely delivery of my work. I would recommend her work to anyone willing to get high-quality work on time with reasonable charges. Thanks, Linda and wish you success in your endeavors.
Linda was amazing helping me write my personal statement for my law school applications! If I ever need any writing help in the future, I will definitely use her services again!
Linda helped motivate me to finish my final paper. She asked many thought-provoking questions to strengthen my writing and guided me through a difficult situation. Linda is a great coach!
Linda is amazing! I started with about 10 drafts of an essay that I thought was going nowhere, and she was able to guide me and shape my work so that it was clear and concise but still felt like me. It felt like she moved a giant block, which then gave me the confidence to apply to multiple programs when I initially only intended on applying to one. She is a great writer and editor, but also very intuitive which is what makes her exceptional at what she does. I feel lucky to have found her, and will continue to use her services. I highly recommend her!
I am so grateful for Linda, more than I can possibly say. I was incredibly overwhelmed by applying for a dream job. I had six essays to write and a cover letter. I knew what I wanted to say but couldn’t quite express it in writing. I’ve never been a strong writer and didn’t think I could get through it. Linda and I made a game plan and it was done in a week. I would write a rough draft and Linda would edit it into a work of art. I’m so proud of my cover letter and essays.
Money very well spent!
Fall 2018, I began a doctoral program. I was a bit nervous and stressed because I had been out of school for 9 years. Writing is not my strong point, at least I don’t believe it is. I began searching for a writing coach. Linda Tucker was the first person that I contacted, but wanted to research others before making a decision. God kept leading back to Linda. I am very grateful that I had chosen Linda to work with me. I also was impressed with her credentials,her demeanor, and upbeat attitude. There were times when I would stress and struggle over an assignment, Linda would call me and we would talk it through. Linda is very patient, positive, encouraging,passionate, supportive, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and has great ideas to share. There is so much more that I can say about her. Lord willing and I am able to, I will continue to have Linda work with me throughout the program.
Thank you so much Linda! I really appreciate you!
Linda helped me tremendously throughout the process of writing my research paper. She helped me to develop my guiding questions and topic and continued to help me with writing and organizing my ideas. She stuck with me through all of the frustrations and writers’ blocks and helped me to produce an amazing work that received an A. I am very grateful for her help throughout the process and the techniques that she taught me.
If there wasn’t a word limit to how long these reviews could be, I could write an entire novella about how amazing Linda has been to work with. The first thing that resonated with me was how responsive she was. Within the same night of posting that I needed an editor, she was in my dm’s and it wasn’t long until we had exchanged phone numbers and were texting back and forth. She had me send a sample of work and did a quick edit to see if she was going in the right direction. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly she picked up on my tone, style, and direction for the story. She has suggested countless edits that have improved both sentence structure and character development for my books. She is very easy to get a hold of via texting and is very positive and absolutely hilarious. She has gone above and beyond in so many ways; including, but not limited to: directing me on improvements for my book cover, suggesting a graphic designer for said cover, and saving my book summary from the pits of hell. Her value is unparalleled. If she still wants to stick around with me as I continue in my author career, I will be hiring her over and over again to edit my books, as I can’t imagine anyone else who will do everything she does in the way she does them. I feel so much more confident to put my work out into the world now and feel I have a professional and elevated version of my books.