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Editing/consulting/coaching for new and multi-published authors
Suzanne Handler’s family saga, The Secrets They Kept: The True Story of a Mercy Killing That Shocked a Town and Shamed a Family, ranked 1-9 in three Amazon.com categories for weeks and won multiple Rockower Awards. It’s been featured in the Huffington Post, the Denver Post, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, and many venues addressing mental health, writing, Judaism, among other topics. David M. Allen M.D., specializing in family dysfunction, called it “a beautifully written book” and a “truly a spellbinding story.”
Kathleen Brandt and Max Maddox won the 2014 Golden Quill Award and 2014 EVVY Award for Walks on the Margins: A Story of Bipolar Disorder. It was featured on Denver 9 News and Rocky Mountain PBS the Colorado Springs Independent, SZ Magazine, and has been highlighted in other mental health forums such as the National Alliance on Mental Health Conference. Kathryn Eastburn of KRCC stated that Walks on the Margins is “…told with brutal honesty, great skill and sweeping passages of lyric beauty, is nothing short of a landmark in the literature of mental illness."
Karen has consulted and edited professionally, including developing nonfiction proposals and editing for multi-published authors such as Amazon bestselling Suzanne Handler (lower left) award-winning Kathy Brandt and Max Maddox (lower left), Ann Hayes and Ying Chang Compestine (one of several projects, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, won numerous awards). Karen's a pitch coach and presents workshops at writers conferences and on cruise ships, including presentations on editing from the top down and writing the nonfiction book proposal. She has ghostwritten novels and done work-for-hire writing for newspapers, magazines, and film directors.
"Working with Karen Lin has taken my writing to a completely new level. Karen is someone who can communicate to you precisely what is and what isn't working in your manuscript. She provides expert advice on how to improve everything from plot and scene structure, to character development and voice. Karen is so passionate about writing that she's able to make editing seem endlessly exciting: the pursuit of perfection never becomes a chore, and Karen's own imagination will help you stir the creative juices when you feel your well run dry. In addition to being FANTASTIC at both editing and communicating, Karen is supremely professional, wonderfully friendly and shockingly punctual! I feel I owe Karen so much - she asks me exactly what "I want" from the writer-editor relationship and then she goes about exceeding my expectations in the way someone can when they are good at what they do, they enjoy what they do, and they thrive on collaboration. Karen won't pull any punches and that's a very good thing. She'll tell you exactly what she's thinking, but she's always constructive. Whereas you might assume an "email from the editor" would sink the most cheery of inboxes, I can honestly say that an email from Karen is always a pleasure to read. Because I know, having read it, that my writing will have just gotten better."