About Cortni L. Merritt, M.A.

About Cortni L. Merritt, M.A., Editor at SRD Editing Services

Personal History

There’s nothing I love better than reading a well-told story. It brings me joy to work with writers of every skill level, helping them hone in and deliver their message clearly, effectively, and with personal flair.

Like anyone with a passion for writing, I drafted short stories, essays, poetry, and an amateur novella or two throughout childhood. I first attempted a novel at age 12, typed up on a PowerMac. 

Apple PowerMac 7100

I think I got about 130 pages deep before the computer crashed. I attempted again over the years to write more novels. Hell, I’m still trying now.

I filled entire bookcases with poetry in my teen years, got one or two published in random places. I read voraciously while earning a BS in psychology, and tackled masterpieces like Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as light, “fun” reading material while working full-time jobs in my 20s. No big whoop.

As a young business professional, I found myself as the default “team proofreader,” always responsible for checking a document before it was “sent out” wherever it was going. Office mates, managers, even people in other departments would ask me to write copy for them or double-check their work. In my spare time, I would write argumentative essays to my friends about why I liked certain songs more than others. People told me I should “be a blogger,” but I didn’t know how. I didn’t even really know what that meant.

I decided the best thing to do, of course, was to return to school for a second bachelor’s degree and an MA in English. Specializing, of course, in Publishing and Editing. Like you do.

Editing History

Developmental Editor at New Degree Press (2018-present).

As an undergrad, I was a copywriter at a law firm and contracted as a freelance editor, working both with students to support their writing improvement and with professionals around the world through Upwork (which used to be Odesk, way back in the day).

As a graduate student, I taught freshmen composition, tutored in the campus Reading and Writing Center, and continued to freelance, gaining so much experience every day I thought I would burst and jumbled letters would flow out the split seams.

In the years since grad school, I’ve worked with start-ups and international award-winning marketing teams. I now have more than eight years of experience as a freelance writer and editor for all types of content — business and marketing materials, website copy, blogs, scripts, fiction, and non-fiction. You name it. I know what separates “great” and “good enough” writing. I challenge every sentence to command attention.

I look forward to getting inside your story. Contact me.

Academic History

B.S. Psychology. Colorado State University. 2001-2005

B.A. English Literature specializing in American literature. University of Central Florida. 2010-2012.

M.A. English Literature specializing in 20th century American literature. Florida State University. 2012-2014 

Florida State University. Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Editing awarded May 2013.

My Writing

Check out my Published Poetry page.