About Nancy

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Nancy Cassidy

About me – After achieving a business degree with a double major in management and marketing, and after years of writing technical sales proposals, I decided to bring the passion I felt about books to a more public level, and follow my writing dreams.

Thirteen years ago, I joined the Romance Writers of America and the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, and began writing romance. Eventually, thanks to some wonderful editors, I learned what made a story work. I am now published in erotic romance under the name Lilly Cain with a variety of publishers, including Red Sage Publishing and Carina Press, Storybones publishing, and as an independent author. Recently I have also begun to write science fiction under the name Anne Rose.

In the spring of 2011 I began a year-long, distance internship with top New York literary agency, The Bent Agency. I spent my time there as a romance specialist, reviewing queries and manuscripts. It’s a fascinating side of the publishing business!

In August 2011, I opened TheRedPenCoach.com and began my freelance work, editing  all genres of fiction, with the exception of picture books or middle grade fiction. In May 2012 and until June 2013, I completed freelance edits for Crescent Moon Press, and worked with some great authors in Horror and Fantasy.

In July 2012, I joined the Editors Association of Canada, where I am still an active member and spent a short time as the chair of the Publications Committee. In August 2012 I became an acquisitions editor for Etopia Press. In February 2013 I became a senior editor and in September 2013 I became Managing editor of Romance at Etopia until July 2014 when I decided to return to freelance editing.

In November 2015 I released my first book about writing – Quickies: Writing Short Fiction for the Romance Market.

In 2016, Donna Alward and I published a series of articles in the RWA magazine about Rediscovering the Joy in Your Writing. More on that soon as we are currently writing a book on the topic!