Farewell CraftQuest

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. The CraftQuest team is still more like a family, and we’ve got big things going on in our individual futures that made it impossible to continue as we were.

Personally, I will be taking freelance edits at some point in the future. That information will be made available here on the site. That probably won’t happen until after The Order of the Key is released in July. I will keep everyone posted.

Below is CraftQuest’s statement on the closing of our business. We’ve loved working with you.

Hi all!

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce CraftQuest is officially closed for business. We all have a great love for the community and everyone we have worked with in our time together, but alas, though we love the work we’ve done with CraftQuest, we are no longer able to continue to maintain those duties as we each move on toward our publishing goals. We remain a team, although no longer in an official capacity. In this vein, we have decided to split all proceeds we have acquired as a company 50/50. Half to @Americares which is providing mental health support services for families dealing with the earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and half to @WWF_Australia to assist in protecting and rebuilding wildlife and natural resources lost due to the wildfires. As we close the business, we ask that you continue to remain in touch with us, as we are still a part of this crazy writing community. Some of us will continue freelancing, others are still writing, and others continue to have our hands on the pulse of the literary twitter world. To that end, please continue to follow us: 

@Maria_Tureaud
@SouffleLumiere
@Megan_Manzano
@Justine_Manzano
@IsmaelManzano76
@Valiance 

We wish you all the best on your writing adventures! 

Writing What You Know

CraftQuest’s latest video is up! In this one, we’re discussing the how to use the age old writing advice, Write What You Know, pointing out pitfalls and misconceptions and generally having fun. Let us know how you like our new format, and definitely stick around for the bloopers at the end.

Social Media Marketing 101

Hey all,

This weekend, despite the fact that I was recovering from surgery and had only just gotten home from the hospital on Thursday, I yanked myself together and managed to make sense in our latest CraftQuest episode. This episode was dedicated to how to operate on social media as a writer. Many important points were made by my colleagues, and hopefully by me! We hope you enjoy!

Resolving to Write

This weekend on CraftQuest’s monthly video, we discussed all the best tools and changes you can make to invest in your writing life in 2019. We call it our writing resolution. You can find our archived livestream below.

I had a lot to say about this topic. I couldn’t seem to shut up. 😉

Huge News

Hi all,

As of January 1, 2019, my editing service, The Inkwell Council, which is comprised of myself, my husband Ismael, and my sister-in-law Megan, will be merging with Craft Quest’s Maria Turead and Ari Augustine, to form a new powerhouse editing service. Our press release is below. We welcome and questions or comments you may have and hope that you’ll join us on this exciting adventure.


Writer friends! We have a very important announcement! 

As of January 1, 2019, The Inkwell Council and CraftQuest will be merging to form a new and improved CraftQuest! 

What does this mean for you? It means you have more choices for the optimum edit. 
When you visit CraftQuest’s website to request an edit, you can choose from five talented, high-demand editors. Each member of the CraftQuest team will have their own manuscript wishlist, so you can select the editor that best fits your story. Are you looking to edit a short story or a novel-length manuscript? We offer both. Select a first, second, and third choice editor to lower your wait time, or build a package of multiple editors for The Inkwell Council’s well-known critique style, in which the editors have the opportunity to discuss, and sometimes argue over, proposed changes to your manuscript. Need a query or synopsis edit? Need an aesthetic for inspiration? Need someone to Skype with you and hammer out the fine details of your manuscript? We offer those as well! All at competitive rates, so you don’t have to break the bank for a quality edit.

And if you’re wondering where The Inkwell Council’s monthly free three chapter edit lottery has gone, the answer is, it hasn’t gone anywhere! CraftQuest will continue to randomly select one manuscript per month to receive a free sample edit. CraftQuest’s video panels and short instructional videos will also continue in the new model.

All of this is provided by a tightly knit group of five experienced editors who love a good story–love to read them, write them, tell them, and edit them–and can’t wait to hear from you.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey. We can’t wait to see what great tales await.