About Me

So … your manuscript is finished — congratulations!

Photo by PuraBajaBut maybe you need a copy editor to catch the stray typo, a missing serial comma, that elusive misspelling?

Or … perhaps you’re looking for someone who can help with the overall flow of your manuscript, the “Big Picture”?

Or … that annual report needs a proofreader, a fresh pair of eyes to check the final copy against the original text and find formatting errors?

Or … you have all the right words for your project — but no graphic designer to turn it into a newsletter or Powerpoint presentation?

Or … if only you could find an illustrator to do diagrams, charts, and maps?

Hi — I’m Wynne Brown, a freelance writer, editor, and graphic designer. I’m a one-stop pre-publication shop, and I’m here to help.

As the author of three books, in addition to many newspaper and magazine articles, I’ve written on topics including science, health, history, trails, environmental issues, horses, travel, the Southwest, books, and more. My most recent book is The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, released in November 2021 by University of Nebraska Press. (Click book cover for more information.)

As an editor, I worked for six years as a copy editor at a mid-size daily newspaper. I spent another ten years editing and developing teaching materials for middle school, high school, and undergraduate science instruction. Now I edit memoirs, prescriptive nonfiction, and novels. I’m comfortable editing either in Associated Press style or according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

As an illustrator and a graphic designer, I’ve created scientific illustrations for books, journals, posters, and technical reports, as well as developing brochures, logos, and curricular materials.

I work with both large and small companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Carolina Biological Supply Company, Mayo Clinic, Golden Ink, Scripps Howard, Science Approach, and many others. I also work with individual authors who plan to submit their manuscripts to traditional publishers or who intend to publish their book independently.

Whatever your project, I look forward to hearing from you. And, if your project’s not a good fit for me, I’m happy to assist you in finding the help you need.

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17 thoughts on “About Me


  1. Hello Wynne, I just returned to Kansas City after spending a delightful time with a very dear and long time friend, Pauline Savage in Tucson. She was so kind to send me your information as I traveled through the amazing mountains on route 77 on the way back to Albuquerque and would have loved to have had the information regarding Mt Lemmon and those marvelous ladies. I will be looking forward to your book & am passing your information on to several friends of mine. I also will be looking forward to return to the interesting city of Tucson. Best Regards!


    1. Congratulations, Wynne, on winning the Spur Award for biography! Thank you for the beautiful job you did with the seminar on Book Proposals at the Tucson Festival of Books. I know it helped many of us!


  2. What a great story. Congratulations on getting the color upgrade on your book, which should add a lot to your presentation. And great news about the Adelia Gates pictures that you recovered. I’m still working away on Adelia. Have had a couple of very useful exchanges with Nora at the Smithsonian. Looking forward to seeing your book next year.
    Take care.


    1. Thanks so much, Doug! Good luck with Adelia, and do let me know if I can provide any more assistance.
      Cheers, Wynne


  3. Congratulations, Wynne,
    I am so HAPPY for you!!
    Anne


  4. Hello Wynne…
    I finished my book! My head and heart are so full. It was exciting and unbelievable at times… the amount of energy and tenacity despite illness with no real medical interventions. Ans adversities from travel, the Indians, and camping without conveniences…raw pioneerism if that’s a word… i’m absolutely astounded at the many many important people (Asa Gray, John Muir, Clara Barton, Hubble, Stranton etc.) so so many more that were connected to Sara and JG! Names that are part of our regular lives today especially here in the West… Thank you for taking us on such an amazing journey(s) with Sarah. I will be following your path as ever…Sheila Rumoro RN


  5. Hello Little Wynne,
    Just saw the review of your new book in Sc. Am. Your grandmother, Wynne F. would be delighted with your illustrating and writing, I’m sure. She would also be delighted that you have kept your high energy and enthusiasm that you had at 10 in the summers in Patterson, though she may have found them a bit exhausting at that time. We think of your grandmother often, since we have a Japanese print that she gave to my mother, Lucy White. It hangs in our guest room, brightening the room. –Will White


  6. Wynne – Congratulations on The Forgotten Botanist being named among the Top Picks of the Southwest Books of the Year 2022! It’s a wonderful book and deserves every praise. Congrats again.
    Venetia Hobson Lewis


  7. Wynne, congratulations. This is just wonderful news. It has been such a pleasure to follow the progress over the last few years as you have brought this story to its triumphant end.
    So glad we met in Tucson.


  8. Congratulations Wynne!

    I sure enjoyed your emails of Sara’s history as you were discovering all the wonderful info of Sara’s activities. Looking forward to reading your book.

    I am so happy for you receiving this award.
    Pat Crowley


  9. Wynne -A SPUR Award! Congratulations! What an accomplishment and so well deserved.
    Venetia


  10. Congrats on all of your speaking engagements!
    Venetia


  11. Thanks very much for the newsletter, Wynne. I look forward to each one. That is a great photograph of you and Dave. Best wishes,

    Ken


    1. Wynn, I am an art historian on board of American Women Artists and have spent my career speaking and writing on forgotten women artists. Dianne Hesson, a colleague had let Me and other AWA officers know of your interesting and excellent work on bringing Sara Lemon’s work to the public. Even as I write this in Stonington. ME, there is a similar little known woman artist, Eve Kok, who began her career as a medical illustrator. Wouldn’t it be great to gather these similar forgotten women artists working in these genres together in an exhibition! Kudos for you work. My email address is jhgilmoreart@aol.com if you ever want to discuss our shared passion. Jann


    2. Wynn’e, I am an art historian on board of American Women Artists and have spent my career speaking and writing on forgotten women artists. Dianne Hesson, a colleague had let Me and other AWA officers know of your interesting and excellent work on bringing Sara Lemon’s work to the public. Even as I write this in Stonington. ME, there is a similar little known woman artist, Eve Kok, who began her career as a medical illustrator. Wouldn’t it be great to gather these similar forgotten women artists working in these genres together in an exhibition! Kudos for you work. My email address is jhgilmoreart@aol.com if you ever want to discuss our shared passion. Jann


  12. Thanks for the newsletters, Wynne, and congratulations on winning both the WILLA Literary Award and the Spur Award. Joining John McPhee, Joan Didion, etc., in the ranks of non-fiction writers is outstanding.


  13. How exciting to have more artwork and how wonderful that you are able to appropriately preserve this treasure. Eventual digital access would be quite an achievement. Loved the pictures of all of you hard at work making the most of every minute of those few days of preservation! Congratulations!

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