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Editing the Book - Hope Is a Butterfly, If You Don't Squish the Caterpillar

In this chat, Cristal Lynn Cook, Jasleni Brito, and Daniela Doncel talk about the importance of copyediting and how the final stages of the editing process proved to be quite beneficial for the quality of "Hope Is a Butterfly, If You Don't Squish the Caterpillar."

A Chat with Copy Editor Daniela Doncel


Hope the caterpillar goes into her chrysalis - but change can be very scary - and her friend Gracie wants to help her escape! Join these lovable characters as they learn about friendship, hardship, unconditional love, Second Chances, and what it truly means to help a friend in need. Hope Is a Butterfly, If You Don't Squish the Caterpillar is the first in the Crystalline Vibes™ children's book series that help children and the adults who care about them learn simple strategies to navigate a complex world.


Cristal Lynn Cook, LCSW grew up in Mancos, Colorado, population 1,000. At a young age, Cristal had a passion for rescuing animals and creating adventures. Her journey to grown-up-hood took a meandering path that involved several careers, from C.P.A. to F.B.I. agent, and ultimately, to her finding her true calling as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). For the past 20 years she has found it incredibly rewarding to work with children, adolescents, and families as a therapist and advocate. Her adventurous spirit is satisfied as she travels internationally doing what she loves: helping teens and families, rescuing animals, and exploring the world. The real-life Charlie and Gracie are “rescue animals,” but when looking at her own life, Cristal often asks herself… “Really, who is rescuing whom?” To learn more about Cristal and what she is doing now, check out her website at


Daniela Doncel is a writer and editor who calls New England home. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in creative writing and is now currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Arcadia University. When she isn't writing her fantasy novels, she is creating playlists of film scores, video game soundtracks and epic music for her radio show called The Daydream Hour on WHUS Radio 91.7 FM. She also plans Dungeons & Dragons adventures as a Dungeon Master and makes a terrible mess in the kitchen when she bakes. You can learn more about her and her work at



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