--Now booking for Summer 2019--

Polished Editing and Careful Consultation

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notable recent projects

  • manuscript assessment
  • developmental editing
  • project organization
  • ghostwriting/rewriting
  • copyediting
  • simple formatting
  • proofreading

Highly Recommended!


Cindy Marsch performed a precise final proofread for Nzinga, African Warrior Queen, a fictional biography by Moses Howard. Beyond the typical demands for proofreading fiction, Ms. Marsch mastered a complex style sheet, embedded foreign terms, and complex non-English character names. Her attention to typographic and grammatical detail proved to be exquisite, while she also tracked plot and time sequence details.

- Annie Pearson, Managing Editor, Jugum Press


A reader says the final result is "not so much like reading but more like gliding down a river: effortless, natural. The words carry you along . . ."

Scrupulous, Prompt, Knowledgeable, and Thoughtful


Achieving consistency with an anthology of 35-plus different writers while also honoring each author's own voice isn't always simple, but Cindy was excellent at balancing the two goals. In addition to doing a great job technically, she is warm and delightful to work with. I will definitely be asking her for help again, and I would recommend her highly to both fiction and nonfiction writers who need content/developmental editing, copy-editing, and proofreading.


- Suzanne Fox, Publisher, Stories of You Books


Extremely Capable, Insightful, and Professional


I have used Cindy as an editor for several books now and have been extremely happy with the service provided. I . . . have no hesitation in recommending her as someone who will assist you in taking your books to the next level.


  Samuel C. Stokes,  Author

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Stories of You Books - click to learn more. I have contributed a chapter to the historical fiction title and proofread/edited the other two, and Ms. Fox has asked me to serve as co-editor for future projects.

Let's Talk About Your Project . . .

Drop me an email to begin a conversation about your editing needs. My industry-standard fees can be estimated at about 2 cents per word (proofreading, two passes, one for ms-wide issues) to 5 cents per word (substantial developmental editing and/or rewriting, first pass, with consultation as needed). You may expect a refund if my time takes less than 90% of the estimate.


Here is how we will proceed:

  • After our initial discussion via email, you  submit a representative sample of about 3000 words of your project.
  • I evaluate your needs and demonstrate the different levels of editing you might want to consider, in a sample of 500-1000 words.
  • You decide what level of service you want and the time frame within my schedule, and I will prepare a contract and invoice for half the expected fee.
  • To reserve your editing window, you pay a nonrefundable booking fee of $100 via PayPal or check, applicable to your contracted fee. You may skip this deposit if you are willing to wait for my availability.
  • By the agreed start date you send your manuscript and remit the balance (half of full fee minus any deposit), and I will begin work. When I complete about a third of the project, I will submit a report and the completed work for your approval, along with any adjustments to the agreement that may be necessary or desirable.
  • You approve the completion of the project and remit the remainder of the fee, and I will complete the project by the expected due date. (Returning clients may pay the balance of the fee for delivery at project completion.)
  • All of these arrangements are open to negotiation, depending on your particular needs. I can work within established practices and fee structures for publishers, especially for larger-volume projects. Note the 5% discount for ALLi members, but you must notify me when we begin negotiating services. Use the ALLi seal below to explore membership, and if you join I will get a small commission - thank you!

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Need a low-cost option? Consider manuscript assessment or editing of just a chapter or two . . .

With over thirty-five years' experience teaching and writing for academia, business, government, and the creative world, and as a debut independent author herself, Cindy Rinaman Marsch can help your writing rise to its highest level. She is a Partner Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, and her services are under that organization's oversight. She offers  traditional developmental editing, line- and copy-editing, and proofreading, for fiction and nonfiction, books and websites. She uses industry-standard fees of the Editorial Freelancers Association, of which she is a member.

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Consider the unique offerings below. Do you want an opinion on whether your work is publishable, or about what would improve it? Email or use the form above to discuss your needs - I will provide detailed, transparent fee quotes for your unique project and am willing to restructure our agreement at any time.  You may download a copy of my curriculum vitae at the bottom of the page.


Instructional Editing

Blending the best of my experience guiding student writers with my desire to help aspiring authors bring their work to market, I will work with your story or novel draft, a chapter or two at a time, to address your most pressing needs. Using my feedback, you will revise the evaluated portion and apply the principles of the evaluation guidance to improve subsequent chapters, which you will submit as you work with them. This service is designed for those who are open to learning more about the craft of writing, who are willing to consider their beloved drafts as raw material that can be developed into marketable fiction. (Also available for nonfiction.) Rates are based on the time actually spent according to YOUR needs, but within industry standards.


To see how instructional editing works, download the sample at the bottom of the page.


Manuscript Assessment

I have in 2019 begun offering manuscript assessments and highly recommend them for those who want to know how their overall manuscript works for a reader. This is almost like a beta read but with detailed feedback.  I will be honest and let you know how much development or editing your book requires, and my comments may well serve as a light developmental edit.  I offer this service for $500-$1000 for a 50k-word short novel, for example, depending on the level of commentary/feedback you want. I prefer contemporary, literary, and historical fiction, with some mystery and thriller, and am not usually interested in romance, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, or YA or MG unless they have features within my usual interests (higher level historical or literary, e.g.). I prefer not to read explicit sexual content, heavy violence, or occult material.



I welcome the opportunity to help independent authors, especially, succeed in a competitive market. I have reviewed traditionally-published and independently-published works for the Historical Novel Society and for Discovering Diamonds. By submitting to them, you have the best chance of getting a reviewer who is intrigued by your book description and likely to enjoy your work. I have limited time for honest volunteer reviews of ARCs (Advance Reader Copies in mobi format) for Goodreads and/or Amazon. I do not offer a 5-star rating easily, and I will not post a 3-star or lower review if you prefer that I not do so, though I will provide the review to you. I do not offer paid reviews and do not review my clients' books (other than casually with recommendations on social media). Available for occasional unpaid review of a published or pre-publication work, or select beta-reads, chosen from among the requests received.


See my reviews on Amazon here or on Goodreads here.



I now do most of my editing services through Reedsy, "where authors meet the best publishing professionals." My services on Reedsy include additional charges, but if you want to compare the services of trusted, vetted editors and designers, with Reedsy providing guarantees of your satisfaction, please take a look at my profile here: Cindy Marsch - EditorNote that if you contact me via Reedsy first, we must complete our work together via Reedsy.   


See a founder of Reedsy in a BBC World News interview here.

Read Reedsy's great blog post here describing the roles of different kinds of fiction editors.

Alliance of Independent Authors /

Members of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, enjoy a 5% discount on all services. Click on the seal above to learn more.

Sample Instructional Editing
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curriculum vitae (Resume)
My experience in over three decades of working with writing.
Curriculum vitae Marsch 2-2018.docx
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