Freelance Book Polishing


I’m an excellent and experienced editor and love helping authors make their books the best possible. I’m very well-read—books are my heart and soul.

Editorial Services: Developmental/content editing, copy editing, proofreading, file formatting, story evaluation, series bibles, fact checking and research.

  • I have a great deal of experience in most fiction genres; I specialize in fantasy, urban fantasy, romance, cozy mysteries, paranormal, European/British historical.
  • I read and enjoy middle-grade stories and edit them. I love children’s picture books, but there aren’t many words in them to edit. 😉  I do YA fantasy and adventure (but not so much YA angst or real-life unpleasantness. Being a teenager is painful, and painful to read about.)
  • I edit most types of non-fiction, including memoirs. I do not do politics, religion, war or true crime.
  • I do not do horror, terror, explicit gore or torture.

I am an advisor and partner to the author and help turn the manuscript into a polished gem. My editing philosophy is  (1) Represent the reader,  (2) The editor is not the writer [explain if something doesn’t work and offer suggestions, but don’t rewrite the author’s prose], and  (3) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it [respect the author’s style].

I generally charge on a per-word rate; rates range from 0.003 per word (very simple proofreading) to 0.015 per word for hefty in-depth developmental editing. Average full editing comprising two cycles is about 0.012 per word. I ask to see a sample of the manuscript and discuss what exactly the client wants before committing to a rate and a schedule. Terms are negotiable, but normally one-third of estimated cost due at start of project, one-third when first edit is delivered, balance at completion. I accept Paypal.

Some books I have edited:


2 thoughts on “Freelance Book Polishing

  1. Dear Ms. Gorlinsky,
    Terry O’Dell gave me your name. I have a fairly short manuscript (58,000 words) I would like to have proofread. It is a collection of short stories from my 36 years in law enforcement. Most are comical. I am attending a reunion f some of the old guys in February and would like to self-publish this memoir between now and then. Many of my colleagues are dying off rapidly. Please let me know if you are available or interested in this project.

    Thank You,
    Mark Hussey


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