Freelance Book Polishing


I’m experienced and well-read, and an excellent editor–and love helping authors polish their gems.

  • I handle most fiction genres; specialize in romance, cozy mysteries, paranormal, European/British historical, fantasy, urban fantasy.
  • I read and enjoy middle-grade, but am not a highly experienced editor in that. So I’ll copy edit or proofread it, or do fact checking, but generally do not do content editing.
  • I edit most types of non-fiction. I do not do politics, religion, war or true crime.
  • I do not do horror, terror, excessive gore or torture, or teenagers.

I do everything from developmental editing to normal content editing to evaluation consulting to copy editing or proofreading. Also research and fact checking for both non-fiction and fiction, creation of series bibles, and other tasks to support authors in their writing. For editing, I generally charge on a per-word rate, but can do a project cost depending on the type of work. So rates range from 0.00275 per word (proofreading) to 0.015 per word for hefty in-depth developmental editing. Average full editing of two cycles is 0.012 per word. I usually 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 for new clients, one-third of estimated cost due at start of project, balance at completion.

My goal is to be an advisor 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, and  (3) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Some books I have edited:

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  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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