RAELENE GORLINSKY: FREELANCE EDITING
I’m experienced and well-read, and an excellent editor–and love helping authors polish their gems.
- I have a great deal of experience in most fiction genres; I specialize in romance, cozy mysteries, paranormal, European/British historical, fantasy, urban fantasy.
- I read and enjoy middle-grade stories. I loooove 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 real teenager is painful, and painful to read about.
- 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.
My goal is to be 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 why 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 do everything from developmental editing, normal content editing or evaluation consulting to copy editing, proofreading or formatting. 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 0.003 per word (very simple proofreading) to 0.015 per word for hefty in-depth developmental editing. Average full editing comprising two cycles is 0.012 per word. I may 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, one-third when first edit is delivered, balance at completion. I accept Paypal.)
Some books I have edited: https://www.pinterest.com/raelenegorlinsk/polishing-the-gems/