RAELENE GORLINSKY: FREELANCE EDITING
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: https://www.pinterest.com/raelenegorlinsk/polishing-the-gems/