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