Cindy Marsch

Cindy Marsch - Editor

Slippery Rock, United States

Specializing in historical and literary fiction – deep guidance for new writers and a final polish for seasoned authors and small presses.

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(Now booking MS assessments and other short projects for May, larger projects for June and beyond)

I'm an author and editor with an undergraduate degree in creative writing (short stories primarily) and a master's in literature and have been teaching writing for more than three decades. I work with each writer according to his or her needs, making the most of each one's strengths and following or leading according to each client's direction. Because I am an author myself, my first novel and short story published in 2016, I know you are looking for what an editor can do to enhance your own writing, to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

Are you a confident writer and self-editor and just want that final pair of fresh eyes on your manuscript? Or are you a small press with a busy schedule? I can provide careful proofreading and copy editing, helping you clear away any snags that might keep you from providing your reader the smoothest reading experience possible. As one client prospect commented, I showed how my editing could take her modern romance "from garage band to gold record."

Do you have a draft and a dream, but you know your work is not up to the high standard you want? Are you struggling with the big-picture issues of consistent characterization, story arc, style, and overall impression? I can work with you in developmental editing, drawing on my thirty-odd years of teaching writing to come alongside and coach you in the things you can do that will make the most difference the fastest. In even more streamlined help, I can give you an editorial assessment, a true overview of what is most promising and what needs most work from you before you come to closer editing work.

As a lover of beautiful writing and as a novelist and short story writer myself, I have a deep commitment to beautiful fiction, and I am active in online groups of independent authors and historical fiction writers and editors. But as a long-time educator and writer and editor of curriculum and organizational documents, I bring the savvy of long experience to the needs of non-fiction writers as well. I have provided editorial services for a sweeping novel of African history, individual titles in a fantasy series, a developing private detective novel, the English translation of an Italian novel, and individual essays in anthologies of inspiring memoir and entertaining mystery author anecdotes--for both independent authors and small presses. I am also an active volunteer reviewer both privately and for reviewing organizations--particularly historical fiction, thrillers and suspense, literary fiction, and short stories. Over previous years I have developed writing, literature, history, and other curriculum for high school and college students and curriculum plans for schools in several U.S. states, and I've written and edited documents and procedure manuals in many venues of business, education, churches, charities, and government. Everywhere I go I find my writing and editing in demand.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on whatever your writing dream might be!

Note: Although I am open to some sensuality, violence, and strong language, I prefer not to edit extensive erotic content, graphic violent content, gratuitous strong language, nor occult material.

Cindy Rinaman Marsch

"Highly Recommended! . . . Her attention to typographic and grammatical detail proved to be exquisite." - Annie Pearson, of Jugum Press

"Scrupulous, Prompt, Knowledgeable, and Thoughtful" - Suzanne Fox, of Stories of You Books

"I have used Cindy as an editor for several books now and have been extremely happy with the service provided. I have found her extremely capable, insightful, and professional and I have no hesitation in recommending her [to take] your books to the next level." - Samuel C. Stokes, author of A Coronation of Kings, USA Today Bestselling Author in Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Editorial Freelancers Association Member
  • Alliance of Independent Authors Partner Member

Work experience

Guest Lecturer

Grove City College
August, 2016 – Present (about 3 years)

Teaching one or two sections each semester of Foundations of Academic Discourse in the Writing Department to freshman students from all academic disciplines, conducting class lectures and exercises, interacting on a class message board for essay discussions, and extensively evaluating three essays and a final exam. Our curriculum includes critical thinking, grammar and style instruction, and the principles of academic writing of several types: exposition, persuasion, synthesis, and critical review, with a professional standard and citation of sources in all essays with journalistic attribution and MLA, Chicago, APA, and CSE style sheets.

Editor, Proofreader, Writer

Self-employed
October, 2015 – Present (almost 4 years)

I am an author of historical, biographical, literary fiction and short stories thus far, with plans for cozy mysteries and contemporary fiction in the years to come. I have recently begun offering professional editorial services and found immediate enthusiastic acceptance from small presses and individual authors as soon as they saw what I could do for them. One special offering is what I call "instructional editing," like developmental editing but designed to be done a chapter or two at a time, the writer applying each segment's evaluation and improvements to the work of later drafts.

Instructor of Writing

Veritas Academy Online
September, 2010 – May, 2015 (over 4 years)

Developed and taught Composition 2 to students in grades 8-12 for this online school, helping students learn grammar, style, and basic essay forms for description, persuasion, comparison, and narrative. In our online live class meetings I managed groups of up to 22 students, engaging them in discussion, writing exercises, peer critique, and imitation of great writing samples. Much of my instruction was in the form of individual essay evaluation in extensive comments for each student.

Writing Tutor, Writing Evaluator, Curriculum Developer

Self-employed
May, 1996 – Present (over 23 years)

As a young mother watching the growth of homeschooling all around me and hearing the desires of homeschooling parents for quality writing instruction for their older children, I began teaching online when the technology allowed only exchange of simple files and emails. I developed many writing courses using the Great Books, ancient rhetoric exercises (Progymnasmata), and other high-quality resources, and in time I became a consultant for many private schools for their writing programs. It is wonderful to work with students throughout their secondary education and then watch many of them go on to become important writers, educators, and other professional in their own right.

Instructor of English

Florida State University, Auburn University, Tallahassee Community College, Los Positas College
August, 1982 – May, 1995 (over 12 years)

In these different colleges, taught courses including remedial writing lab, freshman composition, freshman article and essay workshop, sophomore literature, written business communications, and business report writing part time (FSU, TCC, LPC) or full time (Auburn University) intermittently through these years.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan

Cindy Rinaman Marsch

Why did she edit her wedding-day journal? Almost-spinster schoolteacher Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell married Otis Churchill on a Michigan farm in 1857. Her real-life journal recounts two years of homesteading, history hints at the next six decades, and the novel explores the truth. We meet Rosette in 1888 as she revises the wedding-day page of her journal. In lush detail, in the voices of Rosette... read more

Why did she edit her wedding-day journal? Almost-spinster schoolteacher Rosette Cordelia Ramsdell married Otis Churchill on a Michigan farm in 1857. Her real-life journal recounts two years of homesteading, history hints at the next six decades, and the novel explores the truth. We meet Rosette in 1888 as she revises the wedding-day page of her journal. In lush detail, in the voices of Rosette... read more

Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory

Cindy Rinaman Marsch

A homesteading farmer, his pregnant wife, their daughter, and the grandmother wake to a beautiful winter morning on the prairie. And then it descends upon them - the infamous Children's Blizzard of 1888. Who will survive? With characters from Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan, “Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory” captures in one sod shanty the dramatic effects of a storm on the bodies an... read more

A homesteading farmer, his pregnant wife, their daughter, and the grandmother wake to a beautiful winter morning on the prairie. And then it descends upon them - the infamous Children's Blizzard of 1888. Who will survive? With characters from Rosette: A Novel of Pioneer Michigan, “Blizzard: A Story of Dakota Territory” captures in one sod shanty the dramatic effects of a storm on the bodies an... read more

Stories of Inspiration: Historical Fiction Edition, Volume 1: Historical Fiction Writers Trace Their Journeys from Starting Point to Finished Work

Suzanne Fox

Writers of historical fiction face a daunting creative challenge: that of shaping fresh and original stories from a verifiable and sometimes familiar past. Again and again, today's gifted historical fiction authors meet that challenge brilliantly. But readers rarely get to see how they tackle such an intricate task, or what happens to transform the first glimmer of an idea and a set of histori... read more

Writers of historical fiction face a daunting creative challenge: that of shaping fresh and original stories from a verifiable and sometimes familiar past. Again and again, today's gifted historical fiction authors meet that challenge brilliantly. But readers rarely get to see how they tackle such an intricate task, or what happens to transform the first glimmer of an idea and a set of histori... read more

Nzinga: African Warrior Queen

Moses L. Howard

Across the savannah and into the green mountains, people shouted her name: “Nzinga, Nzinga, Child of the Flame!” “Nzinga, Daughter of the Old Ngola, Savior of Ndongo!” In the governor’s palace Luanda, the Portuguese courtiers whisper in shock: A woman! Sent to make a treaty with the invaders, Nzinga of Angola is swept into world history, a generation after Elizabeth I ruled England. For forty ... read more

Across the savannah and into the green mountains, people shouted her name: “Nzinga, Nzinga, Child of the Flame!” “Nzinga, Daughter of the Old Ngola, Savior of Ndongo!” In the governor’s palace Luanda, the Portuguese courtiers whisper in shock: A woman! Sent to make a treaty with the invaders, Nzinga of Angola is swept into world history, a generation after Elizabeth I ruled England. For forty ... read more

A Kindom Divided: Books 1 - 3 in S.C. Stokes' Epic Fantasy Adventure

Samuel Stokes, S.C. Stokes

Watching from the window, Tristan screamed, “Father!” Tears streamed down his face as he fell to his knees. Without mercy the bandits closed in, torches blazing against the night sky. Tristan watched in terror as the Manor caught fire…with him inside it.With his home in ashes and his world on fire, Tristan has to make a choice…Fight or die. Tyranny and civil war threaten to consume the island ... read more

Watching from the window, Tristan screamed, “Father!” Tears streamed down his face as he fell to his knees. Without mercy the bandits closed in, torches blazing against the night sky. Tristan watched in terror as the Manor caught fire…with him inside it.With his home in ashes and his world on fire, Tristan has to make a choice…Fight or die. Tyranny and civil war threaten to consume the island ... read more

Bring Me Back Home

D. R. Thatcher

D. R. Thatcher is recently retired with a loving wife and grown children. Adjusting to a different pace of life, he yearns to reconnect with his childhood memories. His Mom, Dad, and only bother have passed away leaving a lingering sense of regret and the realization that maybe life’s priorities should have been different. In his retrospective memoir, Douglas reflects on the experiences he had... read more

D. R. Thatcher is recently retired with a loving wife and grown children. Adjusting to a different pace of life, he yearns to reconnect with his childhood memories. His Mom, Dad, and only bother have passed away leaving a lingering sense of regret and the realization that maybe life’s priorities should have been different. In his retrospective memoir, Douglas reflects on the experiences he had... read more

Bringing Mom Home: How Two Sisters Moved Their Mother Out of Assisted Living to Care For Her Under One Amazingly Large Roof

Susan Soesbe

Sisters Claire and Susan have been noticing their independent, introverted mother is sort of… off. Discreet investigation reveals the appalling truth: Mom can’t find her way home, pay her bills or even get to the toilet anymore. The move to an assisted living facility only further highlights the many aspects of her life that have quietly fallen through the cracks. Assisted living doesn’t rende... read more

Sisters Claire and Susan have been noticing their independent, introverted mother is sort of… off. Discreet investigation reveals the appalling truth: Mom can’t find her way home, pay her bills or even get to the toilet anymore. The move to an assisted living facility only further highlights the many aspects of her life that have quietly fallen through the cracks. Assisted living doesn’t rende... read more

The Years of Wandering

N.T.

The book intertwines the stories of three professionals from different countries who cross paths in Asia, against the backdrop of the landscape of globalization—the diverse countries, cultures, and international businesses which are the fabric of the novel. It addresses the various ways people deal with the pressures of a career, with the loneliness of living in a foreign place, and with the n... read more

The book intertwines the stories of three professionals from different countries who cross paths in Asia, against the backdrop of the landscape of globalization—the diverse countries, cultures, and international businesses which are the fabric of the novel. It addresses the various ways people deal with the pressures of a career, with the loneliness of living in a foreign place, and with the n... read more

1 Photo 50 Authors 100 Words: Flash Fiction

Madison Woods

100-word flash fiction stories by 50 authors from around the globe, all based on one photo prompt. Compiled by Madison Woods. Authors include Stephanie Ayers, Holly Suzanne Beckman-Filbert, Sarah Paige Berling, Vincent J Bracco, JK Bradley, Jan Brown, Michelle Bunt, Sandra Crook, Marilyn Kay Dennis, Phyllis Anne Duncan, Sean Fallon, Nathan Filbert, Michael B. Fishman, Abraham Gumba, Sarah Ann ... read more

100-word flash fiction stories by 50 authors from around the globe, all based on one photo prompt. Compiled by Madison Woods. Authors include Stephanie Ayers, Holly Suzanne Beckman-Filbert, Sarah Paige Berling, Vincent J Bracco, JK Bradley, Jan Brown, Michelle Bunt, Sandra Crook, Marilyn Kay Dennis, Phyllis Anne Duncan, Sean Fallon, Nathan Filbert, Michael B. Fishman, Abraham Gumba, Sarah Ann ... read more

The Mentor That Matters: Stories of Transformational Teachers, Role Models and Heroes, Volume 1

Suzanne Fox, Laura Steward Atchison

In every life, there is at least one “mentor that matters”: a person whose insights spark change and whose influence endures. It might be an educator whose knowledge ignites new passion. A family member whose wisdom steers us away from irreparable mistakes or encourages our boldest dreams. An expert whose training spurs us to do more than we could have imagined. A leader who elicits strength o... read more

In every life, there is at least one “mentor that matters”: a person whose insights spark change and whose influence endures. It might be an educator whose knowledge ignites new passion. A family member whose wisdom steers us away from irreparable mistakes or encourages our boldest dreams. An expert whose training spurs us to do more than we could have imagined. A leader who elicits strength o... read more

The Gift of the Seer

K.B. Laugheed

Katie O’Toole’s epic adventure began in The Spirit Keeper (Plume 2013) when she was rescued from a 1747 frontier massacre in Pennsylvania only to find herself chosen as the “Spirit Keeper” of a dying Indian Seer. She hesitated to accept this mysterious obligation until she fell in love with the Seer’s bodyguard, an Indian man she called Hector.In The Gift of the Seer, Katie and Hector continue... read more

Katie O’Toole’s epic adventure began in The Spirit Keeper (Plume 2013) when she was rescued from a 1747 frontier massacre in Pennsylvania only to find herself chosen as the “Spirit Keeper” of a dying Indian Seer. She hesitated to accept this mysterious obligation until she fell in love with the Seer’s bodyguard, an Indian man she called Hector.In The Gift of the Seer, Katie and Hector continue... read more

The Worming of America, Or, An Answer to the Arraignment of Women

Autumn Leaf

Like all good Awakenings and revolutions, the Great Awakening and the American Revolution started with a good conversation. But when and with whom did that good conversation start? New England Transcendentalism started somewhere, but where and how? The seed of Civil Disobedience was planted by someone in Massachusetts, but by who and why? In the polemic spirit of Jane Anger’s The Protection fo... read more

Like all good Awakenings and revolutions, the Great Awakening and the American Revolution started with a good conversation. But when and with whom did that good conversation start? New England Transcendentalism started somewhere, but where and how? The seed of Civil Disobedience was planted by someone in Massachusetts, but by who and why? In the polemic spirit of Jane Anger’s The Protection fo... read more

Stuck in Manistique

Dennis Cuesta

Near the midpoint of the Upper Peninsula, along a Lake Michigan bend of shore, is the town of Manistique, Michigan. Mark had never heard of Manistique before the death of his estranged aunt, but as sole beneficiary of Vivian's estate, he travels there to settle her affairs. As Mark tours his aunt's house for the first time, the doorbell rings.Days after graduating medical school, Dr. Emily Dav... read more

Near the midpoint of the Upper Peninsula, along a Lake Michigan bend of shore, is the town of Manistique, Michigan. Mark had never heard of Manistique before the death of his estranged aunt, but as sole beneficiary of Vivian's estate, he travels there to settle her affairs. As Mark tours his aunt's house for the first time, the doorbell rings.Days after graduating medical school, Dr. Emily Dav... read more

Cry for Jerusalem - Book 1 63-66 CE: Resisting Tyranny

Ward Sanford

Was it fate, destiny, or some divine plan that brought four very different travelers together in their struggle to survive what should have been a routine trip to Rome? Driven by events, these new friends and their family members found themselves playing pivotal roles at a focal point in the history of western civilization. For winds that had spread a great fire across Rome also carried embers... read more

Was it fate, destiny, or some divine plan that brought four very different travelers together in their struggle to survive what should have been a routine trip to Rome? Driven by events, these new friends and their family members found themselves playing pivotal roles at a focal point in the history of western civilization. For winds that had spread a great fire across Rome also carried embers... read more

Cindy has 28 reviews

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Jose Nunez
I first approached Ms. Marsch about a month ago after having completed a 140, 000-word historical novel. At the time, I had no idea how much work the manuscript would require to polish it off, and specifically, what sort of editing work the manuscript needed to get it ready for publishing, I had a dozen or so possible choices for an editor in Reedsy, however, Ms. March's formal education in ...
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Jose Nunez, September 2019

Cindy Marsch
I am so grateful for Jose's kind words, and thrilled that my recent offering of the Manuscript Assessment is working out so well for my clients. I can't wait to see this fine title in print!

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Isioma West
Cindy was amazing to work with! She thoroughly assessed my work, provided useful feedback, and gave me a number of resources to further improve my manuscript. It's an old historical fiction I wrote a long time ago that was missing a lot of the historical piece and she pointed me in the right direction. One thing that stood out most during this process was her patience. It took me a lot longer t...
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Isioma West, September 2019

Cindy Marsch
It was a pleasure working with Isioma to consider her beloved project of years past and how best to move forward with it. I look forward to the opportunity of working with her again!

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Maria E Cantu Alegre
How does one put into words the level of absolute satisfaction of a work achieved? I can certainly try, but will likely fail because to me Cindy has been the epitome of help, guidance, and education throughout this writing project, and there are no words that I could conjure that would do her justice. Her level of skill, patience, and assistance surpassed my expectations. Cindy demonstrated her...
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Maria E Cantu Alegre, September 2019

Cindy Marsch
Wow--I am so grateful to have been of such usefulness on Maria's novel project, a long collaboration for both of us. I think we can both be proud of the final product and I look forward to her next...
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Alan Vitberg
Working with Marcie was an outstanding experience and I give her my highest kudos and recommendation. I learned from her that while a good story is the heartbeat of a successful novel, technical elements like the way the story is structured, presented and narrated is its lifeblood. As a first-time novelist, she helped me make The King of Kreskin Avenue’s heartbeat stronger and overall, a much b...
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Alan Vitberg, August 2019

Cindy Marsch
I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work on this fine book in an energetic collaboration with Alan, and I like my new nickname--Marcie!

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Terry Caszatt
Cindy did a final edit for me on my short stories. She's excellent. Fabulous eye. She doesn't miss anything—curveball, knuckleball, fastball—she knocks most of the stuff out of the park. She's the big hitter, the cleanup batter, who comes in after the others have taken their "cuts"— and cleans the bases, brings the rest home. She's keen on logic, continuity, believability and seems particularly...
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Terry Caszatt, July 2019

Cindy Marsch
Well, Terry shows here what a great writer he is to start with, and it was a joy to work on this project. I think our work together shows what a great editing partnership can be--after the bulk of ...
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