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Cindy Marsch

Cindy Marsch - Editor

Slippery Rock, United States

Author, editor, and teacher of writing--specializing in historical and literary novels and short stories. Ready to make your writing shine!

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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? I can provide that in 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 recent 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 in the last year 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 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

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Short Story Thriller 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 (over 1 year)

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: process, 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 (about 2 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. I also offer limited free beta reading and reviews upon request.

Instructor of Writing

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

Developed and taught Composition 1 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 21 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 (11 selected works)

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

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

Suzanne Fox

With a Preface by Holly Robinson and essays by 36 authors from the across the U.S., U.K. and beyond, STORIES OF INSPIRATION: MYSTERY FICTION EDITION explores the process by which accomplished writers transform the first glimmer of a book idea into a compelling work of fiction with murder or mystery at its heart.Essays in the collection feature new and established voices and works from across t... read more

With a Preface by Holly Robinson and essays by 36 authors from the across the U.S., U.K. and beyond, STORIES OF INSPIRATION: MYSTERY FICTION EDITION explores the process by which accomplished writers transform the first glimmer of a book idea into a compelling work of fiction with murder or mystery at its heart.Essays in the collection feature new and established voices and works from across t... 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

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

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

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

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

When The Gods War (A Kingdom Divided Book 2)

Samuel Stokes, S.C. Stokes

Drought, desperation, deliverance.Yaneera is the youngest Empress in the history of Andara. With her land in turmoil, she must use her wit and cunning just to stay alive. Severe drought has brought with it famine, starvation, and death. As her people waver on the verge of open rebellion, Yaneera must deliver them or perish at their hand.Andara’s struggles have not gone unnoticed. Neighboring k... read more

Drought, desperation, deliverance.Yaneera is the youngest Empress in the history of Andara. With her land in turmoil, she must use her wit and cunning just to stay alive. Severe drought has brought with it famine, starvation, and death. As her people waver on the verge of open rebellion, Yaneera must deliver them or perish at their hand.Andara’s struggles have not gone unnoticed. Neighboring k... read more

A Coronation of Kings (A Kingdom Divided Book 1)

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

A Kingdom in Chaos (A Kingdom Divided Book 3)

Samuel Stokes, S.C. Stokes

What is one life worth?Since being crowned King of Valaar, Tristan Listar has known peace, until now. . .A savage assault leaves King’s Court devastated. In the wake of the attack, Tristan finds his wife grievously wounded and discovers that his son, the crown prince, is nowhere to be found.Out of the chaos, an old enemy returns offering a truly macabre proposal. Tristan’s life in exchange for... read more

What is one life worth?Since being crowned King of Valaar, Tristan Listar has known peace, until now. . .A savage assault leaves King’s Court devastated. In the wake of the attack, Tristan finds his wife grievously wounded and discovers that his son, the crown prince, is nowhere to be found.Out of the chaos, an old enemy returns offering a truly macabre proposal. Tristan’s life in exchange for... 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

Cindy has 2 reviews

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Scrivere per Volare

Cindy Marsch has been a joy to work with. She is very clear, thorough and asked the right questions. She copyedited a novel translated from Italian and gave timely and sensitive feedback and advice. I would definitely recommend her.

, April 2017


Melonie Walcott

Cindy is detail oriented, professional and supportive. She provided timely and pointed feedback that significantly improved the quality of my manuscript.

, March 2017

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