Cindy Marsch

Cindy Marsch – Editor

I help make dreams come true – deep guidance for developing writers and a final polish for seasoned authors.

Overview

(Now scheduling projects for May 2024 and beyond--recommending the popular Manuscript Assessment.)


"If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend working with Cindy. Her guidance is invaluable, and she is truly a pleasure to work with. . . . You will be in good hands." -- RF, a happy Reedsy client


I'm Cindy M., an author and editor with an undergraduate degree in creative writing (short stories primarily) and a master's in literature, and I have been editing professionally for seven years and teaching writing for more than three decades. I work with writers according to your needs, making the most of your strengths and working at your direction. Because I am an author myself, I know you are looking for an editor who can enhance your own voice.


Do you have a draft and a dream but know your work is not up to your own high standard? My popular, economical Manuscript Assessment will give you a true overview of what is most promising and what needs most work as you revise. One potential client commented that my sample edit showed how I could take her modern romance "from garage band to gold record."


Can you trust me to help you realize your dream? Take a look at my Reedsy reviews below!


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. Let's discuss your situation.


"I feel very fortunate to have worked with Cindy on both a developmental and copy edit of my manuscript. She is a consummate professional whose insightful feedback and suggestions helped transform my rough draft into a novel that I am excited to share. . . . Like any excellent teacher, Cindy is adept at asking just the right questions to prompt a writer to dig deeper into the 'why' of their craft. She makes you think, which is a good thing!" --More from RF, a happy Reedsy client

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Writing & Publishing
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Editorial Freelancers Association Member
  • Alliance of Independent Authors Partner Member

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2015 — Present

I am an author of historical, biographical, literary fiction and short stories thus far, with plans for contemporary fiction and maybe cozy mysteries in the years to come. I have found my favorite work offering professional editorial services, with enthusiastic acceptance from small presses and individual authors as soon as they see what I can do for them.

Grove City College

Aug, 2016 — Dec, 2019 (over 3 years)

(Still on the rolls for future need of the college.) Taught one or two sections each semester of Foundations of Academic Discourse in the Writing Department to freshman students from all academic disciplines. Curriculum included 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.

Veritas Academy Online

Sep, 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. Much of my instruction was in the form of individual essay evaluation in extensive comments for each student.

Writing Assessment Services

May, 1996 — Jun, 2022 (about 26 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. In 2022 I sold my domain and instructional materials to another entrepreneurial writing teacher.

Florida State University, Auburn University, Tallahassee Community College, Los Positas College

Aug, 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

Copy Editing
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Red Bishop

Yuan, Robin T W

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IRON MEDICINE

Brady, Richard

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The Gift of the Seer

Laugheed, K.B.

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Cindy has 93 reviews

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Jim M.

Jim M.

Mar, 2024

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Let me not bury the lead, working with Cindy has been a pleasure. I am writing a deeply personal memoir about my wife who recently passed away after a struggle with cancer. I want to honor my wife, her struggle, and our life together. Cindy has absolutely helped move the story forward. Cindy has respectfully pushed me out of my comfort zone while mixing praise with challenging questions that h...
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Cindy M.
I am honored to work alongside Jim as he walks through this memoir and the grief that accompanies it. I look forward to seeing the next versions of the work for his different audiences. He has less...
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Bhupendra P.

Bhupendra P.

Sep, 2021

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This was my first time working with Cindy and right from the beginning, I loved working with her. She gave clear constructive feedback that helped me immensely. Her examples during developmental editing were greatly constructive for me. Cindy found issues that made me think clearly in words. She gave me actionable feedback to improve the story and my writing. Cindy highlighted both the strength...
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Cindy M.
It was a delight to spend many hours with Bhupendra's beautiful book, and I am honored to have been a part of getting it out to the world. I trust many readers will enjoy his touching, humorous, de...
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Michael R.

Michael R.

Aug, 2021

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Warsaw Fury was my second book working with Cindy. That by itself should really say enough. There's a reason I asked her to do an editorial review and copy edit, two extremely important edits in forming the story. Most importantly, Cindy is brutally honest and to the point. She doesn't sugarcoat. I love this about her. If something doesn't work, feels off or if she doubts the historical accura...
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Cindy M.
It has been a pleasure working with Michael. I actually developed my Manuscript Assessment service as we worked together on his first book, and it has proven to be one of the most valuable services...
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Ruth M.

Ruth M.

Jun, 2024

This is my second project with Cindy. Working with her is a pleasure. She kept me informed, worked promptly, and offered (kindly worded) critiques that helped me to shape my writing. Highly recommended!
Cindy M.
It has been a pleasure to work with Ruth on this history project very different from (and more challenging than) than her novel. I am grateful whenever a client returns for a new collaboration!
Jane H.

Jane H.

May, 2024

Cindy was enormously helpful and I plan to take nearly all of her suggestions as I begin my rewrite of this short story. This particular project is way out of my comfort zone so I needed someone who could really give some constructive advice and Cindy definitely did. Very, very helpful!
Cindy M.
I am so glad Jane can make good use of my feedback as she develops her short fiction! My husband and I want to know what comes next!

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