Cindy Marsch

Cindy Marsch - Editor

Slippery Rock, United States

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

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(Now scheduling projects for November 2022 and beyond--recommending the popular Manuscript Assessmeent.)

I'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 six years and teaching writing for more than three decades. I work with writers according to their needs, making the most of each one's strengths and working according to each client's direction. Because I am an author myself, 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.

Do you have a draft and a dream, but you know your work is not up to the high standard you want? 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.

English (US)
Cultural & Ethnic
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Writing & Publishing


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

Work experience

Editor, Writer

October, 2015 – Present (about 7 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 found my favorite work offering professional editorial services, with enthusiastic acceptance from small presses and individual authors as soon as they saw what I could do for them.

Guest Lecturer

Grove City College
August, 2016 – December, 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.

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

Writing Tutor, Writing Evaluator, Curriculum Developer

May, 1996 – Present (over 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.

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 (15 selected works)

Red Bishop

Yuan, Robin T W

Memories of the Rising Sun

McCune, Michaela

The Gift of the Seer

Laugheed, K.B.


Brady, Richard

Cindy has 75 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

William Gleeson
Great experience. Super useful feedback

William Gleeson, October 2022

Cindy Marsch
It was a privilege to work with William on his collection of related short stories and help him envision the best next step for the work. I expect it to make a fine book!

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Steve Williams
Cindy interacted promptly and professionally and provided comments and resources that will greatly improve my manuscript.

Steve Williams, September 2022

Cindy Marsch
I enjoyed working with Steve on his intriguing story concept--a celebration and homage to the calling of airplane pilots.

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Howell Medders
No complaints. We are off to a slow start because I have not been as engaged as I want to be in this project just now, but I look forward to working with Cindy as I get more up to speed.

Howell Medders, August 2022

Cindy Marsch
I look forward to the opportunity to work with Howell further when he has more time for the project.

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Evelyn Roland
Cindy was extremely professional and helpful. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an honest review of their work!

Evelyn Roland, July 2022

Cindy Marsch
It has been a pleasure working with Evelyn on this early stage of her novel, and I look forward to helping with the next stage in a few months!

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Martha Tissot van Patot
Cindy was friendly and professional. My project was somewhat large and she managed to finish early and provide an outstanding manuscript review. She addressed the topics about which I was most concerned and offered valuable insights for the revision. She also provided many links so that I could learn about various methods I needed to incorporate into my writing. I am in the middle of a revision...
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Martha Tissot van Patot, July 2022

Cindy Marsch
It was great fun to dive into the world of Martha's novel, and I especially appreciate the phone call we were able to have at the end since there was time in her contract--a real "skull session" of...
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