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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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 four 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, my first novel and short story published in 2015, my second novel in 2021, 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 a pair of fresh eyes on your manuscript? I can help you clear away any snags that might keep you from providing your reader the smoothest reading experience possible. One potential client commented that my sample edit showed how I 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 decades of teaching writing to come alongside and coach you in the things that will make the most difference the fastest. I have also developed the popular, economical Manuscript Assessment, a true overview of what is most promising and what needs most work as you revise, with detailed notes from my reading of the text--many clients have used the Manuscript Assessment in lieu of a more-expensive developmental edit.

As a lover of beautiful writing and as a novelist and short story writer myself, I have a deep commitment to quality fiction, and I am active in online groups of independent authors and editors. But as a long-time educator and writer and editor of curriculum and organization 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 as well as works about Britain, China, Israel, Italy, Panama, Portugal, Rome, Spain, and the United States, ancient to modern. I work with short fiction and nonfiction as well. I have served both independent authors and small presses, and I enjoy reviewing my own leisure reads on Amazon and Goodreads. In previous years I 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, government, churches, and charities. 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.

Please read my Reedsy reviews below that catalogue many productive partnerships with happy authors!
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
  • Writers Association of Northern Appalachia 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. A recent special offering is the cost-effective manuscript assessment, offering detailed notes from a read-through and an editorial assessment document, the whole designed to guide an author's revision, usually allowing the author to move right to a copyedit as the next stage.

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, 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.

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

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. 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 (21 selected works)

Red Bishop

Yuan, Robin T W

Memories of the Rising Sun

McCune, Michaela

The Gift of the Seer

Laugheed, K.B.

Bring Me Back Home

Thatcher, D. R.

Stuck in Manistique

Cuesta, Dennis


Brady, Richard

Cindy has 74 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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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Craig Hermann
Cindy was forthright, kind and helpful. She shared her vast literary knowledge and had specific recommendations which I am following. I highly recommend her.

Craig Hermann, June 2022

Cindy Marsch
It has been a pleasure working with Craig as he develops his narrative technique for the novel series he envisions, a work with heart and celebration of what is good and right.

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