Cheryl L Murphy

Ink Slinger Editorial Services

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I provide developmental editing, structural editing, copyediting, proofreading, and mentoring, along with interior book design and layout, and ebook formatting. While I welcome all genres of fiction, I specialize in science fiction, fantasy, and the interstitial (stories that fit somewhere in between). For nonfiction, I only accept memoirs. I also accept flash fiction (1500 words or fewer) for a flat fee of $25. I have a couple editing options for those on a tighter budget too. Visit my website,, to view my rates and portfolio.

I especially enjoy mentoring. For me, the biggest joys I got from writing were those moments where a writing concept that I struggled with suddenly clicked. It was like the heavens opened and the chorus sang. The whole world would open up, and I could miraculously do so much more with my stories. I enjoy helping other writers find that moment where it all clicks. I love helping writers to be better at what that they do.

Professional memberships: ACES, SfEP, EFA, AIPP, and BAEF

Genres and project types: Science fiction (SF), fantasy, interstitial, young adult (YA), new adult (NA), women’s fiction, middle grade (MG), romance, horror, thriller, action, mystery, comedy, literary fiction, satire, erotica, memoir, self help, graphic novels, comics, scripts, blogs, and websites.

BA Purdue University
UC Berkeley Professional Sequence in Editing certificate
College of the Canyons Graphic Design certificate

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Years in the field: 9
Years freelancing: 9


Cheryl Murphy