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I read and write stories for all ages. I’m also an editor and reporter enjoying the freelance life. You can browse my published articles or visit my blog. If you’ve got something to say, or you’re looking for editing help, I’d love to hear from you.

“I recently worked with Marlaina to edit my young adult novel—there was a tight deadline but she was able and willing to help me hustle to finalize edits before my deadline. Her edits were meticulous and thoughtful, and best of all, she kept in mind my character’s voice so as not to edit out her personality and mannerisms. I highly recommend Marlaina!” 

– Diana Falvo

“I had the great luck to meet Marlaina at my RWA writing chapter’s conference last year and can highly recommend her editing services. My latest WIP was a 135K hot mess. Marlaina carefully outlined plot holes, highlighted discontinuities, respectfully pointed out possible alternatives and made suggestions that showed she totally understood what I was trying to do (and more importantly what was keeping me from getting there). I look forward to working with her again.” 

– Anna Taylor Sweringen, writing as Michal Scott, author with Wild Rose Press

“Marlaina is a talented, passionate and hard-working editor and writer. I had the pleasure of supervising Marlaina for several years and was always impressed by her tenacity and the integrity she brought to her work.
What stood out was the combination of her attention to detail and her dedication to getting the story right. Marlaina can fill a variety of roles—editor, writer, reporter, communicator. What makes her stand out is the creativity and professionalism she can bring to any project.”

– Marc Schwarz, editor and journalism instructor

“Marlaina Cockcroft was recommended to me by another writer. I already had someone editing my 118,000-word novel, but I wanted at least one more pair of eyes so I contracted with Marlaina to do copyediting. She did that and more.

“First of all, Marlaina was very professional, which I like because I knew exactly what I was getting and when it would be completed.

“Second, she went over my novel thoroughly. I wanted to cut out some words, and she found areas to cut, but also pointed out places that needed a few more details. I loved that she noticed that I kept using a particular word (I seem to have my favorites), and made suggestions so I could change it up.

“Finally, what I like best is that her comments and edits were so easy to read and understand. There was no place where I needed to contact her for an explanation. And I loved her suggestions. It was really helpful.

“Marlaina was very reasonable, too. I felt I really got my money’s worth and I will definitely use her again.”  

– Cynthia Woods, author