Write with your heart. Edit with your head.


Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.

Martha works as a freelance editor. Her favorite types of projects are young adult fiction, women's fiction, and cozy mysteries, but she also edits college admissions essays and academic papers as long as there’s no math or rocket science involved.


What Former Clients Have to Say

Martha did a GREAT job editing my book, DEATH OF A CRABBY COOK. Her attention to detail was impressive and I highly recommend her.
— Penny Warner, author of Death of a Crabby Cook, Death of a Chocolate Cheater, and Death of a Bad Apple
When Sharon Beatty passed away a few months before she would have graduated from our program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she left behind an almost-completed novel which she intended as her creative thesis. Martha Kay Salinas did much of the revising of the final chapters and then edited the entire manuscript. I was the second reader for the completed manuscript, several sections of which I had seen earlier. As I read the final copy of Sharon Beatty’s novel Morning Song, I realized that I couldn’t tell where Sharon’s work on the manuscript ended and Martha’s revisions or edits began. Martha had honored the author’s style and intent so well that the final version was seamless. I can think of no higher praise for an editor. [Note: the novel has since been published and is available on Amazon.]
— Wayne Ude, formerly Program Director, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program