About Me

I’m a freelance editor, working with independently published authors who write for children and young adults. I have a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from San Diego State University and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from University of California, Irvine. I have previously interned at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and completed the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. I love sharing my knowledge and experience in writing and the publishing industry with those who want to break their way into it.

I also love working in academia, editing and formatting papers for graduate students. I have presented the following papers at national conferences:

  • “Fairy Tales and the Myth of Beauty” at PAMLA 2014 – Riverside, CA
  • “Silence and the Adolescent Female Body” at PAMLA 2015 – Portland, OR
  • “Project Prince Charming: Quest for the Ideal Man” At NEMLA 2016 – Hartford, CT
  • “Faith, Tradition, and the Political Role of Children” at PAMLA 2016 – Pasadena, CA
  • “Silence in Oral Narratives” (Presiding Officer) at PAMLA 2016 – Pasadena, CA

I have been working as a freelance editor with authors, professors, and scholars since January 2014. I am currently working full time as an editor for an online university, editing course guides.


Client Books

Here are some of the wonderful books I’ve edited for clients!

Jim Morgan and King of Thieves Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves by James Matlack Raney

A gypsy curse…
A shadow pirate…
An ancient treasure…
An adventure beyond mystery and magic!

Eleven year-old Jim Morgan once had a home, a life of comfort, and a future full of promise. But all that changed the night his father was murdered.

Now Jim is on the run from his father’s enemies, a wicked count and his vengeful son, and at the same time, trying to decipher the secret to the last mystery his father left him – the hidden location of an ancient treasure.

But standing in Jim’s way is an army of pickpockets, led by a master criminal, known only as the King of Thieves, and around every corner, Jim finds dangerous foes, new allies, and more magic than he ever knew existed.

If Jim can survive, he may discover a hero hidden within himself, and a destiny beyond his wildest dreams…


Jim Morgan and the Edge of the WorldJim Morgan and the Door at the Edge of the World by James Matlack Raney

**Winner of 2015 Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Award (Middle Grade/Young Adult Category**

An Ancient Temple…
An Unimaginable Power…
The Final Chapter of the Jim Morgan Saga!

Jim Morgan and his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt, have so far managed to keep their half of the Hunter’s Shell safe from the Cromiers, preventing them from finding the Treasure of the Ocean. But the danger is far from over. The Count and Bartholomew are closing in on the Spectre. And an old enemy from the past has returned, armed with dark plans of his own. A desperate battle is brewing – one Jim can’t outrun forever.

From the underwater kingdom of the Merfolk, to a desolate stretch of ocean called the Wastewaters, Jim and his friends will seek the aid of new allies and risk their lives against villains more wicked than they have ever faced before.

In his heart, Jim knows the journey will end only once he has taken possession of the Treasure of the Ocean, and only once he has faced the ultimate test, before a door at the edge of the world, with the fate of more than he ever imagined at stake…


citadel of fireCitadel of Fire by Matthew Wolf

Seventeen-year old Gray is descended from a legendary hero known as a Ronin and haunted by his forgotten past.  He returns home to a wizards’ keep, unaware he is now labeled a murderous traitor for killing his best friend.

Now he must cross a dangerous desert full of thieves, mythical beasts, and other magical unknowns, all to return to a home that may be his demise.  At the same time, a poisonous evil seeks to convert the world to their dark mantra, “strength is life, weakness death.”

Gray may have hero’s blood in his veins, but how can one kill a belief?
dreams of a reaver
Dreams of a Reaver by Matthew Wolf

Based on the Amazon Bestselling series THE RONIN SAGA comes a story of passion, deception, and betrayal…

Fifteen-year-old Miriam’s only dream is to become a Reaver, a magical threader of the spark. However, beyond the age of Initiation, her chances are all but gone… until she finds a powerful Reaver on her doorstep. Now she must unveil the magical spark within her, only to learn that Logan, a four-stripe Reaver, has other plans for her and her family…

Miriam’s dreams are about to come true in the worst way possible.

Hogtown: Book One by C.J. Livingstone
A song can change your life. It can make you think differently, walk differently and feel differently. It can connect you to something bigger than the straitjacket of your hometown where everybody thinks they know who you are but nobody really knows you at all. Sometimes a song is the only thing that can guide you in a world where nothing makes sense.

Hogtown is the story of that moment in the life of Cameron Power.

Cameron is a junior who exists in the shadows at high school. He’s the kind of kid who people see but don’t know, the quiet math nerd with the unfashionable clothes, the brainiac heading for a college scholarship. But when a chance invite to a house party brings him into the realm of Kassandra, a punk rocker with a lust for life, suddenly Cameron’s world is turned upside down as he makes a startling discovery – girls and guitars. This revelation sets him on an adventure as he dives head first into all things music.

Hogtown: Book Two by C.J. Livingstone
Cameron Power is back as his musical journey continues. But he soon discovers that those things that he found so intriguing – girls, guitars and rock and roll – have conspired to turn his world upside down again.
Now he’s a high school senior but that doesn’t make life any easier. In fact, that just seems to stack his problems higher and higher. First, there’s his wayward love life. It grows ever more complicated as friends become enemies and enemies become friends. Then, there’s his family which suffers a serious downturn in its fortunes and requires him to work more hours at the dreaded Petersen Pork factory just to stay afloat. And finally, there are those who try to thwart Cameron’s every move, the bullies and the meatheads, brothers and principals. And then there’s life itself, which seems to throw him curve balls at every opportunity.
Set to an eclectic playlist, Hogtown Book Two is a story about the love of music, about becoming a musician, and about figuring out who you are when the rest of the world has already decided who you should be.


My wonderful customers are the reason I’m still doing freelance work. I really enjoy helping them make their stories the best they can be, and I feel great joy over their personal successes. Here are some of the great things they’ve said.

“Of course you get thorough, thought-provoking editing on your manuscript. But you also get a reader who is passionate about great literature and seeing you, as an author, at your best. That’s what brings me back to Meg time and again.” — James Matlack Raney


“You’ll get no one who will give your work more love and more attention. Meg connects with the story and ends up knowing much of it better than I do. Truly invaluable, and for a price that is too good to be true. The Ronin Saga wouldn’t be what it is without Meg—an invaluable editorial eye who works with you at every step of the way.” — Matthew Wolf

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Email: megmardianediting@gmail.com

Services I Offer


Copy Editing and Proofreading ((Fiction/Non-Fiction))

  • Picture Book (up to 1,500 words) – $50
  • Early Chapter Books (up to 6,500 words) – $120
  • Chapter Books (6,500-15,000 words) – $200
  • Middle Grade Novels (15,000 – 35,000 words) $350
  • Middle Grade, Young Adult (YA) (more than 35,000 words) – Starting at $400

Substantive Editing ((Fiction/Non-Fiction))

  • Picture Book (up to 1,500 words) – $80
  • Early Chapter Books (up to 6,500 words) – $160
  • Chapter Books (6,500-15,000 words) – $320
  • Middle Grade Novels (15,000 – 35,000 words) $450
  • Middle Grade, Young Adult (YA) (more than 35,000 words) – Starting at $600

Academic Papers ((Critiques and Edits-Including Formatting))

  • Up to 2500 words – $ 100
  • Up to 6000 words – $220

Academic Papers ((Formatting in MLA/APA))

  • Up to 2500 words – $50
  • Up to 6000 Words – $120


Welcome to Meg Mardian Editing – your source for professional editing at an affordable price!

I work with authors who want to self publish their young adult or middle grade manuscripts with a professional, polished feel, and I also edit scholarly material that needs formatting in APA or MLA style.

Feel free to check my credentials in the About Me section or contact me if you have any questions!