Headshot of Cheryl inside a red gear frame with tentacles coming out from behind.

I help authors fix broken books!

I also do other things, but I haven’t figured out a catchy way to say it all yet. Copywriting is a process for everyone!

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 or pop culture. I also accept flash fiction.

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.

Genres and project types: Science fiction (SF), fantasy, graphic novels, comics, scripts, 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, pop culture, blogs, and websites.

Never let anything get in the way of a good story—including the writing.

Bits and pieces...

  • Unwavering descriptivist.
  • Good writing inspires me to write.
  • Gamer, cosplayer, and your all-around standard geek.
  • Like most authors (and editors!), I cannot edit myself. I cringe every time I see a typo in my blog after making twenty editing passes and hitting the post button.
  • Favorite author: Neil Gaiman

What life experiences do I apply to my editing?

  • Asian American POC
  • Military brat
  • JAG Office, Military Police office assistant
  • DoD Contracting Office proofreader
  • 17+ years overseas (US Army posts)
  • Former competitive shooter
  • Film & TV production
  • Music industry (record label legal assistant)
  • Autism mom
Cheryl Murphy is Asian with brown hair in a single braid and a smirk.

ACES: the society for editing


Contact Ink Slinger

Cheryl (AT) inkslingereditorialservices (dot) com
or leave me a voicemail at (213) 293-8507



Projects Accepted

science fiction (SF), fantasy, interstitial, urban fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, mannerpunk, young adult (YA), new adult (NA), women’s fiction, middle grade (MG), romance, paranormal romance (PNR), horror, splatterpunk, thriller, action, mystery, comedy, literary fiction, satire, erotica, memoir, self help, graphic novels, comic books, scripts, blogs, and websites.

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