My name is Mel Borbolla, and I love words. I have spent most of my adult life studying them. Grammar, writing, and editing have been my life. I studied English at Indiana University for my bachelor's degree. My focus was creative writing and literature. From there, I moved on to my copyediting certificate at the University of California, San Diego. I have also taken several classes in developmental editing and copyediting at the Editorial Freelancers Association, where I am a member. I specialize in the romance genre, but I have also edited historical fiction, mystery, young adult, and fantasy books. 

Welcome to Borbolla Edits!

A Few Fun Things About Me:



  • My husband, our three children, and I live in a small town in Indiana. 

  •  We have a German shepherd named Hermione. She is everything.

  •  I’m an avid reader of fiction. Mostly romance. I read over 100 romances last year. And the year before. And the year before that.

  •  I’m a huge Star Wars nerd. Darth Vader is my favorite character.

  •  I listen to Christmas music to cheer me up. Even in July.

  •  I love pens. And the word “love” is an understatement.  

  •  I am constantly continuing my education. I love to learn. In fact, I have another class starting soon on editing romance novels.

  •  I am weirdly good at Super Mario. The old-school Nintendo version.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” —Dr. Seuss

Bachelor of Arts in English
Indiana University

Copyediting Certificate
University of California San Diego

The Society of Editing Certificate

Developmental Editing: Beginning
Editorial Freelancers Association

Developmental Editing: Intermediate
Editorial Freelancers Association

Developmental Editing: Advanced
Editorial Freelancers Association

Copyediting Fiction
Editorial Freelancers Association

Editing Bootcamp Certificate



Please see my "Services" page for more detailed information.

  • Due to COVID-19, I am offering 50% off of all packages if you book before April 30th.

$.004 per word. 


This comes after editing and is usually the final check of the manuscript. I will check grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and typos. 


$.008 per word. 


I will go through the manuscript sentence by sentence, word by word, and letter by letter. My main goal when copyediting is to ensure the consistency, correctness, and coherency of the manuscript. I will also ensure conformity of the manuscript to The Chicago Manual of Style, which is the standard style guide for the book publishing industry. 

$.008 per word. 

Developmental Editing

This will be a comprehensive edit for the overall plot, characterization, and structure of your manuscript. I will deeply analyze and suggest ways to enhance your already-great story. This edit includes a deeply-detailed revision letter. 


Contact Me

Feel free to get in touch about writing, editing, or anything else you’re curious about. Contact me at the email below or submit the contact form.

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