My name is Jean Kavich Bloom. If you're here to learn more about me and my services, this page is where to start.
As a professional freelance editor and writer, I work primarily in the Christian market. After thirty-three years of publishing experience, including nearly fourteen years as a freelancer (nine of them full-time), I know my clients expect what they need, when they need it. They don't want delays, hassle, or poor quality; they want on-time, on-target, thorough, top-notch assistance. I also have a reputation for quick turnarounds, most often beating deadlines, whether working with fiction or nonfiction editing projects or writing assignments. As of fall 2020, I have edited more than one hundred novels and novellas and more than 120 nonfiction books, many featuring story.
My goal is to help make the written word as readable and accessible to the reader as possible while at the same time ensuring that the author's vision, story, passion, voice, and insight remain intact.
- Eliminate awkward phrasing; tighten writing; ensure precise word choices; and achieve excellence in English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Address timeline, point of view (POV), and staging inconsistencies for both fiction and nonfiction featuring story, as well as any issues created when dots don't connect or gaps have formed.
- Adhere to standard industry and in-house style guides.
- Generate a detailed editorial letter assessing overall structure and organization and clearly outlining what I think works, what I think can be improved, and ideas for how to make improvements. With this level of edit for fiction, an assessment of character development, for instance, is included.
- Make helpful notations in the manuscript file.
- Answer questions to further ensure clarity for actionable suggestions.
When I write I . . .
- Put ideas and information into readable, accessible form for the client's chosen target audience.
- Write to space and word count requirements, without losing the essence of the message or the voice of the author or organization.
The tabs/pages to the right lead you to learning more about me; levels of editing and rates offered; a list of projects I've edited; clients I've worked for; and what some authors and clients say about why they like what I do.
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To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself . . . Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph. ― Mark Twain
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