Jean Kavich Bloom

Bloom in Words Editorial Services

April 2024 

Email: jean@bloominwordseditorial.com

Website: bloominwordseditorial.com 


As a seasoned freelance editor for Christian publishers and individuals, I'm always seeking to expand my client base. See multiple recommendations from publishing industry professionals and authors on my website.


Summary of Skills and Experience: I’m a seasoned editorial professional with thirty-six years of publishing experience, including nearly twenty-four years in a Christian publishing house. The last twelve years plus of my career have been spent in full-time freelancing. As of this date, I’ve edited more than 275 fiction and non-fiction books for multiple Christian publishers, organizations, and authors as a freelancer. 

Publishing/Editorial Career History 

Owner, Editor, and Writer, Bloom in Words Editorial Services (January 2007 to present). I became a full-time freelancer in fall 2011 upon leaving premier Christian publishing company Zondervan, my employer of nearly twenty-four years, to move closer to family. 

Relevant Strengths, Skills, and Accomplishments 

Initiated, established, and directed a Zondervan Corporate Editorial Services team, which provided editorial services to non-product areas of the company: PR, marketing, human resources, and the office of the CEO. I also worked alongside editors at every level of the editorial process. 

Have edited more than 275 books as a professional freelancer, primarily line/copyediting in combination, saving editorial process time for my clients. I’ve also provided substantive editing, crafting editorial letters for authors on behalf of a publisher’s in-house editor. In many cases, in-house editors have asked me to work directly with their authors and then deliver a clean, author-approved manuscript edit to their house. 

Have worked with more than a dozen Christian publishing houses and organizations, as well as individual clients, using industry standard style guides—The Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition), Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition), The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style (4th edition)—and publishers’ own style manuals as provided. 

Wrote two published children’s devotional books commissioned by Zondervan. Other types of  professional writing I’ve done as a freelancer are outlined on my website.


Developed and maintained throughout my corporate and freelance career:

Ø  An exemplary record for detailed and thorough work, a strong work ethic, dependable integrity, and professional interactions with both publishing staff and authors.

Ø  Proven, high-quality line editing/copyediting, macro/substantive editing, and writing skills.

Ø  Excellent time management skills, meeting and most often beating deadlines, including on rush projects. 

Upcoming Release

Upcoming Release
Hope After Church Hurt by Joe Dobbins (Chosen Books - June 2024)

Upcoming Release

Upcoming Release
Healing for Every Heart in Adoption by Betsy S. Kylstra, Lisa C. Qualls, Jodi Jackson Tucker (Chosen Books - November 2024)

Recent Release

Recent Release
The God Who Hears by James Merritt (Harvest House - March 2024)

Recent Release

Recent Release
Dream Brave by Wai Jia Tam (Chosen Books - January 2024)