Line / Copy Edit (in combination)
In both fiction and nonfiction, I perform several-pass, line-by-line reads to achieve flow and consistent style; address inconsistencies (such as in timeline, staging, character/place descriptions, and point of view in both novels and nonfiction story illustrations); make spelling, punctuation, and grammar corrections; and suggest alternative word choices and other changes to ensure clarity. I also provide a book-specific style guide and, with novels, timeline/continuity documentation. The current rate is $42.00/hour. For projects to begin October 2024, the rate will be $45.00/hour.
Developmental Edit (also called a Substantive, Macro, or Content Edit)
I deliver a detailed editorial letter assessing overall structure and organization, providing suggestions for improvement, confirming what's on target, and offering helpful comments or queries. The current rate is $46.50/hour or a negotiated flat fee. For projects to begin October 2024, the rate will be $49.75/hour or a negotiated flat fee. If you want suggested changes then crafted for you, the current rate is $60.00/hour. For projects to begin October 2024, the rate will be $64.25/hour. This rate may be adjusted if locating source material is involved.
Writing or Whole Manuscript Revision
I put ideas or story into well-crafted words and an accessible, readable flow or revise a manuscript to achieve the same result. The current rate is $75.00/hour. For projects to begin October 2024, the rate will be $80.25/hour. This rate may be adjusted if locating source material is involved.
Please note: I do not work with curriculum, children's books, or any work that is highly academic or technical or has a massive number of footnotes.
The scope, process, and cost for each project are mutually agreed upon by the client and Bloom in Words before work begins. Scope and cost evaluation are based on the complexity, form, and type of sample original copy, and, in some cases, sample editing of that copy. Process is based on the comfort level of both the client and Bloom in Words Editorial Services.
The latest editions of The Chicago Manual of Style (17th) and Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th) are my standard reference materials. I also use The Christian Writer's Manual of Style (4th edition) and, of course, publishers' specific style guides.
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