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explanation for books, but the content applies to most any writing
Sample Edit For books, I offer a one-hour sample edit that can (1) determine what level of editing
is needed, (2) help you decide if I offer what you're looking for, and (3) be used as a template for author revisions
prior to a full edit, which reduces the expense of editing. As of April 1, 2018, my sample fee is $45.
Line /Copy Edit (in combination)
In both fiction and nonfiction, I perform a
minimum of two, thorough line-by-line reads to achieve readable flow and
consistent style; address inconsistencies (such as in timeline, staging,
character and place descriptions, and point of view in both novels and
nonfiction story illustrations); make spelling and grammar corrections; and
suggest word choice and other changes to ensure clarity. I also provide a
book-specific style guide and, with novels, timeline and continuity
documentation. As of April 1, 2018, my rate for this level of editing is
$38.50/hour, depending on the project, or a negotiated flat fee. (You might want to read this article I wrote about the mind of a line editor.)
Substantive Edit (also called a Macro or Content Edit)
I deliver a detailed editorial letter assessing
overall structure and organization, providing suggestions for improvement and
confirming what's on target, and any helpful comments or queries in the
manuscript file. As of April 1, 2018, my rate for this level of editing is
$45/hour, depending on the project, or a negotiated flat fee. (You might want to read this article I wrote about the heart of a writer.)
I put your ideas or story into well-crafted words
and an accessible, readable flow. As of April 1, 2018, my rate for
writing is $60/hour, depending on the project, or a negotiated flat fee.
If you represent a nonprofit organization, ask about a discounted rate.
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.
Invoicing and payment method information is
available upon request. A PayPal button has also been placed at the bottom of
the left-hand column of this website for client convenience.