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Navigating in Woods
EDITING SERVICES
BEFORE WE WORK TOGETHER

Want to take this journey together? I want you to know two things up front. First, as a mom of two young children, I only work part-time. Because of this, my turnaround times are longer than an editor working full-time.

Secondly, I am often booked weeks to months in advance. Please make your inquiries early for the best chance of getting a space in my schedule. I require a signed agreement and 50% deposit to reserve a spot.

Because of my limitations, I am selective about the editing jobs I take on. Please review my editing genres and interests before contacting me.

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WHAT I LIKE TO READ ABOUT

Abuse & trauma redemption

Mental health & counseling

Spiritual journeys

Christian living

Personality typing

Millenial issues

Relationships

Marriage and parenting

Business development

Animals, especially horses

TYPE OF BOOKS I DON'T EDIT
TYPE OF BOOKS I DO EDIT
MEMOIR
NONFICTION
INSPIRATIONAL
DEVOTIONALS
YA (select manuscripts only)
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
HOW-TO & SELF-HELP
CHRISTIAN LIVING
WOMEN'S FICTION
SERMONS & THEOLOGY
POETRY
HISTORICAL FICTION
CHILDREN'S BOOKS
ACADEMIC PAPERS
SPECULATIVE FICTION
ROMANCE
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CONTENT EDITING

Content editing is your trail map. You’ve bushwhacked your way to the end of your rough draft, and now it’s time to look at the big view to make sure others can track with you. With a content edit, I help you clarify or reorganize your writing for theme, development, and structure, addressing issues with pacing, narrative arc, flow and organization of information, consistency, chronology, transitions, character development, beginnings and endings, and more.

INCLUDES:

  • A written editorial review letter detailing suggested changes

  • Optional supporting documents like structure spreadsheet and chapter analysis 

  • Your edited manuscript with comments and tracked changes

  • A follow-up meeting, up to an hour, to answer questions and explain editorial suggestions

RATE: 4 CENTS / WORD

Looking for additional rounds or types of editing? Ask about my bundle discounts.

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COPY EDITING & LINE EDITING

Copy editing makes your trail smooth so your readers don’t trip up. I help you trim those low branches and remove stumbling rocks from the path by editing for punctuation, usage, grammar, and syntax according to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition. For manuscripts needing extra smoothing, I offer line editing, a more intensive edit. Where copy editing addresses clarity and correctness, line editing addresses style and substance. In a line edit, I tackle overused words, cliches, or pet phrases; fact-check sources; reduce redundancy and tighten the writing; correct verb tense inconsistencies; make suggestions for word choice, and do light rewriting or re-organization to improve flow. A round of line editing also integrates copy edit changes.


INCLUDES:

  • A customized style sheet of your preferred spellings and style choices

  • Your edited manuscript with comments and tracked changes

RATE: 2.5 - 3.5 CENTS / WORD

All manuscripts are subject to review to ensure they are ready for a copy edit.

Content Editing
Copy Editing
EDITING SERVICES 
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SUSY FLORY
New York Times bestselling author

Sarah Barnum is an editor I would recommend to anyone looking to write with more clarity, strength, and purpose. She has a knack for making a manuscript or article more readable and engaging (and marketable, too), and for helping to bring out the important messages and themes in the work. She's not only knowledgeable in making writing more clear and grammatical, she's also an extremely hard worker and very easy to work with. Anything Sarah works on is going to be a much better piece of writing.

 

BOOKS I'VE WORKED ON

It's been my pleasure to partner with a number of authors in various stages of editing and publishing. 

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GHOSTWRITE
GENRE: MEMOIR

2022 Excellence in Editing Award Winner

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GHOSTWRITE
GENRE: MEMOIR

2021 Selah Award Winner

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COPY EDIT
GENRE: MEMOIR

2021 OCW Cascade
Writing Contest Winner

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CONTENT/COPY EDIT, DESIGN
GENRE: MEMOIR
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COPY EDIT
GENRE: NONFICTION
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PROOFREAD
GENRE: WOMEN'S FICTION
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CONTENT & COPY EDIT
GENRE: NONFICTION
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PROOFREAD
GENRE: WOMEN'S FICTION
Leaving Christian Science
COPY EDIT & DESIGN
GENRE: NONFICTION
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CONTENT & COPY EDIT
GENRE: MEMOIR
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COPY EDIT
GENRE: DEVOTIONAL
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COPY EDIT
GENRE: WOMEN'S FICTION
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