Navigating in Woods
SERVICES
MY SCHEDULE

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 here before contacting me.

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HAVE A SMALLER PROJECT?

In addition to book-length manuscripts, I also edit smaller projects like articles, blogs, and short stories for a flat fee. These all-in-one edits include critique and copy editing.

<1,000 WORDS
$50
< 2,000 WORDS
$75
< 3,000 WORDS
$100
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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.

 

EDITING SERVICES DETAIL
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COACHING

Looking for direction with your work-in-progress? I’ll help you get on the right path with your manuscript. Coaching can include brainstorming, assistance with market research, help identifying your target audience, strengths and weaknesses assessment, teaching tips to improve your writing, and more.

STANDARD PACKAGE INCLUDES:
 

  • Critique of first fifty pages plus your outline or synopsis

  • One-hour phone or video consultation

  • Email support for one month

PACKAGE: $500

Looking for chapter-by-chapter review or ongoing coaching? Contact me for a custom quote.

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

  • 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

RATE: 3.5 CENTS / WORD

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

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COPY 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. I also edit for clarity and consistency while preserving you or your character’s unique voice. I also make style suggestions, note overused words or pet phrases, and check sources.


INCLUDES:

  • A customized style sheet

  • Your edited manuscript with comments and tracked changes

RATE: 2.5 CENTS / WORD

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

 
 
 
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THE FINE PRINT

Rates are based on standard freelance rates established by the Editorial Freelancer's Association. Rates per word are based on word count of submitted manuscript. Manuscripts that require heavy editing or expedited turnaround times are subject to an increased rate.  Editing projects totaling $100 or less are payable in advance. Editing jobs $100 or more require a 50% deposit. All jobs will be contracted with a signed editing agreement. Final manuscript files are delivered upon payment of the balance.

 

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