Update 8/3/07: For those of you who have seen my ad in RWA eNotes or who met me at RWA’s trade show on 7/28, thank you for stopping by! My next conference will be Indie Bookfest in Orlando, Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Hope to see you there. 

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my corner of the web. I’m an editor and writer with twelve years of experience in several areas of publishing–most notably journalism, inspiration/self-help, and fiction. I love meeting and working with publishers as well as authors of all experience levels–though I have a special passion for working with independent authors and those new to the craft, as well as those writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, suspense, or any combination thereof.

I offer the following services:

  • Copyediting (basic and heavy) and line editing (.007 cent per word)
  • Developmental editing (flat fee)
  • Substantive/content editing (1 cent per word)
  • Proofreading (.005 cent per word)
  • Manuscript critiques (flat fee)
  • Writing coaching (hourly fee)
  • Individual writing classes (fee negotiable)

I also have extensive experience in article and blog writing, and have published more than a thousand bylined articles and book reviews since 2004. My rates for the following writing services, while based on EFA’s pricing range, are negotiable:

  • Blog posts
  • Feature articles
  • Ad copy

I do, however, typically prefer to work on a per-page, per-word, or per-project rather than an hourly basis with the exception of coaching services, for which I bill hourly. I am regularly looking to work with new clients and would love to offer you a quote for any of these services. I can be reached at jo.vanderhooft@NOSPAMgmail.com or through this website’s contact form. I look forward to helping your book, article, or other project shine!

You may have some questions now, and thankfully I have some answers!

How does this work?

When you contact me in search of services, I will talk with you about what level of editing you seek. At no charge, I will then perform a sample edit of 700 to 1,000 words on your manuscript. I will return it to you in 2-4 business days along with a brief letter detailing my thoughts about the sample and the level and type of editing I think it will require (for example, a heavy line and copy edit, a light developmental edit, etc.). If you decide we will work well together and that my editing style suits your goals, we will decide and agree upon manuscript delivery, types of edits performed, and deadlines for both of us.

How do you edit?

I edit using Microsoft Word 2016 edition’s Track Changes feature. Unfortunately, at this time, I cannot offer edits of hard-copy (printed out) manuscripts.

What happens when I hire you?

Unless otherwise negotiated, you will receive your manuscript back on or before our agreed-upon deadline.

If you would like a developmental edit, you will also receive two additional documents. The first is a style sheet referencing specific spellings and details about characters, places, and other words in your manuscript that may not appear in a dictionary–that is, made-up or non-English words, character names, and unusually punctuated or capitalized words. The second document is a letter describing my impressions of your manuscript, namely its strengths and weaknesses and additional work you may want to consider doing before you submit it to an agent or publisher or self-publish.

I will also provide a style sheet for manuscripts I copy edit upon request.

What genres and subjects do you edit?

I have experience and interest in multiple genres. In fiction, these include:

  • Romance (contemporary, BDSM, erotica/erotic romance, paranormal, suspense, steampunk, SF/futuristic, fantasy, M/M, F/F, menage/polyamorous, and LGBTQ romance in general) I do not typically edit Regencies but am willing to consider them and historical romances set in other time periods. I am very interested in editing those set in the Victorian period. Romantic suspense is my favorite subgenre.
  • Inspiration/Christian titles
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy (all types, though I am particularly interested in dark fantasy, high fantasy, urban fantasy, and retold fairy tales, folktales, and myths)
  • Horror 
  • Thrillers
  • Mysteries
  • Young Adult and Middle Grade
  • New Adult
  • Poetry
  • Novels in verse/experimental fiction

I am experienced in the following categories of nonfiction:

  • Memoir
  • Self-help
  • Religious/Inspirational
  • Feature articles

What don’t you edit?

Currently I do not offer academic, medical, or technical editing. I also reserve the right to turn down work that I determine to be racist, sexist, ableist, classist, discriminatory to any gender or sexual orientation, work that is hateful or defamatory, or plagiarized work.

What style manuals and dictionaries do you use?

When editing fiction, I use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition and Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary at M-W.com.

Are you available for consultation on the phone or Skype?

Yes. As with coaching, I bill hourly for this service.

I have a question you haven’t answered here.

Please email me at jo.vanderhooft@NOSPAMgmail.com or use the contact form on this site, and I’ll be happy to help!

 


Download Resume

I’m a conscientious, thorough, and dedicated editor who will help you polish your work until it shines! I pride myself not only on the nitty-gritty details of grammar and language mechanics, but on understanding the tone, themes, characters, and plot of the story you want to tell, and helping you express it to the best of your ability. I love zapping hard-to-spot grammar and punctuation errors, sewing up plot holes, and helping to turn weak characters into deep and unforgettable individuals.

In my experience, some authors are timid about working with an editor. As a published author and poet myself, I understand this fear! You’ve worked hard on your story, and offering it up for criticism can often feel a bit like taking a test or waiting on a grade in a class that you aren’t sure you aced. Rest assured, however, that I am a gentle, laid-back, nonjudgmental,yet honest editor who wants the best for you and your writing–which means building up your strengths and working on your weaknesses, never tearing you down or telling you untruths about your work.

I can’t promise that every project I edit will find a publisher or an audience, but I can promise to help you put your best writing out into the world.

Content Editing

Copyediting

Line Editing

Writing Coaching

Manuscript Critiques

Writing (blog posts, articles, ghostwriting, etc.)

January 2004 - Current

Please download my resume for a full summary.

Self-employed editor

February 2016 - Current

Affinity E-Book Press

Freelance Editor

Responsible for content, line, and copy editing novels.

December 2015 - Current

Riverdale Avenue Books

Freelance Editor

Responsible for line and copy editing novels, novellas, and
omnibus editions and occasional content editing.

July 2015 - Current

Inkspell Publishing

Freelance Editor

Responsible for developmental and line editing of novels.

1998 - 2004

University of Utah

English BA, Theatre Studies BA

Scholarships

  • Recipient of leadership scholarship, 1998-1999 school year
  • Steffenson-Cannon Grant, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 school years
  • Member of Honors Society, 1998-2004

Internships and Study Abroad

  • Powerhouse Theatre playwriting intern, summer 2000
  • New Dramatists, Inc. internship, summer 2001
  • Women’s Project and Productions internship, spring 2002
  • Lookingglass Theatre internship, spring 2002
  • Sunance Playlabs stage management intern, summer 2002 (July)
  • Study abroad participant, summer 2002 (May-June)
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville dramaturgy intern, 2004-2005 season
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival education intern, summer 2005

Awards

  • Young Playwrights, Inc. winner, 1998
  • Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival winner, 2000

 

 

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