Welcome to BluePen! Whether you’re a writer looking for editorial advice, a publisher in search of a top-notch project manager, or an author or editor in need of a ghostwriter, we are here to help. We provide professional and insightful editorial guidance, management, and feedback to clients of every stripe, no matter where you are in your process. We specialize in developing and project managing memoirs, fiction, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, illustrated nonfiction, formats, and select children’s titles.
For all of our services, our initial review is free of charge. Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a one-page description of your project and what kind of advice or help you are looking for. If available, attach your project as a PDF or Word file. We will review and discuss with you how our services might be a good fit for you and your goals.
You’re writing a book, congratulations! And since you’re looking at our site, you’re likely in need of some guidance or collaboration.
We’ll read your book from start to finish and write you a detailed multi-page letter recommending edits on big-picture topics like organization, plot, structure, tone, character and narrative development, readability, length, and more. We’ll determine an appropriate flat fee based on the length of the manuscript and the level of work involved.
This is a line-by-line edit that polishes and suggests alternative wording or phrasing, clarifications, and elucidations. Depending on your needs, we can provide up to two rounds of line edits, first a deep dive that you will revise and send back to us, followed by a second round to smooth out the remaining bumps. We’ll determine an hourly rate for this service.
Copy edit & proofread
A copy edit is a micro-level edit checking for grammar, consistency, and accuracy. Once your book is designed but before it goes to the printer, a proofread of text for errors in grammar and layout is an essential last pass. If you are working with an established publisher, they will provide these services. Self-published authors should consider hiring a copyeditor and proofreader to polish the text before going to press. We would contract both services out to a professional.
Crafting a Proposal
Do you have an idea for a book, but you’re not sure how to pitch it to a publisher or agent? Putting together a book proposal is a key first step towards landing a deal and publishing your book, especially for nonfiction titles. (If you’re writing a novel, you will likely need to submit a full draft!) The book proposal will help you think through questions of structure, content, tone, market, and platform, which are the areas that a publisher will consider when asking the question, “Is this book a good fit for my list?” We can help you put together the best representation of your work in a format that’s accessible and familiar to publishing professionals.
With over 30 years of combined experience in publishing, we’ve managed projects of all sizes and levels of complexity, working with designers, production departments, licensing partners, and authors. From licensed series and bestselling titles, to celebrity memoirs, complex reference guides, and custom publishing, we’ve seen it all. We can contribute our considerable editorial guidance to the book concept and manuscript development, as well as oversee everything from project schedules, copyediting and proofreading, galley design and review, production stages, and proofs/blues review. We are happy to engage with authors directly or to work through an editorial contact at a publisher. We can also work directly as the liaison with licensors or clients.
Collaborative Writing (Ghostwriting)
You have a book that you want to write—we have the skill, experience, and time to do the heavy lifting of outlining, drafting, and/or polishing the words on the page. Maybe you’ve started the project but find you just don’t have the desire or time to write from scratch yourself. That’s fine! Many authors across the nonfiction spectrum need someone to help with the writing. We can take the research, ideas, and stories that you’ve developed and turn them into the book you are dreaming of, maintaining your voice and point of view in the process.
If you are an author, editor, or project manager and you need guidance navigating any of the many complex relationships and processes involved in pitching and publishing a book, we are happy to help. We’ll discuss an hourly rate to advise on everything from pitching an agent to building a book schedule or negotiating a contract.