Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is a close reading and comprehensive analysis of your book that includes a detailed report, extensive margin comments and suggestions, and an overview of your scene sequences. This is the step to take when you need more honest, actionable feedback than what family and friends at home can give. Wink.

We’ll address the strengths and weaknesses of your book, examine potential plot issues, and explore tweaks to characterization, pacing, point of view, dialogue, or setting (to name a few). Whether you’ve finished your first draft or fourth draft, the Developmental Edit is a must for the serious author intent on polishing their structure, characters, and plot.

For an editor’s report only, see Manuscript Evaluation.

You’ll receive:
  • a comprehensive 15–20-page editorial letter explaining revision recommendations in depth
  • a heavily annotated manuscript
  • a “book map” spreadsheet, which summarizes the scene sequences
  • a follow-up 30-min Zoom call to answer questions
time frame:
  • 5 to 6 weeks from the scheduled start date
fee:
  • 2.5-3.5 cents per word (USD)

 

Request a free 1,000 word sample edit
to get a feel for my critique style and to receive an estimated completion time and rate.