DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Let's Talk About Developing Your Book

Get detailed feedback on your manuscript with a developmental edit. It’s a unique examination of your story and its inner workings, all intended to help you take early or stalled drafts to publishable quality.

 

Enter your details here to speak to an editor today.

 

Developmental editing costs $0.03-$0.06 per word ($300 minimum)

What You Can Expect From A Developmental Edit


After telling us the goals you’d like to achieve, you’ll be matched with an editor who has experience in your chosen genre. They’ll begin a developmental edit of your work, which involves:

  • Multiple readings of your manuscript,
  • Identifying the key elements of your story and how they can be strengthened,
  • Identifying possible avenues for development and how they could be approached,
  • Annotating your manuscript with actionable advice and suggestions,
  • Compiling an editor’s report, providing clear advice on multiple avenues of possible improvement.

Tailored to your goals and your manuscript, the report is a unique examination of your story and its inner workings, all intended to help you take early or stalled drafts to publishable quality.

 

Advice may include:

  • Adjusting the tense or point of view of narration,
  • Cutting filler description or non-essential events,
  • Developing, dropping, or amalgamating lifeless characters,
  • Spacing events to heighten reader investment and prevent fatigue,
  • Ensuring dialogue feels natural, and that each character has a distinct voice,
  • Creating a narrative ‘skeleton’ to avoid plot holes and tricky redrafting,
  • Connecting story events to create a more cohesive narrative,
  • Crafting intriguing openings and satisfying endings,
  • Suggesting possible directions for the story or workarounds for problem areas.

To get a better idea of what the editor’s report looks like, please click on the ‘What will my report look like?’ question below.

 

The developmental editing process is a malleable relationship between editor and author, heavily dependent on what the author wants to achieve and the level of input they want from their editor. The aim is to provide you with a range of possibilities and, most importantly, a full understanding of the expert advice you’ve received.

 

A 45-minute consultation is included in the fee, giving you the chance to ask questions and seek any clarifications about the report and manuscript notes. Consultation can be carried out by phone, Skype or email, depending on what suits you.

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What Does A Developmental Edit Report Look Like?


QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL EDIT?

FAQ


What stage should my manuscript be at for developmental editing?

Does my manuscript need to be in a particular format for the edit?

What about copyright?

Can I choose my own editor?

Will the editor change my story?

What isn’t covered by a developmental edit?

What if I don’t agree with the advice?​

What will my report look like?

What does ‘further consultation’ involve?

How long will it take?

How much will it cost?

Can I have a trial edit?

What should I do to get started?​

Do you offer anything more in-depth?

Could I contact one of your previous authors for a reference?

We’re happy for potential clients to find out more about us from those with prior experience. Just let us know this is something you’d like and we’ll pass on the details of authors willing to discuss their own edits.

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Let's Talk About Developing Your Book

Get detailed feedback on your manuscript with a developmental edit. It’s a unique examination of your story and its inner workings, all intended to help you take early or stalled drafts to publishable quality.

 

Enter your details here to speak to an editor today.

 

Developmental editing costs $0.03-$0.06 per word ($300 minimum)

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