Developmental Editing Services

Lost your way in your plot? Do your characters need a minor overhaul? Our experienced content editors will take a holistic approach to editing your manuscript. We’ll look at plot, character, timeline and other logistics. We'll deconstruct your manuscript and look at the many parts that create the whole, then offer advice on how to correct problems. Doesn’t your manuscript deserve the level of editing it would get from any traditional publishing house?

A full analysis of the manuscript will take the following into account:

1. Plot

  • Coherence
  • Continuity
  • Clarity
  • Plausibility
  • Conflict/Tension/Suspense

2. Structure

  • Inciting Event
  • Pacing
  • Story Buildup and Climax
  • Themes and Symbolism

3. Character development

  • Backstory
  • Character Arc
  • Character Relationships
  • Believability/Likeability
  • Point of View (POV)






4. Setting

  • Consistency
  • World Building

5. Description

  • Use of metaphors
  • Active Descriptors
  • Info Dumps

6. Dialogue

  • Tone
  • Voice (Do all your characters “sound” the same?)

7. Fact checking


8. Style

  • Word choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Grammar

The Developmental Edit is the first stage of editing a manuscript. It generally requires a rewrite by the author. While we will be happy to take a second pass at the edits after you have made changes to the manuscript (at no extra charge), a PROOFREAD is strongly suggested after all rewrites are complete. But don't worry, we've got you covered with several proofreaders on our team.

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Developmental Edit

$15.00/1000 words (USD)

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