What is it?
Developmental editing is the process of refining a manuscript at the highest level. It's a partnership between the editor and author to identify problems and weaknesses in a book's ideas and content. For fiction, this means looking at the plot, characters, themes, pacing, narration, and any other big-picture issues. In non-fiction, the focus is on structure, organization, flow, voice, and any gaps in content. Once we identify what needs help, we work to strengthen those weak areas through editor changes and author rewrites.
How does it work?
I'll do an initial read-through of the manuscript and then send you a detailed list of proposed changes. Once we've agreed on the changes and a strategy for how to achieve them, we move forward with the actual editing process. I mark up the text in Microsoft Word via the Track Changes and Comments features to show you exactly where and how to implement the changes we've discussed; then I let you go to work on any rewrites or significant changes.
Developmental editing is a big undertaking. Updating an entire manuscript at once can feel overwhelming, so I often work with authors in batches of a few chapters at a time to keep the project manageable. Once all developmental work is finished, I review the author's work and provide feedback on their revised draft.
What does it cost? How long does it take?
Rates for this service range from $.025 – $.027/word depending on the level of editing needed for your project. Please keep in mind this service does include a final proofread, so you can expect to have a clean manuscript by the time we've finished working together.
Turnaround time at this level can be anywhere from 6–12 weeks depending on your word count and the depth of editing required.
Can I see a sample?
Click on the thumbnails below to view samples. To request a complimentary sample on your project, fill out the Contact form here.