Is your plot riveting? Are your characters enticing? Is your story the best version of itself that it possibly can be? The main goal of developmental editing is to get you to a point where you can answer “yes” to those questions. To achieve this, I will read your story and analyze every part of it, paying attention to both small details and overarching elements. After highlighting your strengths and weaknesses, I’ll offer you detailed suggestions for improvement.
When I’ve completed your edit, you will receive three documents from me. The first will be an editorial letter, in which I’ll critique your story as a whole and suggest ways to improve any big-picture issues. The second will be a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, including chapter-specific notes and advice. I’ll also use this as a visual guide to illustrate any recurring issues or plot holes. Finally, you’ll receive a copy of your manuscript with in-line comments, in which I’ll address issues with clarity, flow, pacing, and consistency. I won’t correct any errors in grammar or spelling here, but I will make sure to highlight anything I see that might confuse a copy editor.
During this process, I’ll make sure to take into consideration your intended genre and target audience, as well as any other specific concerns you might have about your story. And once finished, I am always happy to discuss any questions you might have about my suggestions or ideas on how best to implement them.
The cost of this service will depend on the current state of your manuscript, so please send me a sample for an accurate quote.
Cost: $0.01 – $0.02 per word
Flat rate for short stories, flash fiction, and children’s books: $0.015 with a $40 minimum