Developmental Edit

A Developmental Edit focuses intensely on the “meat” of the novel: the plot and characters. It will be returned to you in the form of a letter, which includes an in-depth analysis of how well each story element is working as well as a chapter-by-chapter breakdown.

The Developmental Edit includes advice on:

  • Voice/Style
  • Plot
  • Pacing
  • Characterization
  • Character Arc
  • Marketability
  • Age-Appropriateness (for YA and MG)

Each of the areas listed above will be assessed to identify your strengths and weaknesses and how each story element could be improved to boost your odds of publishing success.

The chapter-by-chapter breakdown assesses the quality of each chapter independently. Each chapter typically receives 1-3 paragraphs of feedback.

Each Chapter is Assessed for:

  • Plot Holes
  • Inconsistencies
  • A Lack of Conflict
  • Pacing Issues
  • Whether it is Essential to the Plot
  • Whether the Characters Behave Believably
  • Whether it’s Entertaining
  • Areas of Confusion (especially in SciFi and Fantasy)

The Developmental Edit does not include the sentence-by-sentence editing of a line edit. The Developmental Edit is my top recommended edit for most writers, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out.

Are you ready for a developmental edit?

If your budget is limited, I highly recommend exhausting all free resources (beta readers, critique groups, etc.) before investing in a developmental edit. While having an edit done on the first draft can help provide direction for revisions, most novels will need a substantial to full reworking/rewrite at this stage, especially if this is your first novel.

The novel assessment may be a better and more affordable option if you’re a beginner, haven’t had your writing reviewed by beta readers or critique partners, or if you are struggling with big-picture issues like structure, scene structure, point of view, characterization, etc.

The novel critique may also be ideal if you’re looking for overarching feedback on your plot, characters, and the novel’s marketability, but aren’t ready to dig into more complex scene or chapter-level issues.

The developmental edit is a great option if you’ve already gone through a few rounds of revisions (on your own or with beta readers) and feel you can’t make additional progress without professional assistance.

COST: $15 per 1,000 words (minimum of 25,000 words)

Please read my New Client Guide before booking.

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