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.

COST: $14 per 1,000 words

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