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Developmental Editing

With the developmental editing service, you’ll get a very in-depth critique of your story. This is a great option if you want to improve your story on:

  • the plot structure (including possible subplots)

  • the progression of the stakes

  • character development

  • worldbuilding (if applicable)

  • pacing

What you'll get in a developmental edit

Got your first draft ready and have no idea how to even begin editing?

Read through your story and feel like it’s missing something but not sure what?

Got some critiques by beta-readers about your plot, characters, etc., but have no idea how to fix it?

Then developmental editing is the service you’re looking for.

You will receive your manuscript back with a detailed report, usually around 40-50 pages (depending on the total word count of the manuscript). This report details suggestions for improvements on the following points:

  • your main plot's genre;

  • the conventions & expectations;

  • the theme of your story;

  • the chosen POV;

  • your character's need and want;

  • the global structure of your story (including a thorough breakdown of the structure);

  • world building;

  • character development;

  • pacing;

  • setting;

  • dialogue;

  • emotion;

  • grammar & punctuation.

I always end the report with a list of action points, so you know exactly what your next steps should be.

I will also provide minor in-line edits & comments (meaning edits directly in your manuscript using Track Changes).

A developmental edit is always followed with a 1-hour video call to discuss the suggestions in the report.


The price of a developmental edit is $48,- per hour (USD).

Want to know how much a developmental edit for your manuscript will cost?

Please contact me to request a quote (without any obligations).

If you're wondering whether developmental editing is the right choice for you, please contact me with a sample of your manuscript. I'm happy to evaluate where you're at.

If you're unsure whether your budget allows for a developmental edit, please contact me for payment options.

Also, look at this article for an estimation of the developmental editing costs.

A manuscript evaluation may also be a good alternative.

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