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developmental editing

What to Expect

Developmental editing is also called substantive editing. It focuses on the high-level aspects of the story, like the plot, the character arcs, and flow of the narrative. It's not about correcting grammar.

This is the first kind of edit your novel will go through, and it will likely need several rounds of revisions before it moves to copyediting. This is the stage where you kill your darlings; you'll throw out whole scenes, plotlines, and characters, and identify where you need to rebuild. (With my help!)

Depending on how long your novel is, it should take 2 to 3 weeks from start to finish. I'll send an editing letter with a copy of your manuscript with my in-text notes. 

Sample Edits

Sample edits for developmental editing aren't as straight forward as for copyedits. I will, however, offer samples for up to 5 chapters to give you a solid idea of what I can bring to your project.

These samples start at $35, but may adjust according to how long those 5 chapters are (word count). The $35 is nonrefundable, but it will go towards the price of the full project if you hire me to edit your whole manuscript.

Pricing & Deposits

  • Light edits: $0.009 per word

  • Medium edits: $0.015 per word

  • Heavy edits: $0.02 per word

At the time of booking or requesting a sample edit, I'll send you an invoice through PayPal. I take a 30% deposit due on receipt. I'll begin work after I receive the deposit and the signed editing agreement. Payment plans are available, but only if we agree on them beforehand!