Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing

I offer developmental editing services for fiction writers.


Editorial letter: $0.01 per word (in the manuscript)

Critique package: $0.02 per word (in the manuscript)

The final price may vary depending on the needs of the project. We will always agree on a price before I begin.

I require half the payment in advance and the other half on completion.


If I haven’t worked with you before, I suggest you make use of my discounted critique sample, which will give you an idea of what it’s like working with me.

What is developmental editing?

Developmental editing concerns itself with the bigger picture of your story. It is the first type of editing a manuscript should go through and it builds the groundwork for a thorough revision. It may result in major restructuring, including moving scenes or chapters, deleting superfluous material, rewriting whole sections, and even adding new material.

Developmental editing takes the form of advice and discussion. As the writer, you decide what changes you wish to implement based on the critique I provide.

An editorial letter is a document detailing strengths and weaknesses in your manuscript, dealing first and foremost with the story and its narrative structure, including character development, believability, pacing, and possibly more depending on the needs of the project. I will offer you suggestions on how to deal with your issues, and a discussion of the critique and how to move forward is also included in the price.

The critique package is an editorial letter combined with annotations in the text commenting on specific elements that I find impact the quality of your manuscript, including (but not necessarily limited to) sentence structure, word use, descriptions, exposition, dialogue, voice, POV, continuity, believability, limited fact-checking, pacing, and use of descriptions and exposition.

I may also comment on grammar and style issues if I find that they have an overall impact on the quality of your writing (but the service does not include a full copy edit).