$25 per 1,000 words ($0.025 per word)
Developmental editing is the first step in the editing journey, where an editor examines the structure of a manuscript and how the author employed the fundamentals of good storytelling:
Hook 'em here and they're yours all the way to the last page.
Protagonist, antagonists, deuteragonists—all your agonists!
Style & Tone
What are your themes, and how do you express them in your own voice?
Point of View
First person or third? Limited or omniscient? Single or multiple?
Grammar & Syntax
What recurring mistakes ought to be addressed before a line edit?
Where a story starts, where it goes, and how it gets there.
Good world-building is mortar for the reader's imagination.
How you write scenes and sentences can speed up or slow down the story.
A crackling conversation is almost as engaging as what goes unsaid.
Unforgettable endings leave readers wondering what else you've written.
Are you ready for a dev edit?
Are you finished? Only complete manuscripts can receive a proper dev edit.
Have you sat on it awhile? Give yourself a breather after drafting. It's good for you (and your story).
Have you shared it? Preferably with peers, a writing circle, or beta readers, not just friends and family.
What does a dev edit include?
Lots of margin notes. After editing, a 50,000-word manuscript could as many as 200+ comments sprinkled throughout.
Edits with Track Changes. Any edits to the text itself are easily applied or reversed with a single mouse click.
Big ideas. We will raise questions, offer alternatives, and cheer on your wild imagination.