Developmental editing may occur before a story has even had a chapter written. It most often occurs early in the editing process, so big picture items can be fixed. After revisions, grammar and spelling will be addressed by a different editor. Some notes may be made if an easily recognizable error occurs throughout.
What Developmental Editing is
Time Line (Does Saturday occur two days in a row?)
Characters (Do names match, change from chapter to chapter)
Consistency (Does the character, and plot, age consistently from chapter to chapter)
Goals achieved (Or not)
What Developmental Editing is Not
Coming of Age,
Materials not accepted
If you choose me as a developmental editor, you will receive
Two rounds of edits
Thorough plot developmental content edit
Character development and consistency check
Consistency of time and place verified
Overused words issues noted
Repetition issues noted
Pacing issues noted
Dialogue issues noted
A thorough editorial letter
What I do not edit (Not my strengths)
Line editing or copyediting
Spelling (some throughout notes may be made, particularly if the character's name changes spelling.)
Grammar (some throughout notes may be made)
Punctuation (some throughout notes may be made, such as over-reliance on ellipses or exclamation points.)
Sentence Structure (some throughout notes may be made)
Free 4 page edit (prefer chapter 3, as it is less likely to have been over-edited.)
If an agreement is made, half of the cost will be paid upfront.
The second payment is due upon completion.
Small Projects - Under 60,000 words
Minimum fee of $15 on small projects.
Rates for word counts under 80,000 - $15 per hour
Novels and Nonfiction over 60,000 words
Rates for a full developmental edit begin at $300.
If you only need a partial developmental edit, focusing on only a few areas, please email, a check of the project and an estimated time to completion will determine the cost.
If we determine you only need one developmental edit pass, an adjustment will be discussed at the author's request.
As always, rush projects may cost more.
August 2020 Sale!
1 of 2
Does the #BigPicture in your latest story work?
Are the #Character and #TimeLine consistent?
Characters achieve goals?
Has your #StoryStructure and #Plot reached its potential?
Is something you can't figure out missing?
Are you stuck on scenes?
Register your unfinished novel for 1 of 2 August 2020 #DevelopmentalEditing slots!
$75 first 20,000 words.