Developmental Editing

Let’s take a look at the big picture

Structure, characters, plot and pacing

Congratulations on finishing your manuscript! The next step is a developmental edit. This is where I’ll take a look at the big picture elements such as story structure, character development, plot holes and narrative pacing.

I’ll provide you with an overview of what currently works in your manuscript and what needs adjusting – with helpful suggestions on how to do this. Throughout the manuscript, I’ll also leave comments that show where you’re strengths lie as well as areas for improvement.

Frequently asked questions

Have questions? Take a look below.

What is developmental editing?

Developmental editing is a phase of editing that looks at the larger ‘big picture’ elements such as character development, dialogue, pacing and plot holes. This type of editing is aimed at getting your story into shape and ensuring all the major elements are working well together.

At what stage should I consider developmental editing?

Developmental editing should be the first stage of editing you undertake once your manuscript is complete and you feel like you’ve done all you can. This comes before line editing and proofreading.

How much does developmental editing cost?

Rates vary depending on the project. Generally speaking, I charge £5-6 (US$6-8) per 1,000 words. This includes a single read through of the manuscript and a separate document with notes and comments.

What is the difference between developmental editing and line editing?

Developmental editing focuses solely on structural elements of your book while line editing will dig into the nitty gritty line by line.

Do you provide a sample edit?

Yes! Please send me the first 5 pages/1,000 words for a free sample edit.

What regions do you cover?

I’ve worked on projects from all over the world, including the USA, Australia and Europe.

Interested in knowing more?