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So what is developmental editing?

Typically, the first stop for a manuscript after it leaves the author's hands is developmental editing. This level of editing looks at the big-picture aspects of the manuscript.

After you've gone over and over your manuscript, taking it just as far as you can, you're ready to dive into a full critique. Developmental editing gives the author valuable insights into what works in the manuscript and what needs more attention.

A developmental edit will analyze aspects of your manuscript including:

  • Overall Structure

  • Character

  • Story

  • Pacing

  • Organization

To begin the editing process, I read your full manuscript and make notes in the margins. In addition to the comments, I provide a separate editorial letter; this letter uses the notes to construct a more detailed evaluation of your manuscript.

Think this might be just what you're looking for? Let's get talking and get that ball rolling!


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