To clarify, developmental editing is sometimes called substantive editing, content editing or big-picture editing.
Who needs developmental editing?
Many people and in many different ways. Developmental editing can range from advising the author that a character’s dialogue sounds unrealistic, to almost rewriting the full manuscript, but is mainly somewhere in between.
What will I look at?
- Plot holes
- Erratic pace
- Insufficient conflict/tension/resolution in the narrative structure
- Incomplete development of character arcs
- Conflicting character speech/behaviour
- Inappropriate language for the intended audience
- Inconsistent or inappropriate dialogue for a character
- Incorrect use of jargon
- Lack of clarity in semantics
- Unclear or invalid sentence structure
- Redundant material
- Inconsistent or invalid POV
- Factual errors
- Inconsistency of style
As your editor, and fellow author, you can be assured that whilst all of my suggestions are made with the aim of enhancing your work, I will not try to alter your author’s voice.
On completion of a developmental edit I will provide a Word document report which will contain a detailed chapter breakdown and an analysis of each character in addition to any broad stylistic considerations. I will also make comprehensive notes in the manuscript itself outlining what changes I feel you need to make to do your work justice.
Costs are £21 per hour, $31.25 per hour or €26.50 per hour
After reviewing a sample of your work, an exact fee can be agreed. Fees will generally be higher for non-fiction.
Should you wish to contract me for multiple services, I am happy to negotiate a discount with you.
A deposit of 10 hours is required in advance to secure your slot. Invoices will subsequently be sent after every 10 hours worked. I accept payment via wire transfer or Paypal. Payment can be made in either GBP, USD or EUR.