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Developmental Editing

To clarify, developmental editing is sometimes called substantive 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 – is it plausible and are there any plot holes?
  • Pace
  • Narrative structure  – including conflict/tension/resolution
  • Character arcs
  • Inconsistent character speech/behaviour
  • Ensure language is appropriate for the intended audience
  • Dialogue
  • Consistency of style
  • Jargon
  • Semantics
  • Sentence structure
  • Common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • Eliminating redundant material
  • Ensure POV is consistent and valid
  • Fact-checking

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.

What will I provide?

A Word document report which will contain a detailed chapter breakdown and an analysis of each character in addition to any broad grammatical or 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.


£12, $18, or €15 per thousand words minimum. If an hourly rate is preferred, costs are £20 per hour, $30 per hour or €25 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 50% is required in advance. The remainder should be paid on receipt of the invoice. I accept payment via wire transfer or Paypal. Payment can be made in either GBP, USD, or EUR.


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