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Developmental Editing

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 £22, $29 or €27.50 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, you will receive a 10% discount on the second service.


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.


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