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Developmental Edit

Rate starting at $0.04/word

Developmental editing is reserved for manuscripts in need of content and structural development. While proper grammar and spelling are always important for any piece of writing, this service will ignore that for now to focus more on what's being said (or not) and how we can improve the structure of your writing so concepts flow seamlessly and are explained thoroughly.


Our time together will begin with a consultation phone or video call, where we will discuss your vision for the book, the main audience/market, and any trouble spots you'd like to call my attention to. Then, over the course of several weeks, I will dive into the weeds of your manuscript and: 1) highlight areas that could use more depth, 2) suggest paragraph and chapter moves as needed, and 3) propose cuts or additions when necessary. I provide all suggestions using Microsoft Word's track changes and comment features, so no permanent revisions will be made without your approval. Along with an edited manuscript, you will also receive a comprehensive editorial letter that will explain my comments in more detail. Most clients use this document as a guide or checklist as they complete their reviews.


This service includes two rounds of edits, between which I will schedule time for you to complete a review of my edits. You will have the opportunity to join me on a one-hour phone or video call between rounds of edits so we can dig in together and I can answer any questions you may have. This call is recommended but completely optional, so if voice interaction is not your thing, we can email instead!

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