Developmental editing provides an overview of the major problems in your novel as well as a chapter-by-chapter critique. The in-depth analysis is returned to you (the creative writer) in letter form (editor’s memo) and includes of how well each story element is working. You will also receive a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, timeline, and a style sheet.
During the developmental editing process, I focus on both the style and developmental aspects of your book.
What does developmental editing include?
- Repetitive content
- Story structure
- Chapter content
- Plot holes
- Characterization & Character Arcs
- Narrative Voice
- Confusing concepts
- Overall impression
- An indication as to what further editing services are needed for the novel
Why choose developmental editing over other forms of editing?
Developmental editing is one step up from a manuscript critique. It gives you an in-depth look into your novel.
The chapter-by-chapter breakdown assesses the quality of each chapter independently.
The Developmental Edit is my most recommended form of editing for writers.
What is not included in the edit?
The Developmental Edit does not include sentence-by-sentence editing. For this have a look at my line editing services.
Embrace the journey
Writing is a journey, not a race. When you take on writing a novel you need to be prepared for a long journey, many changes, and revisions, as well as some hard lessons and let downs.
I value my honesty as well as my client’s integrity and work. Few writers write great first drafts. When you’re so close to a story it’s too easy to miss important details that you think are already there.
Don’t be demotivated by a developmental edit, instead see it as constructive criticism. Everything said, is always to your benefit. Look at it as a positive challenge so that you can better your writing and understanding of your novel and your craft.