Developmental Editing

Developmental editing focuses on the structure and content of the work. I think of this as the first umbrella of editing, and the most important. If your story or message isn’t working, it doesn’t matter if it’s grammatically correct.

For fiction, this level of edit is an in-depth critique of your plot, story structure, character developmental, dialogue, pacing, setting, audience and genre, and other story-related aspects.

For nonfiction, this level of edit is an in-depth look at your message, theme, chapter structures, organization, and flow of the work.

Some nonfiction works begin as merely ideas or outlines. An organizational edit can help you evaluate your content, identify theme or message, and solidify and outline. These edits come before a developmental edit and begin at $525, based on the amount of content needed to evaluate and if an outline already exists.