Developmental Edit

So you’re interested in a Developmental Edit. Great!

I’ll be looking at your manuscript as a whole. This is the stage in which we’re going to want to make big, broad changes to your story, so you’ll get feedback including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Characterization. This is arguably the most important component of any story, and so we want to make sure that your characters feel real. This means defining their motives and fears, as well as making sure they are relevant to the…
  2. Plot. We’ll be looking at the overall storyline as well as individual arcs, making sure they feel consistent and complete, however that turns out. We’ll manage the pace of the action and track the revelation of truth. This may involve cutting, adding, splitting, combining, or reordering chapters.
  3. Narration. Here we’ll ask questions like: Would this story work better in first person or third person? Limited or omniscient? What is the narrator’s relationship to the characters? Would a shift in perspective work to your story’s advantage, and how can we accomplish that effectively?
  4. Major Themes. We’ll look at recurring imagery and allegories, making sure that the message of your story is coming through clearly but not too on-the-nose.


Here’s what you can expect to get back:

  1. An overall plan. After I’ve finished reading your story, I’ll type up what, in my opinion, will be the best way for you to proceed with your rewrite. This will include detailed sections based on the four categories above, and will amount to roughly 2-4000 words.
  2. Examinations of individual chapters. At the end of each chapter I’ll take 1-500 words to look at ways to make that chapter feel cohesive on its own as well as appropriate to the overall story. This may be adjusted based on the length of your chapters or sections, but the overall amount of feedback should be the same.


It’s important to remember that I won’t be rewriting your story for you, and I won’t be looking at individual sentences or paragraphs. You’re still very much in the driver’s seat here, and it will be up to you to take my feedback and determine where to go from there.

So, if that all sounds like it would be useful, let me know, and let’s get started!

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