Developmental Editing

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In the content edit, we take a close look at all the elements that make up your story—pacing, voice, characterization, plot structure, organization, continuity—and work directly with you, the author, to strengthen these foundational pieces into the best version of your manuscript. We also leave reader reactions throughout the chapters, engaging with you as a reader to let you track how your audience will respond to your story.

This service is designed for manuscripts that have already been carefully assessed and revised by the author and critique groups and is ready for a final polish before seeking representation.

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The Process
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Working off of an editorial calendar that fits your schedule, we’ll start off assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your project before moving to chapter-by-chapter edits. Your editor will leave revision suggestions and minor tweaks in Microsoft Track Changes, so you can see everything we’ve touched in your document. As editors, it’s our job to uplift and polish your manuscript, but if there’s something you don’t like, you can always reject the change—we will always honor your artistic vision. When we’ve finished your project, you’ll get the whole manuscript with the final draft already assembled in one clean file.

Working with Scrivener? No problem! Let us know if you’ve been using Scrivener as your project host and we’ll use our unique editing process to use the full power of Scrivener in the project.

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