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Developmental Edit

This type of editing takes a look at the big picture and is done prior to line editing and copyediting. It is similar to a manuscript evaluation but it goes deeper and involves in-text edits and comments. You will also receive an extensive revision letter.

Fiction

  • Check for continuity and consistency in your plot, character development, point of view, dialogue, pacing, dialogue differentiations, backstory, and world-building

  • Check that your central conflict is believable, your story works for your intended audience, your narrative is effective and logical, and your use of backstory is sufficient without amounting to info-dumping

  • Flag confusing language, problems with showing vs telling, and areas that take readers out of your story

  • Look for lost threads

  • Provide feedback on what is working well

  • Suggest possible solutions for necessary revisions

Nonfiction

  • Check for continuity and consistency of ideas/arguments

  • Check that your manuscript works for your intended audience and that your purpose is effective and logical

  • Do basic fact-checking (upon request)

  • Flag areas that take readers out of your subject matter

  • Flag questionable assertions, quotes lacking attribution, unnecessary repetition, and any confusing language

  • Look for lost threads

  • Suggest possible solutions for necessary revisions

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