Developmental Editing

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When you need reliable, honest & thorough feedback, trust a developmental editor to step into the shoes of your reader, to hold your goals and values close, and to give you the plans and the advice to make your story even better.

WHat a Dev. Edit can do for your book.

Choosing a developmental edit for your book means you know it’s great and can only get better. A dev. edit gives you insight into a range of big-picture highlights and challenges in your manuscript.

From a dev. edit, you will gain the confidence that your book is saying and doing exactly what you think it is before your next revision, or before you send it off to an agent, publisher, or a line or copyeditor.

core developmental edit benefits

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insight

After you’ve finished your amazing manuscript, it’s important to step back and trust a professional to take the big-picture look at your story.

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guidance

After you’ve finished your amazing manuscript, it’s important to step back and trust a professional to take the big-picture look at your story.

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review

Every developmental edit includes an extensive (8-10p) review letter detailing highlights, challenges, and plans for next steps.

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strategy

After I review your manuscript, we’ll have a 60-minute strategy call to go over my feedback and set you on a path for success.

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She gave us the confidence to move forward in a new genre.

We were uncertain about how to write a biography: how many quotes to include, where to start, what to focus on, how to bring our central figures voice to the page. Caroline gave our manuscript the most detailed notes, the detail she provided was amazing, and she helped us give the voice just the right pitch. Now we have pages we can be proud of, knowing that we’ve focused on the right ideas and included the right details. Caroline knows her stuff and knows how to pull the best out of her clients.

 

Janet Fox

Award-winning YA & CHildren’s Author
The Real Rosalind: The Brilliance of Rosalind Franklin (Lerner, 2025)

Feedback that makes a difference

A developmental edit is an investment in both the strength of your book and your confidence as a writer.

Your Developmental Edit includes:

  • A 30-minute strategy & planning call
  • Thorough onboarding Q&A to share your goals and insights about the manuscript
  • A full read and review of your manuscript
  • In-line comments on the first and last chapters (up to 30 pages)
  • Extensive edit letter (8-10 pages) with both general and specific feedback focusing on key highlights, challenges, and offering clear steps forward.
  • 60-minute review and strategy call

Cost: $.04 per word

A quick Manuscript review

If you need something shorter, sweeter, and faster, you can always choose a Manuscript Review. Think of it like “Dev. Edit Lite”

Your Manuscript Review includes:

  • Thorough onboarding Q&A to share your goals and insights about the manuscript
  • A full read and review of your manuscript
  • Detailed edit letter (5-7 pages) with both general and specific feedback focusing on key highlights, challenges, and offering clear steps forward.
  • 45-minute review and strategy call

Cost: $.02 per word