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Developmental Editing and Manuscript Evaluations

What exactly is a developmental edit? Good question, and one I get a lot.

A developmental edit is a deep dive into your manuscript. What works, what doesn’t, plot and character development, inconsistencies in character and story.

If you’ve ever received a rejection letter (like all of mine) where the letter simply says, “thank you for submitting your work to us, but at this time, it is not right for us; or, with a few changes, we would love to represent you; or, it does not meet our needs,” etc., but offers nothing specific to fix, then you know the frustration of asking yourself what is WRONG with my story?

My goal as a developmental editor is to help you figure that out. To analyze your story, I will make comments in the margins of your manuscript, write an editorial letter of approximately 10-15 pages, and provide a book map, all of which serve to offer suggestions that will make the difference between “this shows promise,” and “we want to send you a contract”. Afterward, I will provide a one-hour zoom or phone consultation to answer any last questions that might remain.  

If a developmental edit is out of your price range, then I can do a manuscript evaluation, a smaller scale, less expensive means of finding and fixing your manuscript. You will still receive comments in the margins and a shorter letter (5-10 pages) and a half-hour phone or Zoom consult. 

2.5 cents/word for a developmental edit.  

1.0 cents/word for a manuscript evaluation.

A free sample edit of 3,000 words is available upon request. 

 
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Angela is encouraging but honest. She will tell you what's wrong with your book, but she'll also tell you how to fix it. When editing my manuscript, Angela gave me actionable advice while making sure to indicate what I should keep. Her feedback is clear and concise, perfect for the author who wants to get down to the business of making their book the best it can be. Some editors will give you theories. Angela will give you a plan.

Dayna Reidenouer