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Developmental Editing

You have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to get started.

You’ve started on your manuscript, and now you’re stuck.

You’ve written a book before and had a tough go of it—and now understand the importance of having someone be your coach, reader’s advocate, instructional design assistant, sanity-checker, or any combination you need.

Do any of these situations sound familiar? If so, you need a developmental editor (DE).

Developmental editing is not the same as copyediting. Instead, it’s all about the structure and the story. The developmental editing process works best if we can collaborate from the very beginning: discovering the audience(s), developing the outline, applying instructional design and story development strategies, and ultimately asking and answering up front all those pesky yet crucial “Why should the reader care?” questions. As you create your manuscript, I’ll read and provide feedback on each chapter to keep you on point and in the groove.

Please keep in mind that working with any DE can sometimes be challenging, as it is the DE’s role to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and provide constructive criticism. Also keep in mind that grammatical nitpicking and proofreading are not part of any developmental editing process. That stuff happens afterward.

For technical books, especially those that include software code examples and exercises, the DE process may also include the scheduling and organization of peer and expert reviews and helping the author assess any revisions that are needed, based on feedback from those reviewers. Scheduling and coordinating those reviews will be billed at an hourly rate to be determined.

I am also available for coaching sessions, no matter if you are a first-time author trying to get across the finish line alive and sane or an old pro with a touch of writer’s block.

In addition to my many years of editing experience, I’ve completed the following workshops and training—all directly related to helping you brainstorm, explore solutions, reach agreement (including with yourself), and teach others:

Developmental Editing Rates

$5 per page, plus $30 per 30-minute phone/message app call for prewriting activities, chapter review feedback, brainstorming, etc. Add $.02 per word for copyediting.

Coaching Only

30 Minutes – $35
1 Hour – $60