Developmental Editing

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Even though developmental editing is referred to by many different names – content editing, structural editing, story editing, comprehensive editing, macro-editing, and big picture or heavy editing – the end result remains the same. Substantive Editing is the most common alternative name for it.
All of them are developmental editing, a process that ensures a book meets the standards required for publishing. As described by Wikipedia, this type of editorial work centers on reworking and restructuring manuscripts to improve their overall impactful discourse.

What makes us different?
We offer authors of ebooks a thorough developmental editing service, ensuring that all content and structural elements such as character development, plot dynamics, and pacing support the book’s overall effectiveness. Our editors will also review the manuscript length to ensure it meets expectations. With our help, you can develop an ebook that is both enjoyable for readers and successful in its own right!

Let us lend a helping hand in crafting your manuscript for success! In addition, to copy editing and proofreading, we offer an array of other services related to book structure and content. Get in touch with us today so you can find out how our assistance could help optimize the results of your publication. We are more than happy to answer any inquiries about our services.

Our Process

Unlocking the full potential of your writing is within reach when you choose to pursue effective developmental editing. This method of refining pieces directs creative energy into developing a unique structure and flow, while giving helpful guidance on transforming ideas into captivating content.
01: Initial Review:
We assess the overall structure, clarity, coherence, and flow of the document, and provide feedback to help bring it up to professional standards.
02: Focus on audience and purpose:
We can help with story development by providing feedback on plot structure, character development, and pacing.
03: Tailor-made editorial services:
Our editors can assist with brainstorming ideas, creating outlines, structuring chapters or stories, crafting vivid descriptions, and tightening sentences or paragraphs for improved flow.
04: Creating an effective table of contents:
We check each chapter heading’s congruence with its content to make sure they align with the main themes mentioned in the introduction as well as serve as strong transition points between sections.
05: Influence book formatting:
During the developmental editing phase, we ensure that all formatting requirements applicable to your manuscript are met before submitting it for publication.
06: Conduct a format consistency check:
We streamline production processes during the publication phase and improve readability significantly when compared to unformatted documents.

Developmental Editing – Numerous Approaches

Developmental editing can provide a more comprehensive perspective for the improvement of your manuscript, including reworking plot points, introducing or deleting characters and writing sections, as well as suggesting brand-new stories that could enhance the overall quality.
Structural/Macro Editing
This type of developmental editing focuses on the broader structure and organization of a manuscript, such as its overall flow, storyline, and plot.
Line Editing
Line editing is focused on individual sentences and paragraphs in the manuscript. An editor may recommend alterations to the text of a piece in order to make it more persuasive and understandable.
Copy Editing
Copy editing is a type of editing that focuses on issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency in style and formatting, and typos.
Fact-checking is an important part of developmental editing in order to make sure that all facts, statistics, and other information provided in the manuscript are accurate.
Research is an important part of a developmental edit in order to make sure all information provided in the manuscript is accurate and up-to-date.
Collaborative Editing
Collaborative editing is a type of developmental editing in which two or more editors work together on a manuscript. It can be a great way to get multiple perspectives on a manuscript.



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A. Developmental editing is a form of editing that focuses on the development, structure, and organization of a manuscript at its earliest stages. It looks at the overall arc of the story or nonfiction book and seeks to ensure clarity, continuity, and consistency throughout.
A. A developmental editor evaluates a manuscript’s structure, logic, and flow. He or she may suggest reorganizing sections, adding in new material to strengthen certain points, or deleting existing content that isn’t necessary. The developmental editor will also look for opportunities to add clarity and focus on the story or argument being made.
A. The cost of developmental editing depends on the length of the manuscript and the amount of work required. Many editors have a set fee per word, but it’s important to remember that the quality of service can vary significantly with different editors. Make sure to research carefully, read reviews, and ask for samples before committing to an editor in order to ensure you get the most value for your money.
A. The amount of time needed for developmental editing will depend on the length and complexity of the manuscript. Generally, it takes about one to two weeks for a full developmental edit of a novel or nonfiction book that is 100,000 words or less. Longer manuscripts may take longer to edit, while shorter pieces may require less time. It’s best to discuss your timeline with the editor before beginning so that you can both be on the same page about expectations and deadlines.
A. Copyediting focuses on the language and grammar of a manuscript, while developmental editing looks at the overall structure and flow. Copyediting happens after developmental editing has been completed so that all errors have been fixed and the story or argument is clear. It’s important to remember that both types of edits are essential for creating polished, professional-looking work and that they should be done in tandem.
A. There are several ways to find a qualified developmental editor, including online directories, referrals from friends or colleagues, or by searching for editors on social media networks such as Twitter or LinkedIn. It’s important to look for editors who specialize in the type of book you’re writing, and to read reviews or ask for samples before committing to an editor.


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