Editorial services

 

Full developmental edit

If you’ve reached the stage where you’re no longer able to do anything more with your story on your own, then a full developmental edit can help.

A full developmental edit is a professional critique of your entire manuscript that includes in-line edits (using “Track Changes” and the comments feature of MS Word) and a detailed revision letter. The revision letter provides you with suggestions for strengthening your story and advice on how you might move forward with your project. 

Developmental editing–also known as big-picture editing–evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of how a story is crafted. It takes into consideration your unique voice and writing style and works within it. I will not rewrite the work, but make specific suggestions as to how you can strengthen all aspects of the story to reflect what you’re trying to say in the most compelling way.

For more information on developmental editing, see: About Developmental Editing.

Please note that this is not a proofreading or copy-editing service.

Critique / Reader’s report

If you aren’t ready for a full edit but need guidance for your revision, then you could benefit from a critique.

A critique (sometimes referred to as a “Reader’s report”) is a professional review of your full manuscript that results in a detailed revision letter. The revision letter will focus on overall developmental concerns and provide advice on how to strengthen any weak areas of your manuscript.

Please note that this service does not include in-text comments / line edits.

Outline review

If you’re a writer who likes to plan your stories in detail prior to writing, or while drafting, and need advice about plot and structure then an outline review can help ensure that you have a strong foundation for your draft.

An outline review is an evaluation of your story’s outline, including comments on the outline itself and a 3-5 page revision letter. Advice is provided on how you might strengthen the structure, plot, pacing and any character development issues that are cropping up at this stage of the writing.

Should you later decide to book a full developmental edit then the cost of this service will be deducted from the final cost of editing.

Opening chapter review: Setting up your story

If you’re still drafting your story or are not yet ready for editing, but need advice about how to move forward, then an opening chapter review can help you to do that.

An opening chapter review is a review of your opening 3-5 chapters and your outline or synopsis. It includes a 3-5 page revision letter giving advice on set-up, story direction and general structure.

Please note that this option does not include in-text comments / line edits.

Should you later decide to book a critique or full developmental edit then the cost of this service will be deducted from the final cost of editing.

Are you ready to start discussing your project’s editing requirements? If so then please get in touch with me at: kendraroseolson@gmail.com .