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Developmental Editing

Developmental editing

A developmental edit is an in-depth, big picture review of your manuscript with the goal of securing your story’s foundations.

The major storytelling elements of your novel are examined, such as plot, structure, pacing, characterisation, narrative technique, dialogue and setting.

You’ll find out what works, what doesn’t – and why.

You’ll receive a clear, comprehensive editorial report and suggested edits to the manuscript itself. This brings to attention areas discussed in the report.

It means when you revise your manuscript you’ll know what needs to be strengthened or reworked in order to improve your work.  

But remember, as the author it’s you who decides what changes you’d like to make.

As a published writer of fiction and non-fiction, I know how personal writing can be. I understand how it feels to hand work to someone who’ll cast a critical eye over what has taken weeks, months or years to produce.

So rest assured I’m always sensitive to your intentions and if I’m not sure I’ll talk to you about it, respecting you as the author.

Would you like to discuss this editorial service and the cost involved? Please get in touch.

How it works

1.

The first step is to discuss your work. You'll need to send me a story synopsis and sample chapters so I get a flavour of the story I'll be working on.

2.

We’ll talk about developmental editing costs and a timeline.

3.

If you decide to go-ahead, you’ll sign a contract and pay 50% of the fee upfront as a non-refundable deposit.

4.

Upon completion of the work, the remainder of the fee is paid.

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evaluation

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Line and copyediting

Where sentences are reviewed for readability, consistency and flow, and errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar
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One-to-one mentoring over a period of time and regular review of your work-in-progress or ad hoc mentoring, depending on your need
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Perhaps you need something else?

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Please take a look at what else I offer

Blurbs

A blurb for your back cover or online book description, written to hook readers and sell your book
Click Here

Manuscript
critique

An assessment of how well your novel’s working through looking at the major storytelling elements, such as plot, structure, pacing, characterisation, dialogue, setting and narrative technique
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Line and copy-editing

Where sentences are reviewed for readability, consistency and flow, and errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar
Click Here

Proofreading

Where errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar are corrected
Click Here

Mentoring

One-to-one mentoring over a period of time and regular review of your work-in-progress or ad hoc mentoring, depending on your need
Click Here

Getting your work into shape

Testimonials
Developmental Editing

Francesca Baker

“I am so impressed by the detail, depth and robustness of Greer's reports and edits. The reason I wanted a developmental edit is that after so much time looking at the novel it was difficult to see the wood from the trees, and the summary reports, breakdowns of chapters, and thought-provoking questions really have helped me see the areas for development. It’s a very personal story with a lot of factual memories in, and other editors had queried whether things like this really happened, but Greer approached the sensitive subject well. I would definitely recommend her.”
Independent author, Women’s Fiction
Developmental Editing

Parm Ram

“Thank you for handling my manuscript with such care and professionalism, not only have you given me a way forward with this project, but also provided me with clear advice that can be applied to my other projects too.”
Independent author
Developmental Editing

Alastair McIver

“I wanted to thank you so much for this outstanding piece of work, for your compliments and critical analysis, and for all of the helpful suggestions therein.”
Independent author, Political Thriller