Disclaimer: I will only provide my developmental editing service for works of fiction that are written in English. English is the only language that I know. Thank you for understanding.
Do you have your first draft written? Do you feel like your characters are missing something? Is there a confusing element to your plot that you just don’t know how to simplify?
Before you publish your story, you will want to make sure it is as perfect as it can be. It is important to know what you need and what you will get when hiring an editor. I strive to provide honesty and quality-driven work. I know, everyone says that.
So instead of me telling you, let me show you. First I will go over the basics of developmental editing, then I will tell you what my developmental editing service is. Lastly, I will go over how we can work together.
Sound good? Let’s get started.
Developmental Editing Basics
First things first. The basics. You should never have someone edit your story if you don’t know what kind of editing they are doing or what you will get out of it.
So, let’s get into the basics so you know exactly what you are getting with my developmental editing service.
What Is It?
Developmental editing is a structural edit and is the first professional edit that you should have done. Imagine putting a black right in a room. You see things you didn’t before right?
That’s kind of what developmental editing is like. I’m your black light. I will find all of your problems and explain to you what and where they are so you can go in and refine it.
The Step by Step Process To Editing
It is important to know when you should get your book edited and the step by step process of each type of edit. Beleive it or not, you shouldn’t pick just any one type of editing. There are several different types and they go hand in hand. See below for the order in which you should have your book edited according to the different types of edits:
- Initial edit (the one you do yourself, a basic glance over)
- Developmental edit (imperative for every author to do)
- Book evaluation (this could also be done before you send your book off to beta readers; see here for more details)
- Line edit
- Copy edit
- Beta reading (mostly done for free and the perfect way to know if your book is ready to be published)
- Ta-da! All done, now you can publish
It is important to note that some editors do one or multiple types of edits, some combine them together (known as packages), and some will combine other types of book editing not mentioned in the above list such as formatting. What your editor does should be spelled out for you before you are charged.
I personally only do two of the above. These are developmental editing and book evaluations.
Why You Need A Developmental Edit
Every author should have their story developmentally edited if they plan on publishing it. The reason for this is that in a developmental edit, every element is covered. As an editor, I’m making sure every puzzle piece fits together seamlessly.
I take care of the big picture and answer questions like:
- Did I miss anything in the plot?
- Did I maintain the same writing style?
- Are my characters realistic and relatable?
I’m looking at your entire book and seeing if it works and if it’s compelling from beginning to end.
What I Do As Your Developmental Editor
Okay, so now you should have a good handle on what developmental editing is. Now, let’s discuss what it is I do as your developmental editor.
As I have stated earlier, every element of a book is addressed in a developmental edit.
With me as your developmental editor I will focus on:
- Story structure and plot
- Character development
- Genre and theme
- Point of view
- Writing quality
- Finding errors or inconsistencies
- Clarity and fluidity
- Giving suggestions to improve the content
- Researching on topics as needed
Once we have decided to work together (cost, timeframe, etc.), I will receive your story and start working diligently to have it edited on or before the agreed-upon completion date.
I will make comments within your story. All changes will be made as track changes. You can choose to accept my changes or keep the original format. I strive to improve the quality of your story but I leave you with the final say. I will also provide a separate report that explains in detail what works, what doesn’t work, a readers perception, and more.
Please note that some developmental editors work with stories that have not been completed. I do not. You must have at least your first draft before I take on the task of developmentally editing your story. This is more of a preference than anything.
If you would like me specifically as your editor and you have not finished your first draft, please reach out to me. There is no guarantee but I will consider it!
How Many Developmental Edits Should You Do?
Honestly, I believe you only need two at the most. This is because you will have several other types of edits done after the developmental edit as well as book evaluations and/or beta readers to give you more insight to making your book better.
However, it is ultimately up to you! A second developmental edit would allow me to go over your story again after you had made changes according to my first developmental edit. If you asked for a second developmental edit, I would ask you what you would like to be relooked at so I can do the best edit possible.
If you would like another developmental edit for me, please note that you would receive it at a discounted rate to the first edit. This is just a simple way of me showing my appreciation to you as an author!
I think others can speak on my performance better than I can, so as I work with more and more authors, I will put their testimonies below (if they give one).
Below is a testimony from an author that I worked with. She is an amazing writer and I was so happy to work on her book with her. I was also elated when I found out the rating she gave me as an editor.
Alexis is a gifted editor. Her communication throughout the entire process was excellent. I’m extremely happy with my edit and appreciate her attention to detail. Her feedback is thoughtful, detailed, generous, specific, and valuable. I’m so happy to have found her. Her work is truly great.Jennifer Ray – August 22, 2020 – 5/5 stars
Authors I’ve Developmentally Edited For
Jennifer Ray (also known as Rose Ray) and her novel “The Lost Pleiades: Seven Sisters And The Sibyls”.
Get A Quote
If it is your first time working with me I will give you a discount! It is one way of showing my appreciation to you for choosing me as your developmental editor.
Please fill out the information below so that I can give you a customized quote that reflects what you need! I will get back to you with a quote within 24 hours.
If you have any questions, please let me know either in your quote request for my developmental editing service above or by using the general contact form below.