Developmental Editing

Golden Rule Developmental Editing

What is Developmental Editing?

Developmental editing looks at the big-picture elements of your book including structure, plot, character, setting, and point of view. Sometimes called content or substantive editing, this type of editing concentrates on what you have written. This is not to be confused with Line Editing which looks at the sentence-level elements of your writing. During developmental editing, no changes are made directly to the document. Edits are provided as comments, questions, and examples.

What Does Developmental Editing Check For?

Developmental editing asks many questions, such as:

  • Is the theme clear without being overwhelming?
  • Will the reader connect with the characters?
  • Are the setting and world developed or accurate?
  • Is this story believable?

Additionally, my developmental editing comes complimentary with a writing analysis full of suggestions you can use to improve your manuscript. Click Here to explore a sample developmental edit.

Who Needs Developmental Editing?

The ideal candidate for developmental editing will have:

  • Finished a novel, non-fiction work, or collection of short stories
  • Read through their work at least once to remove typos and obvious errors
  • Formatted their manuscript according to the submission guidelines

Not sure if you’re ready to apply? Contact Jeanette [at] GoldenRuleEditing [dot] com to discuss your needs.

How do I Arrange Developmental Editing?

Developmental editing is completed on a first come, first served basis. Your manuscript will be scheduled for editing at the first available date. I am often booked several weeks or months in advance. To apply for developmental editing, please complete the questionnaire and attach a sample of your work. Please format according to the Submission Guidelines. We will then schedule a phone call to discuss your project’s needs. You will receive an exact quote for the project during this call.