The Developmental Editing service combines three editorial services into one package: A developmental editor evaluates the manuscript at the paragraph, chapter, and book levels and makes suggestions throughout the manuscript to identify big-picture areas that need work.
For works of fiction, the editor will analyze the readership and genre to determine whether the content is appropriate. He will then examine essential considerations such as plot, pace, characterization and dialog. For nonfiction titles, the editor will analyze the readership, purpose, and possible uses of the work to determine whether the content is complete and appropriate; that concepts are developed adequately; that material is well organized; and that illustrations, tables, and lists are used effectively throughout.
Once big-picture changes have been made, the second step, a Content Edit, begins; the content editor will check the manuscript for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. And third, the manuscript will receive a quality review to ensure the manuscript is editorially sound before it goes into production.
Prescribed by Editorial Assessment only. Speak with your consultant before ordering this service.
*There is a 5,000-word minimum charge for all editing services.
Timing: 8-10 weeks (does not include time manuscript is with author for review and revision)