Reenvisions your book line by line.

A developmental edit does just what it says: it develops your manuscript into a finished book. Similar to an editorial assessment in that it offers you suggestions for restructuring and rewrites, the developmental edit goes further, providing you notes in specific areas of the book, showing you how you might want to rewrite parts of your book line by line. This is why developmental editing is sometimes referred to as line editing.

The developmental edit takes two weeks, possibly longer, depending on the size of the book. It comes in the form of detailed comments within the manuscript file and a summary letter to guide you through the major tasks of your rewrite. It includes a final readthrough and comments once you’ve completed your rewrites.

Will did a developmental edit of my short story. He was very professional. His edits were extremely helpful, and they resulted in significant improvements to my manuscript.
— Dennis Canfield, author of Hardly Even Rich

Average Developmental Editing Cost

for a Short Story Collection

120 to 160 pages

30,000 to 40,000 words

$900 to $1,200


Average Developmental Editing Cost

for a Novel or Memoir

200 to 300 pages

50,000 to 75,000 words

$1,500 to $2,250