Developmental Editing

$5.04

Per-page*

*Understanding our per-page pricing

Our “per page” rates are based on the average number of words per page in a fiction book, which is roughly 280. To determine your page count no matter your genre, find your total word count in the Review tab in Microsoft Word and divide that number by 280. Use the resulting number as your quantity.

Applying the Chicago Manual of Style, an editor will read your unfinished or first-draft manuscript to assess the content of the book. Edits will be provided as in-line comments. For fiction, the editor will look at plot structure, character development, and pacing. For non-fiction, the editor will look at the organization of the information and whether it is engaging and understandable.

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What’s Included: Applying the Chicago Manual of Style, an editor will read your unfinished or first-draft manuscript to assess the content of the book. Edits will be provided as in-line comments. For fiction, the editor will look at plot structure, character development, and pacing. For non-fiction, the editor will look at the organization of the information and whether it is engaging and understandable.

You will also receive a scheduled call with your editor to discuss the edits after you have reviewed them. It is suggested that you make a list of questions regarding the edits before you receive the call.

What’s NOT Included: While the editor will point out where content needs improvement and may offer suggestions on how to make it better, they will not write the improved version for you. After an author receives their developmental edits, it is expected that they will rewrite or complete the manuscript. Because of this, no input on spelling, typos, grammar, readability, etc. is provided. It is recommended that the author have the revised manuscript edited again at one of the higher levels.

Turnaround Time: 20 business days

Additional information

Upcharges

All manuscripts may be subject to upcharges at the discretion of the Senior Editor. If a manuscript is found to have an unusually high number of errors or is not being submitted at the proper level of editing (i.e., if a manuscript submitted for Proofreading has not been previously edited or even had Spell Check run on it), then it will be assigned a higher cost. You may purchase the Editing Check service to avoid incurring this upcharge, and the cost will be applied to your subsequent editing purchase.

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