In a developmental edit I provide feedback on all aspects of the content, including story and scene structure, characterization, goals, motivation, pacing, dialogue, plot, point of view, and conflict.
I tailor the analysis for any particular areas of concern a client might want help with, and I give special attention to genre-specific aspects such as relationship development in romances, world-building in fantasy or sci-fi, the buildup and maintenance of suspense in thrillers, and guidance on clue placement in mysteries. I also supply general notes on any style or craft issues that might affect pacing or readability, such as eliminating info dumps or showing instead of telling. With this service I provide a detailed editorial letter, supported with comments in the manuscript.
I see my role as that of support. I apply a critical eye and offer suggestions to strengthen a story without changing the author’s voice.
Turnaround time is two weeks from receipt of payment and the manuscript file.