This is a specific content edit that addresses character, plot, and thematic development at the page and paragraph level. A developmental edit focuses on consistency, believability, pacing, transitions, cliché moments, the balance of storytelling devices, dialogue issues, and other aspects which may help or hinder the functionality of the manuscript.
A developmental edit is the most extensive, detail-oriented content edit available.
At the end of the collaboration, you’ll receive an annotated manuscript with comments or highlights every 3-5 pages and an editorial review of at least 6 pages in length.
An annotated manuscript is a markup of the literature you provide. It usually includes comments in the margins and highlighted lines and sections, which can be evaluated using the key provided.
An editorial review is a written review that expresses primary and secondary strengths, primary and secondary concerns, questions, next steps, a key for the symbolism used to mark the manuscript, and a note to the author.
In a developmental edit, the bulk of the attention and commentary is found in the actual manuscript.
A developmental edit usually takes about 4 weeks to complete, depending on the length and maturity of the manuscript.
A developmental edit usually follows an editorial assessment. We’ll want to address the major issues before focusing on the content at the page and paragraph levels. Once a developmental edit is complete, most authors move forward with a line edit.