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Developmental Editing

Developmental edits look at the big picture, analyzing the plot, structure, content, and marketability of your piece. You’ll get a detailed response highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of your work, broken down by genre-dependent criteria. Specific grammatical or stylistic changes (i.e., at the sentence- or word-level) are not the main focus here, as rewriting and restructuring may be suggested. Communication is key, and I would be happy to meet over the phone or via Skype/Zoom during this process. 

This covers:

  • Big-picture issues

  • Character development, plot, pacing, and dialogue (typically for fiction)

  • Structure, content, argument, and tone (typically for nonfiction)

  • Setting, world building, and descriptions

  • Telling versus showing

  • Dialogue and point of view

  • Overall language issues and writing recommendations

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