Developmental Editing

You’ve found critique you can trust,
you’ve realized you want help,
and you’re ready to do the work.

Welcome to the inner sanctum.
It’s time for developmental editing.

Developmental Editing

Concept Talk
Scheduled 20-Page Critiques
Strategy Sessions

$1,500 – $3,000

Developmental editing is a collaboration through the part of writing that’s best described in metaphor: the nitty gritty, the messy middle, the trek through deep woods, the slog through the mire. It’s a state of mind, a dedicated space, an experience, an education. Writers get stuck here for years. It’s the stuff of nightmares, of writer’s block, of dark nights of the soul.

It’s our favorite part of the writing process.

If you’ve been trying to work out a story problem and have had it up to your eyeballs with isolation, come find us. Let’s put our heads together and find a way through.

6 Editing Sessions

3 Strategy Sessions


12 Editing Sessions

6 Strategy Sessions


Our Developmental Editing Process

We’ll start with a conversation about your goals and the project’s history. If you’ve had an editorial assessment with us, we’ll review your recommendations for development and talk about how your revisions have gone in the interim. We’ll revisit your book description and may revise it while we’re on the phone. By the end of the call, you’ll have your first three deadlines on the calendar and clear goals for your first submission.

For every deadline, you’ll send your editor around 20 pages, or 5,000 words, for editing. Your editor will critique those pages and return them five days later with annotations and a brief editorial letter providing feedback and recommendations for revision and research.

After every other deadline, you’ll have a 30-minute call with your editor to talk about your progress and process. After each deadline, you’ll have the next three deadlines scheduled.

Your editor may need more than the standard 5-day turnaround if the schedule changes unexpectedly, but there’s never a penalty for missing or rescheduling a deadline.

If you want a guide through the gnarly wild of rewriting,
this is the one for you.

Request a free consultation now.

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
– Margaret Atwood, THE BLIND ASSASSIN

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