Developmental Editing

Comprehensive editing package

Congratulations, you wrote a manuscript! You're ready to tackle the editing process, but where do you start?

You may know developmental editing by another name: substantive, structural, content or critique editing. I look at the big picture, and guide you in strengthening the novel. I look into plot and character arcs and cutting out what isn’t working.

This is the most comprehensive editing package available and recommended for first-time authors grappling with style, voice and knowing where and how to ensure the story is structurally sound. Of course, many of my regular clients love this type of edit, as it combines developmental and line editing as one. This allows them to be aware to refine during revisions where the pacing is being slowed by the use of certain words and phrases.

For a full-length manuscript (over 50,000 words) you can expect one round of editing along with the commentary in the manuscript, a detailed 10+ page report.

Editor’s letter
Overview of the edit and what to expect before diving into revisions.
Line-by-line editing
  • Sentence and word-level feedback with proposed alternatives or examples how to enhance it.
  • Scene-level feedback needing refinement and proposed solutions to enhance them.
  • Comments and track changes directly on your manuscript (Word or Pages format).
Detailed 10+ page report
Story analysis that looks at:
  • Clarity of theme(s)
  • Repetitive and crutch words to watch out for during revisions
  • Pacing
  • Character development - is their journey believable and consistent?
  • Plot & subplot - are they supporting the storyline? Is it credible?
  • Flagging where to ‘Kill Your Darlings’ with explanations
  • Assessing the structure of the storyline
  • Recommendations on how to develop the story further where needed

AUD 0.04 per word

50,000 words = $2,000

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Lauren's developmental edit was incredibly thorough and helpful. She provided a great mix of positive notes along with useful critique and items for improvement. She was able to point out changes in style and suggest some overall areas to be strengthened. The chapter by chapter breakdown she provided was a gold mine of information I referred to often during revisions and helped me to restructure several of my chapters. It was very worthwhile to have Lauren review my manuscript even at a stage where I knew it needed work. — Jo Holloway

Manuscript Critique

Beta Reading PRO

This kind of edit is perfect for authors who have perfected their style and voice. They don’t need the line editing part, just need help with the structural aspect. Instead of the comprehensive development edit, We’ll steer away from working on your prose and focus on feedback on a scene-only level using the comments feature in Word or Pages. You may want line editing after the structural revisions are completed. Check out what line editing includes in the next section.

Editor’s letter
Overview of the edit and what to expect before diving into revisions.
Manuscript feedback
Structural feedback in the margins of the manuscript using the comment feature (Word or Pages Format).
Detailed 5+ page report
Touches on:
  • Clarity of theme(s)
  • Character development - is their journey believable and consistent?
  • Plot & subplot - are they supporting the storyline? Is it credible?
  • Flagging where to ‘Kill Your Darlings’ with explanations
  • Assessing the structure of the storyline
  • Recommendations on how to develop the story further where needed

AUD 0.03 per word

50,000 words = $1,500

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Line Editing

For the veteran writers

Your plot structure is solid! But the characters’ dialogue isn’t natural and the prose needs refinement. This is where line editing is perfect! Please be aware, this isn’t copyediting. Copyediting focuses on grammar and punctuation, you do this after your structural and line editing changes. Line editing is working on getting the right amount of dialogue tags, perfecting the language of the characters and ensuring the words and actions of the characters read realistic and not clunky to the reader.

Editor’s letter
Overview of the edit and what to expect before diving into revisions.
Line editing
  • Sentence level editing, refining the prose
  • Cutting back repetition words and phrases
  • Balancing dialogue and action tags

AUD 0.02 per word

50,000 words = $1,00

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Manuscript Assessment

Don’t Sugar Coat it, Editor!

You’re not sure if your manuscript is ready for editing, or what the next step should be. Maybe you’re a little nervous about dipping your toe into the world of editing.

This is perfect to get the feedback on your manuscript and learn what is needed. An analysis is done and a checklist is supplied in a detailed report explaining what needs to be done and how to proceed from there.

Editor’s letter
An overview of the potential I see in your manuscript, and a checklist to help you on the next stage of your journey.
Summary report
Overall analysis that looks at:
  • Clarity of theme(s)
  • Pacing issues
  • Character development - is their journey believable and consistent?
  • Plot & subplot - are they supporting the storyline? Is it credible?

AUD 0.015 per word

50,000 words = $750

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Sample Edit

Let's Make Sure We're A Good Fit!

A sample edit is exactly as it sounds. If you're not sure about this, and need some reassurance we're going to work awesome together, I happily do a one off sample edit. I will edit 2000 words of your manuscript for free*. This way, you know what comes with my editing services. Get in touch today!

FREE

* Does not include blurbs

Custom Package

Let's Get Personal

Got specific needs not listed here? How mysterious! Look no further. Contact me and we’ll create a personalised package to suit your needs.

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST for Australian customers.
US dollar rates available, contact me for more information.

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I'd love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to reach out today.