Developmental Editing

I provide developmental editing in the following genres:

  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Romance
  • YA
  • Mystery

I do not provide copyediting services at this time. I am currently not providing developmental editing services for erotica, horror, middle grade, or children’s books.

I provide all clients with an initial “sample edit” for a flat fee, which serves as a deposit on your full package and as a way for us to get to know each other.

I offer three editing packages:

Full Developmental Edit

A developmental edit consists of an in-depth analysis of structure, plot, character, theme, and other story elements. Two rounds of editorial feedback are included, along with two video, chat, or phone sessions to discuss your manuscript. My goal is always to help you make your story live up to your vision, and we’ll work closely to bring out its strengths, puzzle out plot problems, and make those characters come alive.

Rates for a full edit are $2.50 per page (in standard manuscript format).

Light Developmental Edit

The light developmental edit still includes in-depth analysis of all the story elements of the full developmental edit, but will include only one round of feedback and a single phone or video chat.

Rates for the light edit are $1.50 per page.

Quick Crit

Designed for people who are looking to target specific issues on a more advanced manuscript, or who are looking for direction in the early stages of a manuscript, the quick crit consists of a shorter, more focused critique. Unlike a developmental edit, quick crits are suitable for unfinished manuscripts. The quick crit includes a single phone or video call.

Rates for the quick crit are $1.00 per page.

For more information or to request a full quote, please email with “Editing Query” in the subject line or use the contact form below.

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