Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is in-depth, comprehensive editing focused on structure, organization, clarity, and content. In the case of fiction and creative nonfiction—the only genres I work with—this also includes plot development, character development, and other elements of craft. Developmental editing includes a comprehensive manuscript critique, detailed explanation of problems, and tangible solutions. A developmental edit also involves posing a great deal of questions to the author, and it is generally an ongoing process that requires numerous exchanges between author and editor. In a developmental edit, my goal is to help the writer to realize his/her vision.

Developmental editing does not involve correcting grammar errors, spelling mistakes, and the like. These corrections happen at a later stage of the editorial process: copyediting.

Developmental Editing ($45/hour)




I work up to 45 hours per week, typically Wednesday-Sunday, but will work additional days if necessary to meet a project deadline. My preferred method of communication is email, but I also use Skype and telephone to consult with clients as needed.

I bill weekly for hourly projects. For flat-fee projects, 50% is due up front and the remaining balance is due upon completion of the work.

All invoices are payable within 15 days. I apply interest if payment is not made within 30 days, at an interest rate of 2 percent per month or partial month, including the month following the invoice date. No interest is due if payment is made by the fifteenth day.

Because I book projects in advance and therefore will turn down work if I’ve already allotted time for your project, I charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the project total. (In the case of hourly projects, the cancellation fee is 50% of the rate quote.) The fee is due within 15 days of cancellation, and interest rates for late invoices apply as described above.