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Developmental Edit

Manuscript Evaluation

Your completed manuscript will be read for an in-depth critique that addresses pacing, tone, theme development, voice, and readability. We also make sure your book connects with your target audience in the most effective way. The developmental editing process helps you gain perspective about what works, and what doesn’t work, from the standpoint of the reader. You'll receive a developmental editor's letter and editorial comments within your manuscript. The developmental editing timeline is 4-6 weeks. 

You may have a concept for a book or a completed manuscript that needs a professional critique. The evaluation involves the reading of a full manuscript to evaluate the overall development. You will receive a report outlining what is working well, what could be strengthened in revision, and strategies to implement needed changes. This service is beneficial to authors before the more intense editing begins. 

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Line Editing

A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. The purpose of a line edit is not to look for manuscript errors – rather, a line edit focuses on the way you use language to communicate your story to the reader. Is your language clear, concise, and pleasurable to read? Does it convey a sense of atmosphere, emotion, and tone? Do the words you’ve chosen convey a precise meaning, or are you using broad generalizations and clichés?

Copy Editing

The goal of a copyedit is to address flaws on a technical level – to make sure the writing that appears on the page is in accordance with industry standards. Copy editing corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax. It also flags ambigous or factually incorrect statements. This is like an incredibly high-end proofread. A copyedit will always follow a line edit, and will be the last look before the manuscript enters the distribution phase. 


General Editing Services

Proofreading is the last line level of editing before the book is published. Our proofreader will read the formatted manuscript, looking carefully for typos and formatting errors. This is a crucial step in the editing process - the last look to ensure the book is ready for publication. 

We provide editing services for clients outside of book publishing, including digital content, marketing materials, articles, and essays. To talk with us about your editing needs, send an email to

General editing services

Because every project is unique, cost will be determined after an initial, free reading of your content. Most manuscripts will need at least three levels of editing. For book manuscripts, we offer a free sample edit.

Contact us with questions, to request a free reading of your project, or an estimate. 

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