Developmental Editing

Developmental editing is a comprehensive process of evaluating a project for its strengths and weaknesses in all areas of the writing—story, narrative design, characters, language, dialogue, setting, and more—and recommending ways for the author to revise. The developmental edit includes one or more rounds of written notes and ongoing support by phone or email.

I enjoy working on a wide range of projects. If yours isn’t listed here, just ask.

  • Novels and short stories
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Memoir and biography
  • Personal essays
  • General nonfiction—travel, nature, music, food, family, architecture, history, art, film, photography, popular science, tech, and more

See my letter to Ann Patchett—a student exercise—as an example of a developmental note to a highly skilled author.

If you want to focus more on sentence structure and word choice, see Line Editing.