Developmental Editing


What Is Developmental Editing?

A developmental edit occurs sometime after the first draft and before line editing/proofreading. Developmental editing focuses on the “big picture” story elements, such as: plot, characters, perspective, theme(s), pacing, emotional tension, and organization/structure. I also will consider your genre to assess whether your story “ticks the boxes” for a given genre’s requirements. You will receive the feedback and direction you need to begin a focused revision that leads to an even better story. (See the What to Expect section below to learn what you receive from Chaunce Stanton Author Services during a developmental edit.)

What Can I Expect from Developmental Editing from Chaunce Stanton Author Services?

  • Fair (and clear) pricing
  • Realistic completion date
    • Estimated completion date communicated to you at time of booking
    • Once your project is scheduled, you will not be “bumped” by another project
  • Developmental Assessment Document
    • Your easy-to-follow “revision roadmap” to guide your next round of rewriting and revision
    • Analysis of “big picture” elements (genre, theme, story type, pacing, structure, characters, tension, etc.)
    • Story Outline (scene by scene)
    • Character Index lists all named and unnamed characters and when introduced
  • One 60-minute Follow-up Session

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How Much Does Developmental Editing Cost?

You’re in luck! Although I am very experienced in writing and editing (both professionally and for my own fiction), I am still building a new business. That means (for a limited time) I am offering discounted rates in order to find new customers.

The rates below are based on your project’s word count. For reference, many developmental editors charge two cents ($0.02) per word.

Word CountYour Cost*Industry Rate**
up to 45,000 words$400up too $900
45,000 to 60,000 words$650$900 – $1,200
60,000 to 75,000 words$800$1,200 – $1,500
75,000 to 90,000 words$1,000$1,500 – $1,800
90,000 to 120,000 words$1,250$1,800 – $2,400
More than that? WOW!Let’s Chat!
* Requires 50% down payment at project initiation
** Industry rate calculated at standard of $.02 (two cents) per word.

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