Big-picture editing focused on argument and structure. For drafts (complete or incomplete) that need conceptual work or restructuring. Developmental editing services always begin with a manuscript assessment (usually 8-11 pages in length).* You can then implement the suggestions in the manuscript assessment independently or request that I implement changes through a hands-on developmental edit.
Focus is on issues of argument, structure, analysis, or authorial tone that should be resolved to make manuscript more effective
Manuscript assessment examines broad issues pertaining to manuscript as a whole or to particular sections
Two Skype or phone consultations included: one before I read your manuscript & one after you receive my manuscript assessment
Cost: For a book manuscript, between $900 and $1100.
*Please note: If you’re sure that you don’t need structural editing or big-picture feedback and you’d like to skip the manuscript assessment, then please see my page on stylistic editing.
Hands-on Developmental Editing
This might include structural editing or intensive line editing (stylistic editing). It might also include helping you implement requested revisions for “revise and resubmits” or condensing material to meet target word counts. During our second consultation (after I’ve completed the manuscript assessment), we can discuss what the hands-on developmental edit should involve for your particular manuscript.
Structural editing: Restructuring material for coherence and flow, drafting new transitional language and placeholder text as necessary
Intensive line editing (stylistic editing): Revising sentences & paragraphs to clarify meaning and ensure logical connections
Cost: Generally between $450 and $650 per chapter. I can provide an estimate after completing a manuscript assessment.