Developmental editing


Who is this service for?

Authors who have a finished book and are looking for in-depth help with bigger picture aspects that might not be working as they hoped. This should take place before any more detailed line editing, copy-editing, or proofreading.

What’s included?

A detailed editorial report, including specific examples from your work, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript.

Comments throughout your manuscript on the following areas, along with suggestions for how to address any issues identified:

  • Plot
  • Structure
  • Character development and motivations
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Setting
  • Point of view
  • Voice
  • Style and technical ability

A plan for your next steps after you’ve worked through the report and comments.

Further email consultation time to discuss aspects of the report in more detail and answer any other questions you might have.


Authors who use this service are also entitled to a 10% discount on my copy-editing and proofreading services for the same manuscript.

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“Kate is an excellent editor; timely, professional, and with fantastic feedback to any project. Her notes on my novel showed me story possibilities I had not considered, drove me to have a more dynamic cast of characters. Where I once felt like I was simply recounting the events of the story, Kate encouraged me to put myself in it, to ask deeper questions of the characters so I may find gems of truth hidden within the narrative. I absolutely cannot recommend her enough!”