Developmental editing is story editing. Unlike copy-editing or proofreading, this type of editing does not focus much on the words used or the grammar. Instead, developmental editing is concerned with characterization, pacing, plot arcs and plot holes, genre needs, and other "big picture" issues.
For a developmental edit, you will receive in-line comments using MS Word's comment tool and a separate 1-2 page document summarizing overall issues, including places where the manuscript shines, parts where something is lacking, and suggestions for how to revise.
We offer sample edits of 500 words prior to offering a contract to edit your novel or short story. We do this for two reasons: one, so you can see how we edit; and two, so we can see how you write. Both sides must agree that we are a good fit before we will commit to editing a full novel manuscript.
Developmental editing rates are based on the project. Once we receive your sample and we agree to move forward, you will send us your project and we'll send you a contract. If you agree to the terms of the contract, you will owe half of the fee at contract signing and the other half on delivery.
Turn-around times for developmental editing will typically be about 5-10 business days for an average novel manuscript under 100,000 words. Faster times are available, but will be more expensive.