Developmental editing is a big undertaking by any editor, and it’s not something that an author should enter into lightly. This type of editing is intensive and time consuming for everyone involved. That being said, it is a great product for a writer, whether new or seasoned, who has a great idea for a manuscript but needs assistance from the very beginning.
When you first get that idea, you’re excited and can’t wait to begin. Then… it happens. What exactly is it? NOTHING, or close to it. That great idea that you had, has left you cold and alone, with no idea how to make that idea into a story. That’s where developmental editing from The Red Pen of Doom comes in. Your editor will help you organize your ideas into an outline, go over every chapter with you, and help you brainstorm when you’re stuck.
Essentially, your editor will be your guru, helping you to storyboard and get your ideas onto paper and provide a structural edit.
While we specialize in approaching this type of editing from the conceptual stage, that doesn’t mean that will only help author’s who don’t have much in the way of their story plotted and/or written. That is far from the case! Our developmental editing is beneficial to authors, even if they already have a completed outline, or even a partial or completed rough draft!
If you do have a draft which you consider to be at least 70% complete, please contact us prior to purchasing. We would be happy to discuss your needs and provide a custom quote.