Developmental Editing Services
Indie-authors have to do it all: writing the manuscript, hiring cover designers, marketing, and hiring editors to compete with the quality of traditionally published novels. I am aware that all this investment can get expensive, and with this in mind, I offer three different price points with the intention of helping indie-authors get the professional editorial services they need. If you’d like a few more details about Three Little Words developmental editing services, you can read about my approach.
Service one: full developmental edit
Workflow (four to six weeks)
First pass: read entire manuscript, generating the character key and scene list document.
Author feedback: send email with list of questions to tailor editorial report to the author’s needs.
Editorial report: fifteen to thirty pages of in-depth analysis of character development of heroine/hero (hero/hero or heroine/heroine) and outline for plot structure development.
Author feedback: author receives editorial report with request for comments to be added directly into the document.
Second pass: read entire manuscript, with knowledge of author feedback, and focus on plot development, chapter by chapter, scene by scene.
Plot structure: a) setup sequence and fighting-for-love sequence document, b) falling-in-love sequence and retreating-from-love sequence document.
Editorial report follow-up: five to fifteen pages that further comment on character and plot in more detail.
Sixty-minute video chat: this conversation is intended as a follow-up after all documents have been received and read through. I’m available to answer questions and even brainstorm to come up with new ideas.
Manuscripts up to 50,000 words: £800 or $920
Manuscripts 60,000–80,000 words: £1000 or $1,120
Manuscripts 90,000–110,000 words: £1200 or $1,320
Service two: editorial report
Workflow (three to four weeks)
One pass: read manuscript and generate character key and scene list.
Author feedback: send email with list of questions to tailor the editorial report to the author’s needs.
Editorial report: fifteen to thirty pages of in-depth analysis of character development of heroine/hero (hero/hero or heroine/heroine) and detailed outline for plot structure development.
Author feedback: send editorial report to the author with a request for comments to be added directly into the document.
Sixty-minute video chat: follow up after receipt of author feedback on editorial report. The aim here is to answer any questions, offer further suggestions to best approach for plot development based on author feedback, and brainstorm for new ideas.
Manuscripts up to 50,000 words: £480 or $600
Manuscripts 60,000–80,000 words: £600 or $720
Manuscripts 90,000–110,000 words: £700 or $820
Service three: mini editorial report
Workflow (up to two weeks)
One pass: read first 5000 words of manuscript and begin scene list—which can be completed by author.
Mini editorial report: includes up to ten pages of character development and plot structure.
Character development: generate profiles of heroine/hero (hero/hero or heroine/heroine) and charts to help analyze each character arc. Also inclusive, exploration and defining of emotional issues, motivation, goals, and potential future conflicts.
Plot structure: exploration of subplots and whether they support romance plot. Revision suggestions for entire setup sequence to ensure all beats are hit, introduction of the two main characters, their meet-cute, defining their “no” to love, and the inciting incident.
£250 or $300