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Developmental editing

After writing a book, you might feel that some parts are weaker than others. This is when a developmental editor comes in handy.

A developmental edit focuses on the big-picture issues of a text:

  • Does the story flow? Is it consistent?

  • Should certain elements be moved for better impact? Flashbacks? Musings? Fight scenes?

  • Are there sections you can strengthen?

  • Are there scenes that require further explanation or clarification?

  • Are there characters you can develop further? Are their motivations credible?

  • Powerful tension in all the right places?

  • Too many clichés?


In summary: What works? What doesn't?

What do I get out of a developmental edit?


After a developmental edit, we will send you two files: a marked-up manuscript containing comments with detailed suggestions for specific sections or examples of language, and a developmental report acting as a summary of the annotations, with a list of general recommendations about how to tighten up your text and make it convey the meaning you intended. 


- High fantasy

- Magical Realism

- Urban Fantasy

- Superhero Fiction

Science Fiction

- Alternate History

- Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic

- Dystopia

- Steampunk


- Action

- Crime

- Spy

- Legal


- Self-help

- Biography

- Travel Guides

- ELT Literature



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Roberta's Editing Services - The Book Raven

Based in Malta (EU)