Developmental Editing

Editorial Letter + Margin Notes

Developmental editing is a thorough big-picture edit of your book that includes a written critique and extensive margin notes. You'll get an editorial letter that addresses the strengths and weaknesses of your book, any structural issues, its marketability, and more, plus you'll get extensive feedback and suggestions inserted into the margins of your manuscript. Lots of coaching on craft and examples will be included. This is an excellent choice for every writer.

For an editor's report only, see Manuscript Critique.

we'll address:

  • the "hook"

  • plot and structure (for fiction)

  • argument and analysis (for nonfiction)

  • character or content development

  • setting and description

  • point of view and dialogue

  • voice and style

  • narrative pacing

  • telling versus showing

  • common language issues

  • marketability

time frame:

  • 4–6 weeks


  • 3.0 to 3.4 cents per word (starts at $1,500)

  • for shorter works such as novellas, children’s picture books, graphic novels, poetry books, short story collections, and essay collections, please contact us for a quote

I hired The Artful Editor to do a developmental edit on my horror novella. Naomi and company helped me to refine and vastly improve my story.
— A.M.F., author of The Drinker of Suffering