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Developmental Editing

$0.07 per Word

The Xlibris Developmental Editing service combines three editorial services into one package: First, a developmental editor evaluates the manuscript at the paragraph, chapter, and book levels and identifies big-picture areas that need work.

  • For fiction works, the editor will analyze the readership and genre to determine whether the content is appropriate. Then, things such as plot, pace, characterization, and dialogue will be closely examined.
  • For nonfiction titles, the editor will analyze the possible uses of the work to determine that the content is complete and appropriate, concepts are developed adequately, and the material is well-organized. The editor will make sure that all lists, graphs, and illustrations are used effectively throughout the book.

Once big-picture changes have been made, the second step, a free Content Edit, begins. The content editor will check the manuscript for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Finally, the manuscript will receive a Quality Review to ensure the manuscript is editorially sound before it goes into production.

*There is a 5,000-word minimum charge for all editing services.

What You Need to Know

We can generally complete this service in three to four months (not including the time needed for author revision) depending on our work queue, the complexity of your work, and author turnaround time for each stage. The per-word cost is $0.070. To learn more or to order our Developmental Editing service, please call 1-888-795-4274. We’ll guide you through the process.

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$0.07 per Word