Developmental Editing

In addition to helping you resolve that saggy middle or upgrading your hook, developmental editing goes a few steps beyond the full-length evaluation, including invaluable page-by-page feedback and suggestions, plus phone time with your editor to brainstorm solutions and new angles.

A developmental edit includes in-depth examination of:


  • cutting your word count, where needed
  • style/voice
  • point-of-view
  • dialogue
  • setting
  • “high concept” level (originality/appeal to the audience)
  • plot structure
  • pacing
  • world-creation (sci-fi/fantasy)
  • characterization
  • suspense/tension
  • audience and genre awareness
  • increasing marketability
  • effectiveness of your ending
  • (plus your editor will brainstorm solutions with you via the phone)


  • style/voice
  • logic and power of an argument
  • cohesiveness of ideas
  • organization
  • general rhetorical issues and your angle
  • suggestions on increasing marketability or better meeting the needs of your target audience (making it more compelling)
  • cutting your word count, where needed
  • plus includes phone-based brainstorming with your editor on revision ideas and marketability solutions)

IRebecca Rhode asked Eschler Editing for help with plot and structure on my novel Numbers Game—and also issued a challenge: I needed 20K words cut from my manuscript. Their feedback resulted in a much tighter plot.

Numbers Game soared on Amazon—hitting #1 in two categories (passing up Divergent and Hunger Games a couple times) and is now an international bestseller; so I’m pretty happy!

Just for comparison, I later tried another content editor and the service was far inferior. Plus, if you’re looking for next steps after content feedback, I can honestly say that Eschler Editing has the best copy editors I’ve found.  In short, I definitely recommend them!

Rebecca Rode |

Your investment:

  • Fiction or nonfiction: Generally anywhere from $300 to 2,000+ depending on unique manuscript needs (length, genre, editorial work involved; footnotes, graphics, unique style guide requirements, etc., may require additional charges)—very short works may be less
  •  This type of work is bid per project and requires the editor to review the entire work since editing needs can range from lighter to  requiring substantial reorganization, some ghosting, coaching, etc.


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