Developmental Editing (or Book Mentoring)

So, you have an idea for an awesome story, you’ve toyed with writing, but you’re just not sure how to fit all the pieces together.

This is a ‘from the ground up’ editing guidance.  It will include week by week consultations with the author from first idea to final draft.

Additionally, if you have a manuscript you just can’t finish this might be right for you after a receiving a diagnostic.

What Can You Expect from Developmental Editing/ Book Mentoring?

First, weekly calls, or however often your schedule allows.

The first call will be a discussion of the story you want to tell.  Then, we’ll progress as I help you write better scenes, nail your story’s structure, and tell the global story you want to tell.

I will analyze up to 5,000 words a week (or per session). This is roughly about 3 scenes or chapters (1500 words per scene/ chapter).

How Much Does It Cost?

For our initial phone call/ email, there is no charge.  At this point we are checking to see if I’m the right editor to help you write better.

The monthly charge for this editing is $175/week (or session if your schedule doesn’t permit weekly engagements).  This includes the weekly 1 hour phone calls meant to move your story forward and help you write  better. This will also include analysis of up to 5,000 words per week (or session).

What’s Next?

If you are interested in a Developmental Editing, fill out this submission form.

After I receive your submission, we’ll arrange a time within a week to phone/email.

Click Here to See Testimonials

Story Grid Book

If you want to learn more about writing a story using the Story Grid methodology, go to the Story Grid Webpage to find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.

These articles contain information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. They also give details on obligatory scenes and conventions for specific genres, such as the thriller, love story, war story, crime story, and more.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

Editing Services

If you are interested in hiring me to edit your manuscript or if you need help writing a novel, check out my editing services. Also, see my Testimonials page for comments from previous clients.


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