Do you have a manuscript that’s ready for a developmental edit? If you’ve written a novel and improved it to the best of your ability but know that it could be tightened up further (maybe you don’t feel the villain is very convincing, maybe you know the middle section feels a bit slow, maybe you’re worried that the dialogue doesn’t feel realistic…), this is a great opportunity for you to get in-depth editorial feedback at a significantly discounted rate.
I'm offering one developmental edit for 50% off in June. Read on to find out if your manuscript is a good fit for this offer...
What will I get out of it?
-A full developmental edit. This means I will read your manuscript at least twice and consider all the big-picture issues: plot, structure, pacing, characterisation, narrative arcs, and writing style.
-By mid-August, you’ll receive an in-depth editorial letter highlighting the strengths of your manuscript as well as any areas where it could be tightened up. I’ll also make comments throughout your manuscript to identify parts that are working well and areas which have potential for improvement.
-A week or two after receiving the editorial letter, we’ll have a one-hour Zoom call (or phone call, if you’d prefer). This is your chance to chat to me in detail about any part of the feedback: we can talk through any areas raised in greater detail, you can brainstorm solutions to any plotholes, or we can discuss your next steps with your novel.
Can I apply?
To apply, you need to have a manuscript which is:
-speculative fiction, fantasy or YA (speculative fiction is a rather broad genre – if you’re not sure if your novel fits, drop me an email)
-complete and ready to be edited. You would need to send me your manuscript before 1st June.
-125k words or shorter
-in MS Word.
That’s it! There’s no catch – this is just the chance to get editorial feedback at a massive discount.
What will it cost?
50% of a standard developmental edit fee (£18 per 1,000 words). You’ll pay £9 per 1,000 words.
Unfortunately, even at a discounted rate developmental edits still aren’t cheap; as you can imagine, each one takes a huge amount of time to complete. If the reduced rate is out of your budget but you’re looking for developmental feedback, you might want to consider booking a manuscript critique instead.
Why are you offering this?
I’ve been offering developmental edits for a few months now, and am hugely enjoying working with writers at this stage. In June and July I’m doing Jennifer Lawler’s Advanced Developmental Editing course, and it would be great to have a novel within my specialist genres to use for this course.
All this means for you is that the editorial letter you’ll received will have been reviewed by Jennifer, and you’ll benefit from the input of two editing heads for half the price of one!
Are you likely to offer reduced developmental edits in future?
No. Sorry! Developmental edits are incredibly time-consuming to complete, and I believe the editorial feedback I offer is worth the price. I’m making an exception to my normal fees here because there’s not very much time before the course starts and I’d really love to edit a novel within my specialisms for it.
How do I apply?
If you’re interested, fill in the form below by 28th May 2023. I’ll then send you an email asking for a sample chapter from your manuscript. Depending how many people apply, I’ll either pick the manuscript that sounds like the best fit for my editorial skillset from this information, or I might ask you to fill in my pre-edit questionnaire before selecting someone.
Either way, I’ll let you know if your novel has been selected or not by 1st June 2023.
If you’ve got any questions, send me an email. Looking forward to hearing from you!