Story Development

Feel like you've lost your way with your WIP?

Got something you know is good, but it's not quite there? We can help.

Our editorial team has over 30 years of story development experience from novels, children's books, graphic novels and in film, TV and digital storytelling.

We know how story works. Let us help you shape yours.

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What is a Development Edit and why do I need one?

A well-told story is like a dance—the beats and rhythms have to be perfectly executed to carry the reader away. Getting everything to flow right is a difficult job, especially when you're writing alone. A good development editor will look at the broad brush strokes of your story, the believability and strength of your characters, and the flow, pacing and consistency of your plot, and then give you advice to help you shape your future drafts to make your story the best it can be. Our experienced and qualified editors will work with you to shape your story, characters and plot and help you tell the story you want to tell.

 

Choose from one of the following options:

Editorial Assessment Report

We will assign the right development editor to you from our pool of highly experienced professional editors. An editorial assessment report is an incredibly useful first overview of your manuscript, providing considered, detailed feedback about plot, characterisation, style, and structure. The aim of the assessment report is to provide you with an unbiased view from an industry professional, which identifies the strengths and weaknesses within your manuscript, and offers invaluable advice for moving forward to bring out the very best in your story.

Cost: From £1 per 1,000 words

Developmental Edit

If you're already confident with your story, your plot and your characters, we can provide the next step for you in the progression of your manuscript—The Developmental Edit. Also known as a structural edit, the developmental edit is an in-depth review of your full manuscript. Our editors will provide constructive, detailed feedback on everything from plot and character to language use and grammar. With your target audience in mind, the developmental edit will help to shape your work in relation to professional industry standards. You can expect suggestions for substantial reshaping here, and you will need to be prepared to take these suggestions in the spirit they are intended—constructively. This will take your book to the next level. The price includes 2 'passes' at your manuscript, so that you get the same level of detail on the revised draft as you do on the first draft.

Cost: From £5 per 250 word page