Developmental Editing

Inkbot Editing’s developmental editing can help you take a rough draft or idea all the way to the finish line.

Maybe you’ve written a book manuscript. First off, congratulations! That’s no easy task. Unless you got it perfect the first time (and who can pull that off?), you could probably use some developmental editing.

Haven’t written your book yet, but have a great idea for one?

Or do you have a bunch of possible plans for a book, and can’t decide on which one to go with?

Wherever you are in the writing process, Inkbot’s Lead Word Nerd, Molly McCowan, can help you clarify your goals and ensure that the end product lives up to what you imagined.

Developmental editing usually takes four to eight weeks to complete, not including any time you spend making revisions to the manuscript. The time investment is well worth it, however: by the end of the process, your book will have received the most extensive and beneficial editing that Inkbot Editing provides. Each developmental edit includes an editorial letter that outlines each aspect of your book (development, structure, tone, and more) and provides suggestions for improvements.


If your book is nonfiction, a developmental edit includes:

  • Ensuring that the manuscript will be: well-organized; appropriate in tone, style, and format for its audience; clear and articulate; and consistent in its approach.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s proposed content.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s structure.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s style.
  • A full development plan.
If your book is fiction, a developmental edit includes:

  • Ensuring that the manuscript will be: well-organized; appropriate in tone, style, and format for its audience; clear and articulate; and consistent in its approach.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s themes and structure.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s development.
  • Analyzing the manuscript’s style and narrative techniques.
  • A full development plan.
Developmental editing pricing is billed at a project rate, dependent upon an agreed-upon, set number of editing hours. Since manuscripts vary widely in length and amount of development required, each project is fully customized to your needs.

A 50% deposit, which is applied toward the estimated project total, must be paid before your project can begin.

Have a great idea for a book, but haven’t written it yet? Not sure where to start? Inkbot Editing’s developmental editing services can help you unwind knotted ideas into a straight line. Developmental editing can help you:

  • Develop a logical structure
  • Define a clear thesis or main argument
  • Decide on content
  • Ensure that your voice, style, and tone will be appropriate for the subject matter

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Ready to make your writing its absolute best? Email Molly and the Bots for a free, customized estimate.