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Developmental Editing

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Developmental editing is an In-depth, deep-dive Editorial Review with comprehensive notes for restructuring and revising your manuscript with a focus on key issues such as purpose, point, theme, plot, character arc, structure, language, voice, pacing.

Developmental Editing:


  • Deep-dive Manuscript Review
  • One 5-8 Page Manuscript Evaluation Feedback Letter
  • Comprehensive Notes for Revision & Restructuring
  • One 60-minute Feedback Call

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$8.50/page ($.034/word) (Standard Manuscript Format: 12-point font, 1-inch margins)

Note: Shorter works (short stories or picture books with fewer than 5,000 words) are invoiced at a flat rate of $300 with no call. Poetry projects are priced per page.

Best For:

Authors with completed manuscripts who are looking for a professional developmental edit with specific, in-depth editorial feedback with actionable items, including comprehensive notes on how revise and  to reshape your manuscript and really make it shine.



“Sharon is smart and has a great sense of the craft. I came to her confused and dispirited and came away with confidence and a clear vision of how to move forward. Her notes were concrete and manageable. I hope to get my act together to bring her another manuscript soon.”

–Ann Chamberlin, Author of the Reign of the Favored Women Series and the History Of Women’s Seclusion in The Middle East.


“Sharon’s editing my poetry was timely done, and her comments were very encouraging to me. Her editing and suggestions were precisely what I had hoped for. I feel that I have gained a better grasp of my work, a stronger determination to continue writing poetry, and mini-education in the art of being concise.

In the event that I publish another poetry book, I would not hesitate to use Sharon’s services again … and again.”

-Dianne Brown, Poet