Developmental Edit

The developmental edit (also called a structural edit or substantive edit) is my most comprehensive edit. The developmental edit will give you clear and constructive feedback on every single aspect of your book. Including character development, story structure, plot, flow, voice, point of view, themes and pacing.

Your Developmental Edit Includes:

  • Analysis of all elements of your work, including: characters, structure, plot, point of view, pacing, dialogue and description.
  • A summary, review and score of each individual scene.
  • A review and score of each individual character.
  • Notes and highlights on your manuscript document showing you precisely where and what needs attention.
  • An easy-to-follow separate report covering every single aspect of story telling with explanations and actionable suggestions to improve.

 

Benefits of the Developmental Edit

  • Comprehensive. I cover absolutely everything – the report is often over 30 pages long.
  • Guidance from a professional editor with over 10 years’ experience.
  • Easy to follow suggestions on exactly how to improve.
  • And pin-point accuracy of exactly where to improve it. I don’t just offer broad comments, I mark on your manuscript precisely what to look at and help you improve.

Some of Our Favourite Recent Authors

I asked Michael to critique my latest novel before I sent it to my beta readers.

In brief, he helped me write a better book. 

Kerry J Donovan (Best Selling Author) – Ryan Kaine: On The Rocks

I could not be happier with the assistance I received from Michael. The editing service he offered was exceptional from start to finish.

Max Delaney (Debut Author) – Trust Danny James

Michael Pilgrim’s edit helped me clean my horrible grammar and catch a few places where my words lacked good common sense. I recommend Michael Pilgrim’s edit.

Victoria Pinder (USA Today Best Selling Author) – Favorite Coffee, Favorite Scandal

He has a laser-eye ability to spot errors, allowing me to feel more confident that my finished novel has a professional polish.

Abby Goldsmith – City of Slaves (Torth Book 1)

About Your Report

When conducting your developmental edit I comment on your manuscript, I use a color coding system to highlight areas that need attention and I also provide a separate, in-depth report. I try and cover absolutely everything. If you want detailed feedback about your work with easy-to-follow suggestions and advice, the developmental edit will be incredibly useful for you.

 

Some Examples

Here’s some examples so you can see what to expect from the edit. (Click on the images to open them).

Price Options

Developmental

Edit

1.2c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on each chapter and each Scene.

Scene Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to that issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of story telling and construction. 

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Developmental

Edit

Plus

1.4c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on each chapter and each Scene.

Scene Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to that issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of story telling and construction. 

 

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Cover Analysis. Feedback on your cover design, focusing on marketability and genre relevance. 

Blurb Analysis. Feedback given on your blurb and suggestions for improvement.

Front Matter Analysis. Includes: Copyright, About the Author, Table of Contents, Thanks To.

Back Matter Analysis. Covers: Review Request, Mailing List Sign Up, Sneak Peak, Author Note. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Developmental

Edit

Delux

2c

Per Word

First Impressions of Your Title, Opening Line, First 100 Words and First 2 Pages.

Full Story Structure Analysis

Looking at all your major plot points. 

Feedback on each chapter and each Scene.

Scene Ratings. A score out of 10 for each chapter.

Character Notes. All major characters included and any areas to improve for each.  

In-Line Notes on your manuscript.

Color Coding System. Any areas that need attention are highlighted in specific colors relating to that issue. 

Covers Everything. Feedback provided on all areas of story telling and construction. 

Full Report. Comprehensive report covering all aspects of your book.

Follow Up Questions. If you're not sure of any part of the critique we're just an email away. 

Cover Analysis. Feedback on your cover design, focusing on marketability and genre relevance. 

Blurb Analysis. Feedback given on your blurb and suggestions for improvement.

Front Matter Analysis. Includes: Copyright, About the Author, Table of Contents, Thanks To.

Back Matter Analysis. Covers: Review Request, Mailing List Sign Up, Sneak Peak, Author Note. 

Copy Edit Included. Once you've gone through all the suggestions from the critique, send it back to me for a complete copy edit before pulication. 

Money Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your entire fee. 

Payment

I ask for 50% of the fee upfront with the remainder due on completion. You can pay by PayPal, debit or credit card or by bank transfer (UK account).

Bookings

Bookings are taken in advance. Please contact me for my next available time slot / availability. The edit will be complete within 2 to 3 weeks of your booking date and I’ll give you a fixed date for completion.

Some More of Our Favourite Recent Authors

I was blown away with his assessment and feedback. He rocked it! It was a pleasure working with him and I plan to work with him again very soon.

Kristen Echo (Romance Author) – Holiday Face-Off

Michael Pilgrim has been a great help to my work from the very start. Supportive, communicative, responsive and he’s usually right too.

Martin Freznell – Not Exactly Shakespeare

He was fast, accurate, insightful, and honest. He polished my manuscript with skillful suggestions about phrasing and repeated words…

Bridgette Booth (Children’s Author) – The Cowboy’s Golden Cup

What I got was an extremely detailed breakdown of what was and wasn’t working at a fundamental level.

Craig Anderson (Author) – Trojan

Oh. And one more thing.

I hope you’ll be delighted with my services but just in case you’re not, I offer a…

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*I’m serious. The developmental edit comes with a money back guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied, I’ll refund your entire fee.

Interested?

Let's Talk About Your Book

For more information or to talk to me about anything else please message me here. Or you can email me: michael@helpingauthorssucceed.com. I usually respond quickly.

Free First Chapter Analysis or Free Sample Edit

You can also attach your first chapter for a free analysis or around 1000 words for a free sample edit. These usually take 2 or 3 days.


I look forward to hearing from you.

Michael