How long will all this take?
If you go through all of the stages outline above and it takes you an average of two months to complete each of the two revisions stages, we can expect to be working together for 8–14 months, depending on my schedule. This is a serious commitment to your writing, and I will be working with several authors in this way throughout the year.
Why are some of the stages optional?
A couple of reasons. Firstly, we might come to the mutual realisation that the novel you’ve submitted to this process needs such an extensive rehaul that you might want to start over – though this possibility is unlikely. Secondly, it depends what you want from the process, and your budget. I’m happy to be flexible in this way.
Why don’t you work with every author who wants a developmental edit?
A full developmental edit is such a long-term and deeply creative process that it’s in both our best interests that I connect with you and your work and that I think I can truly help you. I need to know quite a lot about your manuscript and your creative aims to be able to judge this, which is why I want to know so much about your novel before I commit to working with you.
What’s the difference between a developmental edit and a manuscript critique?
Depth and amount of guidance. A manuscript critique provides you with a slightly broader analysis of your novel in the form of an editorial report; you’re then left to revise the novel on your own. A full developmental edit provides you with a longer, more detailed editorial report as well as a structural overview analysis of your novel, and a second round of revision-checking and line-level editing. Usually you will only need one of these services. Choose based on your own preference or budget!