Flutterby Editing Services

Let’s make your writing the best it can be.

A Developmental Editor supports writers by reviewing book-length projects or short pieces and providing feedback on the structure, character development, plot, voice, dialog, flow, and pace. For example:

  • The character’s consistency in voice and actions
  • Correct tenses
  • Point of view
  • Extra sections that aren’t serving the larger piece
  • If the book, story, or essay starts in the best place
  • Any inconsistencies within the plot

Developmental Editing is best used once a writer has taken their work as far as they can and want throughout and honest feedback. Use a Developmental Editor well by making the work as clean and error-free as possible allowing the focus to be on the other elements of the story/novel and not on spelling or punctuation. A Developmental Editor will offer line edits as they see them.

Developmental Editing includes reading, commenting, and completing an editorial letter takes time. As does incorporating feedback. Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself and your work the time it deserves.

Working together

If it’s time to work with a Developmental Editor, or if you simply want to ask questions, there is a form to fill out and submit at the bottom of the page. I look forward to speaking with you.

Here are some guidelines for working with me.

To best help a writer achieve their goals, whether to submit to a publisher/publication or a project for the family, please include a brief paragraph about the vision and goals in the document. This will help me focus my developmental edits.

Manuscripts must be in a Word doc or docx: double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.

Track changes for line edits and embedded comments will be made directly on the document. These will include line edits.

A full copy edit is recommended once all rewrites are complete.

An editorial letter with big-picture comments will accompany the document when returned. An optional one-hour Zoom chat will be held based on comfort level.

A full-length book turnaround is 20 business days from the agreed-upon start date. Shorter pieces, depending upon length, are 5 – 10 business days.

Editing Services

Short Story/ Personal Essay

With shorter pieces, every word counts. The rate is $.04 per word.

Full Novel/ Short Story Collections

Book-length projects. Longer projects are priced at $.04 per word. Second read-throughs are $.05 per word. Third read-throughs are $.06 per word.

First Chapter/ Single Chapter

The crucial first chapter or one that needs a little nudge. The rate is $.04 per word.

Sample Edits

This is a chance to see if we’re the right fit. Send 1000 words from a full-length book for a fee of $40 to see if my style is the best for your work. Your creation is important and deserves an editor who understands and sees your vision.

If you’re ready for a Developmental Editor.