DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Professional eyes on your draft

A manuscript evaluation is a big-picture analysis, focusing on foundational elements like theme, plot structure, character development, pacing, and potential marketability. 

This feedback is great if you don’t want or need a full developmental edit, but you’re seeking something more involved than a beta reader would give you. 

Submit your full manuscript, or just that one chapter that’s been giving you trouble.

A developmental edit, on the other hand, is much more involved, and requires a completed manuscript. This is an investment, not just in your current manuscript, but in YOU as a writer. It is specific. It is detailed. It is EDUCATIONAL. I don’t just tell you what you need to work on, I tell you where, how, and why. 

With charts. Graphs. Visual aids. And disco lights. 

It is especially important for first-time authors to get this done.

I accept partial manuscripts.

This is a great way to get early feedback on what you have, to ensure you are on the right track – or just to double-check a certain chapter that you are particularly struggling with.

I am a certified Fictionary Story Coach Editor. What this means is that I am trained in using not just the Fictionary Software, but in how to do a developmental edit that is clear, specific, actionable, and kind. 

Fictionary Story Coach edits focus on 38 story elements. These elements are evaluated for each and every scene in your manuscript. 

You get the big picture view, but you also get analyses and feedback on all your scenes.

Fictionary does not use AI. It is a software system that is powered by humans. Everything is hand-coded into the program in order to get the charts and graphs it produces. However, if you would like to hire me for a full developmental edit, but would prefer I not use this software, I am more than happy to do so.

With Angie’s help I was able to not only assess the quality of my writing, but also confront structural issues present in my work. Plot holes, payoffs, pacing, and more. Her helpful analysis made me more confident than ever in moving to the next stage of my novel.

Using the analytics she provided to me I have already set about building a reliable framework for future changes, and I have shifted a few pivotal scenes to different places in my work to better facilitate a strong narrative progression.

Cody Campbell

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38 story elements

Characters per scene

Point of view

POV character

POV character goal (internal)

POV goal related to plot

What if goal fails?

Scene impact on POV character

Scene impact on protagonist

POV knowledge gained

Characters in motion

Scene name

Story arc

Purpose

Scene opening type

Scene closing type

Anchoring

Entry hook

Exit hook

Tension

Conflict

Revelation

Backstory

Flashback

Scene middle

Scene climax

Action/Sequel

Reader knowledge gained

Location

Date/time

Objects

Sights

Smells

Sounds

Tastes

Touch

Emotional impact

Location split

Weather