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Developmental Editing

Price $0.09 per Word

When a detailed edit in grammar, spelling, and punctuation is not enough, We give your manuscript the utmost attention. Our experienced editors take a deep dive into your book's content in order to make high-level stylistic considerations, including content, plot and pace. Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, this service ensures that the storyline and message of your book will be understood by the reader with a renewed sense of clarity and impact.

Developmental Editing service is a powerful combination of services in three distinct steps:

  1. Developmental Evaluation

  2. Content Editing

  3. Quality Review

Phase One: Developmental Evaluation

A developmental editor gives your manuscript a high-level review at the paragraph, chapter, and book levels. The Developmental Edit is the most comprehensive edit we offer, combining the best of all of our editing services into three phases. You can rest assured that your book will be ready for the world to read after it undergoes our Developmental Edit.

 The editor provides comments throughout the manuscript, to identify areas of your work that may need overall revisions.

  • Nonfiction Books: the editor will confirm that your book meets the following standards: the content is relatable to the target audience; the book is organized; lists, and tables are used properly throughout the book; and concepts are developed appropriately. The editor determines if the content is complete and appropriate for the readership and purpose of the work. The editor also analyzes the work to ensure that lists and tables are used effectively throughout, (2) concepts are developed adequately, (3) and material is well organized.

  • Fiction Books: the editor will ensure the plot flows well, the characters are consistent, and the whole story fits together. The editor will determine whether the content relates appropriately to the readership and genre. Plot, pace, characterization and dialogue are also considered.

Phase Two: Content Edit

After you've completed any large scale changes at the suggestion of the developmental editor, the content editor takes over. This phase include a complete Content Edit. The Content Edit is included in the Developmental Editing package. Errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure will be caught and corrected by the editor.

Phase Three: Quality Review

After you have reviewed your Content Edit and submitted the updated version of your manuscript, we will perform a Quality Review service to check your work. This will not review the entire manuscript. Instead, an editor will check over all the revisions you made to the manuscript after the Content Edit in order to eliminate any errors or problems added in during your revision.

This entire editing process typically is completed within three to four months (not including any time that you spend with the manuscript). When complete, your work will be clear, concise and ready to wow your audience. This three-phase process usually takes three to four months to complete, not including any time you spend with the manuscript. The time is well worth it, though, because at the end, your book will have received the most extensive and beneficial editing services we provide.


We will track every change and recommendation using Microsoft® Word so that you have the final approval or rejection. This ensures you always control over your manuscript.



*There is a 5,000-word minimum charge for all editing services.


* Burning Bulb Publishing accepts a very low margin of error in each completed edit. To ensure your book is the highest quality we won’t accept no more than three percent of the total errors found. Our professional in-house editorial staff reviews each editorial service for quality assurance. Upon reviewing your edited manuscript, if you believe that an unsatisfactory number of errors remain, please create a list of the errors with the page numbers and paragraph on which they appear and email it to burningbulbpublishing. We will review the list with you and address your concern.


Additional Information:

A detailed edit is extremely important to the overall quality and marketability of your book. Our overall goal if for the success and professionalism of your book. This service is typically complete in three to four months, not including any time you spend with the manuscript for review and revision. Send us an email for more information or to receive a price quote for your manuscript.


$0.09 per Word

Send us an email today to learn more or to request our Developmental Editing Service. We will guide you through the process.

For more information about this package, please email burningbulbpublishing  

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices listed do not include any applicable sales, use, excise, value-added, goods and services, or other tax, which will be added to the total at the time of purchase. Other restrictions may also apply. 

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