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Are you a passionate and skilled developmental editor with a penchant for sci-fi and dystopian literature? If so, I invite you to embark on an exciting journey. I seek a professional developmental editor to collaborate on the completion of a dark and thought-provoking novel, Comhrac. This collaborative effort aims to take the manuscript to its highest literary standard and captivate readers with an immersive narrative.

About the Project:

I'm seeking a skilled developmental editor to work on my dark science fiction novel, Comhrac, which currently stands at a substantial length of 136,000 words. This novel delves into a gritty and dystopian far-future, exploring complex themes of identity, authoritarianism, and the human struggle for survival.


The city of Warrang lies in ruins, ravaged by the violent wake of a devastating tsunami. Joseph Iolar, a young man awakening to his own mortality, is trapped in an oppressive dystopia—where poverty and political violence rule supreme. His life shatters when he is thrust into a gruesome war against savage monsters from prehistory as a slave of the Australasian state. 

With only his unravelling psyche and mystic powers to rely on, Joe must fight to survive in a far future offering no hope—unless he can muster the courage to defy destiny and overcome all odds.

WARNING: Comhrac includes graphic violence, both male and female nudity, sexual content, and strong language.

The primary goals of this editing project are to make the plot more coherent, address issues in transitioning between scenes, eliminate unnecessary content to ensure the narrative flows seamlessly, and to enhance character development.

As a developmental editor, your insights and expertise will be invaluable in ensuring that Comhrac becomes a captivating, thought-provoking, and well-rounded work of science fiction literature. If you're passionate about dark and immersive storytelling and up for the challenge, I'd love to discuss this project further with you.

Job Overview:

I am in search of a developmental editor who can review, critique, and revise the manuscript of Comhrac. Your primary responsibilities will include:

- Plot and Structure Enhancement: Evaluate the coherence and progression of the plot, helping to streamline the narrative from beginning to end. Identify areas where transitions need improvement and suggest changes to ensure a well-structured story.

- Character Development: Analyse character arcs and provide recommendations to make characters more vivid, relatable, and well-developed. Help the protagonist, Joseph Iolar, come alive with depth and complexity.

- Flow and Readability: Improve the overall flow of the narrative, ensuring that the story engages readers consistently. Suggest revisions to enhance readability, coherence, and engagement.

- Dialogue Enhancement: Evaluate and enhance dialogues, making them more realistic and meaningful, with an eye toward character development and plot progression.

- Content Consistency: Ensure the consistency of details, descriptions, and events throughout the novel. Make sure that the narrative remains true to its dark and dystopian nature.


- Proven experience in developmental editing, particularly within the science fiction or dystopian genres.

- A keen understanding of storytelling, character development, and plot structure.

- Exceptional attention to detail and an ability to communicate feedback.

- Strong communication skills, as you will work with the author to achieve the desired results.

- Adeptness at maintaining the author's voice while enhancing the manuscript.

Additional Information:

- Manuscript Length: 136,000 words.

- Timeframe: The project is expected to commence immediately and be completed within a timeframe that will be negotiated upon selection.

- Collaboration: This will be a collaborative effort with the author to ensure the narrative maintains its authenticity while being improved in terms of plot, structure, and character development.


If you are excited about the prospect of working on a compelling dystopian novel and have the qualifications to bring it to its literary zenith, I invite you to apply. Please include:

- Your relevant experience in developmental editing within sci-fi or dystopian genres.

- Samples of previous work or portfolio, demonstrating your editing expertise.

- Your proposed approach to this project and any specific ideas you have for enhancing Comhrac.

- A rough estimate of the time you would need to complete this project.

- Your desired compensation and any other relevant information.

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