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  • View Service Offered By Kay Derochie

    Kay Derochie

    Salem, Oregon, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Business
    • Character

    Editing - Developmental

    Developmental editing—one of my passions and one of my strengths—focuses on your work’s content, overall structure, organization, and other global elements and takes place before copy editing. Whethe...

  • View Service Offered By AC - Alpha Consulting

    AC - Alpha Consulting

    Burlington, Vermont, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Book Editing
    • Book Strategy

    Substantive Book Editing 20+ yrs

    We provide substantive book editing and web editing services. Alpha Consulting typically provides two rounds of edits for any document. The first round focuses on substantive editing to ensure the cli...

  • View Service Offered By Visual Content Communications

    Visual Content Communications

    Hadley, Massachusetts, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Copy Editing
    • Copywriting

    Technical Writing and User Manuals

    I collaborate with developers and companies to effectively communicate the benefits and functions of their products and to guide users through standard procedures. Build a library of easy-to-understan...

  • View Service Offered By A+ Wordsmith

    A+ Wordsmith

    Hendersonville, NC, North Carolina, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Copy Editing
    • Copywriting

    Manuscript, Fiction, Nonfiction Writing

    While fiction is my first love, my respect for facts and education has led me into non-fiction writing as well. Manuscripts of 40,000 - 120,000 words don't scare me--the bigger the better!

  • View Service Offered By The Quirky Creative

    The Quirky Creative

    Longmont, Colorado, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Articles & Press Releases
    • Books

    Editing & Proofreading

    Typos, spelling errors and grammar blunders are distracting. Whether you''re an author, a small business owner, or in charge of digital content at a major corporation, you want the words you release in...

  • View Service Offered By mhaveman


    West Olive, Michigan, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Articles
    • Development Editing

    Editing & Proofreading

    Fifteen plus years of experience as a developmental editor for fiction and nonfiction projects. Projects have ranged from nonfiction and academic to mystery/crime fiction.

  • View Service Offered By Kira B. Edits

    Kira B. Edits

    White Rock, New Mexico, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Book Editing
    • Editing

    Developmental Editing

    In developmental editing, I offer advice on how the overall story can be strengthened, looking at characterization, plotting, world-building, and the like. I do this using Track Changes and Comments i...

  • View Service Offered By Doug M Williams

    Doug M Williams

    New Castle, Delaware, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Articles
    • Book Editing

    Copy Editing & Proofreading

    I provide a full range of editing – developmental, copy editing, line editing and final proofreading. I have been editing professionally for 25+ years, and I specialize in mystery/suspense fiction, an...

  • View Service Offered By Elizabeth Stock

    Elizabeth Stock

    Holden, Massachusetts, United States

    • developmental editing
    • Editing
    • Fiction

    Fiction Editing

    I provide writing and editing services including manuscript critiques, developmental editing, and substantive editing. My clients'' books average 4-5 stars on Amazon and include category bestsellers. ...

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Best Developmental Editors for Hire

Developmental Editing refers to editing that is done to improve the content and structure of a manuscript. Editorial letters and substantive editing are the basic forms of developmental editing. This form of writing support is done before or during the production of a publishable manuscript, especially in the area of non-fiction writing. In this process, the manuscript is in development and the editor edits the text to improve the story. The editor and author work collaboratively on the manuscript, though the author will always have the final say in what changes are required in the final draft.

You can hire a Developmental Editor for developing the most realistic structure of a piece of writing. For your project, you can hire a professional working as a freelance Developmental Editor from top sites like Guru, who will help to creatively portray all the messages in writing.

What Do Developmental Editors Do?

Developmental Editors work on book-length manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction. They are concerned with the structure and content of the book. Structuring, content organization, character development, setting and description are some of the developmental editing tasks performed by these professionals.

They work by reading and understanding the manuscript, and create an editorial plan accordingly. The editorial plan made is based on the strengths and weaknesses found in the manuscript. They structure the content to make it logical and in good order. They may suggest authors changes if required and give specific direction on the project. Once the final edit is done, the completed project is shown to the author.  Editors ensure that the material for news, publication, books or website is free of errors with effective proofreading. Organizations can hire a Developmental Editor for troubleshooting and displaying the ability to deal with fast track/difficult manuscripts

You can find the best Developmental Editors for hire on, one of the best platforms for online freelance services. Before you appoint a freelance Developmental Editor, ensure that the professional: -

  • Should be able to read content and correct for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • Strong writing/editing/proofreading skills

  • Can review edited work and ensure all corrections/comments marked by the author is incorporated

  • Should communicate with authors regarding editing queries via comments in manuscripts, note to authors, calls or emails

Qualification of Developmental Editors

  • Bachelor’s degree in literature, English, journalism or Communications.

  • As per the project requirement, they may have specialization in a highly technical subject such as computers or psychology,

  • Hands-on experience with MS Office and Adobe and other publishing tools like PerfectIT or Grammarly

Benefits of Hiring Developmental Editors

  • They will create content structure in a way that will make the entire content in proper order and will give proper clarity to the readers.

  • They will update you with feedback and substantive changes to be made before publication, ensuring that the final product has great quality.

  • Developmental Editor Services will focus on every detail of your writing and will fix any factual errors, variations or contradictions.

  • They will conduct research extensively on the topic of the project to make sure that the information given is as per the requirements.

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