Developmental editing services

developmental editing

Developmental editing gives you a million-dollar opportunity to refine your manuscript before getting it ready for proofreading. In this process, TrueEditors’s book editors will read your manuscript in its entirety, taking notes on what works and what doesn’t.

Besides offering meaningful comments on grammar and punctuation, our editors will also give you an elaborate assessment of the manuscript. The good thing is that you don’t need the manuscript to be ready-to-print before placing it with us for developmental editing. In fact, it is perfect for those who’ve hit the perennial wall.

Why Choose Us

100% Confidentiality

Worried about the safety and confidentiality of your unpublished book? Worry not! Besides a foolproof submission system, our experts also enter into an NDA.

Highly Skilled Language Editors

With their proven credentials and a sharp eye for details, our language editors will turn your raw work into grammatically perfect, linguistically sound and reader-friendly book.

24/7 Availability

Addressing your questions and needs is our mission, no matter what the hour, which is why our 24/7 service has no ‘off-days.’

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Get everything you need to create and curate a publication-ready book in our one stop shop.

Ease Of Use

We at TrueEditors make it super easy to dive deep into the ocean of global publishing – whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned author who’s seen it all.

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Guiding you through every step of your book-writing and publishing journey, we hand-hold you every step of the way and help you navigate the otherwise difficult pathway of publication and marketing.

Don’t wait until someday to start publishing your own books.

Hiring a developmental editor?

At TrueEditors, we’ve been delighted to have helped 5,000+ authors publish. Be it, newbies, bestsellers, presidential nominees, Hall of Famers, or reality stars, we’ve been there and done that.

Advantages developmental editing

Developmental editing is ideal for authors who are emotionally invested in the entire writing process. Moreover, nearly each manuscript taken up by traditional publishing houses undergoes at least one round of process-driven developmental editing.

Regardless of whether you’ve written the first draft, or have large amounts of daunting character sketches or notes, developmental editing picks up from where you left it. In doing so, you know exactly what works well and what needs to change to push your work to the next level.

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Authors Reviews

Don't believe us? Not a problem. We let you (our clients) do the talking!

Testimonial author


Working with TrueEditors has been nothing short of a dream-come-true! I was literally guided like a caring partner who navigated my path in the journey of self-publishing. In addition to the excellent copy-editing work done on my manuscript, my dream of getting published in a hassle-free manner has come true. An absolute must for all authors- strongly recommended

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Joseph and Kurt went out of their way in helping me get my book published. They were professional, courteous, answered all my questions, and best of all- showered me with personal attention! My cover design was awesome too! I wouldn't think twice before recommending TrueEditors to any author.

Testimonial author


TrueEditors is an epitome of professionalism, competence, foresight, and proactive insights. They went above and beyond my publishing needs, even responding to my emergent communications, no matter what the hour. All my phone calls, emails, and chats were dealt with in a polite, proper manner. Not once did they give me an opportunity to complain. Look no further than them for all your manuscripts and publishing needs.

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Simply amazing! Your ability to read my mind and capture it perfectly never ceases to amaze me. Excellent is an understatement for what you’ve consistently done for me. Your proofreaders and editors are brilliant and generous. Thank you for everything you’re doing for me. You have a lifelong customer and admirer in me for sure!

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s all about the terminology, really. Essentially, developmental editing is entails elevating your book from where it currently is current stage to a ready-to-print draft. In that sense, it is more in-depth and comprehensive than line-edit. While both forms of editing address similar issues like irregular pacing, loopholes in the plot, inconsistency in characterization, etc. a line editor makes the assumption that your manuscript is largely complete and make easy-to-incorporate suggestions. In contrast, a developmental edit will make no such assumptions and focus on the process of improving the content in close coordination with the authors so that they’re satisfied with the outcome.
Authors look forward to the content-enhancing mechanism of developmental editing that can be utilized by to improve their overall quality and outcome. In that sense, it signifies the first phase of the publishing process from the standpoint of an editor. Equally, it allows authors to hone the content and make it fluid instead of leaving it rigid. Furthermore, developmental editors make it possible to understand the big picture before delving deep into the nitty-gritties.
Yes, in many ways, it is similar to substantive editing by addressing high-level elements besides or as opposed to mechanical facets like punctuation, spelling, grammar, typos, etc. While it is common for some editors to use both terms phrase interchangeably, at TrueEditors, we differentiate distinguish between different kinds of editing, so that there are no unpleasant surprises in the end.
Absolutely! It is ideal for non-native English speakers who are keen to make their presence felt in the mammoth market for English-language books. This is also because ESL writers often need help with enhancing grammar, word choices, dialogues, as well as content shaping and structural coherence – something that can be duly addressed by developmental editing. It is also noteworthy that a partnership between a developmental editor and an ESL writer can work miracles since these writers are not fraught with poor linguistic patterns and have an abundance of creativity.
Unlike other services that charge based on the number of hours being put – which can seriously increase the rates because you can only be sure about the actual cost when the editing is done – we charge on the basis of word count. This means you know exactly how much a project is going to cost you, thus enabling you to plan accordingly. Meanwhile our prices also depend upon the intensiveness of the editing process.
Because it is imperative to ensure your book is as well written and flawless as possible. Most books published traditionally get edited 5-7 times before being published. Therefore, we’re happy to launch some additional packages accommodating several rounds of editing at a significantly discounted price.