Developmental Editing

Get your book or short story in shape for submission to agents and publishers.

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Developmental editing will help you revise your manuscript before sending it out to agents and publishers. You may purchase developmental editing for your short story, memoir, novella, or novel. Every package includes:

  • A letter addressing the global aspects of your fiction, including areas of strength, questions for consideration, and suggestions for revision
  • Assessment of the major elements of narrative craft in your work, including characterization, setting and description, plot, dialogue, point of view, and voice
  • In-line editorial notes
  • Line edits for the first fifty pages*

Full-length novel and memoir packages also include:

  • A 75-minute video consultation
  • Identification of overused words and phrases to help you streamline your story
  • A detailed pacing report to analyze momentum and narrative flow

*Many editors charge separately for developmental and line editing. Although I have tried working that way, I instinctively line edit when I read a manuscript. Even with a well-structured story and a terrific narrative, a book will fall flat if the sentences aren't clean and clear. That's why all of my developmental editing packages include line edits for the first fifty pages at no additional charge.

Please note: Editing services for full-length novels are fully booked through February 2023. If you would like to book services for 2023, please use the contact button to ask about availability.

Feedback Timetable

Flash fiction / short story - one week

First Fifty Pages Critique - two weeks

Novella and short memoir (up to 55,000 words) - three weeks

Full-length novels and memoirs (60,000 words+) - six weeks

How Developmental Editing Works

After submitting your manuscript, you will receive in-line edits and margin notes, handwritten on the manuscript. (This can be done in Word if you prefer, but handwritten notes are recommended to make line editing more clear and efficient).

You will receive a PDF of the marked-up manuscript and an editorial letter.

The editorial letter will address global aspects of your novel and will include suggestions on how to focus your revision. The length of your letter will depend upon manuscript length.

  • Short story: 1 page
  • Novella: 4-5 pages
  • Novels of 51,000 - 100,000 words: 8-12 pages

For a short story or short memoir, you may send a follow-up email with questions.

For a novel or novella or full-length memoir, your follow-up questions will be addressed in a live video consultation.

If you would like feedback on your revision, please let me know at the time of purchase.

Feedback on your revision is not included in the developmental editing service. You can purchase revision feedback later for a flat rate of $799 for all novel and memoir packages initially purchased in 2022 (Rates will increase in 2023). The revision feedback does not include line editing.

Rate changes for 2023

The rates on this page are valid for all purchases made before December 31, 2022. A rate increase will go into effect in January. If you want to lock in 2022 pricing, you may purchase your editing package now and schedule the service for 2023.

How to Submit Your Work

  • Please use the "contact" button to inquire about availability before purchasing an editing package.
  • Please submit your story or novel as a Word document.
  • Please double space your manuscript.
  • Please use a font of 12-point or 14-point Times New Roman, Georgia, or Garamond (for readability).

Finding the Right Fit

For more information on the different types of editing, read the editors and editing page on the website of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. The information is relevant for any genre. You can also find more information on editing rates here.

Returning students discount

  • Students who have completed Novel in 9 or Novel in 5 receive a 15% discount on all book editing packages.
  • Students who have completed Master the Short Story or the Flash Fiction Intensive receive a 15% discount on story editing.
  • Private coaching clients who have completed three coaching sessions receive a 10% discount on all editing packages.


Your Instructor


Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and two award-winning story collections. Her books have been published in 30 languages. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts and has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University. She has also designed and taught novel writing courses online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Are refunds available?
A full refund is available for seven days after payment. Due to the extensive work involved in editorial feedback, there are no refunds available after seven days.
How long do I have to submit my work after purchasing Editorial Feedback?
For full-length novel and memoir submissions, we will discuss a submission schedule before you purchase the service. For novella, short story, and flash fiction submissions, you have six months from time of purchase to submit your manuscript.

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