Also known as Substantive editing or Comprehensive editing, this kind of editing focuses on the issues of the big picture. It addresses major issues in the narration, voice, structure, plot, characters, and chapters of your book.

What does developmental editing cover?

  • Plot
    1. Sequence/structure
    2. Inconsistencies
  • Character
    1. Character construction/design
    2. Character Arc
    3. Believability
  • Story structure
  • Voice
  • Style
  • Tone
  • Chapter analysis
    1. Conflict
    2. Pace
    3. Continuity/Flow
    4. Plot-holes
    5. Character believability
    6. Scene believability

Each of the above mentioned aspects are analysed to help you improve your work and give it a better shape.


Structural editing involves improving the narrative structure of your book to enhance it’s readability. It gives you advice on whether you need to split the chapters and sections, or combine them, whether the way they are placed is in order, or if the plot twists, suspense elements and the resolutions are perfectly in place.

Developmental edit usually covers most of it, but if you’re just focused on getting a feedback on your structure, then this would be the ideal one to go for.


A lot of times, line editing is mistaken for copy editing, but they are not one and the same. Line editing, sometimes referred to as stylistic editing, deals with the content and flow of your writing.

Although the elements like grammar, choice of words, spelling and the quality of writing are checked, line editing has more emphasis on the creative elements like consistency of plot, pace, character arcs, etc.


This is the kind of editing most writers are aware of. Copy editing deals with the language aspects of the writing, and is typically done before the proofreading.

What does copy editing address?

  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalisation
  • Word Usage
  • Repetition
  • Usage of numerals
  • Tense
  • Dialogue tags
  • Consistency in description
  • Sentence structure
  • Shifting any unintentional points of view


The final stage of editing, proofreading doesn’t involve any in-depth changes. Instead, the manuscript is given one last read to rectify any typographical, punctuation, and spelling errors that were overlooked upon during the previous edits.

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Most of the times, authors need to run their manuscript through more than one level of editing. So, we offer combo packages for our authors, to cut down on the pricing, as well as the hassle to go through multiple editors for different services.

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