Developmental Editing

$0.099 per Word

When a detailed edit in grammar, spelling, and punctuation is not enough, our Advanced Editorial services give your manuscript the utmost attention. Our experienced editors take a deep dive into your book's content in order to make high-level stylistic considerations, including content, plot, and pace. Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, this service ensures that the storyline and message of your book will be understood by the reader with a renewed sense of clarity and impact.

Developmental Editing service is a powerful combination of services in three distinct steps:

  1. Developmental Evaluation
  2. Content Editing
  3. Quality Review

Phase One: Developmental Evaluation

A developmental editor gives your manuscript a high-level review at the paragraph, chapter, and book levels. The editor provides comments throughout the manuscript to identify areas of your work that may need overall revisions.

  • Non-fiction Books: The editor determines if the content is complete and appropriate for the readership and purpose of the work. The editor also analyses the work to ensure that (1) images, lists, and tables are used effectively throughout, (2) concepts are developed adequately, (3) and material is well organised.
  • Fiction Books: The editor will determine whether the content relates appropriately to the readership and genre. Plot, pace, characterisation, and dialogue are also considered.

Phase Two: Content Edit

After you've completed any large scale changes at the suggestion of the developmental editor, the content editor takes over. This phase includes a complete Content Edit (at no additional cost to you—this is covered in the cost of Development Editing). Errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure will be caught and corrected by the editor.

Phase Three: Quality Review

After you have reviewed your Content Edit and submitted the updated version of your manuscript, we will perform a Quality Review to check your work. In the Quality Review, an editor will check over all the revisions you made to the manuscript after the Content Edit in order to eliminate any errors or problems added in during your revision.

This entire editing process typically is completed within three to four months (not including any time that you spend with the manuscript) depending on our work queue, the complexity of your work, and author turnaround time for each stage. When complete, your work will be clear, concise, and ready to wow your audience.

*There is a 5,000-word minimum charge for all editing services.

Please note: Partridge Singapore accepts a very low margin of error in each completed edit—no more than three percent of the total errors found. Our professional in-house editorial staff reviews each editorial service for quality assurance. Upon reviewing your edited manuscript, if you believe that an unsatisfactory number of errors remain, please create a list of the errors and the page numbers on which they appear and e-mail it to We will review the list with you and address your concern.

Quick Facts | Developmental Editing

Editing is essential to the overall impression and professionalism of your book. This service is typically completed in three to four months, not including any time you spend with the manuscript for review and revision.

Call us today at +65 3165 7531 (Singapore) or +60 3 3099 4412 (Malaysia)

to speak to a consultant and learn more about this service.

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Prices listed do not include any applicable sales, use, excise, value-added, goods and services, or other tax, which will be added to the total at the time of purchase. Other restrictions may also apply.