Novel or Memoir Developmental Edit


  • An editorial letter of 3-5 pages detailing strengths and weaknesses in plot, character development, dramatic structure, content, pacing, themes, dialogue, marketability and more.
  • Notes embedded into your Word document using Track Changes detailing impressions, notes, suggestions, etc.
  • Follow-up phone-call or Skype/Facetime to discuss the work, next steps.

How I Work:

For a developmental edit of a full novel or memoir, I print your electronic document, read through once, take notes on initial impressions, and engage in a light line edit, if necessary. I read through a second time to make deeper notes and make suggestions—such as cuts, direction for filling gaps, pacing recommendations, character development and character balancing ideas.  Finally, I write a full critique clearly outlined in a manner that fits your project's specific needs, detailing strengths and weaknesses in plot and character development, structure, content, pacing, themes,, dialogue, marketability and more.

Cost varies in accordance with each project.  

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.  I'd love to work with you!


To Submit:

Send me a note requesting a developmental edit for your work, along with a description of your novel (500 words or less), a brief bio (including your publishing credentials, if you have) and the first 10-15 pages in the body of an email to

If your project is a fit and we agree to work together, I'll issue an invoice for the first 2/3 of payment.  The final payment is due upon critique receipt and before our phone/Skype/Facetime call.


Payment is preferred by Paypal, Venmo. Check or money order can be accommodated.

Turn-around Time:

For a full fiction manuscript critique, turn-around time is typically 3-4 weeks after the initial payment is received.

Please note: these guidelines are for editorial critiques only. To submit your work for representation, please visit me at the Dijkstra Agency.