What is a TLC Developmental Edit?
What do I get?
How much does it cost?
Is a line edit the same as a copy-edit?
Copy-editing focuses on ensuring the language adheres to the relevant style guide, and is free from errors. A copy-edit will look at and aim to correct:
- Misspellings, punctuation, grammar or syntax
- Font and typeface, layout, page numbering, tables, indexes
- Line breaks, indents, headings, footers and titles
- Tense, capitalisation, hyphenisation, style guide decisions e.g., ‘-ise’/’-ize’ usage.
For a Developmental Edit, your TLC editor will use Tracked Changes or Comments (or a mixture of both) to mark up your manuscript in a way that complements your manuscript assessment report, highlighting possible edits to the text and offering clarifications, explanations, and queries for you. This is a more creative style of edit, and more rigorous than a report alone.
A TLC Developmental Edit can really help you to see exactly what needs doing in order to elevate your writing style, so that you can make sure the writing sings, from first to last page. If your concern is primarily about grammar, spelling, syntax and formatting, we recommend you contact us about a copy edit instead. All TLC copy edits are carried out by editors who have relevant qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders, the Publishing Training Centre, or comparable institutions.
To book a Developmental Edit, please have your manuscript, synopsis, and a one page covering letter ready to upload. Select ‘Developmental Editing’ from the ‘Manuscript Read Type’ dropdown in the online form. Please note this service is only available for Fiction and Non-fiction prose projects. Your fee will be automatically calculated for you.