Developmental editing

Better reviews, better sales, better books


All the best authors work with a developmental editor to improve their novels.

The world's biggest publishers use developmental editors for all their novels.

A great quality product sells

A great novel generates essential—and free—word-of-mouth advertising. 

That leads to better reviews and a buzz on social media.

Don’t sell yourself short

Make your novels the best they can be and get better reviews, better sales, and better books.

Your personal developmental editor



Jim Dempsey is a professional member of the Society of Editors and Proofreaders.


His experience and critical thinking will improve the flow and logic of your writing while still respecting and retaining your unique voice.


Jim has written many articles on writing and editing, and is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed.

Send Jim the first 1500 words of your novel for a FREE SAMPLE EDIT.


What’s included in a developmental edit?

Jim will edit your novel line by line to:


  • correct grammatical errors, typos, spelling mistakes, and ensure spelling and formatting consistency
  • give detailed suggestions to improve sentence syntax and paragraph structure
  • check for repetition and redundancy and factual errors

He will then compile a detailed feedback and analysis of your novel covering:

  • each individual chapter
  • your story as a whole
  • all the main characters
  • perspective
  • pacing
  • plot 
  • tone
  • target audience
  • potential market

The cost of a developmental edit for your novel


Affordable and transparent. 

No hidden charges. No extra costs. 

Personal, professional developmental editing for your novel at an amazing price.

Only 5 cents per word. 

The typical turnaround time for a 60,000 word novel is only 15 working days.

The small print

 The per-word prices are in US dollar cents and eurocents. 

Note that the eurocent cost includes sales tax. 

Customers outside the European Union are not subject to sales tax for these services.

The cost may be more when English is not your first language, usually 1 cent extra per word on the above noted prices.

Please get in touch for prices in other currencies. 

The free sample edit applies only to the first 1500 words of a completed novel manuscript (of more than 10,000 words)

For more details, see the frequently asked questions.


Contact Jim