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2nd Draft: Developmental Editing Service (AKA Manuscript Development Notes)

Format: Critique Service

SKU# V7315

You'll Love This Critique Service If:

  • You have written at least 50 pages of your manuscript
  • You need an editor to give you a complete overview on the quality of your manuscript and (in the case of novels or novellas) your use of the elements of fiction
  • You are looking for feedback on your manuscript before you query an editor or agent
  • Your manuscript keeps getting rejected by agents or editors

If your manuscript keeps getting tossed into the slush pile, or you're about to query an agent or editor — now's the time to get a professional developmental edit from our 2nd Draft editors!

If you have at least 50 consecutive pages of your manuscript written and are looking for not only professional feedback but also a one-page synopsis for your manuscript, this critique service is perfect for you. With 2nd Draft's Developmental Editing Service, you get professional feedback on your nonfiction book, novel or novella, in a comprehensive package that includes:

  • 12-16 pages of detailed notes on premise, plot structure, pacing, characters, dialogue and marketability
  • A graph-based "Emotional Response" chart
  • A rating on the "Pass, Consider, or Recommend" scale
  • A one-page synopsis to use as a "leave behind" when you get that all-important meeting

If you are writing fiction, a developmental editor will provide a “big picture” review of your story, examining everything from story structure and dialogue to plot mechanics, pacing, suspense, and character.

If you are writing nonfiction, a developmental editor will provide insights into your theme, pacing, and voice. Do you sound authoritative? Is your writing style appropriate for the subject?

Please note that a developmental/content edit is much different than a line edit or a proofread. In a developmental edit, the editor is giving notes on the effectiveness of your manuscript overall. It is a lengthy review that analyses the work at a high level and offers suggestions for revision.

Ensure your manuscript is pitch perfect and make the best possible impression on an agent or editor. Buy a 2nd Draft developmental edit now, embrace our critique editor's feedback, revise accordingly, and then submit your query to an agent or editor with confidence!

View Sample Development Notes

Our 2nd Draft Critique Editors Will Not:

  • Rewrite or revise for you, except in the case of providing an example of how to revise on your own.
  • Correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling. (Our 2nd Draft Proofreading service does correct grammatical errors, including punctuation, capitalization, verb tense, spelling and sentence structure.) However, the story analyst will point out any patterns of surface-level error that may pose a significant problem for you.
  • Correct for Industry-Standard Formatting. However the story analyst will point out general and repetitive formatting errors throughout the manuscript.
  • Provide any fact-checking.
  • Provide answers or advice on legal issues.

Minimum Length Requirement

To take advantage of 2nd Draft, you must have at least 50 consecutive manuscript pages ready for review. You're welcome to submit as many consecutive pages as you like, though they must all be from the same work.

Formatting Requirements

Please format your manuscript to meet these requirements prior to completing your purchase to ensure that you purchase the correct number of pages.

All documents must be submitted electronically in ONE of the following formats:

  • Word document (.doc or .docx)
  • Rich Text File (.rtf)

All documents MUST adhere to the professional manuscript formatting standards, which are:

  • 8.5 x 11 page size
  • Double-spacing throughout
  • 1-inch margins on top and bottom
  • 1.25-inch margins on left and right sides Arial, Courier, or Times font
  • 12-point font size

Do you love this 2nd Draft critique service? Tell us about your experience and write a review!

*If your manuscript does not meet these formatting requirements, we will either return the document to you for correction, or we will apply these settings ourselves when possible, and only critique the number of pages you have paid for.*

There are no refunds for this service. No discounts apply.

SKU V7315
Format Critique Service

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Customer Reviews

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Great Critique and Great Insights Review by D.A.

I sent the first 50 pages of my completed 250 page manuscript to the critique team. I could not be more pleased with the depth of review and the insights the critiquer gave me.

It was delivered within the 3 week time frame, and was 9 pages of complete gold. Not only did it give me a synopsis and tag line that were on point with the first part of my work, but it also gave me valuable suggestions as to where I could improve.

With their suggestions, my manuscript is clearer and my character stronger. They pointed out a flaw I had overlooked, all very kindly and succinctly, and for that I am very grateful, and gave ideas as to how I could improve the marketability and overall read of the piece.

I recommend this service to all writers. The sheer information you can glean from it is invaluable to say the least and I will be submitting my entire manuscript in the near future to be reviewed. While the price is hefty, it's more than worth it for the information you get.

(Posted on 8/14/2014)

Very Satisfied with the Results Review by MMC

The Developmental Editing Service provides you with a synopsis and detailed high-level feedback on concept, plot, characters, dialogue, and other items. I chose this service because I believed it could provide me with feedback that was more in-depth (and honest) than what my beta readers could provide. I do think my beta readers ARE equipped to provide me with the line edits and commentary provided by the 2nd Draft Critique Service, which is why I chose this one, despite the higher fee.

I was very happy with the results. My editor gave me thoughtful, insightful, helpful feedback that I would not have come up with on my own--that is exactly what I was looking for. She provided both positive feedback and suggestions for improvement, and although I am literally paying for criticism, I appreciated that she was never rude or ruthless in her critiques. She presented it in a way that simply made sense rather than hurt my feelings, you know? That is an incredible skill!

Because this service is so expensive, I expected incredible service. I received it. They accommodated me when I requested a female editor and when I sent a revised version of my draft a few days after submitting my first version (note the page numbers were the same). Also, I received the report in about 2 weeks!! I expected it to take at least a month, so I was pleasantly surprised.

I would definitely recommend this to writers who have completed a full manuscript and edited it on their own as much as possible. I knocked off a star because 1) you never receive the name of the editor and 2) there were a couple of mistakes in the synopsis. That wasn't a big deal, but it's not like I could just appropriate the synopsis and use it for myself as I hoped--it requires editing!

Overall, I truly believe this is valuable. My thinking was that either I would not find an agent/publisher without this sort of review OR I WOULD find one, but they wouln't take the time to make these sort of edits. Your novel is basically your soul on the page--I think this service is definitely worth the money!

(Posted on 1/2/2014)

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