- 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 1/2/14)