Developmental Editing

Manuscript Assessment


If you’re seeking an expert opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, then a manuscript assessment is exactly what you need.

Libby will analyse all major elements of your story, breaking it down scene by scene to ensure the plot and character development are well-structured and believable. She will provide feedback on the consistency of the point of view and setting, and will suggest ways they could be made more engaging. She will also suggest ways you can improve your writing style and technique using specific examples from the manuscript—addressing matters such as showing and telling, passive text, deep point of view, common errors relating to grammar and punctuation, and more.

Following the analysis described above, Libby will prepare a developmental report that will guide you as you proceed with future revisions.

The detailed report, typically between 20 and 30 pages, will address:

  • Defining elements of the genre and its marketability
  • Plot development, structure and inconsistencies
  • Character development and believability
  • Point of view
  • Setting and world building
  • Narrative voice and dialogue
  • Writing style and technique
  • Timing of events
  • Narrative pacing

Turnaround: 5-7 days

developmental editing


As an emerging author, I’ve found Libby’s insight during the developmental editing of my manuscript to be invaluable. She’s dedicated to making each story the best it can be, while guiding me to hone my strengths and build on my weaknesses without destroying my confidence. Libby has helped me see how a polished story should work, and has encouraged me every step of the way to be a better writer. I love that her edits point out what works as well as what could be improved. I’m looking forward to the writer I will become under her guidance and patience.

Vikki Holstein – Author of Breaking Storm

Rania Battany

I had a developmental report done by Libby, which was a thorough 21-page report highlighting the strengths in my manuscript and areas where my manuscript could be improved. It was clear from the report that Libby is experienced and has a deep understanding of editing. She provided specific examples to highlight her points and offered valuable explanations for her reasoning. I truly believe my manuscript has been improved because of her advice. Not only am I more than happy to recommend her services, but I am also happy to continue working with her myself.

Rania Battany – Author of Fleeting Moments