Congratulations! You’ve finished your book. It’s not perfect, but it’s written, and you are finally ready for the IBR Developmental Editing Service.

When you’re away from it (showering, driving, walking, wherever), it plays out in your mind like the Oscars’ best picture. Evocative images. Weighty emotions. Complicated characters. You name it, this thing has got it. When it’s ready, it’s going to shine between the book covers.

But then you read it again and realize there’s more to be done. This character isn’t round enough. This motivation is hidden. Something’s wrong in the middle, but what is it?

When you send your story to beta readers, critique partners, family, and friends, you want them to devote hours of their time to reading your manuscript and sharing in-depth what can be improved in your story and how to do it. But honestly–there’s no telling how hard they’ll really work on it. And that’s where the IBR Developmental Editing Service comes in.

When we receive your manuscript, Independent Book Review will get to work immediately on any aspect of your story that you believe needs the most work. If you just want to send it over with no guidelines, do it. We’ll read it as if we were a literary agent, jotting down the best parts, the flaws, and everything in between to share with you. With a developmental edit from Independent Book Review, you’ll receive a professional document from IBR’s editor-in-chief Joseph Walters, highlighting structure, plot, characterization, and other broad, essential storytelling concepts.

Read testimonials for Joseph Walters’ editing services here.

If your book is larger than 100,000 words, please see this page for alternate pricing.

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Developmental Edit

For books under 100,000 words. In-depth critique and analysis of unpublished manuscript in 4-8 weeks. Includes structure, pacing, character, narrative, etc.