Developmental editing is a process by which an editor gives feedback on a text regarding argument, structure, evidence, voice, and sometimes other related issues such as audience choice and consistency. If you are a political scientist or in a closely related field, my comments may touch on issues of substance, particularly as they affect issues of research design or relevant literature(s). I have revised my policies so that I am primarily accepting developmental editing for complete or nearly complete manuscripts, rather than early-stage unwritten manuscripts. Graduates of my Book Development Workshop are eligible for one-on-one in-progress developmental sessions identified below. In addition, effective Winter 2022, Faculty Academic Coaching slots cannot be used for book writing support. Please select the Book Developmental Workshop if you need assistance in the early-stage preparation of your manuscript, and the Book Writer's Workshop for dedicated writing time, accountability, and problem-solving support. If you are interested in developmental editing services or other editing services as outlined below, please contact me at Leanne@LeanneCPowner.com as soon as possible. Slots fill quickly.
Traditional Developmental Editing Package - $2000
In the traditional developmental editing package, you send me a complete or virtually-complete (i.e., missing some cites, perhaps an incomplete conclusion pending my feedback) manuscript. I then read the manuscript and produce an editorial letter with my feedback. This approach provides very little in-text feedback - perhaps only a dozen or so places where I have something to indicate or ask - and focuses on larger, section-chapter-and-manuscript issues related to audience, argument, evidence, and voice. Editorial letters are usually around 5-7 pages single spaced but may be longer at my discretion, based on what I have to comment on. Because the time committment is typically about 20 hrs on my end, turnaround time is normally 30 days from receipt. One optional hourlong consult is included to discuss recommendations and options.
Enhanced Developmental Editing - $3000
Enhanced Developmental Editing is all of the above plus a second briefer review and feedback memo when revisions are completed, along with up to three total meetings to discuss revisions. In-text comments may become more numerous.
Supported Developmental Editing - $4000
This package consists of the enhanced package plus two four-month terms of coaching to support the revision process. This may include on-screen collaborative reviews of brief passages or outlines.
One-on-One Developmental Asssitance - $500 per term
15 weeks of hourlong working meetings to provide accountability, support, and problem-solving. Includes one chapter edit per term. Only available for graduates of the Book Development Workshop by mutual agreement.
Small-Group Developmental Opportunities
Book Development Workshop - $225
60 minutes weekly. Offered at least once per term at pre-scheduled times; repeat not recommended. Curriculum differentiates books from dissertations, explains the publishing process, provides a framework for writing your theory chapter or framework, develops your core thesis, provides an orientation to the book proposal, and allows for a workhshopping opportunity at the end of the term. Open enrollment each term in the month before the term starts (April for May start, Aug for Sept start, Dec for Jan start) via Wix under Faculty Development. Maximum 6 participants per section.
Book Writer's Workshop - $200
90 minutes weekly. Offered at least once every term at pre-scheduled times; may be elected more than once. Workshop context provides accountability and goal setting, problem solving opportunities, optional consultation, and at least an hour of dedicated writing time each week. This is your way to commit to writing in a supportive environment! Open enrollment each term in the month before the term starts (April for May start, Aug for Sept start, Dec for Jan start) via Wix under Faculty Development. Late starts possible up to 3 weeks into term. Maximum 6 participants per section.
Other Editing Services
To protect my mental health and avoid burnout, the services below are limited to article- or chapter-length projects. I am no longer available to copyedit or proofread dissertations or theses in their entirety or in parts, unless those parts are being sent out as articles and are in article form, with a maximum of two chapters/papers per dissertator.
Substantive Editing - $10 per double-spacced manuscript page
This is a combination of copyediting and reviewing. I put on my highly-trained-political-scientist hat and go through your paper with a fine tooth comb, looking at everything from sentence structure to test statistics or other evidence presentation. The overall feedback is not as extensive as the developmental edit - I won't normally suggest making structural changes, for example - but you'll get a lot more in-line editing and in-text comments. Requires at least 2 weeks turnaround time, depending on the advance notice I have to clear space for the project. Less than 4 weeks turnaround time - $2/page rush charge applies.
Copyediting - $5 per double-spaced manuscript pageCopyediting is a more intense form of proofreading. Proofreading does a surface skim for errors; copyediting makes a proactive effort to improve the flow of text as well as addressing more common surface issues such as punctuation and consistency. I will not rewrite your paper for you, but I will revise sentences as needed to make them clearer and to address any lingering minor issues of word choice and order such as may come from writing in your second (or third or...) langauge. Persistent or repetitive issues will be addressed in their first few instances so that you can learn from revising remaining instances. Typically requires 1-2 weeks turnaround time, depending on the advance notice I have to clear space for the project. Less than 4 weeks turnaround time - $2/page rush charge applies.
If you are interested in editing for other purposes - copyediting of an edited volume or other tasks - please contact me well in advance at Leanne@LeanneCPowner.com to discuss your needs and get a quote. Generally, I need at least a month of lead time on medium projects and longer for large projects to clear the queue and make room for you.