Developmental Editing

Are you looking for high-level feedback on an important document? I offer developmental editing services for journal articles, book chapters, book proposals, grant proposals, and job market materials.

How does it work? I review your documents and provide a big-picture assessment. For pieces of writing and proposals, I focus on argument, structure, clarity, evidence, and style. With job market materials, I look to see how you can best highlight your contributions, strengths, and experience. I also ensure the documents meet the conventions of the job market. I’ll provide a detailed feedback letter with suggested revisions, and where appropriate, some comments on the document itself.

Developmental editing is distinct from copy editing and line editing. I’ll help you clarify your argument, hone your style, and align your evidence with your claims. I won’t edit your writing or format your piece to meet a set of style guidelines. However, I’m happy to recommend professional copy editors for this kind of work.

For more information on whether my editing services are right for you, please reach out via my contact page and tell me a bit about the project. After learning about your project, I’ll send you an estimate based on my expected hours, or, offer a flat-fee rate if I have a good sense of the amount of work involved.

At the moment, I don’t have the availability to offer timely assessments of entire book or dissertation manuscripts. However, I can work with you on proposals and introductory chapters.

If you’re looking for more general help with writing productivity, finishing a book or thesis, or managing a grant, check out my coaching services.

A ruled notebook, pencil, pencil shavings, and metal sharpener.
Photo credit: Angelina Litvin


My hourly rate is $150. The typical cost for a book proposal or grant proposal (depending on its level of completion) is $550. A review of 3 job documents (CV, cover letter, research/teaching/EDI statement) is typically $650.

Sliding scale/professional expense accounts

I offer a 20% discount for grad students and those who are precariously employed. Full-time faculty may be able to draw on professional expense accounts, so I recommend checking with your institution. I provide receipts for all services. Fine print: If it’s necessary for me to register as a vendor so your institution can pay me directly, I add a $50 charge to compensate for the time this takes and the usual delay in payment.