The average writer wastes countless hours agonizing over small pieces of their story while the important problems are overlooked. With a content edit, your energy will be directed toward revisions that will have the most impact. You’ll learn how important storytelling principles apply to your work, allowing you to not only improve your current story, but also make your future stories stronger.
Your desires for your own story are never sidelined in a content edit. You’ll be asked to describe your vision for your piece, and all the feedback we give you will be tailored toward what you want to accomplish. If you’re not sure what your vision is, we’ll help you discover it. We’ll offer specific suggestions for changes you can make, but you’ll also have the tools to carve out your own, unique direction.
Our Content Editors
We have two content editors. They’re also our most frequent bloggers, so you may know them already.
Oren has robust knowledge of history, warfare, and tabletop RPGs, which comes in handy for many speculative fiction stories. While he focuses on the core elements that hook audiences, including tension, character likability, and satisfaction, he is also adept at finding plot holes, problematic messages, and other issues that are easy to overlook. When suggesting revisions, he identifies changes that will have the most impact while creating the least amount of work for the writer. Learn more about Oren.
Oren clearly put the same level of thought into his development edit that I put into my novel … I’ve probably received close to a thousand edits over the years, and Oren’s was among the most helpful. I highly recommend him.
– Christopher Weber
Chris has special expertise in wordcraft, technology, magic systems, and internal arcs. She is a demanding editor who prefers to start working with clients that are still in the outline or concept stages. That way, the story can be shaped from the ground up to focus on what the client is most excited about. Clients who have already written manuscripts should expect to do large revisions. Because Chris’s availability is limited, she does not always take on new clients, and her prices are higher. If you haven’t worked with Chris before and you’d like to, please submit this inquiry form.
How the Process Works
- To get started, simply order your content edit here. You may submit your work as a MS Word file, Open Office file, PDF, or as a link to a Google document. We accept both manuscripts and outlines (for outlines, please see our guidelines). Your editor will check in with you as soon as they receive the order, and then they’ll start reading your work.
- Once they’ve finished their first read, they will compose a written questionnaire designed to uncover the goals and intent behind your piece. You can answer those questions at your convenience.
- After they receive your answers, your editor will send you a brief proposal for a general direction the story can take. You may accept, decline, or further discuss this direction over email. This helps to ensure that their recommendations will work for you.
- With a general direction agreed on, they’ll compose their written recommendations. The recommendations document will contain fresh insight on your story, explain how important storytelling concepts apply to your work, and present options for resolving issues the editor found.
- After you receive your recommendations, you’re welcome to send your editor questions about your piece or about their advice.
Cost and Timeline Calculator
We currently have about a five month wait on content edit orders. The turnaround time on this calculator is about how long your edit will take once we get to your order. While we periodically raise prices, you won’t be charged more than the price showing on this calculator at the time you sign up for our wait list.