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Is Your Heroine Caught in a Maze? We're here to navigate the labyrinth.

Enlist our developmental editors to instill your characters with the confidence to confront their adversities fearlessly.

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Your story is a world waiting to be discovered, a journey to be embarked upon. But, every epic tale has its challenges - a convoluted plot, inconsistent characterization, lacking world building, or a sluggish pace, to name a few. This is where a developmental edit can make all the difference.

“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”

Truman Capote
American Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, and Actor.

A Developmental Edit serves as a roadmap for your story, guiding you through the intricate paths of plot development, character growth, and the craft of storytelling. This crucial step in your writing journey can help you:

  • Identify and enhance key plot points and emotional beats, ensuring that your story resonates with readers.
  • Uncover any missed opportunities in characterization, helping your characters become as engaging and relatable as possible.
  • Assess and fine-tune the pacing of your narrative, ensuring the tension and interest levels never drop.
  • Scrutinize and shape your world building elements, fostering an immersive reading experience.
  • Spot and correct information dumps, ensuring a smooth, engaging narrative flow.

Transforming Stories, Impacting Readers

At Salt and Sage Books, our experienced developmental editors delve deep into the heart of your story, identifying its strengths and potential pitfalls. We partner with you to guide your narrative, ensuring that it reaches its fullest potential. We aren't just editors - we're storytellers at heart who understand the nuances of creating compelling narratives.

We believe in the power of stories and the people who tell them. Let's work together to unlock the potential of your characters and elevate your story, crafting a narrative that leaves a lasting impact on its readers.

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Pricing

Tailored Pricing for Your Story

We offer four tiers of Developmental Editing service: Reader Report, Light Developmental, Deep Developmental, and Deluxe Developmental. Our pricing structure includes a base rate for projects up to 10,000 words, with additional costs per word for longer projects.

Reader Report

$125

Plus $0.0125 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Light Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Great for First Time Authors
    • Focus on Plot, Pacing, and Character Development

Light Developmental

$250

Plus $0.025 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Standard Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Great for more experienced authors
    • Standard level of Inline Comments
    • Focus on Plot, Pacing, Character Development, World-Building, and Setting

Deep Developmental

$500

Plus $0.05 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Detailed Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Great for craft-focused authors
    • Detailed Inline Comments
    • Focus on Character Arcs, World Building, Pacing, Plot Development, Emotional Resonance, Prose, and Deep Point of View

Deluxe Developmental

$1000

Plus $0.10 for each word over 10,000 words
    • Enhanced Salt & Sage Editors Letter
    • Great for established authors
    • Enhanced Inline Comments
    • Intense Focus on Character Arcs, World Building, Pacing, Plot Development, Emotional Resonance, Prose, Deep Point of View, and Sensitivity Reading

Project Pricing Examples

For a better understanding of potential costs. Real project examples give you an insight into anticipated fees. Each example is shown without any fees and applicable taxes.

This piece will be billed at the Base Reader Report price + 22,450 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.0125/word:
[$120 (Base)] + [22,450 (words) x $0.0125] = $405.63 USD.

This piece will be billed at the Base Light Developmental Edit price + 65,000 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.025/word:
[$250 (Base)] + [65,000 (words) x $0.025] = $1,875 USD.

This piece is below our base threshold of 10,000 words and will be billed at the base price of $250 USD.

This piece will be billed at the Base Deep Developmental Edit price + 14,000 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.05/word:
[$500 (Base)] + [14,000 (words) x $0.05] = $1,200 USD.

This piece will be billed at the Base Deluxe Developmental Edit price + 10,000 words (10,000 words are included in the Base) at $0.05/word:
[$1,000 (Base)] + [10,000 (words) x $0.10] = $2,000 USD.

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Behind the Scenes

Our Developmental Editors: Navigating Your Story's Journey

Guiding you through the intricate paths of plot development, character growth, and the craft of storytelling, our Developmental Editors serve as a roadmap for your story. With expertise in the nuances of narrative structure, they provide personalized insights and creative direction to shape your story into an engaging and cohesive whole. Let us partner with you to bring your vision to life, turning promising ideas into unforgettable tales.

Your Story Deserves the Best.
We Deliver.

With our Developmental Edit service, we'll partner with you to build a rich, resonant narrative. Let’s start crafting today!