Hire a Developmental Editor in United States

We've sourced the best developmental editors in United States who are ready to help you with all your developmental editing needs.

Stephanie K.

Stephanie K.

Bedford, United States

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Don't ever fall for the trap of thinking you can be rigorous and academic OR engaging and clear--you can absolutely be both. I'll help you.


Work experience:

  • Keep Learning
  • National Center for Science Education
  • BiteScis

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Nature Non-Fiction Life Sciences Math & Science Children's - Non-fiction

Jim S.

Jim S.

Beaverton, United States

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An editor with over twenty years of publishing experience at major houses, who has a sweet spot for genre fiction and comic books.


Work experience:

  • Working Vacation Studios
  • Kirkus Media, LLC
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Time Warner Book Group/Hachette Book Group
  • DC Comics

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Action & Adventure Horror Thriller & Suspense Comics (non fiction) Non-Fiction Mashups Plays & Screenplays Mystery & Crime Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Science Fiction

Will T.

Will T.

Chicago, United States

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Trusted copy editor and proofreader for mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and weird short stories.


Work experience:

  • University of Iowa Press
  • Franciscan Media
  • Kirkus Editorial
  • Girl Friday Productions

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Young Adult Fiction Short Story Romance Science Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense

Laura Mae I.

Laura Mae I.

New York, United States

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I specialize in literary fiction and have worked with Lydia Davis, Joyce Carol Oates, Lara Vapnyar, Aimee Bender, César Aira, etc.


Work experience:

  • Tweed's Magazine of Literature & Art (formerly The Coffin Factory)
  • Clyde Editing
  • The Center for Fiction
  • BuzzFeed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Short Story Anthologies

Sabrina L.

Sabrina L.

Maryland, United States

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Award-winning professional editor specializing in academic and nonfiction genres. Let me help bring elegance and clarity to your writing!


Work experience:

  • Bespoke Editorial

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Business & Management Christian (Non-Fiction) Religion & Spirituality Computers & Internet Philosophy Humanities & Social Sciences Self-help & Self-improvement Physics & Chemistry Math & Science

Chersti N.

Chersti N.

Provo, United States

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12+ yrs experience editing YA/Science Fiction/Fantasy and more with NY Times best-selling authors such as Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells.


Work experience:

  • Writer Therapy
  • Cedar Fort
  • Leading Edge

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Young Adult Historical Fiction Inspirational Non-Fiction Mashups Fantasy Science Fiction Dystopian Urban Fantasy

Maria D.

Maria D.

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Empathetic, bespoke developmental editor specializing in YA, Self-Help, Historical Fiction, Romance. Tune in to the truth of your concept.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Romance Fiction Young Adult Historical Fiction Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Self-help & Self-improvement Non-Fiction Science Fiction Dystopian

Margaret N.

Margaret N.

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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I edit cookbooks, craft titles, gift-y nonfiction. I've worked on everything from astrophysics texts to NYT-bestselling literary mashups.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • Quirk Books
  • Beacon PreMedia Global (now Lumina Datamatics)
  • East Falls Bakery
  • Police Legal Sciences
  • The Writing Center at Kenyon College
  • Zanesville Art Museum

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review Indexing

Genres: Humor & Comedy Fiction Art Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Mashups Writing & Publishing Calendars Comics & Graphic Novels Design Photography Architecture

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Developmental Editors for hire in the United States

Finally finished a draft of your manuscript, but still have some kinks to work out? That’s where a developmental editor comes in — someone who will perform a “big picture” edit on your story and tell you what needs fixing in your next draft, along with suggestions for how to fix it. They’ll cover everything from plot holes to character issues to prose style, ensuring your story is consistent and compelling from start to finish.

Developmental editing is especially important for first-time authors, who may not even realize they’ve left something out! You certainly don’t want to go all the way to press with a book that has serious developmental issues. Fortunately, daunting as that might sound, it’s actually pretty easy to work with a developmental editor — once you’ve found the right person to do the job.

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