Do you need help discovering the most delicious parts of your story?

Developmental Editing to make the yummiest parts of your story shine!

Did you ever get story critiques like this... 

I don’t like Character X (and why is she named Character X)?

Character X is an unlikeable female protagonist which this genre really needs more of.

This section feels info-dumpy; do we really need to know the intricacies of dragon biology?

I loved the sections about dragon biology! More please!

I loved the beginning and the end! They were great! But so great that it made the middle seem slow!

I really loved the prose and intricacies of the middle part of the book. You definitely have a talent for description.

...and have no idea what to do?


Feedback like this may only be symptoms of deeper story issues. 

A developmental editor can help you get to
the story problems underneath the surface.  

Here is how a developmental editor might comment on those story issues mentioned above.

Unlikeable characters

Maybe Character X could benefit from tweaking an earlier scene in Chapter four. Consider adding a save-the-cat scene explaining her name to help readers better understand her motivations.

Info-DumpinG or Info-Yay depends on genre

With regards to dragon-biology, is your target audience science fantasy fans or paranormal romance? Because that will tell you how much dragon biology you really need.

The Contemplative theme vs. slow pacing

The five chapters of housecleaning in the middle goes on for a bit too long for a small town romance. As a result it obscures the emotional clarity of the teapot discovery scene, which is the emotional heart of your book. Here are some scenes you should consider cutting to increase pacing and clarity…

If you're feeling overwhelmed by beta-reader feedback,

what you need is a story specialist

to help you identify the underlying problem and offer you solutions. 

What You Get With Developmental Editing 

In-Line Feedback

In-manuscript comments which may include but are not limited to: characterization, pacing, plot, genre expectations, tropes, universal fantasies.

An Edit Letter

A 2-5 page edit letter that provides a broad overview of the major issues as well as suggestions on how things could be fixed.


Blurb and Logline Analysis

If you have a blurb and logline ready, I will also look at your blurb and logline to make additional suggestions.

Follow Up Feedback

Email responses to questions regarding any of the things above, which may include possible resources for further reading.

-Paranormal Romance Author-

I’ve worked with A.M. now on several books, and it’s always been a fabulous experience. She’s got a keen editorial eye for structural issues, and she understands the ebb and flow of experiencing a book. She knows how and when to tell you to let emotional moments breathe, and she absolutely gets when you’re trying to write is obvious to you but not quite there yet on the page, and can help to tease it out of you. I’ve worked with her at every stage in the writing process, from pre-book work to post-completion edits, and I’ve always looked forward to her insightful comments and relished taking her advice, which is not something I can say about a lot of prior editorial experiences.

What does NOT come with Developmental Editing

  • proofreading for grammar, tenses, punctuation or anything technical involving adhering to any sort of formal style
  • copyediting or line editing
  • a review on any social media or any publication

How I Differ from Other Developmental Editors

I'm an author who writes to market...

  • I am up-to-date in the latest story research including work by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Theodora Taylor, Lisa Cron and many others on why certain story worlds and characters are more addictive than others.
  • I have a deep understanding for story tropes and know which are the most popular ones that readers will keep returning for.
  • I see how digital story platforms such as Radish as well as social media like Tiktok are changing the way modern readers read, because I've written for that audience.
  • I am well-versed in reader expectations for several different popular genres such as romance and fantasy. (Keep scrolling for a list of specialities!)

I'm a professional book critic

  • As a former reviewer for Publishers Weekly and other professional publishing outlets, I continue to read every book wondering where the book fits in the market and who the potential target audience might be.
  • I am well-versed in the top-selling storytelling styles and trends (yes just like there are trends in clothing and food, so there are for storytelling) for various genres in the last 20 years.
  • I am familiar with non-Western forms of story structure including Kishōtenketsu
  • I'm a BIPOC professional reader who can help you determine if you need a separate sensitivity reader (note: I rarely do sensitivity reading, and only for pre-existing clients). 
  • As a member of the National Book Critics Circle, I know, understand, and respect the difference between award-winning-change-the-cultural-conversation narratives and stories that readers turn to in times of comfort (which as we all know are not always the same, AND THAT’S OK. At Pomegranate Authors, one type is NOT “better” than the other). 

Reading Areas of Specialty

  • Romance - most types including all levels of heat, mostly monogamous
  • Fantasy
  • YA - most genres 
  • Light Science Fiction

Feel free to inquire about other genres!

I am not the right reader for the following:

  • Religious or inspirational themed books
  • Dark romance with dubious consent
  • Stories involving non-consensual sex scenes
  • detailed on-page descriptions of rape
  • polyamory
  • adultery
  • pedophilia
  • necrophilia
  • beastiality (shifters and aliens are ok, as is most monster romance, but please inquire!)

  • plots involving on the page murders of children or pets

  • incest
  •  narratives where racism, sexism, homophobia are part of the accepted and unchallenged worldview of the main characters (Books involving these themes are acceptable, but only if they are challenged! If you have questions, please inquire!) 

  • any narrative without hope of an uplifting ending (cliffhangers are ok)
  • cowboys as protagonists
  • Religious figures as protagonists
  • Any narrative attempting to redeem historically known villains (please don't send me your redemption of Hitler romance!)

If you have any questions about any of these, please inquire! Failure to discuss any of these elements beforehand may result in immediate cancellation of service with no refund!

2023 Developmental Editing Pricing

$.02/word

  • Turn around is typically 2-3 weeks, though a more accurate estimate will be given at the time of booking.
  • Last minute RUSH edits occasionally available; quote upon request.
  • Paypal accepted; 50% deposit upon booking, 50% upon completion.

What Are You Waiting For?

Let's crack open your story and find its deliciousness!