Editing Services

Developmental Editing


As a Creativity Coach, I specialize in developmental critiques only, which comes before the copyedit stage in the writing process. (I edit all genres of fiction and nonfiction, except hardcore erotica, which to me personally is any graphic, vividly detailed descriptions of sex without any plot or romance.It is such an honor to guide writers on their creative journey.

In every critique that I do, I give writers an honest assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, along with ways to improve any areas that might need more revision. 

I will only comment and offer suggestions on developmental critiques such as: 

Conflict / Tension
Plot development
Character ARC / Goals
Show versus tell (Deep POV)
Writing Style (that fits the genre)
Awkward sentence structure
Opening and closing scenes
Point of view (POV)
Distinct Voice / Style
Pacing issues
Setting and descriptions
Backstory
Redundancies
Clichés
Dialogue exchanges and dialogue tags
Point out repetition (including overuse of certain words or phrases)
Indicate clarity issues
Give feedback on what could be improved.
Include examples of improvements, if possible.




A proofread/copyedit should be the very last thing a writer does, so I recommend that you wait until all the revision work has been completed. This service does not include a copyedit or proofread, so I will only do a light critique on:

Grammar
Punctuation
Typos
Spelling
Fact checking
Tightening up wordy prose
Smoothing awkward transitions
Extensive rewriting
Check for consistency


I offer all new clients a complimentary 3 page edit with no obligation on full-length novels. 

Please contact me for details and an initial consultation.

*Payment plans are available* 

Email S. A. Soule


One Full Developmental critique
In my critique, I will check for conceptual flow (i.e. plot pacing, character development (characterization), story arc, etc.), plot holes, fluidity, setting, theme, backstory, and dialogue. I will do some critiquing on word choice, repeated phrases, and sentence structure. And I work closely with writers to tighten and strengthen their work into the best possible shape.*One pass only.


First Chapter Critique:
The first chapter is crucial. I can help writers make sure that their opening is superb. Within 72 hours of submitting your first chapter (or up to the first 15 pages), I promise you’ll have a cohesive idea on how to make it “hook” your reader. 

First Three Chapters Critique:
This is not a deep line-edit, but I will critique your first three chapters to ensure that these vital pages have a strong enough "hook" to lure your reader into the story. This service is basically critiquing, which points out larger conceptual problems like story arc, plot structure, lack of visual description, characterization, and other big picture choices, any pacing problems, and suggestions on necessary revisions. *One pass only.

Ghostwriting services:
I do confidential ghostwriting (manuscript doctor) for select clients, which includes help with deep line-editing, character development, enriching dialogue, restructuring plot-lines, and infusing suspense or romance, and even humor on existing manuscripts only. *Writer retains exclusive rights. Please contact me for a FREE initial consultation. (This service is highly confidential.)



*NOTE: These services do not provide any detailed proofreading or copy-editing, which is basically to find and correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, as well as typos. However, I refer all of my clients to a wonderful freelance copyeditor that they can hire once the revision work has been completed. I only do a very detailed developmental critique of the work to help writers polish their early drafts, along with such things as making sure the characterization is enhanced, each scene has realistic dialogue, and a plausible storyline. 

Proofreading and copy-edits are the very last stage before publication.