"Gail's developmental edits were superb. Her attention to the manuscript's structure, to themes and emotional resonances, and to the character creation were at once challenging,sophisticated, and encouraging. And she draws on a range of excellent resources. I've not seen anything quite like it in twenty-five years in the industry."
-- Matthew Hooton, author of Typhoon Kingdom.
Need help with that complete draft? Gail's developmental editing service is for writers at all levels of experience: emerging writers, self-published authors or published writers with one or more books published by a traditional publishing house.
A developmental editor digs deep into a manuscript's themes, story goals, conflicts and structure, character arcs, pacing, point of view, and dialogue to help a writer develop their project to the fullest. Gail takes the developmental edit a step further, offering, where appropriate, a teaching edit that includes links and resources that help writers develop skills they can apply to future projects.
Writers can expect at least five pages of in-depth notes on their project. The developmental editing package includes a one-hour Zoom meeting with Gail. As a bonus, on signing up, writers have free access to Gail's self-directed creative writing course, a $250 value.
This is not a line-by-line or copy edit service. A developmental edit will not guarantee publication.
Check out what writers have to say about working with Gail, below, or listen to this Resilient Writers podcast for a taste of Gail's approach to writing, mentoring and editing.
A writer submits their manuscript by email on the first day of the scheduled month. A developmental edit is highly time-consuming work, but Gail commits to compiling a minimum of five pages of detailed notes by the end of the same month. At that point, Gail will book a one-hour Zoom meeting with the author to present her notes and brainstorm over big picture issues. Following the meeting, she will send her notes to the author. Writers then have the opportunity to email Gail up to five questions within one week of receiving the notes. Gail will promptly email back her considered responses.
Manuscripts are submitted as a single Word document, in 12-point, Times New Roman, double-spaced.
Writers may book a developmental edit at any time, but please contact Gail's office in advance to make sure she has room in her schedule.
Three cents a word, plus GST/HST for your province.
For example, a 40,000-word manuscript would cost $1200, plus GST/HST. An 80,000-word manuscript would cost $2400 plus GST/HST.
A $250 (plus GST/HST) non-refundable deposit is due on registration to hold your seat for your scheduled month. If you move your edit to another month, you'll be asked to pay the deposit a second time, so please make sure you can commit to your chosen submission date. The full fee must be paid before Gail begins work on your project.
Please contact Gail's office before making your deposit, to make sure she has room for your manuscript in her editing schedule.
Grants for writers can often be used for professional development, including this developmental edit. Check out the Canada Council for the Arts and provincial arts councils to see if this funding is a possibility for you.
"Perhaps there's no greater proof of a manuscript editor's work than when the writer they mentor gets a publishing contract, but what I found most valuable was applying Gail's insightful comments when I began to plot a new book."
-- Maia Caron, author of Song of Batoche
"Gail is nothing short of an editing genius. She has the rare ability to give feedback laced with compassion, appreciation and respect... that will inspire you to go back to the page and transform your narrative, words and characters in truly remarkable ways."
-- Maggi Feehan, author of The Serpent's Veil
For more information, email Gail's office at email@example.com