Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Developmental Edits


Gail's manuscript evaluation 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.

This developmental edit focuses on the big picture (story and structure, point of view, character development, voice) but also includes notes on the finer elements of craft. Writers can expect at least ten pages of indepth notes on their project and will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one brainstorming session with Gail by email.

This is not a line-by-line or copy edit service. A manuscript evaluation will not guarantee publication.

How it works:

Writers submit their manuscript by email, usually on the first day of the scheduled month. Within six week's time, Gail offers a detailed set of notes of ten pages or more. At that point, Gail invites the writer to ask questions and brainstorm with her over the course of a day, again by email.


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.


A flat reading fee of $475 plus $3.75 per manuscript page plus GST/HST for your province.

For example, a 200-page manuscript would cost $1,225 plus GST/HST ($475 + $750 + GST/HST). Manuscripts are in Times New Roman, font 12, double-spaced.

A $250 (plus GST/HST) non-refundable deposit is due on registration to hold your seat, so please make sure you can commit to your chosen submission date.

The deposit will be deducted from your final invoice amount. 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.

Don't like paying online? No problem. Let us know and we'll set you up.

Grants for writers can often be used for professional development, like this developmental edit. Check out the Canada Council for the Arts and provincial arts councils to see if this is a funding possibility for you.

Would you like critique on a single short story? Consider a blue pencil session with Gail.

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About Gail

Gail's novels have been national and international bestsellers and two have been short-listed for the Giller Prize, among other awards. She works with writers from around the world on her online teaching forums.