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The investment for developmental editing is 2 cents per word (multiply the final word count of your manuscript by .02).

If this all sounds good to you and you want to move forward, click the button below to contact me and let’s chat.

Hey there! I’m Jennifer Blanchard and
​I’m a Developmental Book Editor.

Let me tell you a little bit more about how I work with your manuscript: 

First, I don’t work on multiple books at the same time. I may have multiple clients in a month, but I don’t read their books at the same time. I work on one book at a time.

 

Second, I read your manuscript all in one sitting (or over the course of two consecutive days, depending on the length).

The reason I do this is because it’s easy to forget details or to confuse details with other books. I also do this because I like to have a marination period where I can think about what I’ve just read and really analyze what’s working, what’s not and come up with a plan for how to fix it.

 

Developmental editors are different than copyeditors, proofreaders and manuscript critiquers.

Copyeditors edit your words, your grammar, your punctuation, spelling, etc. Proofreaders do a final once-over for you right before you publish, to check for any final spelling, punctuation or typos that need to be fixed. Manuscript critiquers will read your manuscript and tell you what’s working and what’s not, but a lot of times they don’t have a whole lot of feedback on how to fix it so that it does work.

 

What I do is read your story looking at the overall big picture: Does the book work, as a whole? 

I look for anything craft-related that may need work, such as your Concept, plot, character arc, story structure, scene execution, voice, pacing, opposition, dramatic tension and conflict, etc.  

 

I look at the stuff that matters more than anything else (’cause let’s face it, you can have the prettiest prose in the world, but if your story doesn’t work, you’re screwed).

 

After I marinate on what I read in your manuscript for a bit, I record you an audio of my overall feedback, and then put together a detailed feedback document that tells you what’s working, what’s not and how to fix it, along with specific page numbers to reference where things aren’t working.  

 

I turn the edit around in 30 days.

 

Once I send you my feedback, you get to do a follow-up call with me (via phone or Facebook voice) to discuss the feedback, ask questions, brainstorm with me, etc. so you have everything you need to do a final revision on the manuscript before getting it ready for publication.


Here’s what some of my

developmental editing clients have said about working with me:

"Jen gives excellent feedback, has good ideas, will find the weaknesses in your draft, and help you to work out how to fix them. That’s exactly what I wanted in an editor, and that’s exactly what I got. 

 

Since you’re reading the testimonials, you’re probably trying to suss this out as an investment. That’s what I was doing when I was reading this page, at least. So here’s how it went for me:

I had a draft. It wasn’t finished, but it nothing to sneeze at. I was proud! It was longer than my thesis, for goodness sake! But I was stuck, and I suspected I needed some help, though I wasn’t sure what type. 

 

I sent it to a bunch of friends. Only a fraction of them read it, which I understand because we all have very busy lives and hey, 25,000 words, right? The feedback I did get was great. Actually really great, and super encouraging, but when I went back to write some more, I was still stuck.

 

I read a how-to book. I actually read a couple, and they were fine. But neither of them gave specific feedback that I could actually apply to my story. So while I thought I was incorporating structure and whatnot into my narrative, I really wasn’t doing much. And I was still stuck.

 

I did some research, and kept seeing Jen’s name on lists of recommended editors. So I reached out. We came to terms and once she’d reviewed my work, I got specific feedback that ranged from questions about the details to points about the overall structure, concept, and characters. 

 

Jen is open, honest, and direct about what parts of your work need help. While I’m eager for that kind of feedback, I get how it can be hard to hear. For me, identifying problems make them easier to attack. With her help, I’ve rebuilt my narrative into one that I’m increasingly pleased with, and that I’m confident will end up as a much stronger story.

 

Now I’m unstuck. I’m really happy with the work that Jen’s done for me and I’m looking forward to working together more in the future. If you’re ready for feedback and to put in the work, I recommend her without reservation. My only regret is that I didn’t contact her sooner."

 

Jacob Rannels

"I worked with Jen on my first novel. I was really stuck on some of my conceptual elements and my structuring and Jen was able to break it down for me and give me the advice I needed to hear. It has taken me a lot of work to get it rearranged, but my finished manuscript is significantly better, and I am thankful I had her to push me along and make the changes. She was very professional and easy to work with. I will definitely continue working with her on future projects. Thanks Jen! "

David Cameron Angell

"I hired Jennifer to content edit my sci-fi mystery novel. Her detailed feedback was very thorough and specific. 

 

Most helpful was her sifting through my story to find my plot points which will no doubt strengthen the structure of my book."

S.L. Felix

"I edited my novel to the best of my ability using additional teaching from Jennifer such as Finish Your Damn Novel, Mindset, etc. I asked Jennifer to content edit it. This was a big step for me as up to this point I relied only on myself with my novels, just writing whatever I came up with and then publishing it. I took the plunge.

 

Jennifer was very encouraging and could see some of my structure. Then Jennifer proceeded to share where my story was not working. She also gave me some ideas on how to make it work. I have worked through many of those ideas and I am almost ready for the next content edit."

Barbara Raue

The investment for developmental editing is 2 cents per word (multiply the final word count of your manuscript by .02).

If this all sounds good to you and you want to move forward, click the button below to contact me and let’s chat.

I cannot recommend Jennifer enough! From start to finish, she was punctual, professional, and on point. I contacted her for the Read and Feedback Program (Developmental Edit) and heard back the same day. After I sent her my manuscript and the admin stuff was out of the way, I worked on my other writing and waited for Jen to work her magic.

As promised, I got detailed feedback on my novel within 30 days.

 

Not only did I get a document with detailed content notes, but I got an audio overview, a slew of supplementary materials, book and movie suggestions, and we held a phone call to discuss my work and the creative writing process. The best part is not just that I agree 100% with her critique – it’s that I know I can contact her again if I have any questions or need further help on my book project. She’s personable and diligent, and gives value for your money.

 

So if you’re looking for a comprehensive, no-BS developmental edit of your novel that asks tough questions but spares your ego, Jennifer Blanchard should be your #1 choice.

Maya Sokolovski 

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