Professional Fiction Editing Services

Whether you write professionally or for pleasure, high-quality fiction editing is essential to your success as a serious author. But it doesn't have to come with a serious price tag.

The DLA Difference

From plot and character development to dialog that is poignant and fresh and the twists that will engage your audience, we know what it takes to get the details right—and your manuscript ready for publication.

Professional Fiction Editors

Our editors are the best in the business. They are professional fiction editors who:

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Possess 50+ years' combined experience evaluating, developing, copyediting and proofreading fiction

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Bear editing expertise across literary fiction and all fiction genres

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Edit 5+ million words annually

Genres We Edit

We edit across all fiction genres, including:

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Action Adventure

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Bildungsroman

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Children's

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Crime/Detective

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Dystopian

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Epic

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Fantasy

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Flash Fiction

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Historical

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Horror/Paranormal

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Humor

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Literary Fiction

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Magical Realism

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Mystery

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Mythopoeia

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New Adult

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Realist Literature

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Romance

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Science Fiction

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Short Story

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Speculative

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Suspense/Thriller

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Theological

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Tragicomedy

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Travel

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Western

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Women's Fiction

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Young Adult

Help Finding an Agent or Publisher

Need help finding an agent or publisher? No problem! We can give you advice on the best way to find one for your manuscript.

We can also help with our editing and feedback services on your:

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Query Letter

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Synopsis

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Outline

Our Services

Manuscript Evaluation

Not sure if you have a viable project or what level of editing you need for your manuscript?

Our Manuscript Evaluation includes a positive, respectful read-through of your manuscript and in-depth feedback detailing its strengths and weaknesses, ways to improve its marketability and the level of editing required.

It provides a big-picture guide for further developing your manuscript, covering:

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Pacing and Flow

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Structure and Organization

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Clarity of Ideas

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Setting and Historical Context

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Point of View

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Prior Plot Events

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Characterization

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Character Backstories

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Mechanics

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Narrative Voice and Style

Developmental Editing

Ready to collaborate to achieve your goals for your manuscript?

Our Developmental Editing starts with a 30-minute consultation to get to know you as the author and your experiences, motivations, vision and timeline for your project. (If we have provided you our Manuscript Evaluation, we use our evaluation as the basis for the consultation.)

We follow this with a thorough, in-depth review of your manuscript, as well as a follow-up consultation, to help you achieve your vision.

In our in-depth review, we make edits and provide feedback to address issues in:

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Pacing and Flow

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Structure and Organization

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Clarity of Ideas

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Setting and Historical Context

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Point of View

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Prior Plot Events

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Characterization

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Character Backstories

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Mechanics

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Narrative Voice and Style

In our follow-up consultation, we answer your questions about the recommendations we have made, including guidance on which choices to make to achieve the vision you have for your novel.

Developmental Editing does not include Copyediting or Proofreading, which are described below.

Copyediting/Line Editing

Ready to fine-tune your manuscript?

Our Copyediting/Line Editing provides a detailed, line-by-line edit of your manuscript. It covers:

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Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Writing Style and Tone

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Consistency and Clarity of Settings, Characters and Plot

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Word Choice (Denotation, Connotation and Rhythm)

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Unnecessary Repetition/Redundancy

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Sentence Structure (Including Fragments and Run-ons)

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Flow and Transitions

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Syntax, Punctuation and Grammar

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Typographical Errors

Proofreading

Ready for an agent or publication?

Once your manuscript has been through the developmental editing process and been copyedited, you're ready for proofreading.

Proofreading provides a last check of your manuscript to identify any last items needing correction. It covers:

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Grammar and Punctuation

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Typographical Errors

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Formatting and Layout

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Get to Know Us!

We are a team of dedicated, in-house editors with 50+ years' combined experience.

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Awards Our Clients Have Received

The Good Healer by Dimitrije Medenica

The Good Healer
by Dimitrije Medenica

WINNER:
The Written Art Award for Fiction

Point Deception by Jim Gilliam

Point Deception
by Jim Gilliam

WINNER:
Honorable Mention
New York Book Festival

Feedback We've Received

"DLA Editors & Proofers provided a tremendous service to me as an author and as a client. Between the personal phone calls and the editor comments I received, I really felt they cared ..."

Michael M., Rockwall, TX

Want a FREE Sample?

If you have more than 3,000 words, we'll edit the first 300 words for FREE!

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