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Professional Fiction Evaluation, Development, Copyediting, Line Editing & Proofreading Services

Conceiving a story is one thing—crafting it to enthrall your audience and convince an agent or publisher to read it is another. You need a team of smart, narrative-focused professionals who can ensure every detail of your novel aligns to achieve your vision.

Our expert editors:

  • Possess 50+ years’ combined fiction editing experience
  • Boast editing expertise across the full range of genres and subgenres
  • Are full-time employees of DLA (no freelancers)

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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:

  • Pacing and Flow
  • Structure and Organization
  • Clarity of Ideas
  • Setting and Historical Context
  • Point of View
  • Prior Plot Events
  • Characterization
  • Character Backstories
  • Mechanics
  • 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.

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:

  • Pacing and Flow
  • Structure and Organization
  • Clarity of Ideas
  • Setting and Historical Context
  • Point of View
  • Prior Plot Events
  • Characterization
  • Character Backstories
  • Mechanics
  • Narrative Voice and Style

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:

 

 

  • Consistency, Engagement and Clarity of Writing Style and Tone
  • Consistency and Clarity of Settings, Characters and Plot
  • Word Choice (Denotation, Connotation and Rhythm)
  • Repetition/Redundancy
  • Sentence Structure
  • Flow and Transitions
  • Punctuation and Grammar
  • 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:

 

  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Typographical Errors
  • Formatting and Layout
  • Repetition/Redundancy
  • Sentence Structure
  • Flow and Transitions
  • Punctuation and Grammar
  • Typographical Errors

FICTION GENRES

  • Action Adventure
  • Bildungsroman
  • Children's
  • Crime/Detective
  • Dystopian
  • Epic
  • Fantasy
  • Flash Fiction
  • Historical
  • Horror/Paranormal
  • Humor
  • Literary Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Mystery
  • Mythopoeia
  • New Adult
  • Realist Literature
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Short Story
  • Speculative
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • Theological
  • Travel
  • Western
  • Women's Fiction
  • Young Adult
Fiction

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 to hook an agent or publisher.

Still have questions? See a list of our frequently asked questions or give us a call at 877-454-4957.

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