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New to Jericho Writers – Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing has landed! 

You asked – we answered. In this newsletter, find out more about our brand-new editorial service and how it differs from a manuscript assessment. We also have six new webinars to register for, exploring genres from sci-fi to historical fiction, and advice on how to get feedback on your work.  

WEBINAR: Making the most of feedback, with Dr Sharon Zink (Member exclusive) 

TONIGHT. So you have someone’s assessment of your writing – what next? In this fun and supportive 1.5 hour workshop, we’ll talk about who to go to read your writing and when to follow their advice, or stick to your guns. 



This week at Jericho Writers:

EDITORIAL: Developmental Editing – NEW! 

You asked and we’ve delivered. Apply for a Developmental Edit now and receive a full-manuscript report, in-text comments throughout your text and a sixty-minute follow-up call with your editor. Similar to what you’d get from a Big-Five publisher. Nice! 


BLOG: The different types of editing 

What’s the difference between a developmental edit and a structural edit? Are copy-editing and line-editing the same? Find out in this article.  


WEBINARS: NEW events added for February (Member exclusive) 

Next month is genre month, and we’ve bagged some of the biggest names to spotlight advice specific to sci-fi and fantasy; literary fiction; women’s fiction; crime and thrillers; memoir and historical fiction. Join us now to register. 


What is developmental editing?  

Developmental Editing has been all the rage in US writing circles for years now, but is still relatively new to other parts of the world. So what IS it? And what makes it different to a Manuscript Assessment?  

Well, with a Manuscript Assessment at Jericho Writers, you enter the word count of your finished manuscript then send the whole thing to us. Stephanie, Polly, Elsie or Miriam then hand-match you to one of our expert editors (and when we say expert, we mean we are extremely picky about only working with the best!) Your editor then reads your entire manuscript – start to finish – and gives you a 3,500 word+ report on structural things such as characterisation, plot and prose. You have the opportunity then to ask questions directly to your editor over email.  

Developmental Editing is similar to a manuscript assessment, as you get a similar report back. However, you also get in-text edits and comments on your work, so you can see exactly where things need to be improved, including bonus finer points such as syntax errors and spelling mistakes. You’ll also get the opportunity to book a sixty-minute call with your editor afterwards, which is a wonderful opportunity to chat to someone who knows your book inside-out.  

Because Developmental Editing asks so much time and dedication from our editors, we ask all writers to apply for this service before paying for it, so we can assess your work and ensure we’re matching you with your perfect editor.  

As with all Jericho Writers editorial services, both come with our gold-standard guarantee and a promise that if your editor thinks you’re ready, we’ll use our contacts to help your book find an agent or publisher (if you wish us to!) We actually matched a writer last week and we can’t wait to shout about their brilliant book! 

So! Have you had a Developmental Edit or Manuscript Assessment? Or are you thinking about taking the plunge, but not sure if it’s for you? Share your experiences and chat here in the Townhouse. 

Sarah x 

Plus, don’t miss: 

Manuscript Assessment  (Discounts available for members) 

Our most popular editorial service matches you to your dream editor and gives you tailored feedback on your work. It doesn’t get better than that. 

Agent Submission Pack review service (Discounts available for members) 

Get professional feedback on your opening 10,000 words, your cover letter, and your synopsis from one of our expert editors. 

Complete Novel Mentoring (Discounts available for members)

Write or edit your book alongside a world-leading author or editor. Alumni have gone on to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  

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