Developmental Editing

Once you have completed your first draft, or gotten as far in the editing process as you can on your own, it is time for a developmental editor. At Story Ninja, we primarily use The Story Grid method in developmental editing to break down the five commandments of each Act and scene, identify your Genre, and determine whether or not all necessary obligatory scenes and conventions are present. In addition to this in-depth analysis, we also strive to provide our clients with clear, actionable feedback to improve the content of their manuscripts.

Randy, 30 year military veteran, and Laura, former elementary and middle school ELAR teacher

All of our services include the added value of two editors. Thanks to our different backgrounds, genders, interests, and experiences, we bring very different things to the table. Teamwork allows our clients to reap the benefits of much more diverse input than can typically be achieved by a single editor.

To determine if we are the right fit for you, we offer a sample scene edit (maximum 3,000 words for a novel-length manuscript). Request yours today!

Story Grid Diagnostic Intensive

(includes a full analysis of each chapter)

Cost: $0.032/ word

Package includes:

  • 30 minute video pre-call to discuss your manuscript (recorded)
  • Full manuscript read with comments
  • Written report that includes:
    • Overview letter giving a holistic story analysis
    • Genre-specific obligatory scenes and conventions analysis
    • Story Grid’s Six Core Questions/Foolscap analysis
    • Analysis of the Five Commandments for each Act
    • Problem list with suggestions
    • Notes on each chapter
  • An intensive chapter analysis that will include a Story Grid spreadsheet of the entire manuscript
  • Recommendation for the next steps you should take with your manuscript
  • 2-hour video call (recorded)
  • 30-day email support for manuscript and report questions

Story Grid Diagnostic

Cost: $0.026/ word

Package includes:

  • 30 minute video pre-call to discuss your manuscript (recorded)
  • Full manuscript read with comments
  • Written report that includes:
    • Overview letter giving a holistic story analysis
    • Genre-specific obligatory scenes and conventions analysis
    • Story Grid’s Six Core Questions/Foolscap analysis
    • Analysis of the Five Commandments for each Act
    • Problem list with suggestions
  • An intensive chapter analysis that will include a Story Grid spreadsheet for five scenes of your choice
  • Recommendation for the next steps you should take with your manuscript
  • 2-hour video call (recorded)
  • 30-day email support for manuscript and report questions

Get in touch below so that we can start the process of helping you write your best book!

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