The Developmental Edit

Actionable editorial guidance

Look, of course, I’m biased toward the work editors do. But I also know that with clear direction (and a heaping spoonful of TLC), you can tackle your book’s biggest issues on your own.

And make no mistake: the results can be transformational.

With the Developmental Edit, you’ll get extensive in-line notes and suggestions written right into your manuscript draft. And you’ll get a system for tackling them without feeling swamped. I’ll talk you through what to do—then it’s up to you to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Our work together won't end once I hand over your annotated manuscript. It’s more like a pass of the baton. Your turn. Not to worry though: I'm not going anywhere. You’ve got me for a full 30 days, and I’ll be dying to see (and give feedback on) the changes you make. 

“Ann intuitively grasped my goals for my book and provided immediately constructive feedback.”

Half a dozen good friends, all of them super smart, reviewed the same manuscript, but Ann's comments were on another level in helping me re-work the material.

— Douglas Cole

60-MINUTE PROJECT KICK-OFF CALL

FULLY ANNOTATED MANUSCRIPT

60-MINUTE DISCUSSION CALL

30 DAYS OF DIGITAL SUPPORT

Books are often made in the edit.

Let's talk process

How the Developmental Edit Works

Command+Z's clientele spans industries; whatever your wheelhouse, I'll offer you guidance and actionable advice to elevate your book to its highest potential. While our process will be tailored to you and your book, here’s what you can expect from our time together.

Project
Kickoff

Our work begins with a thorough review of your manuscript, notes, and other materials. During our project kick-off session, we'll talk about your goals and ideas, and your book's problem spots. I'll also ask you questions to better understand your business. From the information we gather in this session, I’ll have everything I need to assess your manuscript.

Deep Dive

I’ll do two editorial passes of your manuscript. The first will be as a reader; I’ll experience your writing just like your reader would and flag anywhere I feel confused, bored, or let down. (Hey, it happens!) Then I’ll begin again, this time as your editor. I’ll note every opportunity to improve your book, and leave you a buffet of comments, questions, suggestions, and even compliments in the margins of your manuscript.

Discussion

Once I return your annotated manuscript to you, I’ll give you a few days to review my suggestions. Then you and I will then hash it all out in a 60-minute strategy session. We’ll cram as much as possible into our time together to make sure you leave with advice you can use. And you’ll get a recording of our session—no frantic note-taking required.

Support

After our call, you’ll get 30 days of email support. Got follow-up questions? Want me to look over a reworked chapter? Ask away!

Three Steps to Booked

Contact

The first thing to do is reach out to me by filling out the contact form and telling me a bit more about you and your book.

Connect

Next, we'll connect via email or Zoom, and talk about you, your manuscript, and whether the Developmental Edit is the best fit for your needs.

Collaborate

Choose your start date, pay the initial deposit to lock it down, and send me everything you've got. Then it's off to the races.

“ANN HELPED ME FINISH THE BOOK I’D BEEN STUCK ON FOR 4+ YEARS”

She got me to reexamine my own work in a way that lit a fire under my writing/revising process.

— Michelle Lopez-Boggs

I'm in!

Ready to start, like, yesterday?

Awesome! Reach out and let's talk about your book.

Still on the fence? I completely understand, and I'm happy to talk through the Developmental Edit in depth with you to see if it's the right path for you.