In-depth guidance on revision and implementation of craft principles
TED's Content Edit includes both a detailed conceptual overview and also comprehensive chapter-by-chapter feedback to help guide an author through the revision process.
The overview portion of the memo considers the manuscript as a whole and addresses what works and why, what doesn't work and why not, and what points of craft or development need the most attention.
The chapter notes provide highly specific feedback on each chapter as needed, giving suggestions for improvement and exploring what adds, cuts, or enhancements can be considered, advice on what opportunities are being missed, or what elements already in place can be used to better advantage.
What To Expect
Content edits for fiction and narrative or creative nonfiction will typically offer feedback and editorial advice on a wide range of topics including matters such as plotting, pacing, characterization, structure, suspense, story craft, and also any relevant considerations specific to the genre or category. Content edits for other categories of nonfiction will typically address content, structure, organization, clarity, cogency of argument and takeaway value for the reader.
Though sometimes perfectly appropriate for initial review of a well-developed manuscript that's already reasonably sound in concept, the content edit is more often used as as a follow-up service for authors who want a highest level of feedback and support possible in revising a manuscript and pushing it to its full potential.
While the length, depth, scope, and coverage of a content edit will vary based on the needs of the manuscript in question, a typical content edit runs 25 or more pages and will provide a great deal of diagnostic, prescriptive, and solution oriented feedback, often with lessons in relevant aspects of craft as needed. All content edits include a session of follow-up phone or email consultation with the reviewing editor at no additional charge.
For manuscripts greater than 50,000 words the fee for a Content Edit is $0.016 per word. For shorter works, please see the scale below:
Word Count Price
Please note that manuscripts longer than 25,000 words may need to be printed and the printing costs $0.10 per page. Manuscripts should be formatted with double-spacing, 12 pt. type, with 1" margins.