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Improving your narrative and logical flow

Mastering Manuscript Structure

Improving your narrative and logical flow

ServiceScape developmental editors will elevate the structure and organization of your manuscript. We specialize in transforming your drafts into polished works, ensuring each chapter flows seamlessly into the next. Our approach enhances narrative effectiveness, making your story or argument compelling and coherent. Let us help you build a well-organized manuscript that captures and retains your audience's attention from start to finish.

Bringing depth and engagement to your stories

Crafting Compelling Characters and Plots

Bringing depth and engagement to your stories

Unleash the potential of your manuscript through our specialized character development and plotting services. We guide authors in creating multi-dimensional characters that resonate with readers and crafting plots that keep pages turning. Our expertise ensures your characters are relatable and your plot developments consistent and captivating. Transform your fiction or narrative non-fiction into a story that's not just told, but truly felt and remembered.

Fine-tuning your story's rhythm for maximum impact

Refining Tension and Pacing

Fine-tuning your story's rhythm for maximum impact

Our editors will perfect the pacing and tension of your manuscript. We help authors identify and adjust sections where the story lags or rushes, ensuring a balanced narrative that keeps readers hooked. Our guidance is tailored to maintain interest, build suspense, and deliver a satisfying reading experience. Let us help you craft a story that flows flawlessly, captivating your audience with every page turned.

Brainstorm and refine through collaborative editing

Communicate With Your Developmental Editor

Brainstorm and refine through collaborative editing

We believe that effective communication lies at the heart of a successful developmental editing process, fostering a cooperative environment for your ideas to thrive. With ServiceScape, your developmental editor will always be within reach, whether through a quick message or a scheduled teleconference call. Engage in brainstorming sessions, freely share your ideas, and receive expert feedback that sharpens and refines your manuscript.

Our developmental editors are subject-matter experts

Specialized Expertise for Your Manuscript

Our developmental editors are subject-matter experts

With ServiceScape, finding a developmental editor who deeply understands your manuscript's subject is straightforward. Our professionals bring extensive knowledge, years of experience, and a sharp eye for detail in your specific field, significantly enhancing the accuracy, depth, and impact of your writing. They focus on nurturing your narrative's authenticity and richness, ensuring your manuscript not only meets but exceeds industry standards.

How It Works

Have your manuscript edited in three steps

Find Your Developmental Editor

Browse profiles of accomplished editing professionals.

Upload Your Manuscript

Send your files and provide any details regarding the project.

Download the Edited Version

Receive the edited manuscript before your requested due date.

Our Editor Marketplace

Choose your own developmental editor

With ServiceScape, you can select the perfect developmental editor for your needs from our network of highly skilled professionals.

Many of our developmental editors:

  • Hold Ph.D. or Master's degrees
  • Offer decades of developmental editing experience
  • Have hundreds of client ratings and reviews
  • Are experts across a wide range of genres
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2,268 Client Reviews
54,255 Pages Edited

J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law


824 Client Reviews
29,594 Pages Edited

Director at Aetna


22 Client Reviews
626 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at Nella Media Group


1,330 Client Reviews
81,559 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island


7,458 Client Reviews
276,782 Pages Edited

M.A. in TESOL Education from the University of North Carolina


2,365 Client Reviews
51,823 Pages Edited

Copy Editor at Intergroup Japan


4,533 Client Reviews
243,362 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia


105 Client Reviews
3,010 Pages Edited

M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University


121 Client Reviews
4,057 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of California


604 Client Reviews
16,668 Pages Edited

J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law


223 Client Reviews
14,872 Pages Edited

Director of Communications at the Yale Center


4,698 Client Reviews
140,484 Pages Edited

Professor at Cincinnati State University


188 Client Reviews
13,912 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge


273 Client Reviews
7,610 Pages Edited

M.A. in English from the University of Louisiana


34 Client Reviews
1,880 Pages Edited

M.A. in Childhood Education from Hunter College


2,269 Client Reviews
87,207 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska


30 Client Reviews
847 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii


582 Pages Edited

Editor at Schiffer Publishing


185 Client Reviews
5,883 Pages Edited

M.A. in English from McMaster University


478 Client Reviews
23,783 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois

Our Testimonials and Experience

What we bring to the table

ServiceScape is built on 24 years worth of experience, working on over 341,000 projects with over 98,000 clients. Our developmental editing services are rated 5 out of 5 stars, based on 18 reviews collected over the last 5 years. Join the thousands of people who have chosen ServiceScape to find the best and brightest talent.

Overall Average Rating
126,166 Rated Projects
Alessia Moretti
Alessia MorettiGraduate Student

"My freelancer's attention to detail and commitment to quality exceeded my expectations. Every aspect of the project was handled with utmost professionalism."

Jasper van der Meer
Jasper van der MeerFaculty Member

"I was amazed by the promptness and efficiency of the person I hired. The project was completed well ahead of the deadline, without compromising on quality."

Emily Johnson
Emily JohnsonPublished Author

"The level of creativity and innovation in his approach was outstanding. He truly transformed my ideas into something extraordinary!"

Olivia Brown
Olivia BrownTeacher

"Exceptional service! The professional was incredibly responsive and attentive to all my requirements, making the entire process seamless and enjoyable."

Sarah Miller
Sarah MillerSenior Executive Publisher

"I highly recommend her services. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the freelancer were top-notch, and the results were simply superb."

Jean Kabila
Jean KabilaAttorney

"The quality of work delivered was impeccable. Every detail was carefully considered and executed to perfection. Absolutely thrilled with the service!"

Anke Verbeek
Anke VerbeekEntrepreneur

"Her ability to understand and adapt to my specific needs was remarkable. The final product was exactly what I was hoping for, and more."

Eduardo Ramirez
Eduardo RamirezData Analyst

"Prompt, professional, and passionate about her work. She went above and beyond to ensure the project's success."

Lukas Schmidt
Lukas SchmidtCulinary Director

"The service was outstanding from start to finish. Communication was clear and frequent, keeping me in the loop at every stage."

Jingwei Zhang
Jingwei ZhangProfessor

"Truly impressed by the quick turnaround time. This professional managed to deliver a high-quality result in a remarkably short period."

Aditi Verma
Aditi VermaMechanical Engineer

"His commitment is evident in his work. He made sure I was completely happy with the final outcome."

Felix Weber
Felix WeberProject Director

"A blend of professionalism, skill, and creativity. This individual brought a fresh perspective to the project that was both inspiring and effective."

Ryan Fletcher
Ryan FletcherTherapist

"The freelancer's expertise in his field is unmatched. He provided invaluable insights and suggestions that greatly enhanced the project."

Elif Deniz Yılmaz
Elif Deniz YılmazAssociate Professor

"I appreciated his attention to detail and dedication to delivering a product that not only met, but exceeded my expectations."

Irfan Hisham Kamarul
Irfan Hisham KamarulAssociate Professor

"Her approach to the project was both thorough and innovative. She managed to capture the essence of my vision perfectly. Thank you so much!"

Bram Visser
Bram VisserResearcher

"Remarkable service! The quality of work was consistently high, and her ability to meet tight deadlines was impressive."

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The ServiceScape Advantage

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Your Questions, Answered


What will be corrected?

At ServiceScape, our developmental editing services are designed to enhance the fundamental aspects of your manuscript, preparing it for success in the publishing landscape:

  • Structure and Organization Refinement: Evaluating and reorganizing the manuscript's structure for logical flow and coherence, essential for maintaining reader engagement.
  • Character Development: Deepening character complexity and relatability, ensuring characters contribute effectively to the narrative.
  • Plot Enhancement: Strengthening plot structure, addressing plot holes, and ensuring pacing keeps readers captivated from beginning to end.
  • Theme and Message Clarity: Clarifying and intensifying the manuscript's themes and messages to resonate more profoundly with readers.
  • Narrative Voice and Tone Adjustments: Fine-tuning the manuscript's voice and tone to align with its genre and target audience, enriching the reader's experience.
  • Feedback and Recommendations: Providing in-depth feedback and actionable recommendations for overall improvement, focusing on narrative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Dialogue Refinement: Enhancing dialogue to ensure it's authentic, engaging, and serves the story effectively.
  • Conflict and Tension Building: Amplifying narrative conflict and tension to maintain intrigue and propel the story forward.
  • Worldbuilding for Fiction: Expanding the manuscript's setting details for fiction, creating immersive and believable worlds.
  • Argument Strengthening for Non-Fiction: Solidifying arguments and supporting evidence in non-fiction works to increase persuasiveness and impact.
  • Reader Engagement Strategies: Implementing strategies to heighten reader interest and emotional investment.
  • Genre-Specific Guidance: Offering insights based on genre conventions while encouraging elements that distinguish your manuscript.
  • Market Positioning Analysis: Assessing how the manuscript fits within the current market and suggesting adjustments for enhanced appeal.

Our developmental editors are seasoned professionals with the expertise to tackle these complex components, ensuring your manuscript not only meets but surpasses the expectations of publishers and readers alike. Choosing ServiceScape connects you with experts dedicated to the craft and success of your narrative journey.

Which publishers have published books written by ServiceScape clients?

ServiceScape editors have proudly contributed to the publication success of authors across a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Our clients' works have been accepted by various publishing houses, including:

  • Penguin Random House
  • HarperCollins
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Tor Books
  • Scholastic Inc.
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Wiley
  • SAGE Publishing
  • Elsevier
  • Routledge
  • Hachette Book Group
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Baen Books
  • Berkley Books
  • Hay House
  • Zondervan
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Algonquin Books
  • Chronicle Books
  • Candlewick Press
  • Peachtree Publishers
  • InterVarsity Press
  • Skyhorse Publishing
  • The MIT Press
  • Beacon Press
  • DK Publishing
  • Jossey-Bass
How do I hire an editor?

You can hire an editor by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to hire, and clicking on the "Hire Me" button. After your payment method has been processed, your editor will get to work and will deliver the edited version before your due date.

Where can I find price and due date information?

A list of prices and due dates can be found within each editor's profile. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button.

How fast can you edit my writing?

Our fastest delivery option is one hour using our Express Delivery service.

Can I have a free sample?

Sure! Many ServiceScape editors provide free samples. You can submit a free sample request by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to request a free sample from, and clicking on the "Free Sample" button. If the editor accepts your free sample request, you will receive the sample edited version within a couple of days.

How do I send a message to an editor?

You can send a message to an editor by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to contact, and clicking on the "Send Message" button. We will email you a notification as soon as your editor replies to your message.

How do I schedule a teleconference with an editor?

You can schedule a teleconference call by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to contact, and clicking on the "Teleconference" button. We will contact you right away about availability and set up the teleconference for all parties involved.

Where can I find ratings and reviews for editors?

You can find ratings and reviews from past clients within most editor profiles. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to see them. You can also read thousands of ServiceScape ratings and reviews on eKomi.

In addition, ServiceScape has been featured in several publications and websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, UpWork, HuffPost, Indeed, and The Ladders.

Can I see examples of work the editors have done in the past?

Many editors have portfolios which feature their editing. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to view these edited versions.

Do you provide editing certifications?

Yes, we provide editing certifications. Simply request the document when you hire an editor. When your project is delivered, you can download the editing certification by clicking on your project and clicking on the "Certification" button. These signed declarations certify that a document has been professionally edited by a ServiceScape editor.

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