Manuscript Development



Manuscript Development is a developmental editing service. It takes the document as a whole and seeks to fortify its argument for clarity and cohesion. When evaluating the strength of the argument I focus on its structure, narrative flow, use of evidence, and tone. This service is best for book manuscripts, article manuscripts, and dissertation-to-book conversions.

Read more about what you can expect with developmental editing on my Substack newsletter, Eloqio, and at Jane Friedman’s blog.

Service Details


Full Revision Plan

I provide practical suggestions and detail them in an editorial letter so you know exactly where to spend your energy

Big-Picture Perspective

I focus on the macro-elements of a manuscript to ensure that each piece contributes purposefully to the larger goals of the argument

My suggestions:


Articulate underdeveloped ideas and suggest ways to strengthen them


Brainstorm strategies to fortify the argument and its effectiveness


Suggest revised argument framing, chapter structures, and table of contents

Related Posts

What Kind of Editing Do I Need?

Not all academic editing is equal. Use this guide to figure out what kind of editing your text needs and when is the best time to do it. Read more…

Chapter to Article Conversion: Choosing a Journal

It’s article writing season. Do you have something to submit? This post helps you evaluate your draft and choose an academic journal that best fits your article. Read more…

Person holding a book

Revising for Audience and Evaluating Footnotes

Who will read your article? This issue helps you revise your draft for an academic journal and adjust your references to help you publish it. Read more…

Get in touch to start editing with me!

Copyright © 2024 Amanda Recupero LLC