Developmental editing helps authors identify and solve the big-picture storytelling issues in their manuscripts. It does not address grammar, spelling, punctuation or sentence structure.
This is the first stage of editing a new manuscript. A development edit will present an editorial report together with notes and edits within the manuscript. This report is an assessment of how each of the different storytelling elements have been handled and contains suggestions of how the manuscript might be improved upon by strengthening them. These elements include: theme; genre; story; plot; structure; characters; point of view, scene, dialogue, voice and narrative style.
I will make notes and edits within the manuscript using Track Changes. This will highlight specific instances of where the manuscript might be improved.